The village of Hakuba, surrounded by the beautiful Northern Japan Alps, is a very popular tourist destination in the country. Located in the main island of Honshu, the Hakuba Valley is home to 9 ski resorts and more than 135 lifts, allowing easy access to some of Japan’s steepest backcountry terrain.There are plenty of backcountry tours in Hakuba, of all levels of difficulty and length. The Hida Mountains provide an immense variety of terrain to choose from. Whether you are looking for wide open glade skiing, steep chutes, or amazing ridgelines, Hakuba has a little bit of everything!
Winter in Hakuba is cold, but snow conditions are some of the best in the world. Mountain temperatures in winter are in the range of -5ºC and -13ºC, whereas in the village it will be -3º to -5ºC. You can expect fresh powder at least once a week during most of the season, but weather is generally mild by alpine terms.
Depending on how much time you have available, you can come to Hakuba for a few days or stay for a couple of weeks. You can easily spend a week exploring the great backcountry and enjoying spectacular runs on deep powder.
January and February are the best months to go skiing in Hakuba, as this is the time when it receives the best powder snow. However, the ski season extends from mid-December till April.
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