Facilities & Services
The amenities across the Hakuba Valley for skiers and snowboarders are mostly centred around the Happo One ski area, the Happo Village, the Hakuba 47 and Goryu ski areas, and the town of Hakuba. Hakuba Cortina
also has lots of high quality facilities and services.
Hakuba Ski Rental
There are a very good number of ski and snowboard hire shops located at the base of each of the Hakuba ski resorts and in some of the Hakuba hotels and pensions, although in some some cases it looks like they’re renting gear from the pre-Olympics era! If you’re looking for high performance gear, fat skis, or anything else that’s not a basic rental requirement, the highest concentration of good ski shops is in Wadano and Happo Village.
The largest range of Hakuba ski rentals and snowboard hire can be found at Rhythm, and they also have the latest gear. The staff speak English so if you don't speak Japanese you won't need to explain your requirements in sign language! Rhythm is located in the old Wadano Visitor's Centre adjacent to the Mominoki Hotel
, only 3 minutes walk from the Happo-One
lifts (Kokusai base), or they conveniently offer a free pick up service from your accommodation.
Central Snowsports is located in the heart of Happo near the Happo-One gondola. In addition to high performance ski rentals and snowboard gear, they hire out backcountry shovels, probes, beacons, touring skis and climbing skins.
Woody Rentalshop has a large range of rental gear for all levels and has 3 locations around Happo One and Hakuba town.
If you’re looking to rent a split board, check out The Boarding Co.
Hakuba Ski School
Evergreen Outdoor Center offers bilingual instructors for ski or snowboard lessons at Happo for children (aged 3+) and adults in either a half day or full day format. Evergreen also provides powder clinics and on-mountain guiding.
The Hakuba 47 Ski Academy also offers ski lessons in English, but only if they are in a private lesson format. For snowboarders, group lessons are available. For the little kids, they have a never-ever slope right out the front of the base buildings.
Facilities for Children
In addition to the ski lessons provided for children, Evergreen also offers child care for the morning or full day (18 months to 5 years) with English speaking staff. The child care facility is located at the Kokusai base of Happo-One and they provide transport between your hotel and the centre.
Over at the Sakka base of Happo One is a kids snow park that can be accessed for a small fee.
The Hakuba 47 School Centre offers child care for ages 2-6 for the morning and the afternoon (pick up during lunch), although there’s no guarantee that the carers will speak English.
There are child care facilities at Iwatake, Tsugaike, and Cortina, but the staff generally don’t speak English.
There are also a couple of Hakuba babysitting and nanny services.
||Evergreen Kids Camp
If the kids are too young to hit the big slopes or you just want some time to yourself, Evergreen Kids Camp is a professional English speaking child minding service in Hakuba.
You will need to budget well prior to visiting Hakuba as credit cards are commonly not accepted and this includes lift tickets at a couple of the resorts. Your best bet might be to cash up at Narita airport (there are ATMs just behind the information centre area).
ATMs in Hakuba are a little hard to come by. There’s an ATM at the post office in the town of Hakuba which is a significant inconvenience if that’s the only reason for travelling there (although it is worth popping into town to check it out). The ATM at the post office is open most nights until 7pm and it gives out big amounts of money (of course only if you have big amounts of money in your account!).
There is also an ATM in the 7-Eleven in the Echoland area, and an ATM at the Happo Information Centre, although when we visited it annoyingly only accepted Mastercard and not Cirrus or Maestro cards.