Happo One

Season start/end: 11/21/2017 - 05/06/2018 (estimated)

Welcome to Happo One

With Olympic heritage, a mammoth 26,250 ft top to bottom run, and some of the finest powder on earth, Happo One (pronounced oh-neh) is without a doubt the most popular of all the Hakuba Valley ski resorts. The official resort numbers state that the ski area covers a total of 543 ac, but this doesn’t factor in the extensive side country between the runs, which provides the perfect introduction to riding powder for skiers and snowboarders who are ready to go off-piste! Enjoying a healthy 3,514 ft of vertical drop and the steepest slope coming in at 35 degrees, it’s by far the best choice in Hakuba for advanced mountain riders.

The good

  • Highest vertical, longest run and most trails in the Hakuba Valley!
  • Frequent powder dumps all season long, perfect for powder skiing
  • Diverse terrain, from Olympic ski racing trails to wide gentle groomer plus backcountry gate makes going off-piste easy
  • Easy access to the slopes from most lodgings within the resort
  • Many hotels, restaurants, stores and facilities have English speaking staff

The bad

  • Lack of beginner terrain
  • Less snowfall than Niseko, but still plenty of pow
  • The upper mountain is exposed so windhold can be an issue
  • Only one main gondola to access the upper mountain and there are some old and slow chairlifts
  • Weekends and holidays see plenty of crowds
Happo One vs
Happo OneCortina
beginner30 %40 %
intermediate50 %30 %
advanced20 %30 %
total runs13 16
ski area437 ac 124 ac
summit elevation6,007 ft 4,600 ft
total lifts23 7
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket¥5,200 JPY ($50 USD) ¥4,000 JPY ($38 USD)

How to get to Happo One?



Narita International Airport



Hakuba Valley (5-6 hours)



Happo One (10 minutes)

Things to know

For beginners

There's not a huge variety of terrain for beginners to explore but that doesn't mean beginners can't have fun here! The Sakka ski area is best for never-evers.

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For intermediates

There's plenty of challenging terrain for intermediates higher up on the mountain but our top pick here would be the Skyline Course. It has everything from bumps to bounce through, banks to launch off and deep pow between the trees in the sidecountry, our top pick here!

More intermediates tips
For experts

Advanced skiers will have their limits tested at Happo One. For the speed demons, the Riesen Grats Course and the Riesen Slalom Course are musts!

More experts tips

Best tips

Find freshies Map find

In-bound freshies get tracked out quickly so make your way to the top of the Kurobishi off-piste zone for the fresh stuff before weaving through the powder-filled trees off the Skyline Course!

Ditch the crowds Ditch crowd

Go off-piste to avoid the crowds on holidays and weekends. The backcountry is easily accessible via a gate at the top but it's definitely worth hiring a guide who can show you to the gnarliest gullies!

Non skiers Non ski

Non skiers (and skiers) will love the activities here! Take a daytrip to Mastumoto Castle, the oldest castle in Japan. You can also hop into an onsen (hot spring) or see snow monkey's soak in their own hot spring at the Jigokudani Monkey Park. In Happo One take the gondola up to enjoy the stunning mountain views of Hakuba Valley.

Families Family

It's easy for families to ski and stay together at the Sakka ski area plus there's also the Sakka Kids Park here too. Happo Village has a range of accommodation, shops, bars and restaurants making it a convenient option for families.

Where to stay

Happo Village (Walk)
  • Made up of two base areas
  • Majority of dining, shopping and amenities
  • Ski-in/ski-out accommodation available
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Wandano Area (Walk)
  • Close to Kokusai base area
  • Slightly more expensive
  • Dining and nightlife is more spread out compared to Happo Village
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Sakka Base (Walk)
  • Clusters of lodges and chalets
  • Perfect for families and big groups
  • Great food trucks
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Hakuba Village (1-2 mi)
  • Plenty of accommodation options
  • Main tourist hub like Happo Village
  • Great base for exploring resorts across Hakuba Valley
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Apres ski

Straight off the slopes Straight off the slopes
  • Food trucks at Sakka base
Casual Casual
  • The Rabbit Hole
  • Jack's Sports Bar
  • Bar Refuel


Ski rental Ski rental
Lessons Lessons
Childcare Childcare
Banking Banking
Supermarket Supermarket
Health Health


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FJFred J.
advanced skier
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Dec 16, 2017
Massive mountain that’s simply fun. Great snow with a great on piste experience. Good dining options at all base lodges waiting st the end of some of the longest runs around.... More
SLStanley L.
expert snowboarder

4.9 / 5

Dec 12, 2017
Happo is an icon in Japanese ski history! Olympic status, fun runs, and unforgettable views from the top. Great village with fun restaurants and bars. Check out happy hour at The Lab!... More
JGJoel G.
advanced skier

4.3 / 5

Dec 11, 2017
Happo One is like a magical, powdery, pretty, spectacular Japanese oasis. Riding Happo does not compare to any other mountain; the culture, the food, the snow is all out of this world. It's also one of the most rewarding and funnest mountains to ride... in the world!!!... More
RARyan A.
intermediate skier

4.7 / 5

Dec 10, 2017
This is a fantastic resort. Clean modern. Makes a really enjoyable holiday! Highly reccomend. Value for money. Not overly busy. There is some fantastic food around the area and some great places to have a couple of drinks!... More
CTCal T.
advanced skier

4.8 / 5

Dec 09, 2017
Great ski hill within easy walking distance from hotels to lifts. Great places to have dinners. Great natural spring onsen at hotel we stayed at. Will go back in a heartbeat.... More
OCOwen C.
intermediate snowboarder

4.6 / 5

Dec 09, 2017
Happo one being the premier resort in hakuba is filled full of all the bells and whistles, great atmosphere, arrived early season still plenty of snow to be seen and hung out with all the staff and locals before it got to busy. Was a great experience, the mountains where... More
MPMatt P.
advanced snowboarder

5 / 5

Dec 09, 2017
Extreamly friendly and great staff. Very neat, tidy and spacious rooms. Perfect transportation. All staff are very knowledgeable about the surrounding areas on where to ride and eat and drink Im just here for the competition.... More
MOMatthew O.
intermediate skier

4.6 / 5

Dec 09, 2017
Great access from Tokyo, perfect for a fun cruisy day of skiing with enough difficulty to end the day with sore legs. Something for everyone and some amazing restaurants on and off mountain!!!... More
TOToshio O.
advanced skier
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Dec 07, 2017
It is the best ski area in Japan. The largest ski area as with awesome mountain seanery and variety of skiing course. It is valuable enough to visit just to see mountain view. You can enjoy high speed skiing on gloomed course especially early in the morning and deep snow a day... More
TLTom L.
advanced snowboarder
Very Good!

4 / 5

Dec 07, 2017
Great place for enjoying the snow in close proximity to dining accommodation and entertainment. We had a great time here and found the area easy to navigate. As you can expect anywhere in Japan the locals were friendly and helpful and the resort facilities were excellent. Can't... More
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Open 11/21/2017
Close 05/06/2018*
* Estimated based on previous years.
Best month to go Late December to April

Lift tickets

Child Free
Senior ¥4,700 JPY ($45 USD)
Adult ¥5,200 JPY ($50 USD)

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4.5 / 5

based on 51 reviews
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2,493 ft
6,007 ft
Vertical drop
3,514 ft


Total runs
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
5 mi
Skiable Terrain
437 ac


Gondola & Tram
High Speed Quads
Triple Chairs
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