Out of Bounds

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Skiers and snowboarders who have spent time in the backcountry generally agree that exploring out of bounds terrain is the pinnacle of the sport. Backcountry exploration offers a host of unique experiences and opportunities that present, for many a full … Continued

Battle of the Characters

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Japanese people love kitsch. Whether it’s frilly maids in Akihabara, grown women spending all of their holidays at Tokyo Disneyland, Pokemon or Hello Kitty painted fifteen feet high on the body of an airliner, … nothing can be too “kawaii” … 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

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