Hakuba Happo-one (Hakuba Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Happo-one
白馬八方尾根 (長野県 白馬村)
Planned season: Friday 23rd November 2018 until early May 2019
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Hakuba Happo-one (often simply known as Happo-one or Happo) is a resort located close to the central area of Hakuba village. Happo-one is located on the eastern slopes of Mt Karamatsu and is one of the largest individual (stand-alone) ski and snowboard resorts in Japan. The resort dates back to 1929 but major development started from the late 50s. During the 1998 Nagano Olympics, Happo-one hosted the alpine skiing downhill, super giant slalom, and combined slalom events.

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, 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.

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The Mountain

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Hakuba Happo-one Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - 95cm 1st - 260cm 1st - 365cm 1st - 395cm
2nd - 130cm 2nd - 260cm 2nd - 370cm 2nd - 425cm
3rd - 130cm 3rd - 260cm 3rd - 360cm 3rd - 425cm
4th - 130cm 4th - 260cm 4th - 355cm 4th - 415cm
5th - 110cm 5th - 280cm 5th - 380cm 5th - 400cm
6th - 130cm 6th - 280cm 6th - 415cm 6th - 395cm
7th - 130cm 7th - 275cm 7th - 400cm 7th - 390cm
8th - 165cm 8th - 270cm 8th - 390cm 8th - 385cm
9th - 170cm 9th - 270cm 9th - 395cm 9th - 390cm
10th - 160cm 10th - 310cm 10th - 385cm 10th - 375cm
11th - 155cm 11th - 370cm 11th - 385cm 11th - 375cm
12th - 170cm 12th - 380cm 12th - 410cm 12th - 375cm
13th - 185cm 13th - 370cm 13th - 425cm 13th - 375cm
14th - 185cm 14th - 370cm 14th - 430cm 14th - 370cm
15th - 170cm 15th - 360cm 15th - 415cm 15th - 360cm
16th - 170cm 16th - 350cm 16th - 410cm 16th - 355cm
17th - 190cm 17th - 335cm 17th - 420cm 17th - 350cm
18th - 190cm 18th - 345cm 18th - 420cm 18th - 345cm
19th - 180cm 19th - 330cm 19th - 415cm 19th - 340cm
20th - 185cm 20th - 330cm 20th - 415cm 20th - 340cm
21st - 170cm 21st - 330cm 21st - 430cm 21st - 340cm
22nd - 170cm 22nd - 340cm 22nd - 430cm 22nd - 365cm
23rd - 175cm 23rd - 350cm 23rd - 420cm 23rd - 355cm
24th - 170cm 24th - 390cm 24th - 415cm 24th - 350cm
25th - 170cm 25th - 390cm 25th - 420cm 25th - 345cm
26th - 185cm 26th - 390cm 26th - 415cm 26th - 340cm
27th - 215cm 27th - 380cm 27th - 405cm 27th - 330cm
28th - 220cm 28th - 370cm 28th - 400cm 28th - 325cm
29th - 240cm 29th - 375cm 29th - - 29th - 320cm
30th - 240cm 30th - 375cm 30th 30th - 310cm
31st - 250cm 31st - 365cm 31st 31st - 310cm

Previous Statistics

Hakuba Happo-one Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Hakuba Happo-one. 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. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Sakka Kids Park' is in the Sakka base area of Happo-one and entry is 500 yen for children and adults. Opening dates are 17th December 2016 until 26th March 2017.
The area includes a safe ski and board area, a sledging area, a 'snow experience' area, a tubing area and a special mini park area.

The 'Happo Kids Club', open from 17th December, is a child care facility in the Sakka area of the resort. Charges are from 2700 yen for half a day, charges depend on the age of the child. 
Park Information
Park information
'Happo Banks Snow Park' is located on the Kita-One area, by the Kita-0ne Number 3 lift, and is suitable from beginners upwards. 

Hakuba Happo-one Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 7:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Hakuba Happo-one is generally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm on weekdays and from 7:30am until 5:00pm on weekends and holidays.

Nighta is from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. Times differ slightly at some points in the season.

Hakuba Happo-one Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
6-12 year olds
60 years & over
1 Day (until 5pm, no nighta) 5,200 yen 3,000 yen 4,700 yen
2 Days (until 5pm, no nighta) 9,400 yen 5,400 yen 8,500 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 4,200 yen 2,400 yen 3,800 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 4,200 yen 2,400 yen 3,800 yen
Sakka Debut 3,000 yen 1,500 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 2,000 yen 1,200 yen 2,000 yen
Season Ticket (all) 70,000 yen 34,000 yen 67,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 52,000 yen
Spring Season (from 1st Mar) 32,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 1 Day 6,000 yen 3,400 yen
Hakuba Valley 2 Days 10,800 yen 6,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 3 Days 16,000 yen 9,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 4 Days 21,300 yen 11,900 yen
Hakuba Valley 5 Days 26,600 yen 14,900 yen
Hakuba Valley 6 Days 31,900 yen 17,900 yen
Hakuba Valley 7 Days 37,200 yen 20,800 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Sakka Debut ticket is a 1 Day lift ticket that is valid on just the Sakka Kita One quad, Sakka Number 2 pair and Sakka Number 3 triple lifts.

Children ages 6-12 years can ski for free on the 3rd Sunday every month from December 2018 until April 2019.

Spring ski tickets are available from 1st April 2019.

'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 area (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.

Resorts where the Hakuba Valley ticket is valid:

- Hakuba 47
- Hakuba Cortina
- Hakuba Goryu
- Hakuba Happo-one
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Hakuba Norikura
- Hakuba Sanosaka
- Jigatake
- Kashimayari
- Tsugaike Kogen

Child classification for Hakuba Valley tickets: 6-12 year olds.

Getting to Hakuba Happo-one

By public transport
44.8km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
2.9km from Hakuba Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Hakuba Happo-one is just under 3km from Hakuba Station on the Oito line.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by public transport
A number of shuttle buses that travel around the Hakuba area stop at Hakuba Happo-one. Bus services are also available from Nagano Station (Hokuriku Shinkansen line) which is about 44km away - that journey takes approximately 60 minutes.
By Car
45.6km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
47.8km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
50.9km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (2.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 322
Hakuba village is located in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture. Route 148 goes north-south through the region.

There are a few base areas to the Hakuba Happo-one resort, but the main Adam Gondola station in the Happo area is a few kilometres from the main Route 148 road and Hakuba Station. From Hakuba Station, use the road straight ahead (Prefecture Road 322) to head towards Hakuba Happo-one.

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.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by car
There are a number of car parks around the base areas of Happo-one for about 1100 cars. The seven resort car parks are free to use, though there are a few other paid parking options close to the lifts as well.

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(19th November 2018)
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