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Hakuba

At the heart of the Japanese Alps is Hakuba, a popular ski resort only three hours' drive from downtown Tokyo. Hakuba is among the largest skiing resorts in Japan, incorporating 10 resorts and seven ski areas. It played host to the 1998 Winter Olympics (as part of the Nagano prefecture), and some of the facilities are still in use, including the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium and the Hakuba Olympic Village Memorial Hall.

With a variety of après ski activities, Hakuba is a fun place off the slopes as well. There are a number of good restaurants serving both western and Asian cuisine, and many hotels have relaxing hot spring baths. The main nightlife area in Hakuba is in Echoland.

Hakuba is also a popular summer resort, and is a good place for outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, rock climbing, and white water rafting. Day tours to Matsumoto Castle are a popular excursion.

Information & Facts

Language

Japanese is the official language. Most Japanese people will have studied English at school, but few can speak it well or understand what is said to them.

Money

The currency is the Japanese Yen (JPY), which is equal to 100 sen. Major credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and stores, but most Japanese operate with cash. Cash and travellers cheques can be exchanged in banks, post offices and currency exchange bureaux. Banks are usually open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. Travellers cheques offer the best exchange rate and are best taken in US dollars. ATMs do not accept all credit and debit cards; only the international ATMs in post offices, airports and some major stores.

Time

Local time is GMT +9.

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