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Akakura Hotel Central

Myoko, Niigata

Prices
from ¥7,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Breakfast
Rooms
Combination Room, Western Room, Japanese Room

Akakura Central Hotel is located in the heart of Akakura Onsen village, allowing our guests to enjoy our fresh, non-recycled hot springs to their hearts’ content. Situated one minute away from ski slopes on foot, our hotel is very convenient to our guests in winter.


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Akakura Hotel Central

Akakura Hotel Central

Myoko, Niigata
Prices from
¥7,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Breakfast
Room Types
Akakura Central Hotel is located in the heart of Akakura Onsen village, allowing our guests to enjoy our fresh, non-recycled hot springs to their hearts’ content. Situated one minute away from ski slopes on foot, our hotel is very convenient to our guests in winter.
Hotel St. Moritz Shiga

Hotel St. Moritz Shiga

Shiga Kogen, Nagano
Prices from
¥6,500 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 5
Includes
Accommodation and breakfast
Room Types
Located in the Ichinose area within 2 minute walk to the chairlifts. There are variety of room types that can accomodate from single to maximum 5 guests. All the rooms have ensuite.

Hotel St Moritz guest reviews

Early January 2017

The hotel is comfortable, though they do not rent snow boards or premium quality skis. They also lack a dedicated drying room, meaning all of our gear had to be dried in our room each night. They provided breakfast as part of our package, but this was suited more to the Japanese taste than the western taste. This could be remedied by simple things such as providing toast. 

Great onsen!

We really enjoyed the skiing at Shiga Kogen, but there is no English speaking group skiing lessons available. 

We also make the comment that there were very few evening dining options in the village of Ichinose. Almost all evening dining was associated with a hotel and getting in if you were not a guest was virtually impossible.  We didn't eat at out hotel as their menu was not western child friendly and expensive. When the one ramen place closed for two nights, we had to eat instant noodles from  a convenience store. 

Overall, we enjoyed our trip, but won't go back until our kids are past lessons and the resort offers more variety of dining.

Dallas
 

 

Mid January 2016

We all had a wonderful 4 week holiday in Japan.We stayed in January 2016

Thank you so much for organising our stay at St Moritz Shiga Kogen. It was our 3rd visit to Shiga Kogen and our first time staying at St Moritz Hotel.

Firstly it was an easy 5 min walk from the Ichinose Bus stop ok in good weather to walk.

We were welcomed my the manager and his wife and informed about all the facilities of the hotel.

Ski lockers are on the ground floor,as well as toilets,separate male and female onsens and free laundry facilities.We booked the larger rooms which were comfortable with 2 western beds,small lounge,wardrobe,western style cubicle bathroom,small bar fridge and balcony which was nice to look out towards the mountains.It was not luxurious but quite comfortable and warm and clean.There is no smoking in bedrooms which is great !

I really enjoyed the onsens and had one nearly every day.It was spotlessly clean,equipped with hairdyer and body wash, shampoo and conditioner.Great to sooth the skiers legs after a full day skiing.

Breakfast was ok at St Moritz but we preferred the days that they had buffet breakfast as our 2 teenage sons preferred a western style breakfast.We also tried buffet dinner which was good lots of variety around 3,000 yen .We only had this once as we felt there was too much food to eat.After having lunch we preferred a smaller meal.

You could order pizza the day before which we did and it was great. You could sit in the lounge overlooking the snow which was wonderful.

St Moritz is a smaller hotel but quite cosy and comfortable .Rooms were warm,however the last 2 nights we were moved to a corner room which was freezing.I went to reception around 11pm and they kindly brought another heater to the room.The next day they found another room which was smaller but wasn't as cold.

If couples want to book this hotel book the larger room as it it more comfortable with a small lounge and wardrobe!

I would be happy to stay at St Moritz again as staff very friendly and helpful.Itwas great to stay in hotel where guests are not allowed to smoke in the bedroom rooms. 

This hotel is suitable for families,couples or singles.It is a bit of a walk to the slopes but there is a shortcut 2 doors down with a steep walk up the hill.Easy to ski back.Overall a good hotel that doesn't cost too much.
Ski conditions great we had fresh snow about 60 cm when we arrived then a top up every few days.Plenty of variety of slopes to ski ......ShigaKogen is our favourite ski resort in Japan.Very quiet for night life but brilliant for skiing and not crowded.


We enjoyed the location as there was a few restaurants in the village, a Kasmiri restaurant which was excellent and a Japanese/Chinese restaurant which was sometimes closed through the week and a few other restaurant in the Main Street which are only open for lunch.All excellent food an well priced!

Regards Narelle and Greg Tuchin





 
 
Late January 2015

Great mountain - good terrain and snow - limited options at night (apart from your hotel) - but the best thing was it was nice and quiet. 

St Moritz - great friendly staff - a little dated but that added to the character - good location. 

Your service - very good - easy process to book - good options presented for our budget. No complaints!

Matt
 
 
Mid January 2015

We had a great trip thanks.

The St. Moritz was great thx. Everything we expected from a hotel in Ichinose. They served the eggs cold in the morning breakfast but a gentle word about how westerners like their eggs led to a change. All in all good value, great snow. Ill check in with you soon for next year!


Cheers Grant

 

Mid February 2014. 

Left Madarao in a snow storm and went back to Nagano. it was dumping down.


Caught bus to Shiga Kogen. It took 4 hours to get there because of the storm. Couldnt see anything travelling up. It was a white out. Wasnt sure if I got off at the right place. No one had heard of the hotel. Ended up getting someone to ring hotel & the owner came and picked me up. No english people staying there. Was a nice place for the money and good location to lifts.

One thing that I did find annoying is that they allow people to smoke on the entry level and all you can smell is cigarette smoke which travels into reception and lounge area. Same thing applies here with the arrival meal.

Shiga Kogen is a good resort with plenty of run and a huge area to ski. I found the the new snow get skied out quickly compared to Madarao. This is more apparent where the three prince hotels are in Yamibiko.

Your service was very good and you answered all of my questions in all of my emails. Thanks for your help. If you have any good specials for next season please let me know. 


Steve Newall

 

Mid January 2014  

Your service was excellent and much appreciated. The accommodation and price you secured for us was exactly what we were after.

And now, being aware of the holiday weekend in Japan in the middle of our stay on the snow, I appreciate how lucky we were that you were able to secure accommodation for us, with no holiday loadings. Thank you again.

The snow and skiing/boarding at Shigakogen was, as ever, excellent. I continue to be amazed at how few people you have to share the slopes with. Even with a long weekend in Japan, there were times on Saturday and Sunday when we had runs to ourselves. There was never any waiting at lifts. And, whilst it cannot ever be guaranteed, the weather was next to perfect – four nights of fresh snow, but basically clear, windless days!

We liked Hotel St Moritz. The rooms were comfortable and suited us. The onsen was adequate. Staff spoke (limited, but) enough English and were very helpful. The hotel wifi worked. Breakfast was good. But dinner was very limited. We only ate in house for dinner once, but this is not a problem as there are 3 or 4 other options for eating out which are quite good.

Also on-snow eating options for lunch are very good, so, with a decent breakfast and good lunch, dinner is less crucial.

As with most (all?) hotels in Ichinose, there is not much in the way of after-snow facilities, but there is a comfortable lounge so, with a few drinks and your own and the company of other guests, evenings can be quite pleasant.

And the big plus with the hotel is its location – just a 50 metre (albeit somewhat uphill – but it’s downhill going home!) walk to the nearest lift which effectively gives you ski/board access to the entire Shiga field. There’s about a 100 metre walk to the bus stop, shops, restaurants.

We are planning on returning to the snow in Japan and would, most likely, go back to Shiga and Hotel St Moritz.

Bruce

 

"My finance and I stayed at Hotel St Moritz Shiga, Feb 20-24. Despite it being peak season the hotel was quiet, low key, and accordingly, relaxing.

There were a couple of other Western types in the place, one a Kiwi who had been travelling around a number of resorts on his one month Japan trip; He'd been to Hakuba and Nozawa Onsen where he'd met a many Australians. In addition to the great snow conditions, its 'magical powder', he rated Shiga Kogen for its low count of Antipodean neighbors.

We drove there in my old Mitsubishi Pajero Junior which struggled mightily to make it up the last 10k climb in heavy snow. We might not have made if it my better half didn't have the good fortune to be born a Canadian.

There is an onsen bath in the basement beside the lockers and the changing rooms. It's a basic hotel type Japanese bath that doesn't pretend to be more than functional - there are no windows for example - but it feels more than just adequate after a day exploring the many areas and trails of the resort.

Breakfast was included in the room price and was decent with a fairly wide selection of Japanese and Western breakfast staples.

We didn't sample the evening fare opting for the what we were told were limited options down the village. One night we ate at an Okinawan place that we good...nice sake and Okinawan dishes. Two nights we ate at a Nepalese place where we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves scoffing down curries and nan a-plenty.

Hotel St Moritz with its location a couple of minutes walk from the lifts and its reasonable prices was a good choice for us, an evaluation that is primarily driven by the wonderful, wonderful conditions we had on the slopes. It's all about the resort."

By John

 

"We stayed for 5 nights at Hotel St Moritz in mid January, a family of 4 with 2 older kids.

Staff were welcoming, friendly enough and efficient despite the language difficulty at times but thats our issue really, as we are the visitors to Japan and its all part of the experience.

We had booked dinner for our first night and whilst relatively expensive, it was very nice (order the Japanese dinner not Western as other guest commented they were disappointed with it) the multi course japanese dinner however we found excellent, and we certainly didn't leave hungry.

You can eat elsewhere at Ichinose for cheaper ( the nepalese Curry house for eg) but beyond that you have to search for other dinner options.

Breakfast at St Moritz were buffet style, and mix of japanese and western available and you could go back for as much as you liked so we thought it was very good value compared to other japanese hotel experiences we had where you paid for each portion.

Found the Kitchen and dining room staff to be very nice and always tried to please.

As others have said hotel is little dated in decor but everything is still clean and presentable.

We had a 4 share room with small ensuite capsule bathroom which suited our needs, but the onsen in the basement is the best option for washing/showering in any comfort.

Beds were comfortable and room was warm enough but no control over the temp.

Not much to do in the evenings except watch the sumo on the TV in your room.

Access to ski lifts was OK once you found the short cut, with small kids or if you were not that fit you would struggle with the little climb up the access way. If your a confident skier you can ski back to the front door in the afternoons when snow was good if you risked a bob sled run down the access path.

Ski storage locker room in basement with lockers just big enough for 1 set of skis and your boots. No equipment drying facility for jackets, gloves etc, and limited hanging space for this in your rooms which can be a pain as the room becomes a bit of a chinese laundry.

Overall we found St Mortitz clean, comfortable and convenient.

Would we go back to St Moritz? Probably, but we would probably also look around at other alternatives at Ichinose as well.

Snow was brilliant!"

By RFG

 

"Hotel St Moritz Shiga is situated at one end of Ichinose Village, the end you approach from Nagano Station.

It is clean, comfortable and caters well for a place to relax and recover from a hard day's skiing or snowboarding.

Beds were comfortable though the loose bedspread/blanket tended to get kicked off during the night. 

The bathrooms are 'capsule' style and very small. The hot water cut in and out, but wasn't overly annoying. However, after my first shower in the room I used the onsen to shower/bathe/rinse. The onsen was quite spartan in the sense that there were no towels provided in the adjoining room - guests needed to bring a modesty towel (provided) from the room, as well as the bathroom towel to dry off. Supplying towels in the change room next to the onsen would improve the experience. The onsen itself was good - only an indoors onsen, but good, and helped relieve tired muscles at the end of the day.

The lobby bar was never open while we were there, and we were there across a weekend. Further, when guests wanted a little apres drink/chat in the lobby after dinner, the lights were turned down, then off, giving us the hint we weren't really welcome to stay in that area. Still, better that than have rowdy guests disturb the sleep of guests in the rooms above. On a positive note, there was no issue with guests taking their own alcohol into the lobby/lounge area and alcohol is readily available in both the hotel vending machines and hotel shop.

Staff were accommodating enough. Yamamoto san booked restaurants in the village for us a couple of times when requested to do so. There are very few dining options in the village that are open to the public. There are plenty of hotels, but some allow only their guests to dine in their hotel.

Access to the snow is not ski in ski out, but there's a cut out path adjacent to the hotel/building a couple of doors down and you have a short, easy climb to Lift 28. From there you can access the whole mountain lift by lift.

Back to the hotel - it is a bit dated in terms of its decor, but that is the same as another hotel we stayed at in Shiga Kogen a couple of years ago. Hotel St Moritz was better than the other hotel. Although it is a bit dated, it is clean and 'did the job' adequately for us. Breakfast was good, I thought, but some of my companions (we were there as a group of 8) weren't happy about the food not being as hot as it could be.

All in all, an enjoyable experience from a hotel that could make some simple improvements to lift it to a new level."

By Brad

 

"This was a last minute booking for Christmas and we were lucky to find anywhere with availabilty.

The property itself is well located in ichinose but very dated. It seems that the management are winding down the property as several of the common areas were closed.

Staff were friendly enough.

Bedrooms were similarly dated with very small bathrooms.

Dinner at the hotel was very disappointing - a bizarre mix of japanese and western style fast food.

Although Ichinose does not have a huge number of dining options there are definately better places to eat."

By Dan

 

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Utopia

Utopia

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Price
¥0
Guests
1 - 6+
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Utopia is a traditional Japanese hotel with tatami floors, futon beds & complimentary green tea. Utopia is located in the centre of the village, which offer convenient access to the snowpark, shops & hot springs in the main street. There are 13 hot springs within the resort & one of them is seconds from Utopia.
Akane-Yado

Akane-Yado

Furano, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥6,900 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 3
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
It is a homely pension conveniently located between Furano and a famous back country mountain, Tokachidake. Complimentary lift to/from Furano Resort. Breathtaking view.

Akane - Yado guest reviews

 
 
 
 
Mid February 2017

We enjoyed our time there.  Very friendly hosts and authentic Japanese experience.  Possibly a little too far out of town though. We did a mixture of alpine touring and downhill skiing.  Unfortunately we didn’t have great snow for the first part of our trip but we all thought it would be great to ski with fresh powder.  We came back to Furano for a day of slack country skiing and it was very nice. 

I found your service to be excellent. Very helpful and prompt.

Regards
Sheila


 
Late December 2016

Resort
1. Great resort for beginners. The green hill is wide and long, allowing for beginners to space out on the slope so it's less likely that they'll bump into each other. There are several ski schools that operate on the hill and youre bound to be able to get a lesson if youre willing to share a session with strangers.
2. There is a counter where english speaking guests can raise their questions and the rest of the field is easy enough to navigate without much being lost in translation.
3. The eatery on location is good but is also quite limited, guests are encouraged to look into the multiple pensions/restaurants around the slopes for meals if they require variety. 

Accommodation. 
1. Great value for its price.
2. The meals prepared were varied and tasted very good! Definitely one thing we missed.
3. Quite far from town center. For those who want to eat out after skiing, it's recommended that you get a car or hire a cab to send you back to the pension. The host provides pick up and drop off in the mornings (8-9 am) and early evenings (5-7pm) and we found that it fit our schedules perfectly.4. Given the price and the transport option, it's no surprise that this pension sees a lot of customers. Book early!

Service
1. You guys are amazing as always Hisae.Definitely looking forward to use your service again.

Thank you.

Regards,
Arif
 
 
 
 
Late Feb 2016

We were made to feel very welcome by Joe and his family as Akaneyado and felt like we were staying in their house which was very cosy and tidy.  

The breakfast and occasional evening meal that we had were healthy, fresh and traditional Japanese style.  

Joe even cleared snow off our car for us and also provided a lot of useful information about the local area and the skiing.  

The accommodation is in a nice rural location about 20 minutes from Furano and an hour from Tokachi-dake. 

Thanks to Joe and his family -  we will be back!

Attached photo is of Akaneyado accommodation.


 
 
 
Gasthof Schi Heil

Gasthof Schi Heil

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥9,100 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Within 5 minutes to all 13 public Onsen, restaurants and bars, only 50 metres to Chuo bus terminal & a 7-8 minute easy walk to Yu-road (people mover) that takes you to the Hikage Gondola. All rooms with ensuite. Owned/managed by a local family.

Gasthof Schi Heil guest reviews

 

 

 

Late Feb 2017

Hotel was as described. Small and cosy but very comfortable.

Location was outstanding. Right in the middle of town.

The breakfast each morning was great and the staff were excellent and very helpful with restaurant recommendations. 

They also run a travel company right next door so very handy for day trips to the surrounding sights

Thanks again for all your help.Hopefully we will get back there again soon

Greg Gaupset
 

 

Early January 2015

The stay at the Gasthof was really nice, The staff there were super friendly and the rooms were a nice size and comfortable.

The rooms have a standard modular on-suite and tea making facilities, the breakfast provided was always nice.

There is a little bar area downstairs and a family lounge room upstairs.

There was only a small ski locker room but we made do buy using a make shift clothes line in the bedroom:)

The location of the hotel was fantastic, It is right next to the bus stop so really easy to find and it only took 5 mins to walk to the traveling walkway to get to the ski lift!!

And there are plenty of On-sens near the hotel to help unwind after a days boarding/skiing  

There was plenty of nice and traditional food places near bye so eating out was never a problem but we would recomend booking in advance as places fill up quickly, the highlight was eating at the Neo Bar which is ran by a cool guy named Marky. We had the beef hotpot which was amazing!!

To finalize our stay at the Gasthof I would say it is clean and tidy, friendly and close to everything you could need!

We would not hesitate in staying there again:)

We will definitely be re-visiting there when we can get the time off work again! Thank you so much for the help again with accommodation and we both look forward to using JSA again in the future:) 

Shane & Mel





 

 

 

 

Mid February 2014  

"We had a great trip to Nozawa Onsen and Gasthof Schi Heil was better than we had hoped! I have already recommended it to people as a perfect option for families in Nozawa. 

A real treat was the very tasty breakfast every morning and the nice little bar area downstairs for a bit of après ski before dinner. 

The staff was super helpful and friendly. Mr. Yamaguchi, who was helping out at the Front Desk, was terrific with English and knowledge of the area. 

Eight thumbs up (we are a family of four)!"

Parl Watzlavick
 

 

 
Hotel Alp

Hotel Alp

Myoko, Niigata
Prices from
¥10,000 Per person per night
Guests
1- 3
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
The Hotel Alp is more than just conveniently located. It has attractve spacious rooms & a sparkling modern enterior. You'll feel right at home! Most of the rooms are western style, but they also have traditional Japanese style rooms. Sleep on futons, have a relaxing cup of green tea & enjoy the subtle fragrance of the tatami. A greta choice for families or small groups.
Hakuba Onsen Ryokan Shirouma-So

Hakuba Onsen Ryokan Shirouma-So

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥9,675 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
A Japanese Onsen Ryokan combining both traditional and modern Japanese architecture located only within 5 minute walk to the main Gondola or a minute walk to a shuttle bus. Complimentary use of the Japanese kimono style pajamas called Yukata and the night gown. Special nights such as Japanese Sake tasting Fest or Cultural Evening.

Hakuba Onsen Ryokan Shirouma-So guest reviews

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A1 Niseko 1.5 Bedroom Apartment

A1 Niseko 1.5 Bedroom Apartment

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
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¥15,900 Per night
Guests
1 - 3
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
Only a minute to the shuttle stop. For a massive wow factor the living area has an 80inch projector screen, which plays DVD and English satellite TV. And if that wasn't enough you can also watch the reverse side of the screen while having a bath in the bathroom.

Review - Hurry Slowly One Bedroom Condo

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Hotel Moc

Hotel Moc

Myoko, Niigata
Prices from
¥5,500 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Hotel Moc's combination rooms are located 40 metres from the gondala & bring together Japanese style and Western comfort. Dinner packages also available.

Hotel Moc Guest Reviews

 

 

Late Feb 2017

What a great trip. Fantastic snow. All 3 places we stayed at are amazing. Your organizational skills are to be applauded. Hotel Moc at Kanko is perfectly located to Gondola (refer attached photo) and we did not mind the walk up into town. Suginohara is an amazing place to ski. Chuo Taxis are the way to go – amazing service – on time – every time.

Cannot wait to book again for next year. Keep up the great work.

Regards
Andrew Bolte


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16th March 2014 

We had a wonderful stay at Hotel Moc 

All the satff were friendly & helpful 

We would reccomend it to anyone! 

Emma & Karl

 

 

 




2nd March 2014 

Great place to stay in Akakura.

I would reccomend the Shabu Shabu for dinner one night. 

Family run hotel & felt well looked after during our stay. 

Perfect location for the ski lifts. 

I would give it a 5 stars rating 

Would come again!

Mr H

 

 

 




1st March 2014

Awesome location just across from Akakura Kanko Main Gondala.

Very helpful host with great English.

The rooms are clean & great value for money breakfast.

Mr W

 

 




1st March 2014

Very friendly & helpful people.

A pleasure to stay at Hotel Mac.

Ms M

 

 




27th February 2014

Very friendly & helpful.

Good position with shuttle bus outside.

We have been here many times & will definitely return.

Reasonable rates & great Japanese food.

Toko the dog is very friendly & cute.

Mr & Mrs J
Sydney, Australia

 

 




17th February 2014

Thank You for an amazing week!

Hotel Moc ticks all the boxes, good food, close to lifts & excellent hosts.

We will be back!

Andrew & James

 

Pension Ringojam

Pension Ringojam

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥6,500 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
The pension is famous for the original apple jam that the owner chef has been making over 26 years. There is a free shuttle service to / from the chairlifts. The owner is looking forward to the cultural exchange with you.

Pension Ringojam guest reviews

 
 
 
 
 
Late December 2013, Ben and I absolutely loved Pension Ringojam.

Osamu & Eiko Otaka were wonderful hosts and Pension Ringojam had a very homely feel.

We plan to go back as soon as we can and if possible we will stay at Pension Ringojam again. 

Highlights were a traditional Nabe dinner and spending time practising our Japanese with the other guests.

Madarao Ski Resort was definitely one of our favourites - probably up with Cortina (or better), but we were a little early for the best snow. Osamu recommended mid Jan-mid Feb. It was still a great mountain and the midnight skiing on New Year's Eve was pretty special. 

Really good challenging runs and great tree skiing opportunities.

Thanks 
Leith Macintosh
 
 
 
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