Hakuba Valley and Rusutsu: The Best Ski Resorts in Japan
If you’re looking for the best snow holiday experiences in Japan, Hakuba Valley and Rusutsu rise above the rest. These two iconic resorts offer a unique blend of Japan's rich culture, stunning natural beauty, world-class skiing and copious amounts of deep powder snow.
Stop dreaming and start planning with the 2024 Epic Australia Pass, which unlocks some of the best skiing and boarding in Japan for the 2024/25 Northern Hemisphere season.
If you’re a 2023 Epic Australia Pass holder, you get 5 consecutive days in Hakuba Valley and 5 consecutive days in Rusutsu this 2023/24 season!
Nestled amidst the majestic Japanese Alps in Nagano, Hakuba Valley is a mecca for snow enthusiasts. With an average annual snowfall of 11 metres, it's a powder hound’s paradise with some of the best terrain in Japan. Hakuba was also home to the 1998 Winter Olympics!
The 2024 Epic Australia Pass offers 5 consecutive days access to Hakuba Valley for the 2024/25 Northern Hemisphere season. Access includes nine Hakuba Valley resort areas with each offering something different with its own unique character, charm and terrain.
Whether you love riding powder in the trees, backcountry skiing steep lines or carving cruisy groomers, Hakuba Valley offers an unforgettable experience. After a day on the slopes, why not indulge with a soak in one of the many natural onsens? And let's not forget the opportunity to savour traditional Japanese culinary delights, from mouthwatering ramen to exquisite sushi.
Located in the northern island of Hokkaido, Rusutsu is a hidden gem known for its incredible tree skiing, deep snow and expansive backcountry terrain. With an average annual snowfall of 14 metres, Rusutsu is a haven for those seeking off-piste adventures, where untouched powder and snow-covered forests create a magical playground.
The 2024 Epic Australia Pass offers 5 consecutive days access to Rusutsu for the 2024/25 Northern Hemisphere season.
Rusutsu also caters to freestyle enthusiasts with its terrain parks, while there’s plenty immaculately groomed trails for families. After a day on the slopes, embrace the warm and welcoming après-ski scene, where you can indulge in delectable Japanese cuisine.
There’s nothing quite like skiing in Japan. The combination of the warm and friendly people, endless snow, incredible mountains, delicious food and unique Japanese culture make it an experience not to miss. And one you’ll want to keep coming back to.