Cheap snowboarding and amazing mountains – Hakuba report

If you want to experience snowboarding or skiing on the cheap in Japan, Hakuba is the best place to go.  We recently went there, and enjoyed not just hitting the slopes but also checking out the town.


Arrived to see this Japanese graveyard totally covered in snow.  Tried to walk through, but it was impossible!


Hakuba has a few free hot foot baths, like this one in the Tourist Information Center.


This shrine can be found in the center of Habuba.


Hosonosuwa Shrine, also in the center.


The Olympic Ski Jump.

hakuba_nagano_long_jump2View from the Olympic Ski Jump.  Highly recommended as the town can be difficult to see from up some ski slopes.


Hakuba Goryu ski resort on the beginner course – very quiet.


The intermediate course wasn’t that busy as well.hakuba_town

After all the snowboarding, we took a walk around the town.

More information can be found in our Hakuba travel guide.

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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.