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.
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 ¥
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
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..
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.
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.
The guys from Dakine came out to Hakuba last season to shoot some video. Looks like they scored some great conditions.
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
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
Mark Shakeshaft – 30th November
Chris R – 1st December
Dave Mulholland – 2nd December
Mick Lay – 3rd December
Alexander Sash K – 4th December
Kavit – 5th December
Kath Dumas – 6th December
Joe Gosney – 9th December
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
Fantastic News for Japan this morning with Tokyo winning the rights to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Buenos Aires chose the Japanese capital, which previously hosted the Games in 1964, over Istanbul, after Madrid was dramatically eliminated following a first-round tie with the Turkish city.
The final result was 60 votes for Tokyo against 36 for Istanbul,
Tokyo bid chief and Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said
“I have waited so many years to experience this joy. It is an honor to be picked as the host city”.
Crowds gathering in Tokyo broke out into wild cheers when the announcement was made.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had earlier flown in to the Argentine capital from the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Russia. Prime Minister Abe said in his presentation that the Olympics were part of his DNA, having experienced them for the first time at a young age.
“I was at the opening ceremony in Tokyo in 1964 and saw several thousand doves all released into the clear blue sky and coming together to make the Olympic rings,” he said.
“It was all amazing to me at 10 years old”.
The decision means it will be the fourth time that Japan plays host to the Olympics, having held the winter Games in Nagano (1998) and Sapporo (1972).
Asia will also see successive Olympics, as the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang is hosting the 2018 winter edition.
The 2020 Tokyo Games will take place from July 24 to August 9.