Hakuba: Where to Stay
As my companion and I were tagging along with an Australian university group for part of our stay, we initially lodged up in Hotel Cultured. It was nothing special, but sufficed for what we needed: a bed to sleep in, enough room to store our gear and a bus stop out the front. However, we split up from the group after a number of days and moved over to The Lab, a cosy place about 15 minutes walk from Happo One. The comfortable facilities include a lounge and bar with free WiFi–but the best part is the fellow travellers that you meet. It’s full of diverse but like-minded people who will happily share a story over a drink, and staff that will go out of their way to help with information and advice.