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HAKUBA 47 & GORYU TOOMI , JAPAN

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Famous for deep light powder snow the interlinked resorts of Hakuba 47 and Goryu Toomi are located in the picturesque Hakuba Valley JAPAN.

Hakuba 47 and Goryu Toomi Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Hakuba 47 terrain consists of huge mogul covered steep trails, treed areas, long fast groomed trails and a first class terrain park, halfpipe and boardercross course.

The Goryu Toomi terrain has a one double black diamond mogul covered trail, long linking wide intermediate trails and gentle flat beginner terrain.

The Hakuba 47 and Goryu Toomi lift passes are valid for use at any of the surrounding 7 Hakuba ski and snowboard resorts.

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Hakuba 47 and Goryu Toomi

Hakuba 47 offers the better advanced skiing and snowboarding on faster and steeper trails than Goryu Toomi.

At Hakuba 47 take the double black diamond R-3 course for some of the largest moguls you will ever see. From the top of Minamisawa Peak at take the steep Adventure Course for a fast run down to the Iimori base restaurant in Goryu.

Off Piste Skiing and Snowboarding at Hakuba 47

Off piste skiing and snowboarding is not permitted at either Hakuba 47 or Goryu Toomi.
Hakuba 47 has introduced a ‘Double Black Diamond’ program to allow some limited off piste access. Those wanting access must attend a safety lecture before becoming a DBD member allowing them limited off piste access at Hakuba 47 only.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Hakuba 47 and Goryu Toomi

Intermediates can easily ski and snowboard on both mountains with Hakuba 47 more challenging than Goryu Toomi.

At Goryu 47 the R1 tree lined trail from the top of the Quad Chairlift gives a long scenic cruise all the way down to the base area.

From the top of Zizou Peak on Goryu Toomi the groomed trails to the right hand side of the Gondola are long and fast.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Hakuba 47 and Goryu Toomi

Goryu Toomi is the learning place for beginner skiers and snowboarders. The lower slopes serviced by the Toomi 1st and 2nd Chairlifts are very wide and gently sloping. The lower slopes stay open for night skiing and snowboarding every night. The Ski and Snowboard School and the Children’s Learning Centre are located in front of the Escal Plaza.

Confident beginners are able to catch the Goryu Express Gondola up to the Panorama Course where they have the option of following the gently winding and very long R7 trail all the way down to the base area of Goryu 47.

First Spur/First Tracks Breakfast at Hakuba 47

The First Spur/First Tracks Breakfast gives skiers and snowboarders the chance to ride the Hakuba 47 Line 8 Gondola to the top for a quick breakfast before cruising back down to the base for another run or two. A guide is available for the first run.

Hakuba 47 Terrain Park and Halfpipe

The R-4 Big Snow Park located on the left hand side of the Hakuba 47 Line 8 Gondola is one of the most well maintained and challenging terrain parks in the region.

The rails, jumps and boxes are all huge. Going up on the chairlift over the park it almost feels as though someone is going to land on your lap!

The halfpipe may not be a superpipe but it is cut well and maintained daily.

A boarder cross course is set up at various times throughout the season for local competitions.

On Mountain Restaurants at Hakuba 47 and Goryu Toomi

There are 10 restaurants cafes and bars at Hakuba 47 and Goryu Toomi. They range from Japanese pub style food to Chinese noodles, fresh pasta restaurants, soup kitchens, a pizza bar and an international Beer Bar at the base of Hakuba 47.

Other Activities at Hakuba 47 and Goryu Toomi

The Hakuba Valley has many activities available; snow rafting, hot air ballooning, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, mountain biking and trekking tours.

After skiing or snowboarding all day be sure to you go to an onsen. Onsens are hot springs usually located outdoors. Nothing will sooth your aching muscles better! Just be warned that generally you are not allowed to wear bathers and the sexes are normally separated. Onsens are scattered throughout the Hakuba Valley; check with your hotel for the nearest one.

Shopping at Hakuba 47 and Goryu Toomi

Hakuba 47 has a ski and snowboard rental shop in the base area and a souvenir shop.

The Escaru Plaza at the base of Goryu Toomi has a ski and snowboard equipment and rental shop and a couple of souvenir and food shops.

The main bulk of shops are in the town of Hakuba just 5 minutes drive away. They have well stocked supermarkets, large sports stores a laundry mat and the post office which has an international ATM accepting most foreign credit and debit cards.

Nightlife at Hakuba 47and Goryu Toomi

At first glance the Hakuba nightlife appears not as lively as you may find in other ski and snowboard resorts worldwide; however a little exploring will reveal small cosy bars, a beer hall, karaoke bars and a nightclub.

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Danielle Anderson, Melbourne. I skied at 47/Goryu for a couple of days when I stayed at Happo One. You have one pass for both resorts (they are linked together). The terrain park and pipe attract some real dare devils, we watched the boarders and skiers go crazy for ages, there's a lift that services the park and I was a little worried that I would end up with a boarder on my lap they get so much air! The actual skiing is good, it's not as good as Happo but certainly worth a visit (it's only about a 10 minute drive from Happo One village). Lots of wide trails well groomed and plenty of trees. A couple of the mogul runs were as good as what you would get in the States. Goryu Toomi is mainly beginner, and has night skiing until 8pm everyday. Again the hospitality is fantastic and the lift system is efficient.

Ella Moreland, UK. We went to Goryu Toomi for a long weekend and to learn to snowboard and had the time of our lives. We stayed at a little Japanese pension offering bed and breakfast and for a small extra charge dinner. We were only a short walk to the main run and after a lesson were managing to make our way up and down with only falling a few times. After a substantial dinner we wandered down the road and came across a bar. It was like the couple decided to open their lounge room for the public! They had a wooden bar and were serving the most delicious cold beer in enormous pint/jug glasses. They only would have been in there early twenties with a few words of english! It was clearly a local hangout and by the end of the night there would have been about 20 people squeezed into this tiny house!!! Aaaahhhh the memories, aaahhhhh the hangover,aaaahhhhhh the sore bottom from the snowboard, aaaahhhhh only 9 months before we get to go back.......

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
5,479
1,670
Base
2,690
820
Average Snowfall
10 meters
Lifts
14
Trails
47
Terrain %
advanced
30
intermediate
40
beginner
30
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
1
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