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Hotel Appi Grand & Tower

Appi Kogen, Iwate

Prices
from ¥9,050 Per person per night
Guests
1-5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Rooms
Western Room

Hotel Appi Grand & Tower are ski in ski out accommodation located in a family friendly resort with great quality snow & excellent facilaties including a swimming pool, onsen, gym, bar & Karaoke.


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Hotel Appi Grand & Tower

Hotel Appi Grand & Tower

Appi Kogen, Iwate
Prices from
¥9,050 Per person per night
Guests
1-5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Hotel Appi Grand & Tower are ski in ski out accommodation located in a family friendly resort with great quality snow & excellent facilaties including a swimming pool, onsen, gym, bar & Karaoke.

Hotel Appi Grand & Tower guest reviews


 
Early January 2017

Appi Grand was excellent. Our rooms in the Tower, although not brand new in their furnishings, were spacious, well appointed, and with great views. The service was extremely good. The  food in all the restaurants was delicious. The location of the hotel is ideal for easy and true ski in ski out skiing. The facilities of the hotel were extensive, and very good for entertainment of children and toddlers. Thank you again for all your help with the booking.

Regards,David
 
 
Early January 2016

Appi was great!Thanks very much for great advice !!!

We will be in touch again for another holiday 

Cheers
Alasdair
 
The Westin Rusutsu Resort

The Westin Rusutsu Resort

Rusutsu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥16,810 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 7
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
The Westin Rusutsu Resort is a place where you can fully enjoy Hokkaido boasting Hokkaido's largest ski area in winter. A relaxing hotel will be waiting for you with restaurants that use seasonal ingredients and hot springs that will bring ease and comfort. We hope you will make joyful memories here at Rusutsu Resort.

The Westin Rusutsu Resort guest reviews

Early Jan 2016

We fully enjoyed our stay at The Westn Rusutsu Resort.  The advantage of being able to use facilities of both the resort and the tower make it a fine one stop destination.

After we left Rusutsu we continued travelling around Hokkaido for another couple of weeks, skiing at various other locations..  

Thank you for being prompt in dealing with our booking. 

I attach a video my son made of the trip which features not only Rusutsu but also other locations in Hokkaido.

Regards,
Wayne
 
Tokiwaya Ryokan

Tokiwaya Ryokan

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥13,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Tokiwaya Ryokan has been operating for four centuries, with its history dating right back to the Edo Period 370 years ago.Only a short walk to the Yu-road (People mover). The famous Oyu-Onsen is right next to us.

Tokiwaya Ryokan guest reviews

Tokiwaya Ryokan

 

 
Early February 2015


Nozawa - amazing snow - but getting too crowded - good mix of terrain - plenty of nightlife (but hard to get into places due to number of tourists). 

Tokawaya - amazing hotel - amazing staff - amazing service and food (but don't tell anyone as we want to make sure we can stay there again next time)!

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

Matt
 

 

Early January 2015

I can’t thank you enough for your assistance with my recent trip to Japan! 

From the first email and all through the process you were professional, helpful and informative. You found us the perfect hotels in the best locations and you saved us by finding a driver when I called you after we missed our train!

I have already recommended you and your excellent service to my friends who will be visiting Japan this coming summer.

Thanks again and best regards,

Robert Laker







 

Mid January 2015

I just want to thank you for all your help with the booking and to let you know that we really enjoyed our stay at Tokiwaya, it was a real treat.

Regards
Diana

 

 

Late February 2014

I had a great week at Nozawa Onsen

The snow was great and the mountain had enough challenging terrain to keep
it fun. To our relief, they didn't groom every run to within an inch of
their life like they do at Shiga Kogen and they didn't make a huge fuss
about going out of bounds and doing tree runs. The terrain is varied
enough that you could enjoy the week without getting bored.

Tokiwaya ryokan was very special. The owner/Manager, whose name I've
unfortunately forgotten, went out of his way to help and tried very hard
with his English. His unassuming friendly politeness was sriking, even in
Japan. 

We loved the very traditional restaurant and onsen and the location was central to everything.

The traditional village layout of Nozawa really makes you feel like you're
in Japan. I'd rate it way above most Japanese ski resorts I've visited.

Only negative is that there are already lots of Australians visiting
(although fortunately not working there on lifts etc like Niseko) and it
became incredibly crowded on weekends when Japanese from Tokyo and Nagoya
arrived.

In terms of the booking it went smoothly and they knew all about me when I
arrived.

Regards
Steve Huntsman

 

Early February 2014  

Our stay at Tokiwaya Ryokan was a amazing experience of Japanese culture and hospitality. 

The breakfasts and dinners in the Tokiwaya restaurant consisted of traditional Japanese cuisine and would rival the Tetsuya Restaurant in Sydney.

The service was excellent and the rooms were clean. Only criticism is the lack of cupboard space in the room. 

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Tokiwaya Ryokan for the second year in a row and hopefully we will get a chance to go back again.

Japan Snow Accommodation's service was very professional and their advice was helpfully.

Kevin McCann


 
Moorea Lodge

Moorea Lodge

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥5,000 Per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & continental breakfast
Room Types
Offering clean & cosy rooms in a variety of bedding configurations, this friendly lodge is the ideal way to enjoy easy access to the mountain & all the hirafu hotspots without breaking the bank. Chose from private or dormitory style rooms.

Moorea Lodge guest reviews

Early Jan 2016

We had a great time. 

The accommodation was good (the only thing could be better is a description on where accommodation is situated when trying to find it for the first time). 

We did not spend too much time in Niseko skiing unfortunately; we drove rather to Rusutsu the first days and went skitouring instead to find untouched powder snow.

Hope all is well.

Kind regards,
Bjørn

 

 

Rusutsu Resort Hotel North & South Wing

Rusutsu Resort Hotel North & South Wing

Rusutsu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥10,100 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
The North and South Hotel are at the heart of the resort and conveniently situated near many restaurants, shops and within easy reach ofthe ski area.
Nozawa House 3 Bedroom

Nozawa House 3 Bedroom

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥50,000 Per night
Guests
8
Includes
Accommodation & welcome breakfast pack
Room Types
Set in the best position in the Village. Able to ski back to your front door and still only a short stroll to the heart of the village. Located at the top of the village and close to the people-mover that takes you up to the Hikage Gondola and Ski School. All this and with no immediate neighbors enjoy a private, tranquil holiday escape.

Nozawa House 3 bedroom guest reviews

Nozawa House 3 bedroom

 

"We had two families (4 adults 5 children) stay at Nozawa House in the first week of April 2012.

The location is great with everything being walking distance, and I think it would be even better earlier in the ski season when you can ski back directly to the house. Because we were there pretty much in spring, the road had just been cleared and also the Hikage Gondola was no longer running. Still, Gabriel our host was very helpful in providing all of us a lift every morning to the main gondola that was still running so there was plenty of fresh snow and good skiing.

There was a starter food pack when we first arrived which was handy indeed but Gabriel also took us to the supermarket to get more supplies and provided good advice on restaurants and the local onsens.

As for the house itself, it suited our families very well. The kids loved being together in the bunk room. We preferred the very roomy Japanese style room and our friends slept in the bedroom on the top floor. The lounge is cozy, the dining area has stunning views and the selection of movies available is endless. The place is highly recommended."



By Melissa

Please visit Nozawa House 3 bedroom

 
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
 

 

 
Madarao Kogen Hotel

Madarao Kogen Hotel

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥9,500 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
A ski in ski out hotel and the best located hotel in Madarao Mountain Resort. From the south side of rooms, you will see the ski runs and mountain tops of Mt.Myoko. From the north side, you will see the mountain tops of Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen.

Madarao Kogen Hotel guest reviews

 
 
 
Late Feb 2017

I thought your service was excellent, you were always prompt with your responses and able to answer any questions I had.

The accommodation was adequate, comfortable and pretty much what I was expecting, the staff at the Hotel were very helpful and a happy to organise anything else we required such as booking other restaurants for dinner. The rooms were always cleaned and beds made up each day. Only criticism would be the lack of drying or hanging space in the room, however it would probably be okay if we didn't have 3 staying in what would normally be a 2 person room.

Getting around the resort was a little tricky as the lifts all opened an closed at different times which made it a challenge to always end up getting back to the right side of the mountain to ski home, once we worked out the times it was okay. The resort offered some of the best tree skiing I have ever had and we were lucky with some good snowfalls earlier in the week of our stay.

Thank you for organising our booking 

Kind regards,
Phil.
 
 
 
Late Feb 2017

We enjoyed 5 days skiing at Madarao, mid February 2017. Our accommodation was at the Madarao Resort Hotel which was very comfortable. It has a delightful onsen, good buffet breakfast and is well located to the ski lifts. The hotel does need an upgrade but remains clean and adequate for our needs on a ski holiday. There are some nearby restaurants which provide some good dining options for dinner. 

Hisae was brilliant with her help in organising our Japanese ski trip and we will be contacting her soon to book our next trip for 2018! 

Many thanks
Sally


 
 
Mid Feb 2017

We had a fabulous skiing trip at Madarao ski resort (mid Feb 2017). 

The resort was what we expected,  a smaller compact place, uncrowded with mostly un-groomed runs, off piste - powder paradise. The Madarao combine with the Tangram resorts catered for skiers and snowboarders, the beginners and advanced (the tree runs were great challenge).We stayed in the Madarao Resort Hotel, a ski in-out accommodation.

The hotel wasn’t anything special, but the staff was wonderful. The hotel has a well maintained onsen (again not crowded, definitely a bonus). There is a number of little restaurants - bars within walking distance from the hotel and they delivered tasty japanese food.  

I would not recommend this place for the people chasing some night life or shopping.  This place is definitely for people who want ski or snowboard in powder (without ski patrol chasing them….). It is picturesque environment (the views from the top of the resorts Madarao -Tangram are spectacular.

Kat


 
 
 
 
Mid Feb 2017

What a great trip. Fantastic snow. All 3 places we stayed at are amazing. Your organizational skills are to be applauded. Bus transfers to each location was very simple. Madarao Kogen Hotel was a real standout for us. Room 417 remember that number (what a great view – see attached photo).  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



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mid February 2017

Just returned from our 2017 Japanese ski adventure, which was all fabulous. John and I especially loved Madarao and it's resort hotel. We are already thinking about next years ski adventure!! 

Thank you so much for your help with our last snow vacation, look forward to organising our next trip with you. 

Regards,
Sally Platt


 
 
 
 

 

Mid January 2017

Everything was great as always. Madarao was amazing, excellent snow, accommodation and the onsen is beautiful. Toru was really friendly and helpful!

Jodie


 
 
 
 
Mid January 2017

We had a great experience thanks and all the accomodation booking etc went perfectly smoothly.

Madarao ski resort was a great experience and for me personally probably the best. 

Madarao Kogen hotel was great and a wonderful safe place for the kids and amazing staff but dinner options around the village are pretty limited and you have to plan well ahead to get into places to get a dinner. The hotel was too expensive for dinner but the breakfasts were great.

Your assistance in this trip was fantastic. 

Thanks so much again.
Guy Rodger


 

 

 

Early January 2017

It was amazing. Very nice staff. Amazing location and very kids friendly! We will come back.

Camille Warnet

 

Early January 2017

This is just a quick note to thank you very much for all your help arranging our Madarao ski holiday.  We had so much fun and everything went smoothly. Your service was very professional and you were so knowledgable and patient about my queries, which you always responded to promptly.  I would have no hesitation in using Japan Snow Accommodation in the future, if the opportunity arises and will recommend your business to friends and family.We had so much fun and hope to return to Madarao next year.
Regards
Tricia
 

 

 

Mid January 2016

We had an amazing holiday in Japan, we are a family of 4 with 2 boys and it was such a great experience for us all. Hisae's suggestions and recommendations with regards to accommodation and which mountains to visit were exactly what we were after, Japanese village culture and awesome snow !


We stayed in Madarao, approx 40 mins from Myoko by car where we stayed at the Madarao Mountain resort , a ski in ski out hotel at the top of the chairlift. The indoor/outdoor onsen at the resort was beautiful and a welcome relief after a day on the mountain. Whilst Madarao is much smaller than Myoko there were a several restaurant choices at the hotel as well as nearby.

Snow quality at both the areas we visited was excellent, no crowds and enough English signage to get by.

I would highly recommend Madarao Kogen Hotel, we cant wait to go back !

Thanks Hisae :) 


Jodie


 
 
 
 
Late Deecember 2016

We had a wonderful trip to Japan. The resort at Madarao Kogen was excellent. We were well looked after and had wonderful snow. I very much appreciate all of your help. Everything was well organised and I appreciated your help with ski lessons etc. Kind Regards Deanne Day
 
Mid january 2016

Firstly I’d like to thank you for the incredible support you provided in organising not only the accomodation but also the ski lessons for both the children and adults. As the ski  school got very busy over the weekend, having all of the bookings already made, and paid for, meant that all we had to do was enjoy the time on the snow.


The kids lessons were super fun, according to our boys, with the instructors speaking good mid-level english and being very patient with all of the varying levels of ability within the group. Our kids were competently skiing basic runs by the end of day 2 and intermediates by day 5. Our private lesson was also incredibly good value with our instructor, Koji, doing a great job at getting us to the point of being able to independently ski the easier intermediate runs in 3 days.

Maderao Kogan Hotel was the perfect introduction to skiing in Japan. The 4 bed western room was perfect for our family of 2 adults and 2 boys aged 10 and 7. The room was relatively small, as most Japanese accomodation is, but was well appointed, clean, and warm. Without at doubt, the onsen, located in the basement of the hotel, was the highlight of the hotel. Being able to soak in the warm water outside, while snow flakes fell on your face was just magic. The breakfast and dinners in the hotel were fairly repetitive, but of a good quality and quantity, with a mix of western and japanese options at ever meal. We had a few dinners at restaurants in the village which were very good too, but for anyone reading this review, I highly recommend you book the day before to ensure they have room for your party.

All in all, we can’t say enough good things about Japan Snow Accommodation or Hisae and will definitely be booking again for the 2017 season.

Thanks
Patrick


 

 

 

 

Late December 2015

My husband, our 7 years old daughter and me had a great time in Madarao,  we were staying in a wayositu room.  There are two restaurants in the hotel, one is buffet restaurant and one is Japanese restaurant.  We tried to book two of the other restaurants we wanted to go close to the hotel for some of the nights but unfortunately they were fully booked and we ended up to have 5 nights buffet and 2 nights in the Japanese restaurant ( almost couldn't book as the Japanese restaurant was fully booked as well ).  

My girl has joined the two activities at night for kids in New Year time, one was playing games with the other kids ( see attached photo ) and one was making Japanese New Year rice cake.  We also watched the fire torch show and fireworks on the 31st. ( see attached photos ). 

The manager, Toru can speak very good English and is very helpful.  In the resort, there are variety of food to choose from eg. Japanese, western, pizza, cakes, ice-cream etc. for lunch in the restaurants.  However, chairlifts there are rather slow and some of them we needed to walk uphill to access.  We have our own gear thus can not make comment on the rental shop.


Hope this help !


Regards,

Christine Chow


Pictures attached below


 
 
 
 
 
Mid janiary 2016

For our boys first time skiing (they are 6 and 8) and our first time in a long time, skiing Madarao was absolutely perfect! 

Everything was easy, friendly, clean, safe and the skiing was terrific. The resort was so convenient to the slopes and having the onsen on site was a great and easy way to relax at the end of the day. The lack of crowds made skiing a pleasure and the ski school for our boys, while often booked out, were very good with our boys. The resort was so easy to get to from Tokyo that travelling was very simple. For this holiday, our first time, it was perfect. My only criticism would be the lack of something to do after skiing.  As a young family we are not looking for "night life" but it would have been nice to have more of a village atmosphere to walk around and find different places for dinner and "people watch." We spent an afternoon over at Nozawa Onsen which looked to have a few more dining options and more of an atmosphere.


We had such a great time that we are looking to go again in February/March 2017. Because our experience booking through you was so good, we would like to use you again. 


Many thanks - Kirsten

 

 

 

Mid January 2016

We had a great time at Madarao kogen hotel.
The hotel was very good had everything one needed.
It would be good if the hotel offered other food other than buffet in the evening of the price was more affordable for the buffet.
The service was very good, very pleasant and helpful staff.
We will return in a couple of years I hoping.
We would highly recommend your hotel and wonderful mountain 
Kind regards


Jennifer and Jeremy Williams

 

 

 

Mid February 2015

We loved Madarao Kogen

Firstly, thank you for your help booking the accommodation. Everything was easy and professional. 

The accommodation was great. The views at Madarao Kogen hotel were great. It was so nice to look straight up at the mountain. The staff were very friendly. Very easy with the skin in ski out option. We had just been to myoko Kogen so it was wonderful to not have to deal with catching overcrowded buses to the mountain each day. The Japanese restaurant was fantastic!! The buffet was just ok. The staff always were helpful in booking restaurants for us. 

The 1st couple of nights we stayed at the sister hotel. We all thought got it was great too. The rooms were huge. Lovely staff and never had to wait more than a few minutes for the mini bus. 

I am sure my husband has go pro footage, but I will add a few photos. 

I hope this has helped. Hope to book again next season


Take care
Nat 


 
 
 
 
 
February 2015

Our stay at Madarao Kogen Hotel was excellent, loved every minute. The staff were wonderful and extremely helpful. The view of the mountain from the hotel could not be better.

Madarao mountain has a wide variety to keep every level skier/boarder happy.  

I would advise guests to remember to bring Yen as there is no ATM on Madarao mountain or village and to book private lessons in advance. 

Thankyou Hisae for help with bookings

Scott Curtis


 

 

 

 

Mid February 2015

We really enjoy our trip

Everything was great

Kids loved it

Very convenient

We had diner everyday at the Japanes restaurant (we had to top up) and it was delicious.

We'll come back next year!

Regards
Alan
Early January 2015

Thanks for your e-mail. Here are some comments on Madarao Kogen Resort:

Old and dated resort, needs a serious facelift!.The Japanese restaurant was good, but often closed due to lack of customers. The buffet restaurant was not so good. The bar/cafeteria was closed for most of the time. Very nice General Manager, he helped me a lot when I needed to go to the hospital. Great Onsen!

I´m afraid we won´t go back to Madaro Kogen Resort again.

Best Regards
Gustav

 

 

 

 

Mid January 2015

Just a note to thank you for your help with our skiing holiday. A great time was had by all and we are planning on returning same time this year. 

Let us know when next season deals are on.

Regards 

Anthony Gilligan

 

 

 

December 2014

Just a short note to tell you that the ski trip went very well.  The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful, the snow was great and the place very beautiful.  I would recommend it to any family who wanted to go skiing in Japan.

Thank you for your help in making it a wonderful trip

Regards 

Hywel

 

 

 


February 2014

We had great time in Japan. A really special family holiday, made all the better by the wonderful people at Madarao.  

A special thank you to the hotel manager, Toru, who helped us every day and then saved us from a very difficult trip home when all transport was stopped by 2.5m of snow.  Even though we had checked out of Madarao, we rang Toru, from Nagano to help us find emergency accommodation in a town where every where was booked out.  What a relief to feel we had a friend to ask for help.  

Also a special thank you to the hire team, who improved our Japanese and greeted us every morning with a smile.  My son and I were able to swap between snowboarding and skiing in the same short stay!  

I must also mention the wonderful staff at the ski school who went out of their way to find us both instructors and translators. 

And finally to you Hisae, for following our booking all the way and making sure everything ran smoothly.  All we had to worry about was powdery tree runs, great food, amazing onsen and improving our Japanese with locals, guests and staff.  

We are already thinking about our next trip and recommend it to every one, although we also want Madarao to remain our secret snowy spot.

Thank you very much,

I have attached some pictures from our trip below.

Sue, Andrew, Kai and Shalin



 

 

Late February 2014  

The time we spent in Madaro was simply amazing!

There was a kind of "cinema" festival in a screen made of snow! Very nice!

The western type room we got, was confortable with an amazing view! We have been in the hot spring bath which was an interesting experience!

The dinner is special and the breakfast is good.

We rent skis sets in the hotel for my wife and daughter and the negative point is that their ski boots were not so good, opening very often! But anyway was ok!

I certainly reccommend Madarao Kogen Hotel to my friends and I am sure that I will return next winter!

Thanks a lot!

Best regards,
Carlo 

 

 

 

Mid February 2014 

Thank you for everything you did for us. We had the most amazing time and everything went like clockwork.

Your communication with us was prompt, the booking and organisation was efficient and extremely easy.

Madarao Kogen was unbelievable! We had amazing snow and the accommodation was fabulous. 

The buffet for breakfast and dinner was scrumptious. Toru, the Manager was great, as was the rest of the staff.

Madarao Ski field has conditions and terrain to suit all standards of skier and snowboarder. Lots of ski trails for those who like to ski on-piste and loads of tree skiing and black ungroomed  runs for powder hounds like us. There is a variety of runs available, especially if you like to be adventurous.

The accommodation was very spacious for Japanese standards and the hotel had great facilities such ski hire, souvenir shop and café. There was a general meeting area where wifi could be accessed. Lockers for your skis and boards were an added bonus and access to the mountain was outside the ski room door.

We are very interested in returning to Madarao and would appreciate any packages you have for the 2014/2015 season.

Once again thank you for all your help."

Kindest regards,
Sharon and Trevor Monk

 

 

 

Early January 2014 

We enjoyed a wonderful stay at Madarao, everything was fantastic.

It was what I had been dreaming of ever since I picked up the brochure.

I am very happy, it was the first time I have ridden in powder snow. We were lucky to have lotts of fresh snow!!

The hotel was great and Toru the manager was very helpful.


We have been very lucky and seen a lot on our travels and now we are heading south and making our way back to Tokyo before returning home to try and cook some of the wonderful food we have eaten."

From Andrew and Belinda


 

 

 

 

Late December 2013 

We had a great time. The accomodation was clean and good... a bit small but ok. We loved the onsen. 

It was a bit difficult for us as we didnt speak Japanese and many of the staff were not fluent in english - this was especially difficult with the lessons. We still had a great time tho.

Toru at reception was very helpful...made sure we were well looked after and had what we needed and that all activities were arranged properly. 

The food was good - a good variety. 

Thanks for a wonderful trip."

Lynn Hough

 

 

Late December 2013 

I just wanted to give you some feedback from our holiday in Japan. 

Other than the country being one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited, the hospitality and friendliness shown to us from the staff at Madarao Kogen Hotel was superb.  

All the staff were very attentive and helpful but particularly a gentleman named Toru who seemed to take us under his wing and nothing was too much trouble.

I believe you are in contact with him from time to time so please pass on our heartfelt thanks for his assistance, it made our snow holiday even more memorable than what it would have already been.

From Lance

 

 

 

Late December 2013  

We had a wonderful stay at the resort for my parents 70th birthday. 

As my little one is only 5 and we only had a short time we mainly used the kids area. The staff were fantastic throughout the resort and treated us like family. 

My Irish husband enjoyed his first experience of an Onsen. 

Everybody was very kind and showed him the ropes. We hope to return and use the ski slopes!"

From Michelle






February 2013  

It was an excellent family resort. 

Staffs were friendly and service was good. 

When I first stepped into my room, the view was stunning. It's an extremely beautiful view that I've ever seen. It's just like a picture that you could only see on your Xmas card. The room was a combined western and japanese style. It was spacious. 

I could also enjoy the free hot spring everyday even it was crowded sometimes. 

The breakfast and dinner buffet was nice, food was delicious with various western, japanese and chinese style. 

Definitely, I will come back to this hotel again."

By Kathy

 

 

 

The hotel was good, though we only stayed one night. 

I think the room we had was an upgrade, and was great - roomy and nicely appointed. However, the bathroom stank quite unpleasantly of cigarette smoke - we didn't request a non-smoking room though! 

The breakfast buffet was very nice and the service, location etc. was top-notch. 

The parking was not undercover, but we did not have to dig our car out."

By Matt

 

 

 

Deecember 2012

We stayed 3 nights at Madarao Kogen Hotel, 

We enjoyed a very spacious room with a gorgeous view of the ski slopes. 

The hotel is well-located with the bus-stop for buses to Iiyama city barely 20 steps down the road, and a few interesting dining places within a 5-minute stroll. 

On the downside, there is no in-room wifi, and this being a large hotel that seems to be very popular with young families and school groups, the breakfast and dinner buffet is pretty basic. I paid 3600 yen per person for the dinner buffet and I felt it was definitely not worth the money. There was no a la carte menu."

By Synthia

 

Thanks so much for your help in booking our holiday. 

Madarao is an excellent family resort and the Accommodation was very good.

Madarao Kogen hotel is reallly good other than the lack of smoke free hotel rooms. Our Hotel room reeked of cigarettes. Your list of useful websites helped me enormously .ie the hyperdia site, and the time of the nagaden bus lines . 

The snow was up to the usual high japanese standard. We had heaps of snow. over 1 metre in the week. 

we are thinking of madarao and maybe Hakuba next year."

By Greg

 

Feb 2011

I stayed at the Madarao Kogen Hotel

It was my first time there, so i did'nt know what to expect, but to my surprise it was better than what I anticipated. 

The hotel is in the best location, where you can ski from the front door. 

All the staff are excellent and very helpful, there is always someone there that can speak english, although not fluent, but enough to get you by. 

The rooms were clean,and I had a great view of the ski runs and the Madarao mountain. 

The restaurant served great sukiyaki and shabu shabu. 

I made the booking through Japan Snow, Hisae made all the arrangements for me and made it easy."

By Korean boy from OZ

 

 

 

I am very happy to stay in Madarao Kogen Hotel. 

There is a nice place, especially of the hot spring. 

If they can open the night ski on Friday and Sunday after Jan 1. It is much better."

By Eileen

 

 

Mountain Side

Mountain Side

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥20,520 Per night
Guests
2 - 6
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
Mountain Side sets a new standard in alpine luxury with luxury ski in/ski out condominiums located located at the base of Kokusai slope Happo One.
Yoshidaya Ryokan

Yoshidaya Ryokan

Zao Onsen, Yamagata
Prices from
¥5,900 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 3
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast
Room Types
A traditional Japaneses Ryokan. within easy access to the main street. Everything you would need during your stay are within walking distance, such as chairlifts, a bus terminal, a convenience store, restaurants, Izakaya (Japanese style bar) and Sushi bar. There are English speaking staff to help you.

Yoshidaya Ryokan guest review

 
 
Early Jan 2016 

Our ryokan was excellent, the staff were very helpful. 

The onsen was great too, and the local town public onsen were worth visiting also. 

I would recommend Zao onsen to anyone who would like to experience a more traditional Japanese mountain experience and who like a more peaceful town than the busier places like Hakuba. I will go back in the future.

As always your service was great too.

All the best,
Andrew Maher


 

 

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