Top 5 Things To Do & Where To Stay In Hakuba Valley


Not only can you enjoy amazing skiing terrains in the Winter but the Hakuba Valley has much to offer in the Green Season also with its pure mountain air, clear rivers, fantastic mountain bike trails and incredible hiking routes that make this destination a perfect getaway destination all year round.

Here we have listed top 5 things to do when in Hakuba that is not just skiing!

Check out snow monkeys

Unlike other monkeys on the planet, monkeys here in this village know how to treat themselves with a proper hot bath! You can see these most relaxed monkeys at Jigokudani Park during the winter time by walking through a beautiful wintery park to the viewing area. 

Visit Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle is known as one of Japan’s most main historical sites and the oldest remaining castles in the country. Visitors can notice the difference of this castle for its distinctive black colour. It takes 80 minutes from Hakuba to the castle and there are several shops and restaurants around the area. Don’t miss climbing up to the highest level to see the amazing views of the area. 

Find your balance spirit at Zenkoji Temple

This Zenkoji temple is one of the must-visit places when you are in Hakuba. The temple was built in the 7th century and is the temple that stores the first Buddhist status that brought to country. Surrounded by traditional streets, cafes, souvenir shops and restaurants, the temple is worth a visit for travellers coming to or leaving Hakuba.  

Attending Tea Ceremony

Tea ceremony is one of the charming cultural traditions in Japan that is great to experience. Learn how the tea is made and how to drink the tea in a traditional Japanese style is one of the recommended things to do. 

Dip & relax in the Onsen

Onsen is one of the best ways to recharge after the long walking or skiing day. There are several onsens in Hakuba Valley with different unique and quality such as different type of building, minerals and colours in the water that provide different healing qualities. Ranging from the building zen garden to the snowy mountain views, you can hop from one to the others and make your day fully recharged. For the guests staying at one of Hakuba Hotel Group’s chalets, you can visit and use onsen facilities at the hotel easily.

Where to stay

Hakuba Hotel Group, a premium skiing resort group that provides a variety range of hotels and private chalets, introduces its newly luxury chalets with the ‘Introductory Sale’ and the last-minute winter deals with the discount up to 35% when booking before 28 April 2019.

The Hakuba Hotel Group is the largest luxury property group located in Hakuba, Nagano, which is famous for its spectacular ski resorts with more than 200 runs, 139 lifts, vertical drop of over 1,000 metres and top elevation of 1,831 metres, providing the most variety and excitement of any resort in Japan.

Apart from its existing portfolio of 5 hotels and 22 private luxury chalets all in prime location throughout the valley, Hakuba Hotel Group welcomes Sakka Rocks, Asagiri, Mizuho, and Wadano Woods into its luxury chalets collection. These private chalets are perfect for families and groups that prefer a premium quality of stay that is more unique than the hotel setting.

Furthermore, the guests who stay at one of its private chalets will also enjoy privileges including complimentary pick up and drop off on arrival and departure at Happo Bus Terminal or Hakuba train station, complimentary timed shuttle services to and from the ski fields and supermarket daily, complimentary onsen facilities at Phoenix Hotel, concierge services attending to all guest requirements including booking restaurants, ski hire, lessons, taxi, tours and local advice, and 5% discount at all Hakuba Hotel Group and Phoenix Restaurants with free pick up and drop off service to these venues.

The “Introductory Sale” is valid for Sakka Rocks at 35% off and for Asagiri at 30% off and the last-minute winter deals are valid for all remaining chalets with the special discount up to 20% off. 

This promotion is bookable via the resort’s online reservation channel at

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