Tsugaike is a massive beginner resort. The lower part of the mountain reminds me a lot of Northstar California. If you like groomers and flat runs a lot, this place is a must-see. The top part has some black runs. Tree skiing is officially not allowed at all and therefore we again played some cat and mouse games with the patrol. There was a fatal avalanche in January ‘08 and since then they have been really overcautious. The whole area where the accident happened is full of warnings and closure signs, and it would be a mistake to ski there right now. Access to BC is allowed but not everywhere.



A great place to spend your time in Hakuba. Lodge with various options to stay. Single, double, and quad rooms, suites. Internet, common kitchen, living and TV room, etc.


Heavy wind will affect the resort big time. Only really steep black run often closed during and right after a storm. Weekends are kind of busy. The beginner areas seemed to be ok, but as soon as we had to take the gondola we had to wait 10-20min each time all day.

Discounted Tickets

Ask at your lodge for the voucher: 4800 yen and it includes 900 yen for lunch.


There is soooo much good food in Hakuba. Here just a few which you should try:
– Marukame Korean BBQ – my no. 1 in Hakuba!
– Oshimo – near Train Station – my 2nd no. 1 in hakuba!
– Non Jae – go with all your friend and order and many different things as you want and share!
– Kikyo-Ya – For the best Sushi in Town
– Gravity Worx – Past an Pizza soooo gooood
– Sumou Tei
– And many more

How To Get There

From Hakuba: Bus to Happo Bus Terminal or Iwatake then another bus to Tsugaike. Free of charge.

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Weather Affection



Yes but limited and not allowed

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