More Than Just a Backpackers Lodge!
Hakuba Alps Backpackers in Nagano Prefecture is a great place to head during winter to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and a heap of other activities, like checking out bands, DJs, eating great food and – everyone’s favorite winter warmer – drinking.
Hakuba Alps, which has been in existence since 2002 is run by New Zealand native Troy and his wife Sakiko. In the ensuing years the pair have hosted countless guests from all over the world. Nestled in the shadows of some truly incredible mountain ranges, winter is the most spectacular season to visit the Backpackers for a spot of world-renowned powder skiing action at the Goryu Ski Resort.
Hakuba Alps has both cottages and guest-rooms. The Backpacker’s Lodge has five guest rooms, two living rooms, shower rooms, an open kitchen, dining room, and is equipped with free, fast WiFi Internet, amongst other amenities. All rooms are non-smoking.
There are several cottages available for rent on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Two cottages are good for between two and four people, another is big enough for eight, and they can even give you a place for ten! All cottages include Japanese-style bedrooms, living room, kitchen and dining area, bathroom and toilet, and two parking spaces. Naturally, clean towels are provided. Hungry? Want to go skiing? The cottages are less than a 10 minute walk from restaurants and the slopes.
Troy and Sakiko are also behind of Tracks Bar, which features an eclectic mix of live music and DJs from all over Japan, performing right through the winter months.
If you stay at Hakuba Alps Backpackers during the ski season, you receive discount ski tickets to use on the Goryu ski fields – there’s a free regular bus to take you from the backpackers, or it’s just a short walk. And Troy and Sakiko, being ever-gracious hosts, are more than happy to provide you with information in English or Japanese about Hakuba and its surroundings. They are quite connected to the tight-knit and friendly Hakuba community. To find out more about booking accommodation, upcoming events, and how to get to Hakuba, check out the website at www.hakubabackpackers.com. There, you’ll find links to Tracks Bar, ski fields and local activities and events happening.
If you want to check the snow before you go, the most comprehensive guide to Japan’s snow season is at Snow Japan’s website at www.snowjapan.com – there’s heaps of information regarding current conditions at Hakuba and many other snow fields throughout Japan.
Getting to Hakuba Alps Backpackers
Take the JR Limited Express Shinano train on the Chuo Line from Nagoya Station to Matsumoto Station. Change trains at Matsumoto for the JR Ooito Line. The nearest station to the lodge is Kamishiro, which is two stops before Hakuba Station. (4 hours)
One-Way Fare is about ¥8,000
A bus is available from Nagoya Station to Matsumoto Station. From Matsumoto, take the JR Ooito Line to Kamishiro Station.
One-Way Fare: between ¥3,000 ~ 6,600
Hakuba Alps Backpackers
Just a short walk from Hakuba Goryu is Tracks, a bar that has operated at the bottom of the valley for over ten years. They’ve entertained a lot of people since they first opened their doors, giving guests a place to enjoy great drinks, food, conversation, and music after a day of skiing and snowboarding.
A number of DJs and musicians from around the country and around the world have played here, making this a great venue for you and your friends to party the nights away.
If you are hungry their menu is diverse and popular. You can choose from BBQ, Lost Dinner, New Zealand Hange, Sushi, Nabe and more.
Go toward to Hakuba Goryu ski field the roard next river from R148, pass Pizzakaya, Sauce Bar, Burton shop then turn right in front of Izaklayaじゃんけんぽん
The third section after corner there is pink big building in front of Monblanc Hotel
22200-7 Kamishiro, Hakuba,
Tel: (0261) 75 4366