Things to do

Skiing & Snowboarding

Hakuba is widely known as one of the premier places to ski or board in the world. With all sorts of terrain ranging from begginer to expert it is a great place for advanced riders or for families looking for some winter fun.

Some of the many resorts in Hakuba valley include:

  • Happo Ski Resort
  • Hakuba 47
  • Goryu
  • iimori
  • Sanosaka
  • Kashimayari
  • Yanaba
  • Iwatake
  • Tsugaike
  • Norikura
  • Cortina
  • Restaurants and Bars

    Hakuba has numerous restaurants and bars from high end dining down to the relaxed casual atmosphere of anIzakaya (Japanese tapas with cold beer and sake); or if you miss the comfort foods from back home there are plenty of places to get a great burger or pizza.


    Everyone is asking about Cortina, the northern most resort in Otari where they get a little more snow, the rules are more relaxed and almost what you see in bounds you can ski or ride without ski patrol chasing you down. Ask us how to get you there for first tracks without lining up for a bus early in the morning and getting you back quickly without any fuss or queues.


    Whilst you’re here in Hakuba try an onsen (Japanese traditional bath) at first it may seem a little awkward, but when in Rome. It’s a great way to finish off a days skiing and ease your aching muscles.

    Day Tours

    We can organise customised tours for you whether you’re young at heart looking for excitement in go-karting or a trip to Round 1 (a 5 story game centre in Nagano). If you are looking for a more cultural experience we can organise tours ranging from a trip to the Snow Monkey onsen, Zenkouji Temple or Matsumoto Castle.

    Places to see and things to do include:

  • Snow Monkey onsen
  • Sushi train
  • Shoe shopping
  • Sake tasting
  • Go-karting
  • Round 1 game centre
  • Zenkoji Temple
  • Matsumoto Castle

  • The Choice is yours! For more about the snow monkeys follow this link

    Zenkoji Temple

    Zenkoji temple has a 1400 year history and houses the first buddha image to come to Japan. It also has some Japanese gardens surrounding it. It is a great place to learn a little bit about japanese history. To learn more follow this link.

    Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan’s historic castles, listed as a national treasure of Japan. Inside the castle is a museum of many items from Japan’s feudal past.To Learn More follow this link.


    • Villa Z was cozy and well appointed with everything we needed for our 6 day stay (including Netflix for the kids!) The car is a huge bonus and gave us the opportunity to explore a number of resorts within and beyond the Hakuba Valley and made dining out, shopping and our visit to the Onsen easy. Tony is the perfect host - wonderfully accommodating and focused on ensuring you have a great stay. We were grateful for the orientation tour and bus drop off. Highly recommended!

      Simone and Glen, Australia

    • 'Awesome accommodation, service, local knowledge/recommendations on skiing/snowboarding, restaurants, travel options, and everything Hakuba. We will be staying at BDI again!!!'

      Pam and Darren, Australia

    • We spent just over a week in Hakuba and would highly recommend this villa. We stayed in a large one bed villa with a bright spacious bedroom upstairs, well equipped kitchen downstairs with a comfortable living space. The wifi was excellent and we used their apple tv to stream movies.We also had the use of bikes and a car while we were there. The bikes were great for exploring locally and the car for shopping and getting to nearby trailheads. Paul and Kanako were excellent hosts. They picked us up from the train station when we arrived and gave us lots of tips on the local area...

      Dave O'Grady, 2017

    • From the moment we booked to our sensational stay in Hukuba, Paul and Kanako were fantastic hosts offering amazing advice, helping us around town and to the ski resorts. The cabins were lovely and great to return to after a day out on the slopes. It was great to be able to relax, watch Netflix and cook a meal in the self contained villas...

      Stu, 2017