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Kawaichiya Ryokan

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano

Prices
from ¥7,650 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Rooms
Japanese Room, Combination Room

A traditional Japanese Ryokan located within a short walk to Yu Road which is a flat escalator to take you to the central snow area. Offering two different kinds of hot springs, which are the source of Ogama and Shinyu.


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Kawaichiya Ryokan

Kawaichiya Ryokan

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥7,650 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
A traditional Japanese Ryokan located within a short walk to Yu Road which is a flat escalator to take you to the central snow area. Offering two different kinds of hot springs, which are the source of Ogama and Shinyu.

Review : Kawaichiya Ryokan

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Hakuba Goryu Hotel Stelle Belle

Hakuba Goryu Hotel Stelle Belle

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥7,000 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 4
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
Located only 3 minutes walk to Hakuba Goryu Escalplaza. Famous for its unique outdoor bath, which is actually made by an old miso barrel. All the western rooms have ensuites.

Guest review - Hakuba Goryu Stelle Belle

 

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Mid January 2014 "The accommodation: rooms warm and spacious , towel changed daily, beds every other day, clean, 24 hr Japanese bath was nice

No lobby for guests to hang out

No Wifi in the rooms

Service: lovely customer service, helpful,

wished more frequent trips to and from Hakuba Iimori .

Breakfast: Ok, was told 7:30-8:15, to my opinion too limited for a holiday hotel where guest may wish to sleep in a bit & then have breakfast

Distance: to Hakuba Guryu, walking

Beautiful area

Japan snow staff: very helpful , thank you"

Regards

Nadia

 

"We stay there a full week early march. We wish to recommand this hotel for the location as you can walk and reach the "escal plaza" in 5 Minutes (starting point of the ski activity.)

No need to worry about shuttle service schedule etc...free to ski.

But we wish also to point out that Konno San, His wife and THE ALL team are extremely kind, helpfull and attentive to all your needs.(pick you up at the bus station, bring you somewhere if you need etc...)

By the way food is excellent (either Japanese or Western)and the hotel is very calm and peacefull day and night and perfectly clean, warm.

The basement is equiped with lockers for skying equipment and the change room is of course heated)

The last but not the least and maybe THE point the quality of snow in Hakuba Goryu is there EXCEPTIONAL and very stable in quality (far different from Europe). A nice place."

By Emmanuel

Resort Inn North Country

Resort Inn North Country

Furano, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥5,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 3
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
North Country Inn has the perfect mix of Japanese tradition and Western comfort and convenience. The accommodation is affordable, comfortable & cosy, the dining excellent and the staff friendly and welcoming.
Seisenso

Seisenso

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥5,900 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 6
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Conveniently located only 50 metres from the centre of this historical onsen village. They also own a Ramen(noodles) bar, a Sushi bar and a drink bar, which offer discounted rates for guests. A very traditional Japanese style ryokan with great food. 300 metres to Yu-road (a flat escalator to take you to Hikage Gondola).

Seisenso guest reviews

Seisenso

 

Mid February 2014  

Trip was great, thanks very much. I think we lucked into the best week of the season for snowfall. No trouble with your service, found it excellent.

Seisenso was OK. It was run by a very nice woman and she was very helpful.

The pension itself though is quite old and could do with a bit of a renovation. 

There are only two or three western style toilets in the whole building.

The common area is very small and not heated. 

Drying room was too small for the number of people who needed to use it.

Location was good - very central in the town.


The included breakfast was good - good variety of japanese/western options.


Onsen was good.

Damian

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Monaile Madarao

Monaile Madarao

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥9,800 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Located right in the middle of the resort. Ski in / Ski out. Each room is 34 square metres wide, which is quite spacious and you'll be happy just hanging out in your room. A complimentary use of the facilities of Madarao Kogen Hotel and a shuttle service between the hotels.

Monaile Madarao guest review

 
 
 
 
 
Late January 2017

We had a great trip to Japan, the snow was incredible and we had some lovely sunny skiing days. 

In terms of the hotel - the room layout was great for a family, but the hotel itself is very dated and a bit rundown for the price. Though it is convenient to have breakfast and dinner included, you wouldn't want to eat at the Monaile restaurant every night as it was quite limited, so we found we went up to the Kogen Hotel for dinners (which was included in the deal, you could eat at either hotel). The staff were absolutely lovely, and it was a ski in/ ski out location. The shuttle bus was always available which was also convenient.

We will keep in touch as Japan is a great family holiday for us, and we are all likely to want to return!

Kirste
 
 
 
Mid January 2017

We had another wonderful holiday at Madarao. As usual, the standard of accomodation, level of service and equality of food were excellent value for money. 

Each year the resort is starting to provide more services for Western customers. There are now 2 really good coffee spots and more options for english ski lessons. 

This year the skiing conditions were perfect . So much powder and the slopes were really quiet. Madarao is a great family resort. There isn’t a huge amount of night life or dining options outside the main hotels but for families who just want convenience and easy access to ski slopes it is perfect. 

Susan Reid


 

Early January 2017

Yes we had a great trip – loved Madarao. The hotel was fine – slightly older hotel etc but we had the benefit of using the facilities up the road at the bigger hotel. The shuttle bus worked well and we were always able to get around (except for one v heavy snow day!).It is a tiny resort and very Japanese. 

Have to say we did enjoy it a lot.
Meg
 
 
 
 

Late December 2016

We had a fabulous stay at Madarao. This was my visit ski holiday ever so I was a little nervous about the whole thing.  Your service was fabulous, very professional.  Our booking went very smoothly, no issues at all once we were on the ground.  Everything as planned.

The accommodation was clean, tidy.  Basic but very adequate.  Room was warm which was the main thing!  And there was plenty of hot water so we were always warm! The shuttle bus up to the main resort was very frequent.  It really was no hassle staying down at the annexe hotel.   We used the facilities of the main hotel without any issues.  The Onsen at the main hotel is lovely.  Buffet restaurant also good.  Breakfast at the Annexe very Japanese style which was lovely.

We had a great trip, wonderful experience which went very smoothly.We would definitely use your service again and highly recommend Madarao if you want a very Japanese ski experience.  There were few Western tourists at Madarao which made our experience all the more authentic which we enjoyed immensely.

Thanks and cheers
Sharon


 

 

2016

I just wanted to say thank you and all the staff of Madarao Monalie that made our stay a wonderful experience.

The warm hospitality, nothing was ever a bother or an inconvenience – its very much appreciated.

We will miss Madarao (beautiful people & place) – until we’re there next.

Ross, Amy, Peter – thanks for all your assistance in helping us get to experience Madarao.

Thanks & kind regards,

Peter


 

2016

I’ve now back at home and work and still thinking about my time in Madarao. Enjoyed the hospitality and looking forward to the next time I’m there.

Kind regards,
Mark Browne

 

Late March 2016

Thanks so much for all your help. We are still at Madarao enjoying the fabulous Japanese hospitality of all here especially Toru who has looked after us so very well, he is Si,ply delightful and so helpful. 

We have been down off the hill on the local bus that is the only one still running to Iiyama. Iiyama itself has so much to see especially the clay doll museum, amazing! The brand new info office at the wonderful new Iiyama station is excellent and you can see all the buses coming in from inside their picture windows and lovely heated waiting area. We also did a trip to the snow monkeys that Toru helped us arrange from the station for 4800 yen plus discount if you use the bar code on the brochure, about $50 each. Before the big dump of snow it looked like the season would end this week but we are now snowed in! Took another trip on local bus to Nozawa Onsen and returned on the Nozawa Liner bus which is still running from the station. Many thanks again, I am more than happy to provide any kind of promotional support I can for this fabulous lesser known resort in the area. Do let me know if I can be of any help. Do you have Toru or Aki's full names and email contacts as I would like to send them personal letters of thanks. 

Here are some from Madarao Kogen for you to use in what ever way best suits the support of both resorts - a great place for aussies to visit and ski and sOOOOO easy with the beautiful new Iiyama Shinkansen sation right at the bottom of the hill. 

Even though we were at the very end of the season and most buses had stopped running we could still work around the community bus timetable and get down to walk Iiyama City, do the snow monkeys tour including beautiful Shiba Onsen on the way back and went down later in the week again to go over to Nozawa Onsen for a look. Then.....we had a meter of snow dumped on us over two nights and days so of course went out for the next three days to play in the pow! It was just beautiful, Toru was sensational as was Aki and Toru even drove us down the hill on the final sunday morning as our shinkansen connection for Osaka via Kanazawa didn't match with the local bus. He's simply the loveliest guy and so very helpful. 

I would do what ever I can to assist you guys support our Buller/Madarao relationship and feel so very privillaged to have been accepted into the program from BSL. 

Ski Hire people at Madarao Kogen Hotel couldn't do enough to help us, gear was fine! They had our soft boots ready for us each time we turned up back at ski hire!


I have about 1000 pictures of all over Japan, do let me know if you'd like me to hunt you up some specific areas - like Shinkansen photos etc. Kind 

Regards Lea and Rod Gill  







 

 

Mid January 2016

Madarao hotel this was really great for families and would highly recommend this hotel and location is fine.  It’s a quiet family hotel with all the facilities you could want.  Lovely rooms.   

I don’t mind if you put my Madarao comment on the web site.

Thank you again.


Lorraine
 

 

 

Mid January 2016

We stayed Monaile Madarao in Mid January. Two families of 2 adults and 3 children each.

The hotel was very comfortable and perfect for a family.

Great views of the slopes from the rooms and very clean. Fairly basic accommodation but excellent value.

Excellent in Hotel Onsen.

Breakfast was always good and perhaps better than the breakfast on offer at Madarao Kogen Hotel which is the sister Hotel.

The shuttle between the 2 Hotels was terrific. It went whenever you wanted with very little wait.

Being able to ski pretty much from outside the door down to the lifts every day was a huge bonus.

The runs were a good mix of challenging and steep right through to some wide gentle cruisers.

It was nice to see so many Japanese and so few westerners at Madarao. 

Lots of snowboarders!

Lifts are pretty slow but quite well connected and as the resort is on the smaller size it is easy to ski it all, but it doesn’t become boring.

There are good eating options on the mountain and a few great little restaurants in the the village. 

Be prepared to book for the evening meals as they don’t have much capacity and close early.

You could end up eating 2 minute noodles in the room otherwise!

One tip is to stock up in Iiyama on snacks and things when you get off the Shinkansen and before you get the bus up the mountain.

The supermarket is next to the station. Madarao has very limited convenience store options.

Overall a wonderful resort and despite the unusual season of 2016 we still had enough snow to really enjoy the trip.

Hisae and the team at Japan Snow Accommodation did a great job recommending the Resort.

Thank you
Benton van Dorsselaer
Hobart

Pics attached below
 

 
 
 
Late February 2015

Sorry for the delay in responding to this I have been extremely busy since returning from Japan. 

Our trip was fabulous!! This was our second time to Madarao and it was as good as I remembered! Would be happy for you to share any of the below my feedback on your site! 


Our trip to Madarao was absolutely amazing! Monaile Madarao is a great hotel with everything you might need on site - ski lockers, restaurant, small convenience store, wi-fi, laundry and an onsen. You also can't not give a mention to the ability to ski in and out, the free shuttle bus to and from Madarao Kogen, a view you can never get sick of and a wonderful team of staff who go above and beyond to ensure you have a great stay.  This was our second trip to Madarao and it didn't disappoint! The snow is perfect and powdery with lots of ungroomed runs and plenty of room on the slopes. 

Booking with Japan Snow Accommodation made planning our stay so easy as it meant I had our room, breakfast (the option for dinner) and lift passes all sorted before I left home and combined in one transaction. The quick response times and easy booking process made it hassle free and we had absolutely no issues from start to finish! We'll definitely use them again! 

I have also attached a couple of photos you can use if you like?  


Thanks for all your help!


Jasmyn Heinen


 

 

Late February 2014. Your help and advice was very helpful! Our trip was amazing! 

We were actually caught in the massive storm... Left sleeping on the floor of the tokyo airport and then a 15 hour bullet train ride! But After 70 hours in transit.

We were met by torou at iiamya, amazing man he is! 

We had four days of the most amazing powder with no one around to steal our first tracks! 

It was all worth it on our first run down powder wave!! 

I would return to maderao again for sure! All the staff at monaile and maderao kogen resort were so helpful and the restaurants and people in maderao were also amazing!

I'd like to thank you again Hisae for all your help and advice in making our journey so accommodating and fantastic!!

Can't wait to visit again in the near future!

Carlie Tyrrell
 
6th February 2014  "I would just like  to say that  we had a great time 

All the staff from the lift guys to the staff at the monaile were always helpful and friendly.

If you have a stand at this years snow expo in Sydney i will stop in and say hi to you, Aki and Toru.

Thankyou again  for all your help"

From N.C

 

Mid January 2014 "Madarao was really fun

It is only a short distance from Iiyama (that is soon to get the Hokuriku Shinkansen), making it easy to get to and from by train. It is also close to Nozowa and Togari if you want to change it up and visit another slope for a day trip.

I was lucky because the snow was good when I was there, it snowed every other day - letting me experience the clear skies and views to the Sea of Japan, as well as the fresh powder on the Tree Line runs. With mostly school kids on the slopes during the week, there was plenty of fresh snow on the groomed areas all day too

The hotel rooms were pretty big, all the staff friendly and helpful, and the buffet dinner really good. There were also few restaurants in the resort area too (so you are not stuck at the hotel for food).

Japan Snow Accommodation made it easy to book and I look forward to future snow adventures planned with them

Thanks again"
From Shane

 

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Alpine Tenshi 3 Bedroom Villa

Alpine Tenshi 3 Bedroom Villa

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥56,000 Per night
Guests
6 - 10
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
Alpine Tenshi Villa is a self catering 3 bedroom house located ski-in ski-out, at Goryu Resort.

Guest Review : Alpine Tenshi 3 Bedroom Villa

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Okushiga Kogen Hotel

Okushiga Kogen Hotel

Shiga Kogen, Nagano
Prices from
¥11,340 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 3
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
Located right on the ski run. Only 50 metres to the chairlift. A European style lounge and restaurant with panoramic views of the mountains and an open fire.
Chalet Shiga

Chalet Shiga

Shiga Kogen, Nagano
Prices from
¥7,900 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Located within a minute walk to Ichinose Diamond Area and Ichinose Family Area. There is a bar with a 100 inch schreen TV and it offers 5 types of draft beer and also the local beer brewed in Shiga Kogen.

Chalet Shiga guest review

 

 

 

Late Feb 2017

The Chalet Shiga was very good value for money however we unfortunately got very sick with influenza on arriving at Shiga Kogen – probably from the flight over as they say it takes about a week to affect you and we had a week at Hakuba before heading to Shiga.  I skied for only 2 hours out of a planned 4 days skiing.  The rest of the family were not quite as sick and got a day or two in skiing.

The rooms were good (I know as I spent most of my time in it) and the onsen was great.  Service at the hotel was also great as was the Tapas Bar downstairs.  Ski storage room was great for storage and plenty of seating to get yourself organised.The ski hire shop across the road was a bit dodgy in the quality of equipment they were giving out (this was a general feeling from our whole group) – not sure where else we could have gone but next time I would source elsewhere.

Would recommend and stay there again

Regards,
Greg LEE
 

 

 

Early Feb 2017

Chalet Shiga was exactly what we had hoped for and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We will most likely return next year.We enjoyed good clean rooms and amenities and a  good breakfast. We loved having an Onsen each day after a hard day’s skiing. The staff were helpful and friendly and a number spoke good English. We found the heated ski locker room a bonus. The hotel is opposite a ski lift which made access easy  and we could ski back to the front door each day. Discount lift tickets were available at the reception desk.Our only minor problem was finding a restaurant in town for our evening meal as several were closed, particularly on weekends. The restaurants that were open were generally booked out. We experienced this last year as well and were told that it was because there were several school groups visiting. I can’t understand why it is necessary to close restaurants and miss out on the trade. It actually became a bit of a joke with other guests and a race to find a meal.

Regards,
Peter, Barbara and Michael.
 
 
Mid January 2017

We had the most fantastic time at Chalet Shiga, the service was brilliant, our rooms perfect, just wished we could have stayed for twice as long.

Lucy
 
 
Early January 2017

Great time in Japan. 

Snow was light on in Appi and Zao which was a shame but it bucketed in Shiga.Loved Chalet Shiga. 

The owners are fantastic.Rooms are spotless, big, spacious, front rooms have amazing views of the slopes and in a great spot. Good little izakaya 20m away and in the chalet they have a fantastic simple restaurant which was amazing -local beers, wine and good home cooked food. Breakfast really good. Straight across the road to a ski lifGreat variety of slopes  -had a terrific 4 days. Highly recommend Chalet Shiga to everyone -families, couples.

Heaps of snow.

Regards
Linda
 
 
 Mid Jan 2016

We travelled as a family of 7 to Japan and stayed at Chalet Shiga for 4 nights in January. We had the most memorable time here. The accommodation was great. We had 3 of the tatami mat rooms and as requested had 3 fantastic rooms next to each other. They were very clean and comfortable, and we all loved the robes and slippers provided. 

Mr Sato was so helpful and was always eager to explain buses and help with timetables, especially when we were trying to make the trip to the snow monkey park. All the staff were lovely, polite and helpful.

The Chalet is in the best location and we just walked across the road to a couple of chair lifts. The skiing was also fantastic and once again all the staff were so friendly and polite.

We definitely plan to return as soon as we can make it. The whole experience in the snow was made so enjoyable by the great service provided by Japan Snow accommodation especially Hisae, and by all the people at Chalet Shiga.

Huang
 
Late January 2015 

The Shiga leg of the trip was excellent.  Lots of snow, Hide and his wife were superb hosts, the accommodation on the snow worked really well.    I cannot comment on how good the snow was, how short the lift queues were and how easy it was to get around (with our limited Japanese).  We loved the Chalet Shiga and the owners (Hide and Hideyo (?) were beautiful people.  If you had an email for them please send to me so I can thank them properly.  I did not realise how much his family is a part of the local history.

We also caught a bus on several days to travel to nearby ski fields– many you can easily ski to and from!  The view from the Bakery on a clear day was impossible to describe!  Highly recommended.  

Some travellers may be potentially unsure of the lack of western “things” but they should not be worried, the experience is a pleasure and everyone local is so friendly that language barriers and new foods are simply part of the fun!

I attach a number of photos for you to use as you wish.

The small trouble we had was the small number of restaurants to eat at but we managed to find enough to keep us full and happy for a week!  

Thank again for your help in finding great accom, brilliant snow and a wonderful Japanese holiday.  We have been to ski in Japan 5 times and each time is an incredible holiday and cultural experience.

Many thanks again

The Bradbury family (Sydney Australia).



 
 
Mid January 2014 

"Many thanks to Hisae for arranging an excellent ski holiday in Shiga Kogen.

She was able to answer all our questions about travel, transfers,
money etc Would have no hesitation in recommending Japan Snow
Accommodation to other skiers."

Thanks again for your help.

We will be in touch about our next trip to Japan.

Regards
Anthony

 

"The trip was a blast! I have no complaints at all about the stay.

It was well-kept and the rooms were very large, plus it had a bar downstairs which was quite nice.

One suggestion I do have is to try and find a more detailed map of the some of the bars, restaurants and shops within maybe a 20 minute walking distance. We ended up doing our own exploring, but it would have been nice to have more of an idea of what is around us since we are more or less limited to what's available up in the mountain. 

Thank you for your great service and a wonderful holiday!

From Mallory Bergen

 

 

"First, the staff at Chalet Shiga was extremely friendly and helpful" - Ming

They had our dinner ready, even though we arrived late and past their dining hours. They walked to the lifts with us to make sure our lift passes worked properly.

Second, we enjoyed the spaciousness of the tatami rooms.

Third, the location was great, right across from the lifts.

Needs improvement: The breakfast...while they offered both the traditional Japanese-style and the Western-style breakfast, the overall options left us pining for properly cooked eggs and good-for-you items (fresh fruit, whole wheat bread, muesli, yoghurt...).

Honourable mention to Hisae Cameron for being super helpful and patient with us!"

By Ming

 

 

"WE were very happy with the our stay at the Chalet Shiga" - Bernie

The tatami rooms are very spacious,warm and housekeeping was great.

The food was nice and always ready. Eggs where cold in the morning, as everything was also ready when we came.

Staff where all very nice and helpful, and if we would have worried enough about it and said something, I'm sure they would have cooked them, when we arrived for breakfast.

The internet was fast and sometimes worked in the room also.

The location is perfect, you can ski in and out.

We would stay there again anytime. Thank you"

By Bernie

 

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Akakura Hotel & Annex

Akakura Hotel & Annex

Myoko, Niigata
Prices from
¥7,300 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
The Akakura area, home to hotels, restaurants and shops and just seconds on foot from the Akakura Onsen Ski Area. Enjoy fine food while staying in our guest rooms. We offer Western, Japanese and combination rooms, which are each equipped with bath & washlet toilet.

Akakura Hotel & Annex guest reviews

 


 

Late Deecember 2015

Akakura Hotel & Annex (Myoko)

The trip was great - although snow a lot less in the backcountry! Hotel was great for the family stay and service was great. 

Cheers Matt

 

 

 

Niseko Landmark View

Niseko Landmark View

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥56,000 Per night
Guests
1 - 7
Includes
accommodation only
Room Types
A three minute walk to the Hirafu Gondola is the only thing that keeps Niseko Landmark View guests from the famous Niseko powder. All the creature comforts of a hotel can be enjoyed in contemporary luxury, with an option of 2 or 3 bedroom apartments spread over six floors. Every condominium utilises floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase Mt Yotei – Hokkaido’s answer to Mt Fuji.

Niseko Landmark View guest reviews

 

 
Early February 2016

The trip was great, as the location of Landmark was superb, their services were also great. Your booking process was good and efficient. Everything went smoothly and we like that. 

Thanks

Narat 
 
 
 
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