Hakuba, Nagano

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This article is about the village in Nagano Prefecture. For the professional sumo wrestler, see Hakuba Takeshi. For the Magic Kaitou character, see Magic Kaito#Saguru Hakuba.
Hakuba
白馬村
Village
Location of Hakuba in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Hakuba in Nagano Prefecture
Hakuba is located in Japan
Hakuba
Hakuba
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°42′N 137°52′E / 36.700°N 137.867°E / 36.700; 137.867Coordinates: 36°42′N 137°52′E / 36.700°N 137.867°E / 36.700; 137.867
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Kōshin'etsu
Prefecture Nagano Prefecture
District Kitaazumi
Area
 • Total 182.34 km2 (70.40 sq mi)
Population (October 2014)
 • Total 8,912
 • Density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Village of Hakuba

Hakuba (白馬村 Hakuba-mura?) is a village located in Kitaazumi District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It is located at the center of one of Japan's largest winter skiing and mountain recreation areas.

Town[edit]

As of October 2014, the village has an estimated population of 8,912.

Hakuba is an internationally renowned ski resort town in the northern Japan Alps. As the surrounding valley has an annual snow fall of over 11.1 meters, it is the central hub for 10 ski resorts with more than 200 runs. The village was the main event venue for 1998 Winter Olympics (Alpine, Ski Jump, Crosscountry).

Hakuba and surrounding municipalities were impacted by a reported 6.7 magnitude earthquake on 22 November, 2014. The quake hit at 10:08pm at a depth of 5km causing a number of residential properties to collapse and injuring at least 41 people.[1] Despite some localized road damage and a suspension of rail services on sections of the Ōito Line, there was however no major impact on hotels or ski tourism related infrastructure.[2] [3]

Hakuba was once part of the route called the Salt Road used to bring salt and other marine products from the coast.[4]

Accessibility[edit]

Hakuba is located west of Tokyo, and north of Nagoya. The Nagano region can be accessed easily from Tokyo via the Nagano Shinkansen, the Chuo Main Line or express bus. In the winter ski season long-distance express busses are also available from Narita Airport. Hakuba is also easily reached via bus and rail from Nagoya.

The closest regional airport is Matsumoto Airport.

Weather[edit]

Climate data for Hakuba Village
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.4
(34.5)
2.2
(36)
6.3
(43.3)
14.5
(58.1)
20.3
(68.5)
23.4
(74.1)
26.7
(80.1)
28.6
(83.5)
23.4
(74.1)
17.5
(63.5)
11.2
(52.2)
4.8
(40.6)
15.0
(59)
Average low °C (°F) −7.5
(18.5)
−7.5
(18.5)
−4
(25)
1.7
(35.1)
7.5
(45.5)
12.9
(55.2)
17.3
(63.1)
18.4
(65.1)
14.2
(57.6)
6.8
(44.2)
0.6
(33.1)
−4.3
(24.3)
4.7
(40.5)
Precipitation mm (inches) 144.9
(5.705)
134.9
(5.311)
143.5
(5.65)
118.3
(4.657)
144.6
(5.693)
214.9
(8.461)
289.4
(11.394)
170.0
(6.693)
184.3
(7.256)
121.5
(4.783)
109.8
(4.323)
128.7
(5.067)
1,904.7
(74.988)
Snowfall cm (inches) 220
(86.6)
180
(70.9)
111
(43.7)
8
(3.1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1
(0.4)
21
(8.3)
132
(52)
668
(263)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 79.7 102.1 142.0 178.1 178.4 137.7 138.0 165.1 113.7 127.0 110.8 84.6 1,554.9
Source: 気象庁[5]

Snowfall[edit]

Hakuba receives approximately 10m of snowfall annually, with most snowfall occurring in the months of February and March. [6]

Resort[edit]

Hakuba consists of seven main ski areas. At the southern end of the Hakuba Valley are the resorts of Hakuba 47, Goryu, and the Olympic ski resort Happo-One (pronounced O-ney). To the north are Iwatake, Tsugaike, Norikura, and Cortina resorts.

Due to Japan's geographic location, the town is a popular vacation destination for Australian tourists looking to Ski and Snowboard.

Surrounded by the Japan Sea (northward), Nagano City (eastward) and the Tateyama Kurobe Dam area (southward), Hakuba is also a popular summer vacation area which offers a variety of outdoor activities at an altitude of 700–800 metres, e.g. hiking, rafting/shower climbing, paragliding, mountain bike, bird sighting etc.

Sister towns[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The ski resorts and village of Hakuba were the setting for the 2008 Japanese film "Gin Iro No Shiizun" (銀色のシーズン).

Hakuba is shown in episodes 21 and 22 of the anime Great Teacher Onizuka.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Magnitude 6.7 quake injures at least 41 in Nagano". Japan Times. Kyodo, AP, Staff Report. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Nakamichi, Takashi (November 23, 2014). "Strong Earthquake Hits Central Japan, Destroying Buildings in Ski Town". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Kondo, Yukio. "Hakuba ski resorts quell rumors of quake damage". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Hakuba Homepage. Tourism Commission of Hakuba. Accessed November 1, 2007.
  5. ^ "平年値(年・月ごとの値)". Kishōchō. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/hakuba/hakuba-47-winter-sports-park.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

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