Hakuba Sanosaka is located in the southern region of Hakuba village, close to the border with Omachi city. It used to be the northern part of three interconnected ski resorts, but since the middle area (Sun Alpina Aokiko) closed in 2009, the connection with the still-operating third resort (Kashimayari) is no longer available.
Hakuba Sanosaka opened last season after a period of uncertainty, but it wasn’t part of the ‘Hakuba Valley’ ticket. It is back into the fold for the 2018-2019 season and one of the 10 resorts included in 'Hakuba Valley'. Four lifts should be operating for the new season with a return of the Number 5 pair lift. Hurray!
Hakuba Sanosaka was originally known as 'Sanosaka Kogen' and then until 2009 it was called 'Sun Alpina Hakuba Sanosaka'.
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, telemark and snowboard lessons are available at Hakuba Sanosaka.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
There are no special facilities for children on the slopes.
The 'Easy Park' is located off the Number 3 quad lift.
Hakuba Sanosaka Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Hakuba Sanosaka is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays.
There is no nighta at this ski hill.
Hakuba Sanosaka Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary & Junior Hight School age
50 years & over
1 Lift Coupon
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
After a year out, the Hakuba Valley ticket is once again valid at Hakuba Sanosaka for the 2018-2019 season.
'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 free shuttle bus is available from Minami Kamishiro Station.
42.5km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
43.1km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
53km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (0.2km away)
Hakuba village is located in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture. Route 148 goes north-south through the region.
To get to Hakuba Sanosaka from the central area of Hakuba (near Hakuba Station), turn left at the station onto Route 148. The resort is on the right side, just under 8km from Hakuba station.
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.
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