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Hakuba 47 & Goryu

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Pros
  • Reliable snowfall and excellent ski touring across resorts
  • Top notch terrain park plus an open gate for backcountry access
  • Modern and fast lift system combined with quiet slopes during the week
  • In-bounds off-piste terrain serves up waist deep pow!
Cons
  • Limited beginner terrain at Hakuba 47
  • On-mountain dining lacks variety and restaurants get packed!
  • No accommodation at the base of Hakuba 47
  • Lack of après-ski
Overall
4.3

Two ski resorts, one hell of a place to ski. Hakuba 47 and Goryu are two resorts sharing the one mountain, making it the second largest ski area in Hakuba Valley behind Happo One. They’re connected at the top and their shared lift pass makes it easy to access runs on both sides. Even though it’s technically the same mountain, both resorts exhibit its own persona - Goryu is more beginner friendly at the base but if you’re willing to work for your powder, access the back ridge for breathtaking views and untouched white fluff. Hakuba 47 on the other hand, provides plenty for intermediate and advanced skiers with dedicated off-piste tree zone and the largest terrain park in Hakuba Valley for that extra thrill.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January to February

Avoid

December

The ski season at Hakuba 47 and Goryu is a little longer than at other resorts in Hakuba Valley. For both resorts, the season begins in December - as a matter of fact, the lifts to the top section of the mountain can be the first to open in Hakuba Valley. The first few weeks of December can be a bit hit or miss, but by January winter is in full swing. The most powder days fall between January and February, which is peak season, and you’re going to see that in rising accommodation prices! During March you’ll enjoy plenty more bluebird days, but it’s a coin toss as to whether you’ll have fresh powder or more slush on the slopes. The tail end of the season in April brings with it spring conditions, with some white stuff left on the slopes but little in the way of fresh snow. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds then steer clear of Christmas, New Years and Chinese New Year (which usually falls between late January and mid-February and lasts about a week).

FLY TO

Narita International Airport

BUS TO

Hakuba Valley (5-6 hours)

MINI VAN TO

Hakuba 47 & Goryu (10 minutes)

Goryu (Walk)

  • A few mid-range hotels close to lifts
  • Hotels, lodges and chalets between base center and Kamishiro train station
  • Small district with a few restaurants and bars

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Echoland (4-5 mi)

  • Wide range of accommodation
  • Lively district with plenty of dining and shopping options
  • Great for younger crowds and groups

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Happo Village (5-6 mi)

  • Variety of accommodation
  • Main tourist hub with plenty of dining and nightlife
  • Great for skiing at Happo One

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Hakuba Village (2-3 mi)

  • Plenty of accommodation options
  • Main tourist hub like Happo Village
  • Great base for exploring resorts across Hakuba Valley

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For beginners

Goryu has it all for beginners! For the little ones there's a kids-only beginner run and a Kid's Wonderland area. For the not-so little ones, there's plenty of mellow terrain including our favorite, the Merry Land Course! Hakuba 47 is less beginner-friendly with only a couple of runs available. Route 6 and Route 7 are probably your best bet, they're great runs but may be a bit too much for new beginners.

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For intermediates

Hakuba 47 does have something for intermediates but Goryu is really where it's all at! Start off on the Sky Four Course for some big turns and carving before testing your limits on the ever so steep Super Course!

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For experts

In addition to the incredible backcountry on offer, advanced and experts will also love the on-piste terrain here. Our top picks include Route 1 in Hakuba 47; a long, straight and fast run, so fast in fact, it's used for downhill races! In Goryu, the Grand Prix Course has just the right steepness and enough space to make wide turns. Dive into the off-piste trees along this course where the waist deep powder is a real treat!

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Find freshies

Head over the back ridge at Goryu or weave through the trees at Hakuba 47 for plenty of powder stashes. The resort is north facing so the snow stays fresh for days!

Ditch the crowds

Intermediate skiers can escape the crowds in the Iimori area while advanced skiers can check out the well-spaced out Grand Prix Course. During weekends, Hakuba 47 sees fewer local crowds. 

Non skiers

There are plenty of activities for non-skiers to enjoy around the resort from the onsens (hot springs) and snowmobile tours to day trips to the nearby Matsumoto Castle and Jigokudani Monkey Park.

Families

There are plenty of activites for all the family, including the kids-only run and Kid's Wonderland area on the Goryu side. Childcare services are also widely available around the resort for when you just want to shred the mountains yourself!

Hakuba 47 & Goryu vs
Hakuba 47 & GoryuCortina
beginner30 %40 %
intermediate40 %30 %
advanced30 %30 %
expert--
total runs24 16
ski area-124ac
summit elevation5,499ft 4,600ft
total lifts19 7
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket¥5,000 JPY ($44 USD) ¥4,000 JPY ($36 USD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall176″ 448″

Hakuba 47 & Goryu Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 58 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Superb!5 / 5Jun 15, 2018
Andrew B. Andrew B.
intermediate skier
Awesome snow, varied terrain, no crowds, fully lifted. Close to Tokyo by Shinkansen. Fantastic food, vending machines with hot coffee in a can. What's not to love. It's Japan, it's Japow. Just go, go now.... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5May 29, 2018
Shane C. Shane C.
intermediate snowboarder
The Hakuba region is terrific with dozens of slopes and lifts. All easily accessible by the free bus shuttle service that runs between resorts. The facilities were good and staff friendly.... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5May 11, 2018
Jin P. Jin P.
advanced skier
A fantastic experience. The quality of the snow was amazing during the shoulder season, the facilities were amazing, and the terrain was truly world class. There were many courses suitable for beginners and intermediates for my partner who was just picking up snow sports, and the harder runs were very rewarding. An unforgettable experience, I will... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5May 01, 2018
Patrick P. Patrick P.
advanced skier
Great mid-week no queuing. Nice soft blue runs. Great dining experiences nearby. Other resorts accessible as well with great shuttle bus system. Nagano easy to get to: bus or bullet train.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Jan 07, 2018
HVHernan V.
advanced skier
I rode hakuba 47 for 3 months nearly everyday in the 15/16 season, which was one of the worst seasons in 100 years, and boy oh boy goryu 47 still blew my mind. Endless options for exploring and adventure miles upon miles of groomed runs. Snow pack and pow days were still all time. Staff would always go above and beyond to help and my safety was... More
Good!3.8 / 5Jan 02, 2018
TSThomas S.
expert snowboarder
It is a great resort with an incredible amount of snow. Japan is the country with the highest rate of snowfall and you definitely understand why when you're there! The terrain is amazing and is like a dream come true!... More
Superb!5 / 5Jan 02, 2018
GCGustavo C.
beginner snowboarder
Undoubtedly this is the worlds best Skii resort!!! In my little knowledge of snow sports and what it involves, I can say that there's no place like Hakuba 47 & Goryu. I've done snowboarding in the U.S (Heavenly Valley, Lake Tahoe; Vail, Colorado) but the quality wasnt as good as in the gorgeous land of Japan. The snow isn't the only attractive... More
Good!3.9 / 5Dec 29, 2017
ACAnnabelle C.
intermediate snowboarder
I found all the runs to be incredible especially for adventurous people! The runs suited all skill levels (beginner +) and The terrain park was great! The powder was amazing everywhere and it's somthong I'll never forget! All the people working in the hire stores and in the food stores were so lovely and the food was great!! Would come back in a... More
Good!3.8 / 5Dec 29, 2017
JSJessi S.
intermediate snowboarder
Hakuba 47 is a smaller sized ski resort. But, when combined with Goryu, it is average sized. Because the slopes primarily face north, Hakuba 47 has great wether conditions for a majority of the time.... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Dec 24, 2017
AMAndrew M.
advanced snowboarder
I rode hakuba 47 for 3 months nearly everyday in the 15/16 season, which was one of the worst seasons in 100 years, and boy oh boy goryu 47 still blew my mind. Endless options for exploring and adventure miles upon miles of groomed runs. Snow pack and pow days were still all time. Staff would always go above and beyond to help and my safety was... More

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