- Reliable snowfall and excellent ski touring across resorts
- Top notch terrain park plus an open gate for backcountry access
- Modern and fast lift system combined with quiet slopes during the week
- In-bounds off-piste terrain serves up waist deep pow!
- Limited beginner terrain at Hakuba 47
- On-mountain dining lacks variety and restaurants get packed!
- No accommodation at the base of Hakuba 47
- Lack of après-ski
Two ski resorts, one hell of a place to ski. Hakuba 47 and Goryu are two resorts sharing the one mountain, making it the second largest ski area in Hakuba Valley behind Happo One. They’re connected at the top and their shared lift pass makes it easy to access runs on both sides. Even though it’s technically the same mountain, both resorts exhibit its own persona - Goryu is more beginner friendly at the base but if you’re willing to work for your powder, access the back ridge for breathtaking views and untouched white fluff. Hakuba 47 on the other hand, provides plenty for intermediate and advanced skiers with dedicated off-piste tree zone and the largest terrain park in Hakuba Valley for that extra thrill.
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January to February
Narita International Airport
Hakuba Valley (5-6 hours)
MINI VAN TO
Hakuba 47 & Goryu (10 minutes)
- A few mid-range hotels close to lifts
- Hotels, lodges and chalets between base centre and Kamishiro train station
- Small district with a few restaurants and bars
Echoland (6-8 km)
- Wide range of accommodation
- Lively district with plenty of dining and shopping options
- Great for younger crowds and groups
Happo Village (8-10 km)
- Variety of accommodation
- Main tourist hub with plenty of dining and nightlife
- Great for skiing at Happo One
Hakuba Village (3-5 km)
- Plenty of accommodation options
- Main tourist hub like Happo Village
- Great base for exploring resorts across Hakuba Valley
Goryu has it all for beginners! For the little ones there's a kids-only beginner run and a Kid's Wonderland area. For the not-so little ones, there's plenty of mellow terrain including our favourite, the Merry Land Course! Hakuba 47 is less beginner-friendly with only a couple of runs available. Route 6 and Route 7 are probably your best bet, they're great runs but may be a bit too much for new beginners.More beginners tips
Hakuba 47 does have something for intermediates but Goryu is really where it's all at! Start off on the Sky Four Course for some big turns and carving before testing your limits on the ever so steep Super Course!More intermediates tips
In addition to the incredible backcountry on offer, advanced and experts will also love the on-piste terrain here. Our top picks include Route 1 in Hakuba 47; a long, straight and fast run, so fast in fact, it's used for downhill races! In Goryu, the Grand Prix Course has just the right steepness and enough space to make wide turns. Dive into the off-piste trees along this course where the waist deep powder is a real treat!More experts tips
Head over the back ridge at Goryu or weave through the trees at Hakuba 47 for plenty of powder stashes. The resort is north facing so the snow stays fresh for days!
Ditch the crowds
Intermediate skiers can escape the crowds in the Iimori area while advanced skiers can check out the well-spaced out Grand Prix Course. During weekends, Hakuba 47 sees fewer local crowds.
There are plenty of activities for non-skiers to enjoy around the resort from the onsens (hot springs) and snowmobile tours to day trips to the nearby Matsumoto Castle and Jigokudani Monkey Park.
There are plenty of activites for all the family, including the kids-only run and Kid's Wonderland area on the Goryu side. Childcare services are also widely available around the resort for when you just want to shred the mountains yourself!
|Hakuba 47 & Goryu||Cortina|
|beginner||30 %||40 %|
|intermediate||40 %||30 %|
|advanced||30 %||30 %|
|child lift ticket||Free||Free|
|adult lift ticket||¥5,000 JPY ($61 AUD)||¥4,000 JPY ($49 AUD)|
|value for money|
|average total snowfall||448cm||1,138cm|