Hakuba Goryu

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The linked resorts of Hakuba 47 .nd Goryu form Hakuba’s most popular hill in terms of visitor numbers. Both resorts can be ridden using the same lift ticket. Hakuba 47 is Hakuba’s newest resort and a young, snowboarder-friendly vibe emanates … Continued


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On the south border between Hakuba and neighbouring Omachi, Sanosaka is a small family resort with more than initially meets the eye. In addition to the slope visible on approaching the resort, a further two areas are tucked away higher … Continued


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To the south of the valley and serviced by free shuttle buses, Kashmayari is one of the new members to the Hakuba Valley group. Kashimayrai takes its name from the mountain peak directly behind the resort. The area is serviced … Continued

Trail Run Heaven

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  Every trail runner has unique reasons for starting. For many, it’s their love of nature and a sense of adventure that drives them away from the predictability of pavement running and onto the ever-changing terrain of dirt. For others, … Continued

The Salt Road

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The Salt Road or Shio-no-mich in Japanese is the ancient path that passes right through the Hakuba Valley from the Sea of Japan in the north down to the castle city of Matsmoto 120kms away. Unlike the new throughfare that … Continued

Hiking & Trekking

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After spending much of the last summer exploring the local trail throughout the Hakuba Valley, I have tended to my blisters and compiled the following list of Hakuba’s favorite hikes based on how much time or fitness you may have. … Continued

Two Wheels

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Whether you like fat tyres or skinny ones, the Hakuba Valley has plenty of opportunites for two wheeled adventures or just a lazy ride around the streets. The valley is bike friendly, so either bring your own or rent, grab … Continued

Dive into Canyoning

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The concept of canyoning, or canyoneering as it is known in America, is to use various skills such as walking, scrambling, swimming, climbing and occasionally abseiling, in order to travel down a canyon. As the word ‘canyoneering’ suggests, it combines … Continued

Hakuba’s Downhill

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Beep,- beep,- beep – No it’s not the obscenities coming from my mouth, or my heart beating like it’s going to explode, it was the beeps that signal it’s 5 seconds to go time at the start gate of Hakuba … Continued


Being married and working together can pose some unique problems in a relationship but not so for the talented husband and wife team of the Phoenix Hotel Mimi’s Restaurant chef and patisseries chef Kazuyuki & Yuki Shimamoto.The talented duo met … Continued

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