Hakuba is a village located in Kitaazumi District, Nagano, Japan. As of 2007, the village has an estimated population of 9,246 and a density of 50.71 persons per Square kilometer. The total area is 182.34 Square kilometers. Hakuba is a ski resort town in the northern Japan Alps. As the surrounding valley has an annual snow fall of over 11.1 meters, it is the central hub for 10 ski resorts with more than 200 runs. The village was the main event venue for 1998 Winter Olympics (Alpine, Ski Jump, Crosscountry). Hakuba was once part of the route called the Salt Road used to bring salt and other marine products from the coast.