Hakuba 47 & Goryu

Jack Lee
SnowPak Local Insider
Jack Lee
  • 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 ($36 USD)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall176″ 448″

Hakuba 47 & Goryu Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 58 reviews

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Fabulous!4.5 / 5Dec 12, 2017
PHPaul H.
intermediate snowboarder
We are looking at this option for a school tour. From our information gathering, the resort offers great options for dining and a range of terrain for differing levels. Perhaps better is that it would seem the hospitality is second to none - a key feature of an overseas tour with a bunch of Aussie students. And the pics we have looked at of the... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Dec 10, 2017
STSanchit T.
beginner snowboarder
Hakuba is home to the largest ski resort in Japan! Soft powdery snow is in abundance and all slopes are well maintained. Stay at resorts can bite your pocket, however, it does offer closeness to gondolas and street food and sake outlets. Planning to visit again next year.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Dec 10, 2017
JMJordan M.
advanced snowboarder
Hakuba 47 and Goryu was very easy to access via bus from surrounding areas. The snow quality was deep, dry and epic. This resort is family friendly and caters for boarders and skiers from beginners to advanced. Quick Lift lines and on-mountain restaurants are an added bonus. We would definitely add it to the list of the resorts to revisit again on... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Dec 09, 2017
MOMatthew O.
intermediate skier
After a short bus trip from Happo area was a great day of skiing to mix up the week trip to the Hakuba valley. Highlight was the best lunch for the week on top of the mountain!... More
Very Good!4 / 5Dec 08, 2017
HWHarry W.
advanced skier
It absolutely dumped down a few days before going up, and it was still snowing when we arrived. And what a treat that was! It was awesome, not only did it have all the facilities you'd expect from a Japanese resort, it had the most amazing back country. There was a lot of info about, but if you want to experience the feel that it's you vs the... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Dec 08, 2017
CSChristopher S.
intermediate skier
This mountain is incredible for those looking for deep powder adventures. With long beautiful runs set in an inspiring backdrop. By Day its lush adventure but by night its a wine by the fire..... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Dec 06, 2017
JMJessie M.
intermediate snowboarder
Hakuba 47 & Goryu are fantastic resorts. To be able to ski both in a day was like an alpine adventure. Excellent free bus to the lift terminals from Hakuba town. Tasty lunch time food on the mountain.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Dec 06, 2017
JMJessie M.
intermediate snowboarder
Hakuba 47 & Goryu were fantastic resorts. Excellent snow for start of season in January, short wait times in line for lifts and wonderful long scenic runs. Excellent food options for lunch.. Great free bus services between lifts and town.... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Dec 06, 2017
PBPeadar B.
intermediate snowboarder
We visited Hakuba 47 in 2016 and had an amazing trip. I was a beginner at the time with only 3 days under my belt but my partnet is really experienced and we both had a blast. The runs were so long and there were so many options. You just cant beat a nice long soak in the onsen after a day on the snow!... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Dec 06, 2017
SLSheldon L.
intermediate skier
Skiing at Hakuba 47 and Goryu was an amazing experience and perfect for a first time skier. There are a range of slopes which will challenge both beginner and more advanced skier/boarders. Since skiing at Hakuba 47 and Goryu I've been dreaming of my return to the slopes.... More

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