Hakuba, located in the Northern Alps of Nagano Prefecture, is one of Japan's most popular ski areas, offering good snow and several large ski resorts to choose from.
The magnificent view of the Northern Japan Alps and other beautiful mountains is the most recommended feature of this area.
During the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Hakuba gained worldwide recognition as it hosted several olympic competitions, including alpine (downhill, super g, and combination) and nordic (ski jump and cross country) events.
Today some of the olympic facilities remain in use, such as the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium.
There is also the Hakuba Olympic Village Memorial Hall, a small but interesting museum, located within walking distance of the ski jump.