Asahidake Manseikaku Hotel Deervalley

Asahidake, Hokkaido

Prices
from ¥9,330 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 2
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast & dinner
Rooms
Western Twin Room

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.


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Hotel Moc

Hotel Moc

Myoko, Niigata
Prices from
¥5,500 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Hotel Moc's combination rooms are located 40 metres from the gondala & bring together Japanese style and Western comfort. Dinner packages also available.

Hotel Moc Guest Reviews

 

 

Late Feb 2017

What a great trip. Fantastic snow. All 3 places we stayed at are amazing. Your organizational skills are to be applauded. Hotel Moc at Kanko is perfectly located to Gondola (refer attached photo) and we did not mind the walk up into town. Suginohara is an amazing place to ski. Chuo Taxis are the way to go – amazing service – on time – every time.

Cannot wait to book again for next year. Keep up the great work.

Regards
Andrew Bolte


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16th March 2014 

We had a wonderful stay at Hotel Moc 

All the satff were friendly & helpful 

We would reccomend it to anyone! 

Emma & Karl

 

 

 




2nd March 2014 

Great place to stay in Akakura.

I would reccomend the Shabu Shabu for dinner one night. 

Family run hotel & felt well looked after during our stay. 

Perfect location for the ski lifts. 

I would give it a 5 stars rating 

Would come again!

Mr H

 

 

 




1st March 2014

Awesome location just across from Akakura Kanko Main Gondala.

Very helpful host with great English.

The rooms are clean & great value for money breakfast.

Mr W

 

 




1st March 2014

Very friendly & helpful people.

A pleasure to stay at Hotel Mac.

Ms M

 

 




27th February 2014

Very friendly & helpful.

Good position with shuttle bus outside.

We have been here many times & will definitely return.

Reasonable rates & great Japanese food.

Toko the dog is very friendly & cute.

Mr & Mrs J
Sydney, Australia

 

 




17th February 2014

Thank You for an amazing week!

Hotel Moc ticks all the boxes, good food, close to lifts & excellent hosts.

We will be back!

Andrew & James

 

Oyado Furuya

Oyado Furuya

Myoko, Niigata
Prices from
¥9,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Located right in the center of the main street of Akakura, Myoko’s ski center, Furuya provides quick accesss to the Akakura ski resort & located close to everything you need. Japanese or western styled rooms available. We also take great pride in our Japanese cuisine.

Reviews - Oyado Furuya

 

 

 

Oyado Furuya

 

 

 

Mid February 2015


It was great to get a more traditional experience at Oyado Furuya. Having our own private onsen to unwind in at the end of a day was superb. The male and female roof top onsen was incredible! It was lovely to sit in amongst the snowflakes!

The food at Oyado was a real highlight. We had both Japanese and Western style breakfasts and they were plentiful and fuelled us for a big day on the slopes. The Kaiseki dinner which showcased some of Myoko’s fine produce and it was certainly a most memorable part of our trip. 

The hotel and it’s amenities were of a very high standard and for that reason I would certainly return to Oyado. 

The skiing area however wasn’t as challenging and varied as we hoped so will look at alternative locations for our next trip either Shiga Kogen or Hakuba.

Thanks again for all your assistance!


Alicia Neale

 

Furano Prince Hotel

Furano Prince Hotel

Furano, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥9,520 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
A relaxing resort hotel boasting 112 guest rooms, superb amenities, furnishings, bath facilities, and a restaurant with great views. Situated in the ski in ski out perfect location.

Furano Prince Hotel guest reviews

 

 

Mid Feb 2017

Your service was excellent although I did find the payment options a bit limiting in terms of getting the best exchange rate on the transaction – not a show stopper though. 

The hotel itself is starting to get a bit tired and needs refurbishment but that is in part made up by the terrific ski in/ski out (just) location.

The staff were outstanding – all very friendly and helpful.The meals were excellent.  

Good choice at breakfast and dinner (buffet). There is no bar in the hotel so nowhere to relax over a drink. 

While it is a fair way out of Furano town, there is a night bus service with a pick-up from the front of the hotel. The bus to Asahikawa airport also stops at the front of the hotel.

As for the skiing, it wasn’t the greatest of snow when I was there and there are only a limited number challenging runs so overall I found it a bit tame. 

Probably good for families though.

Regards,
Roy

Hi Roy,

Thanks for the review!

If you have access to a better exchange rate the best choice is paying directly into our Japanese yen account. Simply chose this option on checkout and our bank details will be emailed to you.

Regards
Japan Snow Accommodation

 

 

 

 
 
Yoshidaya Ryokan

Yoshidaya Ryokan

Zao Onsen, Yamagata
Prices from
¥5,900 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 3
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast
Room Types
A traditional Japaneses Ryokan. within easy access to the main street. Everything you would need during your stay are within walking distance, such as chairlifts, a bus terminal, a convenience store, restaurants, Izakaya (Japanese style bar) and Sushi bar. There are English speaking staff to help you.

Yoshidaya Ryokan guest review

 
 
Early Jan 2016 

Our ryokan was excellent, the staff were very helpful. 

The onsen was great too, and the local town public onsen were worth visiting also. 

I would recommend Zao onsen to anyone who would like to experience a more traditional Japanese mountain experience and who like a more peaceful town than the busier places like Hakuba. I will go back in the future.

As always your service was great too.

All the best,
Andrew Maher


 

 

Muse Niseko

Muse Niseko

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥40,000 Per night
Guests
1 - 9
Includes
accommodation
Room Types
Located on the main street splitting the Upper and Lower village, MUSE Niseko is within touching distance of everything in Hirafu. It boasts immediate access to a variety of restaurants, bars, retail stores, and is a short 5 minute stroll to the Ace Family Chairlift.
Madarao Kogen Hotel

Madarao Kogen Hotel

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥9,500 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
A ski in ski out hotel and the best located hotel in Madara Mountain Resort. From the south side of rooms, you will see the ski runs and mountain tops of Mt.Myoko. From the north side, you will see the mountain tops of Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen.

Madarao Kogen Hotel guest reviews

 
 
 
Late Feb 2017

We enjoyed 5 days skiing at Madarao, mid February 2017. Our accommodation was at the Madarao Resort Hotel which was very comfortable. It has a delightful onsen, good buffet breakfast and is well located to the ski lifts. The hotel does need an upgrade but remains clean and adequate for our needs on a ski holiday. There are some nearby restaurants which provide some good dining options for dinner. 

Hisae was brilliant with her help in organising our Japanese ski trip and we will be contacting her soon to book our next trip for 2018! 

Many thanks
Sally


 
 
 
 
Mid Feb 2017

What a great trip. Fantastic snow. All 3 places we stayed at are amazing. Your organizational skills are to be applauded. Bus transfers to each location was very simple. Madarao Kogen Hotel was a real standout for us. Room 417 remember that number (what a great view – see attached photo).  Chuo Taxis are the way to go – amazing service – on time – every time.

Cannot wait to book again for next year. Keep up the great work.

Regards
Andrew Bolte



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mid February 2017

Just returned from our 2017 Japanese ski adventure, which was all fabulous. John and I especially loved Madarao and it's resort hotel. We are already thinking about next years ski adventure!! 

Thank you so much for your help with our last snow vacation, look forward to organising our next trip with you. 

Regards,
Sally Platt


 
 
 
 

 

Mid January 2017

Everything was great as always. Madarao was amazing, excellent snow, accommodation and the onsen is beautiful. Toru was really friendly and helpful!

Jodie


 
 
 
 
Mid January 2017

We had a great experience thanks and all the accomodation booking etc went perfectly smoothly.

Madarao ski resort was a great experience and for me personally probably the best. 

Madarao Kogen hotel was great and a wonderful safe place for the kids and amazing staff but dinner options around the village are pretty limited and you have to plan well ahead to get into places to get a dinner. The hotel was too expensive for dinner but the breakfasts were great.

Your assistance in this trip was fantastic. 

Thanks so much again.
Guy Rodger


 

 

 

Early January 2017

It was amazing. Very nice staff. Amazing location and very kids friendly! We will come back.

Camille Warnet

 

Early January 2017

This is just a quick note to thank you very much for all your help arranging our Madarao ski holiday.  We had so much fun and everything went smoothly. Your service was very professional and you were so knowledgable and patient about my queries, which you always responded to promptly.  I would have no hesitation in using Japan Snow Accommodation in the future, if the opportunity arises and will recommend your business to friends and family.We had so much fun and hope to return to Madarao next year.
Regards
Tricia
 

 

 

Mid January 2016

We had an amazing holiday in Japan, we are a family of 4 with 2 boys and it was such a great experience for us all. Hisae's suggestions and recommendations with regards to accommodation and which mountains to visit were exactly what we were after, Japanese village culture and awesome snow !


We stayed in Madarao, approx 40 mins from Myoko by car where we stayed at the Madarao Mountain resort , a ski in ski out hotel at the top of the chairlift. The indoor/outdoor onsen at the resort was beautiful and a welcome relief after a day on the mountain. Whilst Madarao is much smaller than Myoko there were a several restaurant choices at the hotel as well as nearby.

Snow quality at both the areas we visited was excellent, no crowds and enough English signage to get by.

I would highly recommend Madarao Kogen Hotel, we cant wait to go back !

Thanks Hisae :) 


Jodie


 
 
 
 
Late Deecember 2016

We had a wonderful trip to Japan. The resort at Madarao Kogen was excellent. We were well looked after and had wonderful snow. I very much appreciate all of your help. Everything was well organised and I appreciated your help with ski lessons etc. Kind Regards Deanne Day
 
Mid january 2016

Firstly I’d like to thank you for the incredible support you provided in organising not only the accomodation but also the ski lessons for both the children and adults. As the ski  school got very busy over the weekend, having all of the bookings already made, and paid for, meant that all we had to do was enjoy the time on the snow.


The kids lessons were super fun, according to our boys, with the instructors speaking good mid-level english and being very patient with all of the varying levels of ability within the group. Our kids were competently skiing basic runs by the end of day 2 and intermediates by day 5. Our private lesson was also incredibly good value with our instructor, Koji, doing a great job at getting us to the point of being able to independently ski the easier intermediate runs in 3 days.

Maderao Kogan Hotel was the perfect introduction to skiing in Japan. The 4 bed western room was perfect for our family of 2 adults and 2 boys aged 10 and 7. The room was relatively small, as most Japanese accomodation is, but was well appointed, clean, and warm. Without at doubt, the onsen, located in the basement of the hotel, was the highlight of the hotel. Being able to soak in the warm water outside, while snow flakes fell on your face was just magic. The breakfast and dinners in the hotel were fairly repetitive, but of a good quality and quantity, with a mix of western and japanese options at ever meal. We had a few dinners at restaurants in the village which were very good too, but for anyone reading this review, I highly recommend you book the day before to ensure they have room for your party.

All in all, we can’t say enough good things about Japan Snow Accommodation or Hisae and will definitely be booking again for the 2017 season.

Thanks
Patrick


 

 

 

 

Late December 2015

My husband, our 7 years old daughter and me had a great time in Madarao,  we were staying in a wayositu room.  There are two restaurants in the hotel, one is buffet restaurant and one is Japanese restaurant.  We tried to book two of the other restaurants we wanted to go close to the hotel for some of the nights but unfortunately they were fully booked and we ended up to have 5 nights buffet and 2 nights in the Japanese restaurant ( almost couldn't book as the Japanese restaurant was fully booked as well ).  

My girl has joined the two activities at night for kids in New Year time, one was playing games with the other kids ( see attached photo ) and one was making Japanese New Year rice cake.  We also watched the fire torch show and fireworks on the 31st. ( see attached photos ). 

The manager, Toru can speak very good English and is very helpful.  In the resort, there are variety of food to choose from eg. Japanese, western, pizza, cakes, ice-cream etc. for lunch in the restaurants.  However, chairlifts there are rather slow and some of them we needed to walk uphill to access.  We have our own gear thus can not make comment on the rental shop.


Hope this help !


Regards,

Christine Chow


Pictures attached below


 
 
 
 
 
Mid janiary 2016

For our boys first time skiing (they are 6 and 8) and our first time in a long time, skiing Madarao was absolutely perfect! 

Everything was easy, friendly, clean, safe and the skiing was terrific. The resort was so convenient to the slopes and having the onsen on site was a great and easy way to relax at the end of the day. The lack of crowds made skiing a pleasure and the ski school for our boys, while often booked out, were very good with our boys. The resort was so easy to get to from Tokyo that travelling was very simple. For this holiday, our first time, it was perfect. My only criticism would be the lack of something to do after skiing.  As a young family we are not looking for "night life" but it would have been nice to have more of a village atmosphere to walk around and find different places for dinner and "people watch." We spent an afternoon over at Nozawa Onsen which looked to have a few more dining options and more of an atmosphere.


We had such a great time that we are looking to go again in February/March 2017. Because our experience booking through you was so good, we would like to use you again. 


Many thanks - Kirsten

 

 

 

Mid January 2016

We had a great time at Madarao kogen hotel.
The hotel was very good had everything one needed.
It would be good if the hotel offered other food other than buffet in the evening of the price was more affordable for the buffet.
The service was very good, very pleasant and helpful staff.
We will return in a couple of years I hoping.
We would highly recommend your hotel and wonderful mountain 
Kind regards


Jennifer and Jeremy Williams

 

 

 

Mid February 2015

We loved Madarao Kogen

Firstly, thank you for your help booking the accommodation. Everything was easy and professional. 

The accommodation was great. The views at Madarao Kogen hotel were great. It was so nice to look straight up at the mountain. The staff were very friendly. Very easy with the skin in ski out option. We had just been to myoko Kogen so it was wonderful to not have to deal with catching overcrowded buses to the mountain each day. The Japanese restaurant was fantastic!! The buffet was just ok. The staff always were helpful in booking restaurants for us. 

The 1st couple of nights we stayed at the sister hotel. We all thought got it was great too. The rooms were huge. Lovely staff and never had to wait more than a few minutes for the mini bus. 

I am sure my husband has go pro footage, but I will add a few photos. 

I hope this has helped. Hope to book again next season


Take care
Nat 


 
 
 
 
 
February 2015

Our stay at Madarao Kogen Hotel was excellent, loved every minute. The staff were wonderful and extremely helpful. The view of the mountain from the hotel could not be better.

Madarao mountain has a wide variety to keep every level skier/boarder happy.  

I would advise guests to remember to bring Yen as there is no ATM on Madarao mountain or village and to book private lessons in advance. 

Thankyou Hisae for help with bookings

Scott Curtis


 

 

 

 

Mid February 2015

We really enjoy our trip

Everything was great

Kids loved it

Very convenient

We had diner everyday at the Japanes restaurant (we had to top up) and it was delicious.

We'll come back next year!

Regards
Alan
Early January 2015

Thanks for your e-mail. Here are some comments on Madarao Kogen Resort:

Old and dated resort, needs a serious facelift!.The Japanese restaurant was good, but often closed due to lack of customers. The buffet restaurant was not so good. The bar/cafeteria was closed for most of the time. Very nice General Manager, he helped me a lot when I needed to go to the hospital. Great Onsen!

I´m afraid we won´t go back to Madaro Kogen Resort again.

Best Regards
Gustav

 

 

 

 

Mid January 2015

Just a note to thank you for your help with our skiing holiday. A great time was had by all and we are planning on returning same time this year. 

Let us know when next season deals are on.

Regards 

Anthony Gilligan

 

 

 

December 2014

Just a short note to tell you that the ski trip went very well.  The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful, the snow was great and the place very beautiful.  I would recommend it to any family who wanted to go skiing in Japan.

Thank you for your help in making it a wonderful trip

Regards 

Hywel

 

 

 


February 2014

We had great time in Japan. A really special family holiday, made all the better by the wonderful people at Madarao.  

A special thank you to the hotel manager, Toru, who helped us every day and then saved us from a very difficult trip home when all transport was stopped by 2.5m of snow.  Even though we had checked out of Madarao, we rang Toru, from Nagano to help us find emergency accommodation in a town where every where was booked out.  What a relief to feel we had a friend to ask for help.  

Also a special thank you to the hire team, who improved our Japanese and greeted us every morning with a smile.  My son and I were able to swap between snowboarding and skiing in the same short stay!  

I must also mention the wonderful staff at the ski school who went out of their way to find us both instructors and translators. 

And finally to you Hisae, for following our booking all the way and making sure everything ran smoothly.  All we had to worry about was powdery tree runs, great food, amazing onsen and improving our Japanese with locals, guests and staff.  

We are already thinking about our next trip and recommend it to every one, although we also want Madarao to remain our secret snowy spot.

Thank you very much,

I have attached some pictures from our trip below.

Sue, Andrew, Kai and Shalin



 

 

Late February 2014  

The time we spent in Madaro was simply amazing!

There was a kind of "cinema" festival in a screen made of snow! Very nice!

The western type room we got, was confortable with an amazing view! We have been in the hot spring bath which was an interesting experience!

The dinner is special and the breakfast is good.

We rent skis sets in the hotel for my wife and daughter and the negative point is that their ski boots were not so good, opening very often! But anyway was ok!

I certainly reccommend Madarao Kogen Hotel to my friends and I am sure that I will return next winter!

Thanks a lot!

Best regards,
Carlo 

 

 

 

Mid February 2014 

Thank you for everything you did for us. We had the most amazing time and everything went like clockwork.

Your communication with us was prompt, the booking and organisation was efficient and extremely easy.

Madarao Kogen was unbelievable! We had amazing snow and the accommodation was fabulous. 

The buffet for breakfast and dinner was scrumptious. Toru, the Manager was great, as was the rest of the staff.

Madarao Ski field has conditions and terrain to suit all standards of skier and snowboarder. Lots of ski trails for those who like to ski on-piste and loads of tree skiing and black ungroomed  runs for powder hounds like us. There is a variety of runs available, especially if you like to be adventurous.

The accommodation was very spacious for Japanese standards and the hotel had great facilities such ski hire, souvenir shop and café. There was a general meeting area where wifi could be accessed. Lockers for your skis and boards were an added bonus and access to the mountain was outside the ski room door.

We are very interested in returning to Madarao and would appreciate any packages you have for the 2014/2015 season.

Once again thank you for all your help."

Kindest regards,
Sharon and Trevor Monk

 

 

 

Early January 2014 

We enjoyed a wonderful stay at Madarao, everything was fantastic.

It was what I had been dreaming of ever since I picked up the brochure.

I am very happy, it was the first time I have ridden in powder snow. We were lucky to have lotts of fresh snow!!

The hotel was great and Toru the manager was very helpful.


We have been very lucky and seen a lot on our travels and now we are heading south and making our way back to Tokyo before returning home to try and cook some of the wonderful food we have eaten."

From Andrew and Belinda


 

 

 

 

Late December 2013 

We had a great time. The accomodation was clean and good... a bit small but ok. We loved the onsen. 

It was a bit difficult for us as we didnt speak Japanese and many of the staff were not fluent in english - this was especially difficult with the lessons. We still had a great time tho.

Toru at reception was very helpful...made sure we were well looked after and had what we needed and that all activities were arranged properly. 

The food was good - a good variety. 

Thanks for a wonderful trip."

Lynn Hough

 

 

Late December 2013 

I just wanted to give you some feedback from our holiday in Japan. 

Other than the country being one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited, the hospitality and friendliness shown to us from the staff at Madarao Kogen Hotel was superb.  

All the staff were very attentive and helpful but particularly a gentleman named Toru who seemed to take us under his wing and nothing was too much trouble.

I believe you are in contact with him from time to time so please pass on our heartfelt thanks for his assistance, it made our snow holiday even more memorable than what it would have already been.

From Lance

 

 

 

Late December 2013  

We had a wonderful stay at the resort for my parents 70th birthday. 

As my little one is only 5 and we only had a short time we mainly used the kids area. The staff were fantastic throughout the resort and treated us like family. 

My Irish husband enjoyed his first experience of an Onsen. 

Everybody was very kind and showed him the ropes. We hope to return and use the ski slopes!"

From Michelle






February 2013  

It was an excellent family resort. 

Staffs were friendly and service was good. 

When I first stepped into my room, the view was stunning. It's an extremely beautiful view that I've ever seen. It's just like a picture that you could only see on your Xmas card. The room was a combined western and japanese style. It was spacious. 

I could also enjoy the free hot spring everyday even it was crowded sometimes. 

The breakfast and dinner buffet was nice, food was delicious with various western, japanese and chinese style. 

Definitely, I will come back to this hotel again."

By Kathy

 

 

 

The hotel was good, though we only stayed one night. 

I think the room we had was an upgrade, and was great - roomy and nicely appointed. However, the bathroom stank quite unpleasantly of cigarette smoke - we didn't request a non-smoking room though! 

The breakfast buffet was very nice and the service, location etc. was top-notch. 

The parking was not undercover, but we did not have to dig our car out."

By Matt

 

 

 

Deecember 2012

We stayed 3 nights at Madarao Kogen Hotel, 

We enjoyed a very spacious room with a gorgeous view of the ski slopes. 

The hotel is well-located with the bus-stop for buses to Iiyama city barely 20 steps down the road, and a few interesting dining places within a 5-minute stroll. 

On the downside, there is no in-room wifi, and this being a large hotel that seems to be very popular with young families and school groups, the breakfast and dinner buffet is pretty basic. I paid 3600 yen per person for the dinner buffet and I felt it was definitely not worth the money. There was no a la carte menu."

By Synthia

 

Thanks so much for your help in booking our holiday. 

Madarao is an excellent family resort and the Accommodation was very good.

Madarao Kogen hotel is reallly good other than the lack of smoke free hotel rooms. Our Hotel room reeked of cigarettes. Your list of useful websites helped me enormously .ie the hyperdia site, and the time of the nagaden bus lines . 

The snow was up to the usual high japanese standard. We had heaps of snow. over 1 metre in the week. 

we are thinking of madarao and maybe Hakuba next year."

By Greg

 

Feb 2011

I stayed at the Madarao Kogen Hotel

It was my first time there, so i did'nt know what to expect, but to my surprise it was better than what I anticipated. 

The hotel is in the best location, where you can ski from the front door. 

All the staff are excellent and very helpful, there is always someone there that can speak english, although not fluent, but enough to get you by. 

The rooms were clean,and I had a great view of the ski runs and the Madarao mountain. 

The restaurant served great sukiyaki and shabu shabu. 

I made the booking through Japan Snow, Hisae made all the arrangements for me and made it easy."

By Korean boy from OZ

 

 

 

I am very happy to stay in Madarao Kogen Hotel. 

There is a nice place, especially of the hot spring. 

If they can open the night ski on Friday and Sunday after Jan 1. It is much better."

By Eileen

 

 

Owashi Lodge

Owashi Lodge

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥3,700 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 3
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
A mere two minute walk from the main quad lift, a backpacker’s hostel designed to cater for the modern independent skier and boarder. A combination of small private rooms and great communal spaces gives guests the option to relax in quiet comfort or party with fellow snow enthusiasts.

Review - Owashi Lodge

Currently we have no reviews for this property.

Please email us if you have any questions.

info@japansnowaccommodation.com

Hotel St. Moritz Shiga

Hotel St. Moritz Shiga

Shiga Kogen, Nagano
Prices from
¥6,500 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 5
Includes
Accommodation and breakfast
Room Types
Located in the Ichinose area within 2 minute walk to the chairlifts. There are variety of room types that can accomodate from single to maximum 5 guests. All the rooms have ensuite.

Hotel St Moritz guest reviews

Early January 2017

The hotel is comfortable, though they do not rent snow boards or premium quality skis. They also lack a dedicated drying room, meaning all of our gear had to be dried in our room each night. They provided breakfast as part of our package, but this was suited more to the Japanese taste than the western taste. This could be remedied by simple things such as providing toast. 

Great onsen!

We really enjoyed the skiing at Shiga Kogen, but there is no English speaking group skiing lessons available. 

We also make the comment that there were very few evening dining options in the village of Ichinose. Almost all evening dining was associated with a hotel and getting in if you were not a guest was virtually impossible.  We didn't eat at out hotel as their menu was not western child friendly and expensive. When the one ramen place closed for two nights, we had to eat instant noodles from  a convenience store. 

Overall, we enjoyed our trip, but won't go back until our kids are past lessons and the resort offers more variety of dining.

Dallas
 

 

Mid January 2016

We all had a wonderful 4 week holiday in Japan.We stayed in January 2016

Thank you so much for organising our stay at St Moritz Shiga Kogen. It was our 3rd visit to Shiga Kogen and our first time staying at St Moritz Hotel.

Firstly it was an easy 5 min walk from the Ichinose Bus stop ok in good weather to walk.

We were welcomed my the manager and his wife and informed about all the facilities of the hotel.

Ski lockers are on the ground floor,as well as toilets,separate male and female onsens and free laundry facilities.We booked the larger rooms which were comfortable with 2 western beds,small lounge,wardrobe,western style cubicle bathroom,small bar fridge and balcony which was nice to look out towards the mountains.It was not luxurious but quite comfortable and warm and clean.There is no smoking in bedrooms which is great !

I really enjoyed the onsens and had one nearly every day.It was spotlessly clean,equipped with hairdyer and body wash, shampoo and conditioner.Great to sooth the skiers legs after a full day skiing.

Breakfast was ok at St Moritz but we preferred the days that they had buffet breakfast as our 2 teenage sons preferred a western style breakfast.We also tried buffet dinner which was good lots of variety around 3,000 yen .We only had this once as we felt there was too much food to eat.After having lunch we preferred a smaller meal.

You could order pizza the day before which we did and it was great. You could sit in the lounge overlooking the snow which was wonderful.

St Moritz is a smaller hotel but quite cosy and comfortable .Rooms were warm,however the last 2 nights we were moved to a corner room which was freezing.I went to reception around 11pm and they kindly brought another heater to the room.The next day they found another room which was smaller but wasn't as cold.

If couples want to book this hotel book the larger room as it it more comfortable with a small lounge and wardrobe!

I would be happy to stay at St Moritz again as staff very friendly and helpful.Itwas great to stay in hotel where guests are not allowed to smoke in the bedroom rooms. 

This hotel is suitable for families,couples or singles.It is a bit of a walk to the slopes but there is a shortcut 2 doors down with a steep walk up the hill.Easy to ski back.Overall a good hotel that doesn't cost too much.
Ski conditions great we had fresh snow about 60 cm when we arrived then a top up every few days.Plenty of variety of slopes to ski ......ShigaKogen is our favourite ski resort in Japan.Very quiet for night life but brilliant for skiing and not crowded.


We enjoyed the location as there was a few restaurants in the village, a Kasmiri restaurant which was excellent and a Japanese/Chinese restaurant which was sometimes closed through the week and a few other restaurant in the Main Street which are only open for lunch.All excellent food an well priced!

Regards Narelle and Greg Tuchin





 
 
Late January 2015

Great mountain - good terrain and snow - limited options at night (apart from your hotel) - but the best thing was it was nice and quiet. 

St Moritz - great friendly staff - a little dated but that added to the character - good location. 

Your service - very good - easy process to book - good options presented for our budget. No complaints!

Matt
 
 
Mid January 2015

We had a great trip thanks.

The St. Moritz was great thx. Everything we expected from a hotel in Ichinose. They served the eggs cold in the morning breakfast but a gentle word about how westerners like their eggs led to a change. All in all good value, great snow. Ill check in with you soon for next year!


Cheers Grant

 

Mid February 2014. 

Left Madarao in a snow storm and went back to Nagano. it was dumping down.


Caught bus to Shiga Kogen. It took 4 hours to get there because of the storm. Couldnt see anything travelling up. It was a white out. Wasnt sure if I got off at the right place. No one had heard of the hotel. Ended up getting someone to ring hotel & the owner came and picked me up. No english people staying there. Was a nice place for the money and good location to lifts.

One thing that I did find annoying is that they allow people to smoke on the entry level and all you can smell is cigarette smoke which travels into reception and lounge area. Same thing applies here with the arrival meal.

Shiga Kogen is a good resort with plenty of run and a huge area to ski. I found the the new snow get skied out quickly compared to Madarao. This is more apparent where the three prince hotels are in Yamibiko.

Your service was very good and you answered all of my questions in all of my emails. Thanks for your help. If you have any good specials for next season please let me know. 


Steve Newall

 

Mid January 2014  

Your service was excellent and much appreciated. The accommodation and price you secured for us was exactly what we were after.

And now, being aware of the holiday weekend in Japan in the middle of our stay on the snow, I appreciate how lucky we were that you were able to secure accommodation for us, with no holiday loadings. Thank you again.

The snow and skiing/boarding at Shigakogen was, as ever, excellent. I continue to be amazed at how few people you have to share the slopes with. Even with a long weekend in Japan, there were times on Saturday and Sunday when we had runs to ourselves. There was never any waiting at lifts. And, whilst it cannot ever be guaranteed, the weather was next to perfect – four nights of fresh snow, but basically clear, windless days!

We liked Hotel St Moritz. The rooms were comfortable and suited us. The onsen was adequate. Staff spoke (limited, but) enough English and were very helpful. The hotel wifi worked. Breakfast was good. But dinner was very limited. We only ate in house for dinner once, but this is not a problem as there are 3 or 4 other options for eating out which are quite good.

Also on-snow eating options for lunch are very good, so, with a decent breakfast and good lunch, dinner is less crucial.

As with most (all?) hotels in Ichinose, there is not much in the way of after-snow facilities, but there is a comfortable lounge so, with a few drinks and your own and the company of other guests, evenings can be quite pleasant.

And the big plus with the hotel is its location – just a 50 metre (albeit somewhat uphill – but it’s downhill going home!) walk to the nearest lift which effectively gives you ski/board access to the entire Shiga field. There’s about a 100 metre walk to the bus stop, shops, restaurants.

We are planning on returning to the snow in Japan and would, most likely, go back to Shiga and Hotel St Moritz.

Bruce

 

"My finance and I stayed at Hotel St Moritz Shiga, Feb 20-24. Despite it being peak season the hotel was quiet, low key, and accordingly, relaxing.

There were a couple of other Western types in the place, one a Kiwi who had been travelling around a number of resorts on his one month Japan trip; He'd been to Hakuba and Nozawa Onsen where he'd met a many Australians. In addition to the great snow conditions, its 'magical powder', he rated Shiga Kogen for its low count of Antipodean neighbors.

We drove there in my old Mitsubishi Pajero Junior which struggled mightily to make it up the last 10k climb in heavy snow. We might not have made if it my better half didn't have the good fortune to be born a Canadian.

There is an onsen bath in the basement beside the lockers and the changing rooms. It's a basic hotel type Japanese bath that doesn't pretend to be more than functional - there are no windows for example - but it feels more than just adequate after a day exploring the many areas and trails of the resort.

Breakfast was included in the room price and was decent with a fairly wide selection of Japanese and Western breakfast staples.

We didn't sample the evening fare opting for the what we were told were limited options down the village. One night we ate at an Okinawan place that we good...nice sake and Okinawan dishes. Two nights we ate at a Nepalese place where we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves scoffing down curries and nan a-plenty.

Hotel St Moritz with its location a couple of minutes walk from the lifts and its reasonable prices was a good choice for us, an evaluation that is primarily driven by the wonderful, wonderful conditions we had on the slopes. It's all about the resort."

By John

 

"We stayed for 5 nights at Hotel St Moritz in mid January, a family of 4 with 2 older kids.

Staff were welcoming, friendly enough and efficient despite the language difficulty at times but thats our issue really, as we are the visitors to Japan and its all part of the experience.

We had booked dinner for our first night and whilst relatively expensive, it was very nice (order the Japanese dinner not Western as other guest commented they were disappointed with it) the multi course japanese dinner however we found excellent, and we certainly didn't leave hungry.

You can eat elsewhere at Ichinose for cheaper ( the nepalese Curry house for eg) but beyond that you have to search for other dinner options.

Breakfast at St Moritz were buffet style, and mix of japanese and western available and you could go back for as much as you liked so we thought it was very good value compared to other japanese hotel experiences we had where you paid for each portion.

Found the Kitchen and dining room staff to be very nice and always tried to please.

As others have said hotel is little dated in decor but everything is still clean and presentable.

We had a 4 share room with small ensuite capsule bathroom which suited our needs, but the onsen in the basement is the best option for washing/showering in any comfort.

Beds were comfortable and room was warm enough but no control over the temp.

Not much to do in the evenings except watch the sumo on the TV in your room.

Access to ski lifts was OK once you found the short cut, with small kids or if you were not that fit you would struggle with the little climb up the access way. If your a confident skier you can ski back to the front door in the afternoons when snow was good if you risked a bob sled run down the access path.

Ski storage locker room in basement with lockers just big enough for 1 set of skis and your boots. No equipment drying facility for jackets, gloves etc, and limited hanging space for this in your rooms which can be a pain as the room becomes a bit of a chinese laundry.

Overall we found St Mortitz clean, comfortable and convenient.

Would we go back to St Moritz? Probably, but we would probably also look around at other alternatives at Ichinose as well.

Snow was brilliant!"

By RFG

 

"Hotel St Moritz Shiga is situated at one end of Ichinose Village, the end you approach from Nagano Station.

It is clean, comfortable and caters well for a place to relax and recover from a hard day's skiing or snowboarding.

Beds were comfortable though the loose bedspread/blanket tended to get kicked off during the night. 

The bathrooms are 'capsule' style and very small. The hot water cut in and out, but wasn't overly annoying. However, after my first shower in the room I used the onsen to shower/bathe/rinse. The onsen was quite spartan in the sense that there were no towels provided in the adjoining room - guests needed to bring a modesty towel (provided) from the room, as well as the bathroom towel to dry off. Supplying towels in the change room next to the onsen would improve the experience. The onsen itself was good - only an indoors onsen, but good, and helped relieve tired muscles at the end of the day.

The lobby bar was never open while we were there, and we were there across a weekend. Further, when guests wanted a little apres drink/chat in the lobby after dinner, the lights were turned down, then off, giving us the hint we weren't really welcome to stay in that area. Still, better that than have rowdy guests disturb the sleep of guests in the rooms above. On a positive note, there was no issue with guests taking their own alcohol into the lobby/lounge area and alcohol is readily available in both the hotel vending machines and hotel shop.

Staff were accommodating enough. Yamamoto san booked restaurants in the village for us a couple of times when requested to do so. There are very few dining options in the village that are open to the public. There are plenty of hotels, but some allow only their guests to dine in their hotel.

Access to the snow is not ski in ski out, but there's a cut out path adjacent to the hotel/building a couple of doors down and you have a short, easy climb to Lift 28. From there you can access the whole mountain lift by lift.

Back to the hotel - it is a bit dated in terms of its decor, but that is the same as another hotel we stayed at in Shiga Kogen a couple of years ago. Hotel St Moritz was better than the other hotel. Although it is a bit dated, it is clean and 'did the job' adequately for us. Breakfast was good, I thought, but some of my companions (we were there as a group of 8) weren't happy about the food not being as hot as it could be.

All in all, an enjoyable experience from a hotel that could make some simple improvements to lift it to a new level."

By Brad

 

"This was a last minute booking for Christmas and we were lucky to find anywhere with availabilty.

The property itself is well located in ichinose but very dated. It seems that the management are winding down the property as several of the common areas were closed.

Staff were friendly enough.

Bedrooms were similarly dated with very small bathrooms.

Dinner at the hotel was very disappointing - a bizarre mix of japanese and western style fast food.

Although Ichinose does not have a huge number of dining options there are definately better places to eat."

By Dan

 

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