The Japanese love of Hot Springs, or "onsen" is inseparable from the national character. People will gladly travel many hours just for the chance to have a soak in one of the many thousands of hot springs throughout this volcanic country. The "onsen" experience, like so many things in Japan, is a multilayered experience. Some hot springs form the focal point for a whole tour...
A boundless range of other activities can be found in Hakuba and area, from canyoning to paragliding to rafting to kayaking to canoeing, arts and crafts and more!
The Nagano Prefecture area and beyond offer a variety of sightseeing opportunities, from the laid back ambiance of Matsumoto, with it's justly famed Matsumoto Castle, to he beauty of Zenkouji Temple in Nagano City, to the resort shopping town feel of Karuizawa...and more.
There are many hiking opportunities around the Hakuba area, ranging from challenging multiday hikes to ones that are more suited to the "strolling". The one constant is views of the Japanese Alps and the surrounding countryside that is sure to soothe the soul.
Japan is a cyclist's paradise in a number of respects. Forgetting the highways for a moment, it is a country of well kept roads, many of them with very light traffic (thanks to those highways!) which lead you through blissful scenery and villages where time seems to have stopped, or at least has slowed down a bit, with a refreshment stop or lodging for the night never more than a few km...
Hakuba can be your base for many fascinating day trips, on the way up or back from the major centres, or to break up your ski vacation.
Winter may be what people think of when they think of Hakuba and Nagano, but all four seasons have their own charms in Japan, and Hakuba is no exception. The fresh green emerging in spring, capped with the glorious explosion of cherry blossoms at the end of April. Summer brings hot but comfortable days ideal for getting by the water of some of the lakes and rivers of the area. Autumn is the favourite of many, as the summer heat slowly ebbs away, time slows down a bit, and the leaves slowly begin turning colour, making their trek down from the mountains to the lower elevations in the valley. We hope you come join us!
Please contact us for information on setting up your own adventure with one of the many qualified adventure operators in the area.