A winter wonderland - the white season in Hakuba

First founded in 1928 and situated in the breathtakingly beautiful Northern Japan Alps, Hakuba stands out as Japan's top winter resort area, offering some of the best winter sports action in Japan. The host of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Hakuba comprises 9 ski resorts stretched across a broad valley, and provides more terrain, vertical rise and advanced ski and snowboard slopes than anywhere in Japan. Abundant snow falls and excellent powder conditions make Hakuba a perennial top choice of skiers and snowboarders from around the world.

Hakuba boasts some of the highest snowfall levels in Japan, with an annual base of snow exceeding ten meters. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, winter enthusiasts can enjoy telemark skiing, Nordic skiing, snow rafting, snow mobiling, heliskiing and snowshoeing. Thanks to its dry climate and exceptional powder snow, Hakuba provides an unparalleled winter vacation experience in Japan.

9 Resorts. 135 Lifts. Over 200 Runs.

For more than 70 years, Hakuba has been providing skiers, boarders and outdoor enthusiasts the ideal conditions for enjoying a memorable winter sports experience. Over 200 different trails, exceptional powder and some of the longest vertical skiing in Japan are just a few of the reasons why Hakuba has earned its reputation as a prime destination for skiers and boarders of all levels. Separate from the resorts, Hakuba boasts the most extensive and easily-accessed backcountry in Japan, with experienced and reputable local operators available to safely introduce visitors looking for an unforgettable experience. At the Big Bear Chalets we make sure all our guests reap the benefits of both our superior accommodation and our superior local knowledge of the town, mountains, resorts and other attractions.  

Big Bear Hakuba Chalets


Chair lifts Happo One Hakuba
Snowboarding PowderJigokudani Monkey ParkJigokudani Monkey Park EntranceJigokudani Monkey Park Trail
Zenkoji Temple NaganoZenkoji Temple Nagano
Zenkoji Temple Nagano

Things to do in the white season

  • Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Telemark skiing
  • Nordic skiing
  • snow rafting
  • snow mobiling
  • heliskiing
  • Snowshoe tours
  • Hakuba hot springs
  • Sightseeing Tours
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Zenkoji Temple Nagano
  • Togakushi Shrine
  • Obuse historic town