Hakuba valley is nestled in the heart of Nagano Prefecture of Japan, which, if you can remember that far back, played host to the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. Hakuba hosted the ski jumping event as well as the super G and some downhill skiing. The Olympics left a good infrastructure in the area, making it easy to go on day trips to other areas. They also left a thriving après ski scene in Hakuba, where there is no shortage of international restaurants, bars, and traditional Japanese hot springs. The valley incorporates 10 ski resorts, over 200 runs, 139 lifts, huge towering peaks, a local village, ski/snowboard shops, a combination of traditional or western dining and après entertainment.