Happo One is the biggest and oldest ski resort in Hakuba. No less than 5 events were held there including the ski jump and downhill ski events. It has one of the highest vertical drops in Japan-about 1,000 metres and has incredible views from the top of the grand Northern Japan Alps. For the demanding skier or boarder it has everything-steep runs, ungroomed powder terrain and a great terrain park. Beginners are also not left out but really it is more suited to intermediate or advanced riders. It also has a lot more lifts than it needs as a result of the bubble era, and hence except for holiday periods you rarely have to wait in queues. There are 4 main access points to Happo, starting at the left looking up the mountain in the following order:•Nakiyama - plenty of free parking and this is where most of the free shuttle buses come. Has night skiing but definitely not a beginners area, for intermediates plus.•Gondola area - popular on those cold or wet days. Very limited parking (all paid) and if you want to come all the way down you will have to be at least a lower intermediate. •Kokusai area. Closest access from Tokyu hotel and that area. Steep, moguled slope down so you will want to make sure you catch the Kokusai 1 lift down unless you are a pro.•Sakka area. Most beginner friendly area at Happo and easy access from many accommodations in Wadano. Best on course powder to be had is on the skyline ridge, accessable from the left of the Kurobishi pair lift no 3 (see course guide on left). Having said that the Happo patrol don’t seem to bothered where you go except for the open face with the avalanche barriers visible on your right when you get off the gondola. Best children’s area is in the Sakka region where they have a children’s park complete with tubing courses and trampolines. This is also where the beginner’s area is located. Happo Backcountry is second to none in Japan but you need to have your own avi gear and be sufficiently experienced or go with an accredited guide. Places to eat/drink/nightlifeThere are many places to eat both on the mountain during lift hours (many at the top of the gondola) and also off the mountain. It is blessed with many bars and restaurants due in no small part to the many hotels and lodges providing a steady flow of patrons. For places to eat/drink in the gondola/nakiyama section see this pageand for the wadano/kokusai area see this page.
Happo One Ski Resort
King of ski resorts in Hakuba
Lifts 26Courses 13Highest point 1830 mtrsVertical drop 1070 mtrsAnnual Snowfall 11 mtrs/yearSteepest run 35°Terrain Park YesNight skiing YesChildren’s areaYes