You can find ski hire shops throughout Hakuba Valley. For more information on where to find a shop, check out our detailed Hakuba Valley page.
There’s a Japanese ski school at Hakuba 47, however they don't always have English speaking instructors, so often foreigners are referred to the Hakuba Snow Sports School at Goryu. Its headquarters are at the Iimori base area, so quite close to Hakuba 47, and they offer a wide range of lessons and programs to suit all levels of abilities. It’s a full-fledged international ski school, often having instructors to cover a wide variety of different languages.
Prices range from a child’s 2-hour afternoon group lesson at 7,000 yen to an all-day private lesson for an adult costing 50,000 yen. Our tip is to take the early bird lessons to make the most of fresh snow on the slopes before the crowds get too thick. For advanced skiers and snowboarders, you can even book freestyle clinics to fine tune your skills and backcountry tours for expert guidance in the great outdoors!
If you're after something a bit more personalized, Hakuba Ski Concierge is Hakuba Valley's first boutique ski school. Located at Hakuba 47, they offer private ski lessons and resort guiding.
If your little ones are too young to ski then you’ll find a children’s daycare service at the bottom of the Express 47 gondola in Hakuba 47. Many hotels in Hakuba 47 also offer a nanny service or know of one you can use, as there are quite a few nannies working across Hakuba Valley.
In Goryu, children aged between 1 and 5 years old can be dropped off to the Kids Room on the 1st floor of the Toomi Station at Escal Plaza, but this is only indoor daycare and you’ll have to be back at 12:00 pm as the center closes for an hour. Another option is signing your little ones up to kids ski school so they can enjoy playing in the snow and trying to ski, which is available for both a half day and a full day including lunch.
Not all ATMs accept foreign credit and debit cards - we recommend using the ATM at the 7-Eleven in Echoland in Hakuba or at the 7-Eleven near Kamishiro Station in Goryu which do. Other options for withdrawing cash include the ATMs at Happo Information Center, Hakuba Post Office, and Big Hakubaten supermarket.
While most places will accept credit cards, you might have to pay a 2.5% transaction fee, so it’s worth carrying cash around with you. It also comes in handy for vending machines and food trucks, which generally just take cash.
Staying connected to the internet isn’t too hard thanks to the free Wi-Fi available at the base center Euclid and on the mountain at the Alpine Center Minos at Hakuba 47 and the Escal Plaza in Goryu. Add that to the many restaurants and bars that provide free Wi-Fi, and you won’t need to buy a local sim for data!
Supermarkets & Food Delivery
There are a bunch of small convenience stores around Hakuba 47 and Goryu, but for a big shop you’ll need to visit Big Hakubaten supermarket, out on the main road leading south from Hakuba train station. You'll find everything you need here, and it’s on the night bus route so there’s no need to take a taxi if you want to save yourself a few bucks.
Or if you’re too tired to cook or dine out, then get food delivered, with staple takeout meals like fish and chips, burgers, roast chicken, and pizza all available. Our picks for food deliveries are Fish Republic, Morino Pizza, West Coast Café (try the ribs!), and Hakuba Pizza - you’re bound to find something you like between these four!
Hakuba 47 isn't renowned for its shopping options, but 902 in Echoland does stock some great snowboarding clothes and other gear so it’s well worth taking a look. The majority of shops cluster around Hakuba Village, where you’ll find big name outdoor apparel brands like Patagonia, The North Face, and Summit, along with a few other ski and snowboard shops, all within a short walk of one another. Happo Village is home to both a Liberty Skis store and a Head Skis store if you want to check out the latest models!