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.

A great pick for a Hakuba ski rental /snowboard shop is Central Snowsports which has three locations across Hakuba: in the heart of Happo near the Happo-One gondola; opposite the Sakka lifts (and great beginner area) in Upper Wadano; and Goryu opposite the Escal Plaza. They also offer a guest shuttle whereby they pick you up and drop you off to your accommodation. Central Snowsports have standard snowboard and ski rentals and clothing (pants, jackets, helmets) as well as high performance equipment and fat skis. In addition, they have backcountry ski touring rentals, skins, collapsible poles, snowshoes and packs with avalanche beacon, shovel and probe. You can pre-book your gear here.

Woody Ski and Snowboard Hier have two Hakuba ski rental shops in Happo. One is located just a few minutes walk from the Happo Information Centre (the bus terminal with shuttles to all the ski resorts) and the other shop is just 1 minute from the Happo gondola. Woody hires out performance skis and snowboard equipment, après boots, gloves, goggles, helmets and backcountry touring ski gear and avalanche safety equipment. You can pre-book your gear here.
 
If you’re looking to rent a split board, check out The Boarding Co.

Woody Ski & Snowboard Rentals

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 International also offers ski & snowboarding lessons in English, both for private & group lessons. For the little kids, they have a kids program (Frank Club) which offers full day lessons, equipment rental & lunch for kids 4 - 12. Pre-schoolers 5 and under get a free lift ticket.

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.

Banking Facilities

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.

Hakuba Packages
Ski lodging & accommodations
Hosted Ski Tours & Multi-Resort Safaris

Hakuba Ski Rental /Snowboard Hire

Central Snowsports
Woody Rentals