Breathtaking alpine panoramas, steep and dramatic landscapes and a healthy dose of powder snow. Combined, the resorts of the Hakuba Valley are the largest ski area in Japan and are the heart of the 'Japan Alps'.
With eleven ski hills and eight villages across a 17-kilometre valley, the sheer depth and variety of accommodation options set Hakuba apart from most other ski resorts in Japan.
Choosing from ski in / ski out hotels, modern apartments, stunning one-of-a-kind signature houses, family holiday homes, traditional Ryokans and charming alpine lodges is no easy task.
Samurai Snow offers a choice of over 150 accommodations in the Hakuba Valley for groups of all sizes and budget preferences. With this many options to choose from, it can be a little tricky knowing where to start.
We recommend first choosing which village in the Hakuba Valley best matches your preferences and then deciding how close you would like to be to the ski lifts. All other things being equal, accommodations located further away from the ski lifts are priced lower than the ski in / ski out accommodations that everybody wants.
Alternatively, browse our Hakuba Collections. These hand-curated lists are based on years of feedback from past guests telling us what matters most to them when choosing their Hakuba accommodation.
Search Hakuba Accommodation
Search exclusively for Hakuba accommodation for your preferred stay dates using our Accommodation Search Tool at the top of this page. Simply select 'Hakuba – Any Village' from the 'Resort' dropdown list.
If you want to decide on your preferred village and then search, check out our village accommodation guide below.
Hakuba Accommodation by Village
Hakuba is comprised of eight villages: Happo One, Wadano, Echoland area (Echoland Village & Misorano Village), Goryu, Iwatake, Tsugaike, Norikura and Cortina.
Happo One village and Wadano village both sit at the base of the Happo One ski resort; the largest in the Hakuba Valley. The Echoland area is located between Happo One ski resort and Hakuba 47 ski resort. All of the other villages (Goryu, Iwatake, Tsugaike, Norikura and Cortina) sit at the base of their own distinct self-contained ski resort.
Each village is a short drive from its neighbour and they are all connected via the extensive Hakuba Valley shuttle bus services (for more information, please check out our Getting Around Hakuba guide).
When deciding which village is the best fit for you, consider the ski area that best matches your group's ability levels and preferences as well as the village where you would like to spend the most time.
- Are ski schools and child care a must-have for you? Are dining and nightlife high on your list of priorities?
- Are you a lover of Japan’s famous Onsen (hot springs)?
- Are you a newcomer to skiing and snowboarding looking to take some lessons with an instructor?
- What mix of piste runs best suits your group’s ability level?
- Are you a Powderhound looking for the best tree runs and access to the side-country gates or a freestyler looking to take on a terrain park?
Happo One offers a great mix of accommodation types, from traditional Ryokans, welcoming boutique hotels, log cabins, slopeside apartments, and family homes to arguably the most spectacular ski chalet in Japan!
- Beating heart of the Hakuba Valley
- Largest ski area with something for everyone
- Mix of accommodation types - ryokans, hotels, log cabins, apartments & family homes
- Shopping, dining, nightlife and amenities, including high-quality international ski schools
Wadano offers a wide range of accommodation options, from stunning luxury chalets, ski in / ski out apartment buildings to luxury hotels and cosy lodges in a picturesque forest setting.
- Peaceful forest area at the base of Happo One ski resort
- Easy access to beginner slopes or Happo One village
- Great range of chalets, apartments & hotels
- Plenty of space to enjoy
Echoland and the surrounding area offer a huge amount of accommodation from affordable holiday homes & low-cost local lodges to newly built luxury chalets and houses.
- Central district with fantastic dining and nightlife
- Direct Shuttle Bus links to Hakuba 47, Groyu, Happo One, Iwatake & Tsugaike ski resorts
- Chalets & lodges in a residential tree-lined setting
- Excellent value for money
Goryu offers a choice of large self-catering properties and great value mid-range Japanese hotels, making for an affordable stay option for large groups and families.
- Uncrowded ski area with steep piste runs & freestyle park
- Easy to access backcountry
- Great value accommodation in a forest setting
Iwatake is a great choice for an authentic stay with accommodation that is inexpensive compared to similar properties elsewhere in the Hakuba Valley.
- Authentic Japanese village stay
- Panoramic views from the mountain top viewing platform
- Uncrowded skiing experience
- Great value ski in / ski out accommodation
Tsugaike village offers a number of Ski In / Ski Out accommodation options stretching along the wide base of the Tsugaike ski resort.
- Beginner skiers' paradise
- Great tree skiing and accessible backcountry terrain
- Lots of ski in / ski out accommodation options
- Authentic village vibe with a few traditional restaurants, bars and Izakayas
The Ski In / Ski Out resort hotels at the base of Cortina Ski Resort and adjoining Norikura Ski Resort offer a great range of facilities & amenities and are supplemented by a handful of traditional lodges and apartments.
- Twin ski resorts each with a large ski in / ski out hotel
- Impressive off-piste terrain & most snowfall
- Fantastic onsen & spa complexes
- Kid’s activities and all-under-one-roof amenities
To secure the best Hakuba accommodation for your group, start planning your trip as early as possible to choose from the widest range of available options and find the best match for your group’s preferences.
Bookings open each year from March / April on a staggered basis for the upcoming winter. Generous discounts are offered for early birds for some accommodations.
The New Year period from just after Christmas to the first few days of January is the most popular time of the winter season by far with the most popular accommodations booking out early.
Hakuba Accommodation Collections
Our collections are hand-curated lists, based on years of feedback from past guests telling us what matters most to them when choosing their Hakuba accommodation.
Do you prefer a central location or somewhere tucked away in peaceful forest tranquillity?
How about the thought of relaxing in your own private Jacuzzi or onsen bath on the balcony or roof terrace?
Are you looking for somewhere special to makes memories and entertain your friends and family?
If you are looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place
Hakuba Accommodation by type
You can find every type of accommodation in Hakuba to suit your tastes, budget preference and group size.
The huge range of Hakuba accommodation options means that the visitor is truly spoilt for choice.
Hakuba Accommodation by number of bedrooms
If you pretty much know your group size and the number of bedrooms you are going to need, you can browse our range accordingly.
If you have children in your group, bear in mind that a fair few Hakuba chalets and apartments have a bedroom with one or two sets of bunk beds. So, you might need one less bedroom than you think. Some of these bunk beds are pretty large and comfy enough for adults.
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