North Point Pension

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido

Prices
from ¥10,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 2
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Rooms
Western Room

North Point Pension is a comfortable, well-appointed Western style ski lodge with a distinct Japanese flavour situated in the lower Hirafu ski village. 2 min walk to the mountain shuttle, restaurants & bars, local Onsen.


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North Point Pension

North Point Pension

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥10,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 2
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
North Point Pension is a comfortable, well-appointed Western style ski lodge with a distinct Japanese flavour situated in the lower Hirafu ski village. 2 min walk to the mountain shuttle, restaurants & bars, local Onsen.

North Point Pension guest reviews

 

North Point Pension

 

Late January 2014 I had a wonderful trip. 


"The serviced received from yourselves was very helpful and accommodating. You found me a very suitable room at my preferred budget during the peak time of the season. 

The chalet itself was nicely furnished and the room was a generous size. 

The hosts were very friendly and added to the ambience of the accommodation. 
 
 
Mid February 2014. 

Thank you for recommending North Point Pension for my recent trip to Niseko Hirafu. 

Tim and Nic made my holiday! North Point is kept immaculate, and has all the facilities required for a comfortably stay and a great skiing experience. 

The shuttle bus was frequent and not far from the chalet, I even walked home from the slopes on several occasions.

Overall I had a wonderful experience and can’t wait to go back next year!

Thanks
Katherine Earl

 

Late February 2014 

"North Point is kept immaculate, and has all the facilities required for a comfortably stay and a great skiing experience. 

Day starts with a fabulous breakfast, then its mountain time with the fist run my Tim or Nic in the lodge van to the lifts. Generally there will be a second run around 9am for those in not such a hurry, which is kind of good , as there are no lift ques at this time.

Enjoyed the mountain, snow was great , and a nice change from skiing in Australia. I would go back again, in fact my mate I travelled with is already planning a group to return to North Point next year.

Once again thank you, and a huge thank-you to Nic and Tim at North Point Pension for their superb hospitality, and a lodge run to the highest standards." 

Robert Kerr 

 

Late February 2014 

"On my third trip to Niseko, we stayed at North Point Pension. We absolutely loved it! 

Our hosts were incredibly helpful and accommodating, even making our "made to order" breakfast each morning with eggs and bacon. They helped us with rentals, transportation, and recommendations for everything from restaurants to onsens. Thank you Nikki and Tim!

The pension had well spaced rooms that were very clean with heated floors (a must in the winter!). There were plenty of sinks and bathrooms for guests to use and an enormous showering area. They also had two living room areas to lounge or watch television and movies. Tons of bars and restaurants were within walking distance and the bus was less than five minutes away. 

I would definitely stay at North Point Pension next time and recommend it to anyone going to Niseko."

Maggie

 

Early February 2014  

"The trip to Niseko was absolutely superb. 

Tim & Nic were very accommodating at North Point and the living arrangements were very comfortable. 

Thanks for making the arrangements. 

We are seriously considering planning for another trip."

Christian Carson

 

Mid January 2014 

"We had the most amazing time! We got North Point Pension so last minute and I don't think we could have found better accommodation. We were so happy with the lodging, and especially with the managers Tim and Nic. 

The mountain was fantastic. We were lucky enough to get hooked up with some locals who showed us all the secret spots and it made the trip so special. We took a couple day trips to Kiroro and Rusutsu. I would highly recommend that others take some day trips to other resorts. It is very cool to experience some of the smaller resorts that are less catered to westerners. 

We were incredibly happy with Niseko, such delightful food available everywhere and such welcoming people. I will definitely be back and am considering making it my home for a season or more! Thank you for helping us find lodging last minute. You were wonderfully helpful and we will definitely use you again!"

Cat

 

Early January 2014  

We had an excellent trip, everything went buttery smooth all the way.

The mountain and it's conditions is as everyone knows world class, at least in the powder department. Prices are reasonable, and also worth mentioning is the food, in most places the food is diverse, made to go fresh and tasty. Our accommodation, I can't speak highly enough about it. Fairly central location, clean, nice rooms, brilliant breakfast and some really knowledgeable, helpful and sweet hosts.

All info I received from you guys were accurate and helpful and made our trip a breeze.

From Pal


 

January 2014 

"North Point is by far the most relaxed and comfortable place I've stayed at in Hirafu

The pension itself has all the features needed post powder day such as a sitting room and separate TV room. The rooms are clean and larger than typical Japanese pensions. 

The breakfast supplied keeps you going all day and there are snacks supplied at the end of the day. There is a drying room running continously so your ski kit will be toasty warm each morning.

North Point is close to all ammenities such as the lifts, shops and restaurants even though it's located in the lower part of the village. It's no more than a 10 min walk to the closest lift. The best onsen in town is a 3 min walk away.

Tim & Nic run the loadge and are always on hand to look after all the guests needs such as supplying a washing machine and dryer free of charge. They pick you up from the bus stop when you arrive and run you to the lifts each morning. If they can help, they will.

I've had a fantastic 10 night stay here and will gladly come back. Some rooms have a kind of mezzanine annex so could be good if you had a third person with you"

Peter

 
February 2013 

"North Point was a great place to stay tucked in a nice quiet part of town. 

Nic and Tim were very accommodating. They picked me when I arrived and drove me to the lifts that following morning. Room were awesome and spacious. Thanks.

B.S
 
 
 
 
Akakura Park Hotel

Akakura Park Hotel

Myoko, Niigata
Prices from
¥6,600 Per person per night
Guests
1-3
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
Akakura Park Hotel is lcoated about 5 minutes walk to the Kumado #3 Quad chairlift in Akakura OnsenSki Area. The hotel is also conveniently close to the main street.
Ryokan Jon Nobi

Ryokan Jon Nobi

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥11,700 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
A recently renovated Japanese style accommodation. A short walk to the Yu-road (a flat escalator to be connected to Hikage Gondola). JON NOBI means "RELAX". JON NOBI at our onsen! JON NOBI at our modern Japanese style bar after skiing/boarding!

Ryokan Jon Nobi guest reviews

 

 

 
 
 
Late January 2017

We loved our time in Japan thank you Hisae.  Your assistance with bookings was very efficient and helped make the process seamless. We really enjoyed our stay at Ryokan Jon Nobi and the staff and locals we encountered throughout Nozawa Onsen were friendly, efficient and helpful. We would definitely recommend a stay for families. And importantly, the snow was incredible!

A couple of pics attached for you.

Thank you again Hisae for your help in making our trip so enjoyable.

Regards,
Alison


 
 
Late December 2015

Ryokan Jonnobi is ideal for a family who want to experience Japanese style accommodation, in the heart of Nozawa Onsen village. Great location, handy to shops and cafes, and very close to the Yu Road [a travelator “road”] which delivers you to the Hikage ski trail. 

Our 2 rooms accommodated our family of 6 comfortably, in tatami rooms with ensuites. The staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast was extensive, catering for both Japanese and western foods experiences. Jonnobi has 2 hot spring rooms which are open to the public, as well as 2 private hot spring rooms for exclusive use by the guests; the latter 2 are open to the sky, so that the snow fell languidly through the opening onto our steaming bodies – a great thrill. Jonnobi ticked all our boxes. 

The Hikage ski trail was a great family place, well organized with good instructors, ski equipment hire and plenty of eating choices. 

 The staff of Japan Snow Accommodation [read Hisae] gave great tips in the planning stages of our visit. eg. Take the bullet train from Tokyo to Iiyama Station and a bus from there to Nozawa Onsen village. 

Ryokan Jonnobi is a 5 minute walk from the bus station. The whole experience satisfied all members of our family aged 10 to 74 years.

 Laila


 

 

Mid January 2015

Many  thanks for all your time and assistance with booking our Nozwa Onsen experience staying at Jon Nobi Ryokan.  We found the accommodation at Jon Nobi very warm, quiet, with comfortable beds after a full day of skiing and the breakfast selection of Asian and western foods each morning contained plenty of choice for both adults and children. 

There were two private onsens that could be used exclusively plus a male and female onsen open for all to use.  These were all kept very clean and neat.  Toiletries and hair dryers were also supplied in the private and public onsen areas that added a lovely touch.  Kimonos and slippers were also supplied in our rooms for going to and from the onsens which were quite a novelty for the children.

Jon Nobi is situated in a great location  at the top of the town and such an easy walk to the ski field via the moving walkway (Yu Road travelator).  A huge plus at the end of each day was the ability to leave our skis at the St. Anton Ski hire rooms.  This made the end of a long day skiing with kids so much more pleasurable than having to cart skis and poles back to our accommodation. 

The slopes at Nozwa Onsen are great for families wanting to ski together and there is a variety of slopes depending on your skill level and ability with plenty of connecting lifts.  There was also a large children's play park at the base of the slopes near St. Anton ski hire centre with rubber tyres and sleds that the children could use.

The only issues we had whilst in Nozwa Onsen was that the Ryokan style of accommodation was probably a bit too small to  accommodate a family of 4 all with ski clothing to dry at the end of each day in our room plus all of our luggage. If there had been a drying room on the premises we would have had more room to move. In saying this, we wanted to try the Ryokan style of accommodation to experience a more traditional Japanese style of accommodation.  Knowing the layout of a Ryokan and taking into consideration the amount of stuff we all had, we should have booked two rooms side by side.  

The only other disappointing issue was as a guest of Jon Nobi we thought that we would have been able to dine in the restaurant at least one night during our stay, however we were told that the restaurant was fully booked during our stay.  We since found out that the bookings were from people staying else where and not at Jon Nobi.  We thought as guests staying at the Ryokan, we would have had first option to restaurant bookings.  That was a bit sad Emoji.

However, the overall experience was wonderful and we enjoyed staying in a different location for part of our holiday.  Many thanks again Hisae for all your assistance and for making our holiday in Nozwa Onsen very enjoyable.


Regards
Colleen Wyer

Australia






 

 
Pension Locomotion

Pension Locomotion

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥5,500 Per person per night
Guests
1-4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Pension Locomotion is located in a quiet part of Hirafu but still good access to the chairlifts, restaurants, bars & a convenience store. Only 100 metres to the mountain shuttle bus stop. All the rooms have ensuites.

Pension Locomotion guest reviews

 

 

 

Mid January 2017

We enjoyed our stay at Pension Locomotion. The owner was very helpful. The rooms were not very big but the biggest problem was the mattresses on the beds. We didn't find them very comfortable. Otherwise good value for the money.

Janelle
 
Late December 2016

The owner is very nice and friendly. The overall facility is reasonably with its price. However, I got the basement room and it was extremely freezing when compared to the upstairs (breakfast area & common room). It seems that the heater in my room was not sufficient for its condition and size.

Regards,Tanaporn
 

 

Mid Dec 2016

My boyfriend and i visited Pension Locomotion on 1/15 this year.

I enjoyed the stay there. especially love the room and cozy bed.

Peiling (from Taiwan) 



 

 

Mid December 2015

The Locomotion was once again a lovely place to stay, it had avery comfortable room & the location was wonderful as it was in a quieter part of Hirafu.

With only a small walk to convenience stores and restaurants you felt like you were amongst it all but had piece and quite when you wanted.   

The Locomotion has a good board room downstairs and plenty of space in the rooms to hang up gear if you wanted.  

The owner was really friendly and cooks up a great breakfast to get you ready for the day ahead!  

The walk to the chairlifts only took 10 easy minutes and you could catch a bus 1 min away from the pension if you were felling lazy.  It definitely felt like a home away from home so we wouldn't hesitate in staying there 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

 

Asahikawa Grand Hotel

Asahikawa Grand Hotel

Kamui / Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥7,800 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
Asahikawa Grand Hotel is located in bustling central Asahikawa, but within driving range of Kamui Ski Links (40 min), Furano (85 min) & Asahidake (60 min), and offers magnificent quality.
Kawamotoya Ryokan

Kawamotoya Ryokan

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥9,180 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 6
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Recently renovated modern Japanese style Ryokan. The Dosojin Fire Festival, one of the three largest fire festivals of Japan, is held very close to our ryokan and view from the rooftop is the best in the village. 250 metres to Shinyu Pair lift. Gourmet restaurant "Tamon".

Guest review : Kawamotoya Ryokan

 

 

 

Late Feb 2017

Your service was great, we had never been to Japan before and explained what type of town we were after and it was exactly what we were after. you communication through the whole booking process was excellent. 

Kawamotoya Ryokan was a great place to stay, the room had a wonderful view of the valley and was a nice walk to the bottom of the ski hill. The food and staff were also very good, highly recommended.

Leigh

 

 

 

Late December 2016

Our stay has been fantastic and I would recommend our hotel . The rooms are quite big and very confortable; the breakfast and restaurant is very good and provide international food , the hotel public bath is great , and finally : the staff is very nice, polite and helpful .

We hope coming back soon :-) 

thank you very much 
laure 
 
 
 
Risonare Tomamu

Risonare Tomamu

Tomamu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥15,700 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
breakfast & lift pass
Room Types
Risonare Tomamu is a place to experience a luxury snow holiday. Each room has a spacous living room, in-room jacuzzi, in-room sauna with nice fluffy bathrobes.
Nakajimaya Ryokan

Nakajimaya Ryokan

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥9,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
A short walk to the Shinyu Pair Lift that takes you to Hikage Gelende. The village public Onsens, restaurants & bars within walking distance. A very traditional Japanese style accommodation with the 100 % natural hot spring Onsen.

Nakajimaya Ryokan guest review

 

 

 

Late Feb 2017

We had a fantastic time.  The hosts at Nakajimaya were really nice, and the breakfast was a great combination of authentic Japanese food with excellent flavor.  We also really like Nozawa: the hot springs are a necessary cultural experience for anyone wanting to understand these rural mountain towns, and the resort has the best off piste skiing that we're done in Japan.

Overall, great.  We'll totally come back in a couple years!

David

 

 

 

 

Late Feb 2017

Our trip was great, we enjoyed the resort, easy access, hiring the equipment was effortless, the runs were fabulous.The ryokan was good, very welcoming and so helpful. Apart from the breakfast, everything was enjoyable. I suppose we had such wonderful Japanese breakfast everywhere else, we were expecting better than what was served.

Thank you for your service, it was perfect.

Regards
Francoise

 

 

 

Mid Jan 2016

Your service is excellent. Whithout you, I would have been unable to find an accomodation in this peak period.

The accomodation was great and the owner of the Ryokan very friendly. 

We loved the village too, and the dosijin worth to be seen, really impressive and interesting (and you can have some sake shots on the slopes !). 

The ski lift were not too crowded, althought it was the aussie's holiday. This is a really good point.

I was disapointed by the snow coverage, a lot of bottom slopes were closed...I'm use to in europ, bad luck in Japan. I'm an expert backcountry skier, Nozawa lacks of steep run, and the space between trees is not sufficient in the forest to ski in (except on the side of Hikage gondola, acess by first station of the other gondola). Some nice runs too from the skyline on both sides. But many trees...

Thanks again Hisae, I will certainly take your advice for my next season in Japan !

Jean-Christophe

 

 

 


Mid Jan 2016

Thank you so much for arranging such beautiful, picturesque, cultural and comfortable accommodation at such a good price (at the last minute) in such a fabulous location!  The entire town is perfection; beautiful and ancient and culturally rich and an absolute joy to visit.  

The walk to and from our accommodation each day was always a highlight, we absolutely loved the fire festival, and even though the snow was average it was nonetheless one of the best holidays I've ever been on.

The accommodation itself was fantastic, the food was absolutely outstanding, but by far the highlight were the staff.  Please send a very special thank you to our hostess (I'm so sorry I've forgotten her name!).  Nothing was too much trouble, and all the staff went above and beyond to help us silly Aussies to understand and fully appreciate their town.

We have been raving about the trip for months now, recommend the village, the accommodation and of course your services to anyone who will listen, and are already plotting to go back.

Thank you Hisae for making our trip wonderful!

Kind regards,

Melanie
 
 
 
 
 
 
Early Jan 2016

We had a wonderful trip. Nakajimaya Ryokan was exactly what we wanted. It is a beautifully run, traditional ryokan serving wonderful food. It is clean, comfortable and convenient for skiers moving to and from the peaks of Nozawa Onsen. We hope we can return some time soon. 

Best wishes, 
Tosca 

 

 
 
 
Late Dec 2015

We loved staying at Nakajimaya Ryokan and experiencing a traditional Japanese Inn. Yukiko, her family and staff were all exceptionally kind and helpful, always giving us good advice and explaining Japanese customs when necessary. Our rooms were both quiet and spacious with plenty of room for the family to relax at the end of the day. It was a real draw card having a private onsen within the ryokan and we made good use of this everyday.

Nozawa is a gorgeous village with many restaurants and bars, we were able to find a different place to eat every night and also enjoyed a superb meal at the Nakajimaya Ryokan as well. We will definitely be going back there.

Chrissy

 

 
 
 
Late January 2015

We loved our holiday in Japan.

Thanks you for booking us into Nakajimaya Ryokan.

We had an amazing family experience and loved the Ryokan.

The family were fantastic hosts and very helpful.

We would love to stay there again.

Certainly the walk to and from the ski hill through the village streets was enjoyable every day and we liked being a bit out of the busy areas.

I have attached a few photos from our stay to show you!

So thanks so much for looking after us!

Cheers,

The Campbells



 

 

 

 

Early January 2015


Just wanted to let you know that our Nozawa Onsen trip was a big success and we all had an excellent stay at the Nakajimaya Ryokan.

The hosts at the Ryokan were always friendly and helpful and made us feel very welcome.

Please pass on our thanks to them.

Getting to the snow via Shinkansen, local train and bus was stress free and like everything else in Japan, was on time and schedule. 

And the skiing was superb.

Hopefully we’ll do it again next year.

Thanks

Attached are the happy customers.


Angus & Melanie


 

 

 

 

Mid January 2014  

We had a wonderful time at Nozawa Onsen thankyou

Your service was wonderful , esp finding something so perfect for us at relatively late notice., at a busy time of year.

We really loved Nakajimaya Ryokan

Loved the traditional nature of it and being exposed to other Japanese travellers and staff as well , rather than the 1st lodge we stayed at for the first 3 days which was great but not especially Japanese.

The lady in charge was absolutely beautiful to us and so kind and helpful- she was gorgeous.

The food was amazing and we loved the exposure to the traditional dishes and table arrangements . 

It was nice also to experience the in house onsen without having to go out in the cold to get there. 

The masseuse across the road was very good after a day of skiing and really enjoyed being able to walk easily to everything in the village esp for the fire festival.

Even able to come back to the rooms for a while to watch where the festival was up to , then go out again later on . Rooms very cosy and comfortable.

Was not too far a walk to the travellator either to get to the ski fields.

The woman in charge of the hotel was very good with making bookings etc for us-very reliable and great service.

Absolutely loved the village and the skiing.People friendly .  

Snow wonderful. Very pretty and long green runs , so enjoyable with children – they loved it .

Beautiful and interesting village and so glad we saw the fire festival . Nice to have more a traditional glimpse of everything. 

Only thing to mention to people is book your restaurant meals ahead as it is a small village and venues get booked out ahead .

Thanks for your help

Would love to go back

Nici

 

 

 

 

Late January 2014 

My wife and I stayed at Nakajimaya Ryokan, Nozawa Onsen in February 2014.

The rooms are large and comfortable, staff are helpful, smiling and courteous always, and the food is amazing. 

Many other great restaurants are nearby, as well as numerous free public onsens, 1 of which is right outside the front door.

When we return to Nozawa, we will be staying at Nakajimaya Ryokan."

Glen

 

 

 

 

Mid January 2013  

This is an excellent traditional ryokan. 

The family that run it are very friendly and helpful, the rooms are comfortable and well decorated and the food is of a very high quality. I recommend having breakfast here and the dinner is also excellent. we spent a week here before heading off to hokkaido and it was one of the highlights of our trip."

By Andrew M

 

 

 

 

Mid January 2013  

Our group of 8 women had a wonderful week. 

The staff were friendly and attentive. We loved the breakfasts so much that we also had 2 dinners. The snow was superb and the Ryokan onsen was a must after a full day in the pow pow. No hesitation in recommending Nakajimaya to anyone and everyone."

By Genevieve

 

 

 

 

Our trip was amazing and we loved our stay at Nakajimaya Ryokan 

- the staff were friendly and attentive, the accommodation was very comfortable and we absolutely loved the traditional breakfast each morning! We would happily recommend Nakajimaya to anyone."

By Hayley

 

 

 

 
 
 
Akakura Hotel Central

Akakura Hotel Central

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

Villa Nozawa

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥6,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
The whole Lodge provides the feeling of space with large bedrooms and lounge areas and the magnificent views. Tatami rooms with really comfortable Futons. Only a short walk to Karasawa chairlifts.

Villa Nozawa guest reviews

 

 

Villa Nozawa

 

"Traditional japanese style (but new renovation),

large drying room, 

5 minutes from the lift,

heaps of place to eat and onsens close buy,

helpful English speaking staff,

traditional breakfast.

4.5/5"


By Pete

 

 

"I have never stayed somewhere where you are made to feel so welcome. 

To all the crew thanks for making our stay really enjoyable. 

I hope all your friends and family are safe from the earthquake and tsunami

Hope to see you all next year"

By Ritchie

Please visit Villa Nozawa

 
 
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