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Tsuruya

Zao Onsen, Yamagata

Prices
from ¥12,750 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 5
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast & dinner
Rooms
Japanese Room

A traditional Japanese hotel located right in front of a bus terminal for your easy access. Indoor and outdoor onsen with 100 % pure onsen water. A complimentary shuttle bus between the hotel and the gondola stations. Authentic gourmet meals.


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Tsuruya

Tsuruya

Zao Onsen, Yamagata
Prices from
¥12,750 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 5
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast & dinner
Room Types
A traditional Japanese hotel located right in front of a bus terminal for your easy access. Indoor and outdoor onsen with 100 % pure onsen water. A complimentary shuttle bus between the hotel and the gondola stations. Authentic gourmet meals.

Tsuruya guest reviews

Zao Onsen Tsuruya

 

Mid March 2014 

A pleasure to stay at Tsuruya. 

The staff provide a wonderful service and are fantastic. If i get the chance to go to Zao Onsen again I will definitely stay here. Tsuruya provide a transit service to the ski lifts and there is a drying room at the hotel, making it extremely easy to get to the snow.

The accommodation was great. Zao Onsen is a wonderful location. While I have been to other locations in the Japanese slopes, I really enjoyed skiing here and enjoyed myself immensely.

I have attached two photos – one of the mountain, and one of the room we stayed at

Robert



 

Early January 2014  


Japan Snow Accommodation provided an excellent service in arranging our accommodation on our behalf. They were timely and friendly and we experienced no troubles at all. 

The traditional accommodation of Lodge Tsuruya was amazing and the staff were very helpful, even lending us their own personal snow boots one night!. I would not hesitate to recommend this service and this accommodation to my friends.

From Eugene

 

Mid January 2014


 "Its nice to talk to you again. Below is my review, hope it helps

I also attached a couple of photos for your reference.

The stay was wonderful, hotel was great, staff were very friendly, equipment rentals were very easy and just across the street from the slope, which was about 2 minute drive using the hotel's excellent shuttle bus.

The slope access was easy too, there are many different pricing schemes for the ski lifts and the staff were more than helpful in showing which is the best scheme for you, be sure to consult the staff on which scheme so you don't end up buying the wrong card.

The hotel is literally across the Zao bus station which we arrived to by the 40 minute bus from Yamagata, nice ride, didn't feel like 40 minutes at all.

There is also a ski school which really helped us to capture the basics quickly in their 2 hour lesson.

The hotel does not offer western breakfast, so if you don't like Japanese food for breakfast there is a small restaurant down the street that serves French Toast and its very good, the lady and the cat (yup, a cat called Hana) are very welcoming.

Japan Snow Accomodation provided the great service and arranged the stay for us and payment was convenient through paypal.

Had a blast, definitely going back!"

Thanks Hisae, really appreciate your service.

Kind regards,

Omar.

 


"Tsuruya is absolutely SUPERB...!!! I'm really regretting that I only stayed there for one night only. 

I already mark another day next year to go there....

What is the best thing about Tsuruya? Let me describe it:

1. GREAT hospitality....!!! Almost every staff there checking our group condition and schedule with genuine concern. Seriously, they always remind us to be ready for dinner, breakfast, and the trip to snow monster. When we were wandering inside the hotel, everyone try to offer their help without hesitation, even offer to take a picture of us together when they see us with camera...!!! It's the most memorable thing about this hotel. Although they dont speak english, they really try hard to explain things to us.

2. WONDERFUL room...!!! It's the most japanese ambience room we had so far..., complete with the traditional futon and yukata. It feels really japan here, and that is what we are looking for. It is very spacious with great big window view while the facilities are modern enough.

3. PERFECT location...!!! When we took the bus from yamagata station, it feels like we're entering the mordor valley because of the big snow storm at the middle of noon...! But right after we put our feet on the ground, somebody asked us where do we stay. When we said, "Tsuruya", he's so surprised -- as well as we surprised -- and show us that it's exactly located in front of the station, only ten steps away.... Nice!

4. SATISFYING meals...!!! We spent almost two hours to finished-up our dinner. We were stuffed and sated...!! And we got a private room for dinner and breakfast. Very unexpected...

5. BEAUTIFUL onsen...!!! We got free private onsen. It's more than enough for us who feels a little bit shy to join in public onsen. It's really an additional value for Tsuruya to have these private onsen...
All and all, 5 stars!!!

I cant wait to get back there...!!!"

By Ganda

 

"We had a great time staying at Tsuruya. Location is good as it is located right opposite the bus station. 

No fuss in getting to and from the station as we just need to walk across. 

The staff were very warm and friendly even though we can't speak Japanese. 

Breakfast and dinner were included and we had choices with varieties. Not the same food everyday. Food tastes great as we love Japanese food. The pictures on their website are accurate in showing what they serve. 

The onsen is not too bad, though the outdoor pool is a little small. It works fine. There is also a choice to use the private onsen for a fee. 

All in all, we would recommend this hotel to other travelers. 

If we were to visit Zao again, we will stay at Tsuruya."

By Snowowl

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Hakuba Meteor Lodges

Hakuba Meteor Lodges

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥8,640 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
A stylish timber hotel with a great mountain atmosphere located in the centre of Hakuba Village. Mountain shuttle bus stops right in front. A nice comfortable lounge with a fire, shared kitchenette and dining.

Hakuba Meteor Lodges guest reviews

 

Hakuba Meteor Lodges

 

Late December 2013  It has been a while, it is good to remember this nice vacation…

The Meteor lodges was all we expected, the room was spacious and warm. The facilities were excellent, we had everything we needed.

We had breakfast and some quick snacks every day at the lodge. Having the option to feed our 3 children quickly, with “home cooked” food makes our vacation easier. 

We went dining at restaurants in the area every evening. The food is very good, but sometimes we had to wait for a table for quite some time. It took us a while to realize that we should make dinner reservations in advance.


We took ski lessons for the children in English, which were very helpful. The beginners as well as the advanced skiers in our family were very happy.

Unfortunately, I only have pictures of the children, but it gets the nice atmosphere…

Thank you for your kind help!

We hope to come again next year


Below are some family pics from our trip.

Irina






 

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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

 

 

 

2016

Hi Takeshi,

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

 

Visit Monaile Madarao

 

 

Ah So 3 Bedroom Apartment

Ah So 3 Bedroom Apartment

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥33,000 Per night
Guests
6 - 7
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
Only a minute walk to the shuttle stop. Well-priced 3 bedroom apartment located in the lower Hirafu. Each condo conveniently has its own elevator.

Hurry Slowly 3 bedroom Condo guest review

 

 

 

Hurrly Slowly 3 Bedroom Condo

 

Mid Jan 2016

We had a seriously sensational holiday. Hurry Slowly was an excellent choice and JSA made the organisation very easy. It takes a while to get used to the Japanese beds but we would love to stay there again. 

Regards,
Stuart. 


 

 

 

February 2012  "Very nice apartment!

Especially love the lift in the 3 bedroom condo!

Short walk to the free shuttle and around 10-15 mins walk to restaurants.

Overall services are great (e.g. free pick up on arrival even it's very late at night and help us bought lift tickets before our arrival) but make sure to double confirm with the office staff on pick up to the apartment and from the apartment to welcome centre/Kutchan station on departure."

By Clara

 

 

 

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Alpine Central Niseko

Alpine Central Niseko

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥4,500 Per night
Guests
2 - 5
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
Alpine Central has a relaxed atmosphere & great alpine feel offering private, clean & cozy rooms in a variety of bedding configurations to suit, a large dining area & comfortable lounge. Peak season all rates include a free breakfast.
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 2016

Appi was great!

Thanks very much for great advice !!!

We will be in touch again for another holiday 

Cheers
Alasdair
 
Shochikubai 3 Bedroom House

Shochikubai 3 Bedroom House

Furano, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥69,600 Per night
Guests
6
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
An only luxury self-contained holiday house in Furano. A comfortable 10 minute walk to Kitanomine Gondola or only 50 metres to Mountain Shuttle Bus.
The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel Hokkaido

The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel Hokkaido

Kiroro, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥9,000 Per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel Hokkaido is located 3 minutes by shuttle bus from the ski lifts & offers beautifully designed mountain view rooms and excellent facilaties such as indoor pool, onsen, kids play areas & six options for dinging from Italian to traditional Japanese.
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

 

 

Kogakuro

Kogakuro

Myoko, Niigata
Prices from
¥7,400 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
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