Hakuba Valley in Nagano Prefecture is a well-loved skiing destination because of its ski resorts and proximity to the Japanese Alps. It was also the host of the 1998 Winter Olympics, hence its popularity among sports enthusiasts especially those of winter sports. Even if you're not a winter sports enthusiast, Hakuba Valley beckons in the spring. With the chance of lingering powder snow, the valley transforms into a wonderland of possibility. 

Hakuba in March. (Photo from: @hakuba

As springtime approaches, more activities are becoming available for tourists and visitors to try and do. Here are some Springtime activities in Hakuba Valley to add to your itinerary.

1. Admire the cherry blossoms in bloom

Hakuba Valley is not only known for its skiing and snowboarding during spring but also for the beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom during the season. There are many great spots to visit and see these iconic florals, such as the Hakuba Green Sports Park where the cherry blossoms line up the riverside and the Otari Village which serves as home to some of the oldest cherry blossom trees in the region.

2. Hike in stunning mountains in the region

hiking in hakuba in springtime

The area is filled not only with snow but also with lush greenery and natural sceneries. Mountains in the region are frequently visited by nature lovers who want to explore and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking. A variety of guided tours are available from various operators. Hike or trek through the terrain, embark on a thrilling tree-climbing adventure or simply enjoy a leisurely walk to uncover Hakuba's unique ecosystem.

3. Ride a hot air balloon to see the view

A stunning sunrise awaits in Hakuba Valley. For an unforgettable perspective, a hot air balloon ride is an unparalleled experience. Hakuba Lion Adventure offers this option, allowing you to drift peacefully above the majestic peaks and witness a panoramic view. They also provide a variety of exhilarating activities to pump up your adrenaline, such as paragliding, rafting and kayaking.

Which activity are you most interested in?