This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Hakuba.
This gorgeous destination is tucked in one of the highest sections of the Northern Japan Alps and provides endless opportunities for outdoor recreation – no matter the season. Despite a powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck the area in November 2014, tourism to Hakuba was fortunately relatively unaffected, and this destination continues to be a popular choice for both local and foreign visitors.
In the wintertime, skiers from all over Japan and the rest of the world fill Hakuba’s ten popular ski resorts to enjoy the annual snowfall of more than 11 metres and the 200 plus runs down the slopes of these mountains. Skiing is varied here, with runs well-suited to both beginners and more experienced skiers. In the summer, visitors come to hike the high peaks of the nearby mountains, which provide picturesque views and exciting trails through nature.
After a busy day on the slopes, there’s no better way to relax than by visiting the many onsen around the main village of Hakuba-mura for a nice, long soak, before heading back to your hotel or hostel. This village was also a main event venue during the 1998 Winter Olympics, bringing in athletes for the alpine, ski jump, and crosscountry events.
The many hostels and hotels here give visitors the unique experience of staying in close proximity to some of the most impressively beautiful mountains in the world, enjoying spectacular views and easy access to tons of exciting outdoor activities. Temperatures are generally cool here year round, but are ideal for enjoying recreation opportunities outside.
There is a rail line that runs through Hakuba, but visitors can also get from the airport to their local hostel or hotel via bus or taxi. Car rentals can also be found from the airport, and the drive to Hakuba is quite enjoyable and scenic.
Written by local enthusiast for Hakuba hostelsJakob Lombardi