“We had a wonderful exchange in Hakuba with Shaun and Verena! Their home is very nice, in a great location and it matched the description very well. The home is very comfortable and clean and the car was great, too. It was excellent to have the car since we did a lot of exploring around the area. Shaun and Verena were incredible to exchange with! They were easy to communicate with throughout the process and very helpful in giving us tips as we planned our trip. They put us in touch with their property manager in Hakuba who picked us up from the train station, showed us around the town and was available in case we needed anything. We communicated with them a little bit during our trip and then returned home to a clean house - they had cleaned the entire house, washed our sheets and towels, and left us the sweetest note. This was our first exchange so we weren't sure what to expect, and our exchange with Shaun and Verena exceeded all of our expectations! We would highly recommend an exchange at their home (and we even hope to return one day in the winter so we can take advantage of the skiing)!”
Where is it?
Situated in the breathtakingly beautiful Northern Japan Alps, Hakuba offers some of the best Year round sports action in Japan. In winter. Abundant snow falls and excellent powder conditions make Hakuba a perennial top choice of skiers and snowboarders from around the world.
Much like the arlberg in Austria, Hakuba is actually a collection several small neighbouring villages encompassing nine ski resorts stretched across a broad valley.
Enjoy Sushi and sashimi, aromatic katsu curries, simmering hot pot nabe or Japanese Dichon salad, frosty Sapporo draft or maybe try a warm sake. Our Village, Hakuba Goryu has about 15-20 restaurants and about the same number of bars all within 1-2 kms that operate right throughout the winter season with more opening every year.
Escal plaza, located 300 meters from our front door, is a shopping and restaurant hub at the base of the ski field that operates year round, housing shops, cafes and the like (baskin robbins, subway etc) as well a a traditional Japanese onsen bath.
Escal plaza also provides the base station for the gondola that gives year round access to the mountains, for snowsports in winter, and for hiking, paragliding & access to the national park and wild flower gardens in spring and summer.
Goryu Dake, our nearest peak, is one of three local 3000 meter plus mountain peaks in the Hakuba valley and hikers and climbers come from all over to Japan and the world in summer to take on the 3 Peaks challenge. A great challenge if you are up for it!
During Spring and summer a reduced but still substantial number of the Goryu bars and restaurants operate. Approximately 5 Km away is Echoland, a year round "Eat street" that was built for the Nagano Olympics. Most restaurants and bars here are year round including our favourite, one of the best restaurants in Japan, Trauemerie. Echoland is a 10 minute drive or taxi in winter (About US$15 taxi fare) We often cycle over in summer if we are feeling energetic.
Summertime in Hakuba is breathtaking with the magnificent backdrop of the Japanese Alps surrounded by endless green, pristine lakes, flowing rivers and abundant outdoor activities. Why not come and discover why Hakuba is the outdoor adventure capital of Japan.
Enjoy world class single track mountain biking or take a guided trip to the top of the Alps, climb a glacier or just a leisurely stroll along the majestic Matsukawa River, there are so many enjoyable options for hike and walks in Hakuba.
Rafting canyoning fishing or just relax and take in the magnificent scenery and amazing culture
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