It’s that time of the year when ski aficionados are contemplating their next snow holiday. For those who love the pure air and amenities of Japanese resorts, but prefer to stay close to Tokyo, Hakuba Valley in Nagano Prefecture is an ideal pick. With more than 200 runs, 139 lifts, vertical drops of over 1,000 metres and a top elevation of 1,831 metres, Nagano is poised as one of the top playgrounds for ski lovers. Hakuba Hotel Group is the largest independent accommodation provider in the valley, with five picturesque hotels and 22 sophisticated, luxuriously appointed private chalets on offer, along with experienced local staff to assist you upon arrival. Chalet guests can enjoy free airport pickup and drop-off, complimentary onsen facilities and concierge services throughout their stay.