About Hakuba

The city of Hakuba is part of the old salt road connecting Matsumoto to the Japan sea and has been around for centuries……..much longer than the ski resorts and Olympic games it`s since become famous for. Local adventurists first started hiking and “sliding” down the wintery peaks around the turn of the 20th century and Happo One was established as Hakuba`s first official Ski resort in 1931. Since then over a dozen newer resorts have opened along the valley, the most recent being Hakuba 47.  In light of this, Hakuba doesn`t really have a “center of town”, but instead has several mini-villages nestled around the resort bases.

Of these mini-villages, Morino Lodge is located in the nicest and most convenient; Wadano. Surrounded by snow-covered forest and away from any major roads, Morino Lodge seems its own little winter wonderland, yet it`s only a 5 minute walk to the Happo Gondola and one of the main shuttle bus hubs (free and frequent shuttles to all Hakuba`s major resorts) is less than 100 meters from our front door, so you’ve got quick and easy access to all the major resorts in the Hakuba valley!

Many of Hakuba`s best restaurants are also located nearby as are its best Onsens.

Hakuba Restaurant Emu

Hakuba Restaurants and Bars

There are dozens of restaurants and bars to choose from in Hakuba with the greatest concentration being in the Wadano/Happo Village area around Morino Lodge. Other popular areas for eating out and drinking include Echoland as well as the area near Hakuba station.

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Nightlife

Hakuba doesn’t boast the nightlife of Tokyo, but there are a few choices for those who crave a big night out.  Look at the front desk for fliers to get the latest information on parties and events happening in Hakuba. Wadano and Happo Area The Pub UFO stadium Marzen Yohei Club Roots Café (Apres Ski… Read more »

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Hakuba Onsens (Japanese hot springs)

One of the best things about a visit to Japan is the numerous onsens scattered along its length. And soaking in one after a big day on the hill……there’s nothing better! Fortunately Hakuba and the area around Morino Lodge are loaded with `em! Our closest one is about 100 meters away and there are over a half dozen more within 5 minutes walk.

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Zenkoji temple Nagano Japan

Zenkoji Temple

Zenkoji temple is the most important pilgrimage site in central Honshu. It houses the first image of Buddha to reach Japan in the 7th century and has a 1400year history. The building itself is huge and has the largest thatched roof in Japan.

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monkey in hot spring nagano japan

The Monkey Onsen

  Jigokudani “The snow monkey onsen” World famous since the movie “Baraka” brought it to the attention of people worldwide, the monkey onsen is a popular trip from Hakuba. A troupe of the most northerly monkeys in the world hangs out in a natural hot spring for most of the year. There are about 200… Read more »

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Matsumoto Castle

  Matsumoto castle is the oldest surviving castle from the age of the feudal warring states in Japan dating back to 1592. The view from the surrounding moat to the North Alps beyond is breathtaking. The inside of the castle includes many items from japans feudal past.

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nozawa onsen fire festival prayer flags and fire

The Nozawa Fire Festival

The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival is a must see if you find yourself in Nagano prefecture mid-January. It`s one of the three most famous fire festivals in Japan one certainly one of the craziest spectacles you`ll ever witness!

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