Hakuba is located at the east foot of Hakuba Mountain ranges, northern North Alps. People can enjoy nature activities such as trekking, skiing and rafting. Hakuba galette which is made of local buckwheat flour is very popular as well as local foods using fresh pork, rice and vegetables.
- 5th Happo Springs
- 4th Happoone Nature Research Path
- 3rd Hakuba Goryu alpine Botanical Garden
- 2nd Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort
- 1st Happo-One Ski Resort
1. Spot Ranking in Hakuba area
5th. Happo Springs（八方温泉）
This Hot spring facility has a traditional Tatami mat floored rest area and a place for breakfast. While people soak in the hot spring in a large bath tub and an open-air bath (for each single gender), they enjoy the great view of Hakuba Sanzan (Three mountains of Hakuba). Rental fee of towel is 300 yen. The admission fee is 800 yen. Operating hours is from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. (On Wednesday, it is open at 12:00 pm.) It is open seven days a week.
Directions to Happo Springs, it takes 5 minutes by car from JR Hakuba station.
4th. Happoone Nature Research Path（八方尾根自然研究路）
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The hiking route starts from Karamatsu-dake to its east is one of the popular hiking routes of Hakuba mountain ranges. People can enjoy the view of North Alps and pretty alpine plants. To the Happo-Ike mountain lodge (at 1830 meter or 6003 feet elevation), people can take gondola and lift so it is easy for beginners as well.
The fee of gondola and lift (Happo Alpine line: round trip ticket between Hapoo station and Happo Ike mountain lodge) is 2900 yen. It is available to purchase from June 2nd to October 28th. Operating hours is from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. (It depends on the season, it may change.)
Directions to Happo One Nature Research Path, take a train from JR Matsumoto station to Hakuba station. It takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Then take a local bus (Sarukura line) from Hakuba station and get off at Hakuba Happo One Sky jyo bus stop.
3rd. Hakuba Goryu alpine Botanical Garden（白馬五竜高山植物園）
Hakuba Goryu Alpine Botanical Garden is located at a side of Mt.Goryudake which height is 1500 meters or 4921 feet elevation. People can see common Japanese alpine plants as well as rare plants that usually seen in European Alps and Himalaya.
It is open from June 16th to October 28th. Operating time is from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm. It is open for seven days a week during this time. (It depends on the season, operating hours may change.)
Directions to Hakuba Goryu Alpine Botanical Garden, it takes 5 minutes by car from JR Hakuba station. The admission fee including gondola is 1800 yen.
2nd. Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort（白馬岩岳マウンテンリゾート）
Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort has a large Lily garden at the summit and foot of Mt. Iwatake which height is 1289 meters or 4229 feet. About 50 different kinds, 300,000 lilies are planted and 2 million flowers of lily bloom in the season. The best season to see various colored lilies such as red, orange, white and yellow is from the beginning of July to the end of August and feast for people’s eyes. People take gondola called” Noa” to go up the summit.
The admission fee including gondola and Lily garden is 1800 yen. The admission fee of the garden only is 1200 yen.
Operation hours is from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. (It is close at 5:00 pm during July and August). It is open from April 28th to May 4th, July 1st to August 26th, October 1st to November 4th and weekends of May, June and September.
Directions to Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort, it takes about 10 minutes by car from JR Hakuba station.
1st. Happo-One Ski Resort（白馬八方尾根スキー場）
Kita One mountain plateau is located at the side of Happo One which height is 1200 meters or 3937 feet. People can go up there by lift and enjoy stunning view of North Alps such as Hakuba Sanzan (Three mountains of Hakuba) and Kaerazuno-Ken. They can enjoy having good local foods at a café and a foot bath with a great view of mountains.
The fee of lift is 1000 yen(round-trip) or 600 yen (one-way). Operation hours is 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. (It depends on the season, it may change.) It is open from July 14th to November 4th, seven days a week.
Directions to Sakihana Kita One lift station, it takes about 10 minutes by car from JR Hakuba station. Or it takes about 5 minutes by shuttle bus from Hakuba Happo Busterminal.
2. Getting to Hakuba from Matsumoto
Directions from JR Matsumoto station to JR Hakuba station, there are two ways to get there.
The first option is taking train (Ooito line bounds for Minami Otari) from JR Matsumoto station to JR Hakuba station. As not train runs often, please be careful.
Another option is taking train (Ooito line bounds for Shinano Oomachi) from JR Matsumoto station to JR Shinano Oomachi station. Then transfer to Ooito line bounds for Minami Otari and get off at JR Hakuba station.
It takes about one hour and 40 minutes for both ways. The ticket cost is 1140 yen.
3. Nagano Area list
Tateshina – Venus Line
Lake Suwa, Kami-Suwa Onsen and Shimo-Suwa Onsen