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Utopia

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano

Guests
1 - 6+
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Rooms
Japanese Room, Deluxe Tatami Room

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.


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Utopia

Utopia

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
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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.
Akazora

Akazora

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥27,500 Per night
Guests
1 - 6
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
This eye catching building is in a prime central village location. Only a stones throw from the ski slopes and less than a minute from a mouth-watering variety of delectable restaurants.
Maruni Ryokan

Maruni Ryokan

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥9,650 Per night
Guests
1-5
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
Maruni Ryokan is a tdaditional ryokan managed by a local friendly family. All the rooms are Japanese tatami rooms with en-suite bathrooms. There is a lounge room for families and groups can hang out. The Onsen will sooth your body after a lon day skiing / snowboarding.

Maruni Ryokan guest reviews

 

 

 
Late January 2017

This was my second stay at Maruni Ryokan and it was excellent. Shino and her family are so welcoming and helpful. The Ryokan is perfectly clean and well located in the village, the food is delicious and the on-site onsen is excellent. I would recommend Maruni to anyone who wants to try the true experience of a traditional family-owned Japanese Ryokan. I hope I can visit again soon.

Thank you for helping me out as always Hisae. Please pass on my thanks to Shino and her family.

All the best,
Andrew Maher

 

 
Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel

Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel

Shiga Kogen, Nagano
Prices from
¥7,840 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Conveniently located right next to the Yakebitaiyama Gondola. Ski in Ski out location. East Wing has spacious rooms with great slope views. West Wing has basic rooms at a reasonable price.

Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel guest reviews

 

Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel

 

Mid February 2014  

Shiga was wonderful.  We had forgotten just how good it is.  Plenty of variety, good facilities and great snow.

Prince west was very good.  It’s location is excellent.  Long, enjoyable runs right on our doorstep.  We like to get out early and enjoy the snow while it is still in pristine condition.  Prince was perfect for this.

We couldn’t fault the rooms, staff were friendly and helpful.  The bed and breakfast rate was excellent value.   View from our twin room was wonderful (attached photo).  We particularly enjoyed the breakfast arrangement.  Everything from traditional Japanese to cooked western to fruit and yoghurt.

Only negative comment was the dinner arrangement.  Dinner in the hotel was expensive (4,000 yen pp fixed price), and didn’t look that inviting.  We had dinner next door at the Chinese restaurant or walked into Ichinose.  The walk only took about 10 minutes and was actually quite enjoyable.

We certainly plan to return, and will probably stay at Prince West again.  I will be in touch later in the year to get things organised.    I have already recommended the hotel to a couple of people.

Thank you for all your help and advice with the holiday, we are already looking forward to next year’s trip.

From
One Happy Family

 

January 2014

We had a another terrific holiday skiing in Japan- we all enjoyed it very much.


Shiga Kogen and Nozawa are, as you will be aware, very different and so there were mixed opinions within the family as to which place was best.

Some of us enjoyed Shiga Kogen best as the quality of the snow was great (we had some lovely powder snow while we were there) and there was good access to a large range of different ski areas.  

The rooms at the Prince Hotel (East) were comfortable and had a wonderful view onto the slopes and the hotel is absolutely ski in- ski out. The reception staff spoke reasonable english and were very helpful. The lack of internet in the rooms meant that all the guests congregated in the lobby, which was not particularly comfortable or atmospheric, to get wifi access in the late afternoon/evening, at which time the internet became painfully slow.

The hotel food was very nice but very expensive, particularly given that we were travelling with children.  The isolation of the hotel meant that there was no other place nearby to visit easily.  We were lucky to have a hire car which meant that we could drive to Ichinose for dinner, but it would have been very frustrating (& expensive!) had we not been able to do so as (inter-resort buses did not seem very frequent).

The main criticism of Prince Hotel would be the lack of apres ski activites (no café for a snack, no nice communal gathering area, no easy access to internet).  For this reason, if I were staying for any length of time at Shiga Kogen without transport, I might consider accommodation in one of the village resorts.

So, in my view, Shiga Kogen was best for the skiing, and Nozawa was best for the all-round experience. Thank you for your assistance in finding suitable accommodation for us. 

I have attached a few of photographs of our  two are of my son in the powder at Shiga Kogen.

Julia Jago



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Tomamu The Tower

Tomamu The Tower

Tomamu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥9,800 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 3
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast & lift passes
Room Types
Tower is a great family friendly ski in ski out hotel at Tomamu. Only 90 minutes after your departure from New Chitose Airport, you'll be at our lobby checking in. Behind the hotel is a snow covered mountain with 150 hectare skiable area. Snowcat backcountry tour available

Tomamu The Tower guest reviews

 

 
Late Feb 2017

I had a great time at Tomamu. 

I like being able to stay on snow, at a quality resort, with good accomodation.

The snowfalls were a little small whilst we were there, however everything else was good.

I enjoyed the quality of the accomodation, the room was well appointed, comfortable and a good size.

Loved the included buffet breakfasts. As usual the service from Japan Snow Accomodation was first class, they are quite easy to contact and correspond and very helpful with any changes or requests.

Cheers,

Brennan
 
 
 
Mid January 2017

Thought I would let you know what a wonderful time we had a Tomamu.

It really was the perfect place for our families to go this year. Accommodation was very good with great breakfasts! 

We all loved how relaxed it felt with being everything in one spot. We could let the kids have lots of time to themselves knowing they were safe pretty much anywhere they went. 

The Wave pool was a huge hit with the kids and the Ice Village was so much much better than we expected it to be.

Despite our rather messed up start with the missed flights due to Jetstar we had an amazing holiday, 

Thank you.Attached are a few shots which you are welcome to use if you need to.

Ben van Dorsselaer


 
 
 
 
 
Early December 2016

A very big thanks to arrange the hotel for us. 

We enjoyed our stays at Tomamu. I think two days was a bit too short. We all loved the place as compared to Niseko. The resort is more child friendly. We have a great time. The room was cleaned and spacious. Will definitely come back again. 

Jess
 
 

 

 

Mid December 2016

This is our second trip to tomamu. Again the skiing and convenience for a family with young children was top rate. However we found the waiting time for dinner to be very long  especially at the more popular restaurants. The quality and value of the meals very generally good. The hotel Breakfast was excellent.

Yu Tien

 

 

 

Mid Deecember 2016

I would just like to thank you from the Thompson family for organising a wonderful holiday at Tomamu The Tower. The accomodation and resort were excellent!!

We look forward to booking again with Japansnowaccomodation.

Once again thank you Hisae.

Stephen Thompson

 

 

 

Mid Dec 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed then trip to Tomamu. Thank you for your recommendation. The set up there is perfect for families with young children.

The resort has many child friendly facilities like indoor play area, snow play area, Nursery etc.

The hotel rooms were comfortable and large enough for us to stretch out. Attached photo. The only small problem was that there was only 3 lifts for both guests and service staff in each tower of 30 over floors. So getting on a lift during peak hours could take a few minutes.

The skiing was very convenient. The beginner areas: magic carpet, beginner chair lift and toboggan area were right at the doorsteps of the tower hotel.

The ski area is not very large but enough variety to entertain for 4 days.

The food was of a high standard and there was enough variety. Although they do get crowded during peak hours.

The snow village was also very fun.

I can wholeheartedly recommend tomamu to families with young children.

Please let us know when it is ready to take reservations for the week before Christmas this year.

Pic attached.

Regards 
Yu Tien

 

 
Mid December 2015

We absolutely loved Japan, especially our time at Tomamu. 

We caught the train from Tokyo, to Tomamu train station. The train trip was very cheap, and picturesque. We loved watching the land change, and when it started snowing it was hard to contain the kids excitement. We were totally blown away with how much snow laid on the ground. 

 We arrived at Tomamu Station and we were met by very friendly helpful Tower staff. As the snow fell we were ushered easily to our bus, and a quick trip later we arrived at the Towers. The staff were incredibly helpful and efficient, and our lack of Japanese was not an issue. 

We arrived at our family room and once again blown away by the size of our room, and our beautiful view. The rooms were excellent. 

The hiring of equipment was very efficient and helpful. 

The breakfasts were amazing, so many choices, Japanese and Western. The restaurants were plentiful, loads of choices, good quality food, reasonably prices for a snow resort. 

Loved the convenience store, and the tube like walkways. 

The Ice village was wonderful, not to be missed! 

Totally recommend anyone wanting a fantastic resort with loads of beautiful powder, no waiting on chairlifts, and a picturesque family friendly holiday to head to Tomamu! 

  Many Thanks for your help in making our holiday so memorable, 

Andrea, Nick, Bronte and Isaac Foran Blacksmiths Australia  

 

 

 

Early Febuary 2015

Tomamu was great. We have already booked to go back to Japan so we will definitely be going back to Tommamu. Norio san showed us some really good spots in Tommamu and we really liked the 'resort' feel there as it was something different. 

I think it is also a great family mountain and would suite the families as it's easy to get to and is child friendly. 

Cheers
Ben

 

 

 

 

 

Late January 2015

Firstly your service was excellent. Booking was easy, no problem with transfers. 

We arrived early and our room wasn't  ready so they minded our bags while we enjoyed the free wifi and had a coffee in the coffee shop. Our  room  view was spectacular but although we asked for standard twin, we actually had two mattresses on a tatami floor. We didn't query or complain (our mistake) but it was not very comfortable. Wifi in room was fast. Our only other issue was breakfast at Hal. Every day there were people waiting to be seated, yet there were empty tables. At our first breakfast we waited half an hour to be seated. Lots of options for dinner and the covered walkways made it easy. We originally worried that a week would be too long at this resort but it wasn't and we really enjoyed our stay. 

Regards
Janne
 

 

Early Jan 2015

I loved Tomamu.  It is a small resort so only needs 3 -4 days.  I loved the outdoor onsen, it was absolutely beautiful. Fantastic to be able to eat out each night in the resort without having to go outdoors. We had fantastic powder snow and plenty of it. Awesome room in the tower and lovely breakfasts. Lovely coffee shop , wine bar also. 

Linda Donald
 
 
 
 
 
Brownie Villas

Brownie Villas

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥36,180 Per night
Guests
1 - 7
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
Located in the centre of the village where you can walk to restaurants, bars, Onsen, convenience store and Karaoke bar. The mountain shuttle buses stop close by. Nice warm floor heating.

Brownie Villas guest reviews

 
 
 
 
 

December 2014

We've had a fabulous time in Hakuba and staying at the Brownie Condominiums has been perfect for us. 

The owners/managers have been so helpful and so friendly, making our stay easy and "just like home"!   

Thanks you fro making the booking process so easy & we look forward to booking our nest trip to Kakuba with you.

Warmest Regards
Zoe Ryan


 
 
 
Late February 2014. 

Hakuba was great, a few more people around however (compared with Madarao). Testu and the staff at brownie villas were amazing! 

Testu took us out skiing and was around the clock going above and beyond to make our stay easy! Testu was just fabulous!! 

Again I hope to return! 

We also did a back country tour with Dave Enright, that to was just amazing! 

We escaped our first day of rain, which happened too be our last day skiing and had powder to our bellies again!! 

We all absolutely loved japan, the people, the snow and the hospitality!! 

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 

 

 

Asahidake Manseikaku Hotel Deervalley

Asahidake Manseikaku Hotel Deervalley

Asahidake, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥9,330 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 2
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast & dinner
Room Types
The whole building is non-smoking. You can use all the facilities at the sister hotel Hotel Bearmonte. Complimentary shuttle service between Hotel Deervalley and Hotel Bearmonte.

Hotel Manseikaku Bearmonte guest reviews

 

 

 

Mid Feb 2017

Once again we loved Hotel Bearmonte - it was so nice and close to the slopes and every night we looked forward to luxuriating in the Onsen to revive ready for the next day. It was great they had a new ski shop together with snow shoes so that when the rope way was closed we could go for a shuffle.  Food was very good as well - though we all tended to eat too much.

Thanks again for your organisation - everything went smoothly.

Cheers
JUlie

 

 

 

Late Jan 2016

The transport was waiting for us!

Many thanks and we loved Asahidake. We’ll go again!

Thanks for your help.

Regards, 
Tony

 

Mid February 2014


Asahidake & Hotel Bearmonte were definitely the highlight of our trip to Japan

The hotel, staff, food, onsen and conditions on the mountain could not have been better. 

I included a photo of Toshi our guide. His professionalism, local knowledge, helpfulness, equipment, and patience made
our day on the mountain with him memorable.  

Please remind your western guests that the onsen changes sides daily for men and women.  One of our crew did not
know this took a left into the onsen just like the previous day. The women in the onsen had a good laugh when he
started to step into the onsen buck naked,ha!!. 

Below are some shots from my trio

Sincerely,
Dennis Purcell


 

 

 

"Asahidake Hotel Bearmonte was excellent. 

Location near cable way was perfect for skiing. 

Rooms were comfortable, clean and warm. 

Breakfasts and dinner at the restaurant were very good.

Onsen was great!

Highlight, however, was attentiveness and service by the staff. For example we bought a bottle of 
sake for our group to drink in a room one night and as we were getting into the lift one of the staff ran 
over and gave us 5 sake glasses forus to use.".
By Graeme

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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Hakuba Gondola Apartments

Hakuba Gondola Apartments

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥48,000 Per night
Guests
4 - 6
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
As the name suggests, Hakuba Gondola Apartments are located right next to Hakuba Happo One’s main Gondola (ADAM Gondola). The ski-in apartments are just few meters from the ski field and Shirakaba lifts and only 30 seconds from the Happo Gondola entrance itself and central Hakuba ticket office.

Hakuba Gondala Apartments guest reviews

 

Hakuba Gondala Apartments 

Early January 2014  

We were in Habuka early jan 2014 for skiing and stayed at The Gondola Apartments with 3 bedrooms.

The apartment was clean and modern with a fireplace,and the kitchen was also well equipped.

Location was perfect,right in the heart of the village and surrounded by ski shops,restaurants,bars and next to the main gondola.What a beautiful view from the apartment!

Daniel the owner was extremely friendly and helpful,helping us to arrange
for taxis and onsens etc,nothing was too much for him! Thank you Daniel! 

Last but not least,the skiing was terrific,excellent powder snow and there
are numerous slopes to suit all levels.We all had a wonderful time and are
already planning our next trip soon.

Hakuba, we will we back! 

Regards
Samantha Franzman

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Sugarpot 5 Bedroom House

Sugarpot 5 Bedroom House

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥95,000 Per night
Guests
1 - 12
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
The 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom house is split over two levels. Sugarpot, with its large kitchen, living area and contemporary furnishings, creates an atmosphere conducive to relaxation.
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