By Tom (Admin)
Shaped like the back of a horse, Hakuba (literally "white horse" due to frequent sprinklings of winter snow) is a jewel of rest, relaxation - and more than a little adventure. Tucked away in the Matsumoto Northern Japan Alps area, it offers breathtaking vistas, soothing onsen, and sports galore such as rafting, paragliding and horse-riding. Helping you to take advantage of this most beautiful region of Nagano is Green Valley Hakuba, a resort with accommodation to fit not only every budget, but every desire.
Green Valley Hakuba is a collection of 42 self-contained cabins a mere five-minute drive from Hakuba station (free shuttle-bus available if you book ahead). The best of both worlds, the cabins are surrounded by nature, yet only a few minutes by car from grocery stores and restaurants, perfect for both the gourmet cook or those seeking a night on the town. Far from being a cookie-cutter huddle of lodges, guests can choose from a variety of cabin styles: standard, log, executive, and even some with rotenburo (outdoor baths) to better enjoy the surroundings.
Green Valley can accommodate groups from two to 22 - perfect for the couple celebrating an anniversary or the extended family having a reunion. Several pet-friendly cabins mean that furry members of the family can also be included. For a trip back in time, a renovated 160-year-old thatched cottage is now available, with not only a sunken hearth to warm your toes, but also a Goemon heated-from-beneath, kettle-shaped bath.
With a minimum of effort, Green Valley allows you to truly enjoy your trip. Ski and snowboard rentals will keep you swishing down the slopes in winter; barbecue equipment will help you grill up a summer feast. Meal plans are available, with nabe and barbecue sets, as well as breakfast and dinner options. Guests of Green Valley receive discounts for various off-site activities, too, allowing you to sample more of what's on offer.
To commune with nature, enjoying fresh air and limpid water, Hakuba is the place to visit. With its prime location and abundant options, Green Valley Hakuba is the place to stay. The choice is clear: to enjoy the white horse, choose the Green Valley.
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