Hakuba is world renowned as a ski/snowboard destination, but also offers many other activities in both summer and winter.

Summer Activities

Hakuba may be a skier’s paradise, but between May and November, it is transformed into a tranquil retreat with something for everyone.

Road Cycling & Mountain Biking

Enthusiasm for mountain biking is growing and Hakuba and the surrounding Nagano region are rich in exciting mountain bike trails offering scenic routes through small villages and around mountain lakes. Downhill mountain biking is also growing in popularity with some of the ski resorts building new trails.


Hakuba has several breathtaking canyons that can be experienced from May to October. Canyoning involves swimming, jumping, using ropes and cascading down whitewater chutes. Late spring and early summer have some of the highest water flow due to snowmelt and spring rains. Our friends at Evergreen Outdoor Center offer several tours.

Hiking and Walks

One of Hakuba’s main attractions during the summer months is hiking with hikers boarding the gondolas to reach the upper areas of the ski fields and carry on hiking a number of trails through the Japanese Alps. There are several tour operators in the valley. Please ask up for details.


During the summer months, you will see dozens of paragliders riding the thermals. Hakuba is a great place to get an interdiction to the sport with a number of operators offering tandem jumps. Hakuba is the Paragliding capital of Japan with the best in the world coming to Hakuba in 2010 for the World Cup event held at Happo One.

Rafting, Kayaking & Canoeing

With a couple of different large rivers and several lakes in the area, Hakuba Valley is perfect for water sports. There are several different tours you can go on in the area. Please let us know what you are looking for, and we’ll try and match you with a tour.


The past few years, Hakuba has seen a surge in interest in SUP or stand up paddleboards. Aoki Lake is popular due to the lack of motorboats and the fresh crystal clear waters delivering a full-body workout and a refreshing dip in the hot summer temperatures. There are a few places on the lake offer board rentals.

Winter Activities

Hakuba is a paradise for winter activities of all types.

Try ski lessons, snowmobiling or snowshoeing, or even take a hot air balloon ride and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Hakuba Valley.

Ski Lessons, Snowboard lessons and more..

Whether you are a beginner looking for ski/snowboard lessons to learn to link turns on the green runs, an advanced skier/snowboarder ready to take it to the park and work on your freestyle skills or somewhere in-between, our ski school offers friendly, personal and professional service. All our instructors speak fluent English, hold first aid and instructing certificates and come with glowing recommendations; as well we have instructors who speak French, Spanish and more.

Check these schools for more details:
Evergreen Outdoor Center
Hakuba Happo-one Ski School

Ski Rentals, Snowboard Rentals, and more

Spicy Rentals has set up a great network of 6 shops around Hakuba Valley to cover all your winter gear rental needs. Our courteous, experienced staff will answer any questions you might have, and help you find the equipment that is just right for you.

For more details, visit:
Spicy Rentals Official Website

Snowshoe Tours in Hakuba

Experience a world away from the crowds and lift-lines and explore the silence of Hakuba’s more removed areas on snowshoes. The Hakuba area has endless trails on mountain ridges or through old growth forests and shrines, with truly some of the best Alpine views in all of Japan. We run snowshoe full day and afternoon half day tours everyday from December 10th to the end of the season. Minakami area snowshoe tours are provided by Canyons.

Evening Snowshoe and Fondue in Hakuba

The walk is not strenuous, but just enough to work up an appetite for dessert fondue in a specially crafted snow shelter.

For more details, visit:
Evergreen Outdoor Center Snowshoe Tours


Straddle a snowmobile and fire up the engine to accelerate your adventure in the Hakuba Valley!

For more details, visit:
Hakuba Lion Adventure Snowmobile Tours

Backcountry Tours

Come and explore some of the very best backcountry terrain and tree runs in Japan – ski Hakuba powder with us!

For more details, visit:
Evergreen Backcountry Guides

Experience Japanese Culture

Not Instant Noodles

Try your hand at making your own soba (buckwheat) noodles under the guidance of Hakuba’s experts. You even get to cook and eat them later.

Origami Lessons

Try your hand at Origami/ Paper folding. In no time at all you will be folding paper cranes. This will no doubt impress the neighbors back home.

For more details, visit:
Experience Japanese Culture Day Tours

Local Sightseeing

Learn about local attractions in and around Hakuba like Zenkoji Temple and the famous Jigokudani monkey hot springs.

For more details, visit:
Hakuba’s Local Sightseeing

Hot Springs

Hakuba has many hot springs facilities which provide a peaceful way to relax after a day on the mountains.

For more details, visit:
Hakuba Hot Springs

Ready to come to Hakuba?