Hakuba (白馬) is one of the ski resorts in Japan. It is located in the Northern Japan Alps. There are seven main ski areas in Hakuba: Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo-one, Highland Snowpark, Iwatake, Minekata, and Sanosaka. You can get more information here.
On the very last few days of 2009, I was in Hakuba Iwatake enjoying the winter sport.
Took the night bus from Shinjuku at 10 PM, and spent the first night in the bus. I arrived in Cultured Hotel, Hakuba, quite early in the morning.
Are you slippery enough ?
After checking in the hotel, we took a shuttle bus to Iwatake. The bus comes once every hour. It took around 20 minutes to reach Iwatake by bus.
No need to worry if you have no equipment or wear because lots of rental places are available for you.
If you like spicy stuffs, Spicy Rentals is there for you.
Some of the hotels provide rental service too. Our tour packages include the rental fee, so we could rent from the hotel without additional fee.
The weather was very nice. We were quite excited to see the snow.
Make sure to do exercise properly before you start.
Don't forget to take some photos too while you still have the energy to do it.
Checking the snow course. There are 15 courses in total.
The chair lift will take you to the beginner course.
The gondola will take you to the top for more
Unfortunately, there was no photo from the top since I was a bit afraid to take my camera to the top. ^^
Time for lunch break.
You could put your ski or board here. It was safe enough to just leave it here.
All the restaurants have a place where you can dry your wet wear.
Having been in a few ski resorts, I knew we shouldn't expect to eat delicious food.
Fortunately, I was wrong. This Tonkotsu Ramen was yummy.
Yummy Shio Ramen
Yummy Kimchi Tonkotsu Ramen
Yummy Curry Rice. The portion was a bit small though.
Our energy was fully recharged after a good meal. Time for some winter sports again.
It's almost been a year since I played. I felt like all my experience became zero again. Took a lot of time and fall to make me remember how to snowboard.
By the end of the day, I had no more power to stand up.
Free dinner at the hotel.
The food was okay. Our lunch tasted so much better though.
The snow started to fall early next morning.
Lovely view from the hotel.
We decided to go out a bit to see the snowfall.
Snow everywhere !
Lovely trip. I ended up with muscle pains all over my body but it was
Anyway, a little bit late, but to everyone out there, Happy New Year 2010 !!