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Hakuba 47 & Goryu

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  • 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!
  • 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

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



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).


Narita International Airport


Hakuba Valley (5-6 hours)


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.


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 %
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 ($35 USD)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall176″ 448″
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Hakuba 47 & Goryu Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 58 reviews

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Superb!5 / 5Dec 06, 2017
CGCallan G.
advanced snowboarder
Hakuba is an amazing resort with easy access to Tokyo via the train system, deep snow (up to 11 metres per season if I remember correctly) it has a great apres of an afternoon and still has some Japanese culture left with some great little restaurants and bars. I stayed in Echoland which was a short bus ride to the lift. Family friendly resort... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Dec 06, 2017
WKWill K.
advanced snowboarder
We stayed in echoland and 47 was easily accessible with a short free shuttle ride, great terrain to keep us going back instead of trying all the other mountains day. Heaps to explore or and with every run we would pick better and better tree runs through untouched powder ! Good park there too for beginners or experienced. Can't wait to go again... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Dec 06, 2017
DEDavid E.
intermediate snowboarder
I had the best time on the slopes there, people were friendly, food was amazing and the snow was second to none! I couldn't fault the place! I dream of going again!... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Dec 06, 2017
AMAlexander M.
advanced skier
Hakuba 47 and Goryu are like the theme park's of the Hakuba Valley. The slopes are good, but the terrain parks are better. If you are an avid adventure skier or you like to spend more time in the air than on the piste, then these two are definitely for you. With a half pipe, rails and jumps on nearly every slope I found it hard to get into a good... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Dec 05, 2017
JCJanson C.
intermediate snowboarder
Great resort. Has something for everyone. Nice long runs and their parks are well designed for people of all levels. Having a Mos Burger on the resort is also an added bonus.... More
Superb!5 / 5Dec 05, 2017
GHGraham H.
intermediate snowboarder
Awesome place for skiing and snowboarding, lots of snow and fresh pow like you wouldn't believe, awesome vibe to Hakuba and is addictive so much I'm heading back again for 4th time in 18 months ,what more can I say... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Dec 05, 2017
ADAnthony D.
advanced snowboarder
We went here for our honeymoon early this year and we're blown away, amazing people, amazing powder and the facilities don't compare to back in Australia. We will defiantly be coming back..... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Dec 05, 2017
AHAndrew H.
intermediate snowboarder
This place was amazing!!! Super welcoming, really made out trip to Japan! The snow is great, large wide runs and the food is so good! Highly recommend if this is your first time!... More
Superb!5 / 5Dec 05, 2017
EPEve P.
beginner skier
We went to Hakuba 47 in February this year 2017 and it was the most amazing trip we have ever had. Such a beeeaautiful part of the world that we would love more than anything to see again. The views from the chair lift were breathtaking. Unfortunately our budget didn't allow for us to ski so we would love so much to go back again.... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Dec 05, 2017
MMMoritz M.
expert skier
Nice resort, on a good day you can get great advanced off pist-expirience! We were really lucky with the weather so it was powder and sunshine for us! On a good day, more difficult than Niseko!... More

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