The Ridge Hotel and Apartments was built in 1998 as the Hana Hotel by Japan Life as a VIP retreat and received members of the Imperial Family to view the Olympics from its luxurious Penthouse overlooking the mountain. The Ridge is a hidden jewel in the Japan Alps offering unparalleled Western style accommodation - luxury amenities and service. Mixing contemporary design with simple - sophisticated comfort and large suite apartments. The Ridge offers a fresh and modern lodging experience catering to the international traveler. Hakuba Valley is situated in the heart of the mountainous Japan Alps and consists of 10 resorts with over 200 ski runs including the steepest runs and best backcountry access in Japan.