Before we arrived Hakuba, I was thinking ok maybe it just a standard ski resort, because it is not colder enough than Hokkaido and not many foreigners know about this place. Suprisely, once we are reaching to our hotel, the view around us is changing from Japan to Sweetland! The mountain around us, and the high-quality snow. OMG! It is amazing!
About Hakuba area, there are about 4 big individual ski resort there. You can buy a ticket that including all the ski resort lift ticket. Or you can purchase them individually. If you are a beginner like me, I recommend buying a ticket for both Hakuba 47 and Goryu ski resort. We didn't try out all the beginner courses there within 3 days! The view and the snow there was absolutely amazing!
At the end of 2017, I had the best snowboard trip ever in Japan! It was a 3 days trip to Hakuba, Nagano. At that time, we are kind of early bird of skiing, because most of the ski resort opens around 25th of December, some of them have an early bird ticket before that time.
When people talking about skiing or snowboarding in Japan, I am sure most of the people will think about Hokkaido. But actually, there is couple amazing ski resort in Japan mainland that will save you one more flight ticket from Tokyo to Hokkaido.
The hotel we stay for is called Hotel Abest Happo Aldea, by the time there is only one group of customer there, which is my boyfriend and me. The service there is super good, hotel owner and workers are very friendly, the breakfast is great! The onsen with an outdoor view is amazing, especially after a one-day snowboarding. I highly recommend this hotel if you are planning a ski trip to Hakuba. Also, ask them if you need to rent ski equipment, you will have a special discount for a special shop. Who don't like discounts? The equipment there is good, the best one so far during my rental experience :D
You can take Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Nagano then change a local train to JR Hakuba Station. I believe all the hotels there are providing pick up service, so check with them before your trip.
If you have an international driving license, I highly recommended renting a car, because you can have more freedom during lunch and dinner time. The food in the ski resort is tasted ok, but you can get cheaper food at the nearby 7-11. Also, there are couple nice local restaurants around Hakuba Station.