EXPERIENCE

WHY HAKUBA?

While the Hakuba Valley when clothed in crystalline white is truly magical, in all the glory of summer green, pops of colour and sapphire lakes, the Valley is nothing short of spectacular!

Spring heralds the ephemeral prettiness of cherry blossom season, where your day can consist of snow sports in the morning then a quick trip to the Sea of Japan to indulge your senses in Sakura – cherry blossoms. Take a picnic and contemplate the beauty of nature surrounded by a canopy of pink and white.

Summer and Autumn are the times to blow out the cobwebs with mountain biking, hiking, canyoning, kayaking or fishing. If that sounds a little hectic take a lazy hot-air balloon ride to view the emerald covered fields against the soaring peaks of the Hakuba Valley.

With an elevation of 3,000m, the peaks of the Northern Alps mountain range draw hikers and climbers from all over the world. The Hakuba Valley is one of the 3 famous snow valleys of Japan and contains Japan’s largest alpine flower garden. After a day of hiking, soak in the natural splendor of the mountains in alpine hot springs, accessible only on foot. For beginner hikers, easy trails can be safely reached by ski lift, which run all summer long at some resorts. No matter what your age or skill level, everyone can enjoy the beauty of the Northern Alps throughout the whole year.

 HAKUBA OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Canoeing
Canoeing in Japan doesn’t get much better than on Nagano’s numerous lakes and rivers.
Kayaking Cruises
Enjoy flat water tours on Lake Aoki, a deep and clear lake fed by snow-melt, rain, and mineral springs from below
SUP
Stand up paddle boards (SUP) offer a fun, relaxing way to play on the water. With minimum gear, you can paddle across the placid and beautiful lake Aoki.
Firefly Canoe Tour
One of the most amazing night tours you will experience in Japan – a canoe tour to see Japanese fireflies dance above the waters of Lake Aoki.
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Canyoning
Canyoning in Japan is an exciting and exhilarating activity from May to October. Canyoning is the sport of descending canyons. Slide down waterfalls and splash in to deep pools that have been carved by millennia of fast flowing water.
Hiking
Hakuba is a mecca for hiking in Japan and every day in the green season hikers board gondolas to reach the upper areas of the ski fields and then carry on to hike the Northern Japanese Alps.
Rock-Climbing
Nagano offers a range of rock faces and some challenging man-made outdoor walls for training. Whether you are a seasoned climber, or just want to give it a go, Nagano has a climb waiting for every physical ability.
Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking is huge in Japan. Hakuba and the surrounding Nagano region are rich in exciting mountain bike trails and offer numerous scenic trails for relaxing rides around mountain lakes and through small villages.
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Air Ballooning
Parachuting
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