Hakuba Skate Park

True Players – Indoor Skatepark Hakuba

Hakuba skate park

Indoor Skate Park in Hakuba

True Players opened in 2012 and has been a great addition to Hakuba, offering another alternative to the many ski slopes on offer and is also open all year round.  The park is learner friendly and is open daily from 9am – 11pm.  Each session will cost just Y500 (please note there aren’t any boards for rent so bring your own).  The park consists of a 12ft vert ramp, 3 mini ramps (7ft, 4ft, 1ft) with a spine transfer in-between, street style banks, ledges and rails.  Another cool feature on the small mini ramp is a rope attached to the roof for skaters to hold while learning new tricks.

Hakuba skate

Ramp it up

True Players is located in the Happo area, just off the Olympic road near the Mimizuku Onsen (ask any local and they should be able to direct you).


Check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trueplayers898

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What are conditions like in Hakuba this season?

Hakuba snow

panorama shot of Hakuba on a perfect bluebird powder say

It has been a fantastic season so far and there are plenty more days to go. The starting date this year was the 22nd of November and we have had constant top ups ever since with some perfect bluebird days in between. On some occasions I have heard people say , “too much snow”, which can be all too true for those who do not have much experience with powder skiing and riding. The locals are happy with the season also as the majority of the snow is up on the resorts and not down in the valley where it has to be shoveled, bulldozed or blown from every road, path and doorway.  The season will run until the 6th of May so we are not even half way through and I seem to have had my fare share of epic powder days already. Still, I cannot wait for my next big powder turn tomorrow.  Come and experience our epic Hakuba snow season and hit me up for a good deal on accommodation.

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The Hakuba to Nagano bus

Hakuba bus

Bussing it to Hakuba

There is a new bus time for those wanting to get out to Hakuba later in the evenings. This is great for those living in Tokyo. It means they can check conditions in the afternoon and make the decision on a whim to catch the bullet train and bus with the total travel time under 3 hours. Take a bento box and a bottle of wine for the train ride and that makes for a 1st class way to travel.

Timetable is HERE


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Hakuba Alps Gym

Hakuba gym

Gym junkies rejoice. Apres training

Keep fit and stay in training while your here in Hakuba at the Alps Gym in Echoland. No matter what you are training for the Alps Gym has plenty of equipment to keep you satisfied while you are here. Free weights, machines, treadmills, steppers, bikes and the full Les Mills Programs are on offer.  Kazu, the owner is always on hand to assist or give professional advice on all your fitness requirements.

Special winter rates are on offer with no joining fee. (Tell them Hakuba Blog sent you)

1 visit – 1500 ¥

1 week – 4200 ¥

2 weeks – 5250 ¥

1 month – 6300 ¥

2 months – 10500 ¥

3 months – 14700 ¥

4 months – 18900 ¥

Open Hours

Monday and Thursday 10;00 am to 9:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday 1:30 pm to 8:00 pm (second Saturday of each month – Closed)

Sunday – Closed

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Wine Tasting in Hakuba

Hakuba Wine

Try before you buy and have a good time doing it.

The Annual Hakuba Wine Tasting event is on again this year at the Village Wine Bar in Echoland. It’s that time of year when all the restaurants and bars in town are stocking up and readying themselves for a busy winter. This is the opportunity for them to try some very good wines from around the globe. It’s also a good chance to chat with some wine experts who are quite happy to put a respectable list together for your establishment. Come and enjoy a great afternoon.

Here is an open invitation to all of the business owners in the area to try out a big selection of wines and discuss in Japanese and English from trained experts. Life is too short to be drinking bad wine.

Date – Monday 9th December, 2013

Time – 1:30PM to 4:30 PM

Where – White Horse Hotel

Address – South on 4th Street, Echoland, Hakuba.

Drink driving is dangerous and also illegal in Japan and the White Horse Hotel would like everybody to stay safe. Please call them on 0904 180 1266 the day before if you would like a lift or please spit your wines, catch a taxi,  have a designated driver or take a pleasant stroll home..

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Who won

Hakuba cortina

Winning this competition is almost as good as a bluebird powder day at Cortina. Maybe not but that’s Robert center stage last season no doubt with a huge smile

The first day of the season has come and gone and with a wise choice of 22nd of November the winner is Robert Lindberg. Congratulations Robert and I am aware you are back here in Hakuba to play again for another season of pow and big lines. See you in a couple of weeks and you can be relaxed in the knowledge that you will stay toasty warm in your new Monkey Rider hoodie and 3000 yen will secure you a very nice bottle of wine at the Village Wine Bar at the White Horse Hotel in Echoland.  Have a great season.

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“This place is exactly what you dream”

Sam Cohen, Zach Halverson and Bryce Phillips came out to Hakuba last season and scored some amazing conditions. These guys have obviously had some time on the mountain so for them to say it was the most snow they had seen is just another validation on why you should come and check it out.  Well done guys for putting together such a great vid.

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Dakine in Hakuba

The guys from Dakine came out to Hakuba last season to shoot some video. Looks like they scored some great conditions.

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First snow of the season – Win To Grin.

Hakuba snow

Hands up if you get to ride first days in Hakuba

Each year we run a competition to pick the first day of the season. The rules are

  • The first day the lifts open for skiers and boarders at any one of the resorts in Hakuba.
  • One date per person. If 2 or more people choose the same date then we will have a draw out of a hat to choose the winner.
  • The date must be chosen at least one week in advance
  • If a date isn’t chosen then it’s the closest date before.

The prizes are

  • A Monkey Rider hoodie.
  • 3000 yen voucher at the White Horse Bar in Echoland.

So go to the bottom of this blog and put your date in the comments section or email me HERE and I will add it. Good luck. Remember that the resorts will open as soon as there is enough snow on the ground so it’s pretty much any time now.

The list so far.

Matt Dunn – 11th November

Jiun Hao Neoh – 13th November

Kane Lowan – 15th November

Michael Mcgrath – 16th November

Peter Watt -

Nick F – 17th November

Eugene Morgan – 18th November

David P -

Susan Gatenby -

Kasspa – 19th November

Ryan – 20th November 

Peder Kastengren -

Samir Banjavcic – 21st November

Robert Lindberg – 22nd November

Clare – 23rd November

Angela -



Rebecca Robertshaw – 24th November

Sexualsushihaun – 25th November

Scott Haslam -

Josh Keys -

Callan Young – 26th November

Stephanie O’Lone -

Shane T – 27th November

Tony A – 28th November

Nick Meecham – 29th November

Linda Barnes

Mark Shakeshaft – 30th November

Chris R – 1st December

Dave Mulholland – 2nd December

Mick Lay – 3rd December

Alexander Sash K – 4th December

Kavit – 5th December

Stephen Connick

Kath Dumas – 6th December

Joe Gosney – 9th December

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Narita to Hakuba Bus service

Hakuba Bus

Bus it to the winter wonderland that is Hakuba

There is now a new morning bus service from Narita to Hakuba complimenting the evening shuttle each day. Alpico who also run the Nagano to Hakuba run will be putting on a bus at 8:25 each morning starting on the 20th of December until the 2nd of March. Take advantage of the rest area stops along the way as there are always some interesting snacks and the coffee is reasonably good from the vending machine with the video screen. Remember blue is cold and red is hot.  For reservations go to the Website here and over to this page here for more info on the evening service 

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