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Hakuba, located in the Northern Alps of Nagano Prefecture, is one of Japan's most popular ski areas, offering good snow and several large ski resorts to choose from. The magnificent view of the Northern Japan Alps and other beautiful mountains is the highlight of this area. During the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Hakuba gained world wide recognition as it hosted several olympic competitions, including alpine (downhill, super g, and combination) and nordic (ski jump and cross country) events. Today some of the olympic facilities remain in use, such as the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium. There is also the Hakuba Olympic Village Memorial Hall, a small but interesting museum, located within walking distance of the ski jump.
Hakuba can be reached relatively easily not only from Tokyo, but also from the Nagoya and Kansai regions. While it is possible to do a day trip from Tokyo, Hakuba is best enjoyed overnight. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, there are hot springs (onsen) available around town. A relaxing soak in the onsen enjoying the spectacular views of the beautiful mountains may be exactly what you need after an exciting day on the slopes. Twelve of the major resorts (including all of those listed on this page) have teamed up to offer the "Hakuba Valley Ticket" package, which gives discounts on multiple day lift tickets to be used at any of the participating resorts.
Hot spring resort with 1,300 years of history
Famous for its snow monkeys that bathe; free foot baths in town
Hosted events during 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics; one of world's largest ski resorts
This is the only place in the world that you can see monkeys soaking in hot springs