Madarao Elm Pension

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano

Prices
from ¥6,350 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Rooms
Western Room

A Western style pension with a total capacity for 40 guests. Each room has a capacity for 4 people and the Japanese manager speaks great English. Daily free shuttle service to the slopes. Discounted lift passes available at the reception.


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Madarao Elm Pension

Madarao Elm Pension

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥6,350 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
A Western style pension with a total capacity for 40 guests. Each room has a capacity for 4 people and the Japanese manager speaks great English. Daily free shuttle service to the slopes. Discounted lift passes available at the reception.

Madarao Elm Pension guest reviews

 

Madarao Elm Pension

 

"The owners were very friendly people. 

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Elm Pension and plan to return during March to try snow shoeing as recommended by Toshi-san. 

The meals were big, filling and delicious. 

The room was perfectly heated and the beds comfortable.

Overall a great experience. 

Thank-you very much."

By Aimee

 

"Owner speaks great English and both he and his wife are very friendly and accommodating!

The room had a great alpine view and was spaciaous enough for our gear. 

Well heated too.

No seats in the room though, so you will prob just sleep there. 

Downstairs has a big tv and dining table to chill out. 

They served up a great French Dinner and breakfast as well."

By Peter

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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

 

 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
Appi Grand Villa 3

Appi Grand Villa 3

Appi Kogen, Iwate
Prices from
¥5,600 Per person per night
Guests
1-5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Hotel Grand & Tower is ski in ski out accommodation. It is a family friendly resort with great quality snow & excellent facilaties including a swimming pool, onsen, gym, bar & Karaoke.

Appi Grand Villa 3 guest reviews

 
 
 
 
 
 
Late January 2017

Stayed at Appi Grand Villa 3 for 4 days in Jan 2017.

This hotel is quite big ( about 13 floors ) comfortable, but not over the top. Facilities are good, including Onsen and staff very friendly and helpful,you could get away with little or no Japanese language as most spoke some English.Virtually ski in ski out, just a 2 minute walk before you can ski down to the lift and you can ski back to the door.This hotel is a little way from the main Appi Grand Hotel where you can use their facilities with no additional cost but there is a regular free shuttle around the resort so you can access the main area quite easily.

Advanced runs are confined to the top part of the mountain, all with various lengths of green to get back onto the lifts. The most challenging run, with a tree run thru the middle of a split ungroomed run, is short  and has a long green run to access and even longer green back to the lift. If you are looking to be challenged all day I'd suggest this is not the mountain for you, if you like a bit of black and are happy with a good bit of cruising reds (our blue) and greens, then Appi would suit just fine.I travelled from Haneda airport to Morioka by train (Via Tokyo) and bus from Morioka station, I had no delays but recommend checking connections, to avoid waiting time.

Hisae at Japan snow accommodation organised all my accommodations in her usual friendly and efficient manner, re arranging dates to work in with my itinerary as we went, also picking up the deals with meals and lift ticket inclusions that were available. Hisae has organised my Japan trips for a number of years now and I will continue to use Japan Snow Accommodation in the future.

Ian Hartman.

 

 

 

Late January 2015

Hisae (Japan Snow Accommodation booking Agent) was very easy to communicate with, very organised and kept me up to date. The whole booking process flowed very smoothly and I was really happy with the service.I would definitely use Japan Snow Accomodation again.

My week long stay at Appi Grand Villa 3 was wonderful. The staff are very helpful and nothing is too much bother.

The main gondola is only a short ski away.

The hotel rooms are big by Japanese standards and had a great view over the surrounding mountains. 

The buffet breakfast consists of Japanese or continental selections and there is plenty of variety.

Lockable ski lockers for your ski gear next to the mountain exit on the ground floor.

There is a large onsen in the basement.

There are regular shuttle buses to transport you to the other hotels in the Appi resort complex or back to Morioka. Appi is only a sort bus or train ride from morioka( about 1 hour).

Appi resort also run a day trip to Shimokura resort on Fridays.

I would definitely recommend a visit - a small resort with only 3 lifts and hardly any skiers.

The snow we had the day we visited was some of the best i have ever skied in Japan.It was a great day of skiing at a tiny resort. Appi is a good sized resort and has some good steep runs and long runs.It takes a few days to explore properly.

We got loads of snow while we were there,I really enjoyed my visit to Appi.

Regards 
Deborah Holmes
 

 

Late January 2015

We had a wonderful trip!

The room was clean and big. 

Food was very good.

Steak and crab (buffet restaurant) was fresh and yummy.

Beef (まえさわぎゅう) served at Korean BBQ was high-quality. 

Wide slopes and non crowed (even holiday).  

Everyone can find the slopes that best suit their level.The photo is still prepared when it is ready we will send you.

Best, YingChe

 

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Kizuna Apartments

Kizuna Apartments

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥38,200 Per night
Guests
2 - 6
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
Located in the heart of the Hirafu village, Kizuna offers the perfect mix of convenience and comfort! Every condominium utilises floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase the ski hill or Mt. Yotei.

Kizuna guest review

Kizuna Apartment

 

 

Late December 2015

We had the most wonderful time in Niseko and we enjoyed our stay at Kizuna tremendously! The apartment was spectacular - modern, spacious and very conveniently located. I loved the fact that the elevator opened directly to the apartment and the ensuite bedrooms provided lots of privacy. The kitchen was well equipped and the living and dining area were very spacious. 

I also wanted to mention that the pick up and drop off service by your company was very good. We arrived on the last bus from Chitose close to midnight and your staff was there waiting for us. Same with the day of our departure. Thank you!  

All in all we had a great time and would definitely be back and hopefully get to stay at Kizuna again! Hopefully next time the snow condition 
will be better! This year apparently was the worst in 20 years! It started snowing on the day we left!

Thanks again and please see attached photos.

Sharon

 

 

Late Feb 2016

These are views from the fabulous penthouse at Kizuna. Very stylish and comfortable accommodation that is well located for all the amenities in Niseko. 
 
 
 
As you can see from the trees outside the appartment we had some wonderful falls of fresh powder snow - just what we came for!

Richard Palmer

 
 
Pension Ringojam

Pension Ringojam

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥6,500 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
The pension is famous for the original apple jam that the owner chef has been making over 26 years. There is a free shuttle service to / from the chairlifts. The owner is looking forward to the cultural exchange with you.

Pension Ringojam guest reviews

 
 
 
 
 
Late December 2013, Ben and I absolutely loved Pension Ringojam.

Osamu & Eiko Otaka were wonderful hosts and Pension Ringojam had a very homely feel.

We plan to go back as soon as we can and if possible we will stay at Pension Ringojam again. 

Highlights were a traditional Nabe dinner and spending time practising our Japanese with the other guests.

Madarao Ski Resort was definitely one of our favourites - probably up with Cortina (or better), but we were a little early for the best snow. Osamu recommended mid Jan-mid Feb. It was still a great mountain and the midnight skiing on New Year's Eve was pretty special. 

Really good challenging runs and great tree skiing opportunities.

Thanks 
Leith Macintosh
 
 
 
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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The Kinta Naeba

The Kinta Naeba

Naeba / Kagura, Niigata
Prices from
¥7,705 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 8
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Only 3 minute walk to the slopes. The Kinta takes pride in offering personal service in our cozy and relaxing hotel. We offer exquisite dining, complemented by an extensive wine cellar and bar.

Kinta Naeba Hotel guest reviews

 

Early January 2017

Kinta is amazing. We have been twice and both types were fantastic. 

Great snow, lodge is easy walk to slopes, room is spacious with views, spotless and beautifully furnished. Owners are delightful and do everything they can to help you and make you feel at home. The food they serve up is sensational -4 course meals which were delicious. Lovely indoor/ outdoor onsen overlooking the slopes. This is a high quality lodge and is a very relaxing and enjoyable place to stay. I would recommend it to anyone and both times we went we were so impressed with everything. 

Loved it!
Linda

 

6th February 2014 

My friends and I have just returned from our Japanese ski holiday and I just wanted to let you know that we had an amazing time and also wanted to thank you for all the organisation you did for us before hand.

Our stays at all of the lodges were fantastic.

We were overly impressed by the hospitality, the accommodation and helpfulness of Kinta san at Kinta Naeba and the food they cooked for the evening meals was also amazing.

Thanks again for everything you did to help us have a relaxing holiday.

From L

 

 

Chalet Shiga

Chalet Shiga

Shiga Kogen, Nagano
Prices from
¥7,300 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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 

 

 

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.
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