HAKUBA offers comfortable, luxurious and traditional hotels, villas, apartments and lodges dappled over the 9 resorts -
Happo One, Hakuba 47, Goryu, Iwatake, Tsugaike, Norikura, Cortina, Jiigatake and Kashimayari. Samurai Snow provide a great village map HERE
Staying in HAKUBA valley means access to lifts, snowsports schools, an array of dining, bars, cafes, supermarkets, rental & retail stores.
The 4 most popular areas to stay are HAPPO, WADANO, GORYU and ECHOLAND.
HAPPO village accommodation is closest to the HAPPO-ONE lifts (offering some ski-in, ski-out) and has close by options for bars, restaurants and retail so usually comes with a higher price tag and is booked out early on. Alternatively there is nearby accommodation available closer to the base of the Kokusai chairlift (still part of the Happo resort and also nearby to the Evergreen International Ski School).
WADANO lies between the International & Sakka ski pistes on the north side of Happo One Ski Resort. Accommodation includes some lovely villas ideal for larger families and also some high-end resort hotels poised majestically in the quiet forest.
GORYU resort is connected to Goryu and Hakuba 47. In Goryu, shoot to stay near Escal plaza - there's more dining & retail options & there's also the Hakuba Valley Shuttle bus stop which leaves every hour or so to Happo, Iwatake and Tsugaike.
ECHOLAND can offer more affordable options again, as it is a little further afield from any mountain base.
Fortunately, shuttles to the lifts are frequent and some accommodation offer shuttles or your own car inclusive of your stay.
For the drivers, there's car parking available at the base of the 9 resorts with easy lift access.
Booking.com and AirBnB are great for booking family accommodation if you'd like to DIY your own package.