Host of the downhill races at the 1998 Winter Olympics, Happō-One is one of Japan's top ski areas, with superb mountain views and beginner, intermediate and advanced runs catering to skiers and snowboarders. For the low-down, check the excellent English-language homepage.

With a total of 23 lifts, half the terrain is rated intermediate. The resthouse at the top of the 'Adam' gondola, Usagidaira 109, is the ski area's centre point, with two chairlifts from there heading up to the highest elevation of 1830m.

From Hakuba Station, a five-minute bus ride (¥260) straight up the hill takes you into the middle of the lively little village of Happo-mura. In winter, shuttles make the rounds of the village, lodges and ski base.