ABLE Hakuba GORYU (often just known as Goryu) is a resort located in Hakuba village. There are two base areas - the main Toomi and Iimori. The resort is connected with the Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park resort at the top and they share a common lift ticket. Spectacular close-up views of Goryu-dake and Karamatsu-dake can be enjoyed in good weather conditions.
This resort has been operating since 1950 with a few name changes along the way - the latest being in 2017 when the official name changed from 'Hakuba Goryu' to 'ABLE Hakuba GORYU'.
Hakuba village is just over 40km to the west of Nagano city in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. Hakuba was host to some of the major events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics including alpine skiing (at Hakuba Happo-one), ski jump events and cross country events. The backdrop of the North Alps makes for a spectacular mountain setting. Along with the ski and snowboard resorts in neighbouring Otari village to the north and Omachi City to the south - collectively known as 'Hakuba Valley' - this is one of the major ski and snowboard resort regions of Japan. This map shows the ski and snowboard resorts in the main Hakuba region. In recent years the Hakuba region has become one of the most popular winter sport regions of Japan for visitors from overseas.
Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at ABLE Hakuba GORYU. There are also a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Hakuba area, please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Kids Wonderland' is on the lower slopes of the Toomi area, near Escal Plaza. Entry is free. There is also the 'Family Land' by Iimori base.
Child-care is available at Hakuba Goryu.
The 'Dragon Park' at ABLE Hakuba GORYU is located in the Iimori area, by the Milky Four lift.
ABLE Hakuba GORYU Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Late November until Early May
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
On weekends and holidays and New Year, the Toomi part of ABLE Hakuba GORYU opens from 6:30am.
Nighta in the Toomi area is open 6:00pm until 9:30pm, from 22nd December 2018 until 31st March 2019.
ABLE Hakuba GORYU Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
12-17 year olds
50-60 year olds
11 Lift Coupons
1 Lift Coupon
Season Ticket (all)
Season Ticket (nighta)
Hakuba Valley 1 Day
Hakuba Valley 2 Days
Hakuba Valley 3 Days
Hakuba Valley 4 Days
Hakuba Valley 5 Days
Hakuba Valley 6 Days
Hakuba Valley 7 Days
A 1,000 yen returnable deposit is required to buy lift tickets.
All of the main tickets are valid at both ABLE Hakuba GORYU and the connecting Hakuba 47 resort.
The Weekday 5 lift ticket can be used on 5 weekdays during the season (some exceptions apply).
'Hakuba Valley' tickets The tickets marked as ‘Hakuba Valley’ can be used at any of 10 ski and snowboard resorts in the Omachi-Hakuba-Otari valley (listed below).
The 1 Day ticket is valid on the day of purchase. The 2 Day tickets can be used on any 2 days within three days of purchase. The 3 Day tickets can be used on any 3 days within five days of purchase. The 4 Day tickets can be used on any 4 days within seven days of purchase. The 5 Day tickets can be used on any 5 days within nine days of purchase. The 6 Day tickets can be used on any 6 days within ten days of purchase. The 7 Day tickets can be used on any 7 days within eleven days of purchase. Nighta is not included.
A number of shuttle buses that travel around the Hakuba area stop at ABLE Hakuba GORYU. Bus services are also available from Nagano Station (Hokuriku Shinkansen line) which is about 44km away - that journey takes approximately 60 minutes.
41.7km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
47.1km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
51.6km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (1.5km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 33
Hakuba village is located in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture. Route 148 goes north-south through the region.
To get to ABLE Hakuba GORYU from the central area of Hakuba (Hakuba Station), head south on Route 148 towards Omachi. About 5km later, at the traffic lights just past Kamishiro Station turn right and follow the signs to the base of the resort.
Getting to the Hakuba region There are three main ways to approach the Hakuba region by road – from Nagano city (and the Nagano IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway), from the south (and the Azumino IC exit on the Nagano Expressway) and from the north (and the Itoigawa IC exit on the Hokuriku Expressway).
Approaching Hakuba village from Nagano IC (Joshinetsu Expressway) From the Nagano IC exit, turn right Prefecture Road 35 and head north for about 3.5km until arriving at the Nagano Minami By-pass (Route 19). Turn left onto Route 19 and drive by the river for around 13km until arriving at the Hakuba Nagano Toll Road. Turn onto this road (the normal charge is 210 yen per vehicle) and then continue straight on Prefecture Road 31 and then Prefecture Road 33 to head into Hakuba, which is well signposted. The journey from Nagano IC to central Hakuba is around 46km.
Approaching Hakuba village from Azumino IC (Nagano Expressway) From the Azumino IC exit, go straight ahead at the exit traffic lights and follow Prefecture Road 310 for just over 4.5km until reaching Route 147. Turn right onto Route 147 (signposted as Omachi and Matsukawa Village). Follow this road and then Route 148 into Hakuba. The journey from Azumino IC to central Hakuba is around 50km.
Approaching Hakuba village from Itoigawa IC (Hokuriku Expressway) From the Itoigawa IC exit, turn left to head south on Route 148 to the Hakuba area, passing through Otari Village along the way. The journey from Itoigawa IC to central Hakuba is about 45km.
The ski resort information currently shown on SnowJapan is from the 2018-2019 season. Over the summer and autumn months we will be checking and then updating information. Everything will be updated online in time for the 2019-2020 winter season. Please note that planned ski resort opening dates are often very similar every year, so the dates from the 2018-2019 season can be taken as a good idea of what to expect next season.
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