Yoshidaya Ryokan

Zao Onsen, Yamagata

Prices
from ¥5,900 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 3
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast
Rooms
Japanese Room

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.


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Lodge Bergland

Lodge Bergland

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥5,400 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 6
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Nine western-style rooms that can occupy 2-6 guests, each with their own toilet and basin and four of the rooms have ensuites. They offer skis/board rental, hot wax service for 500 yen per board/skis, package deals including lift passes and outer wear at reasonable prices.

Lodge Bergland guest reviews

 

Lodge Bergland

 

Late Deecember 2015

We have been travelling mainly on and sometimes off to Japan since 2003. We travelled to Honshu, Nagano area, since we had a brilliant trip the year before skiing Nozawa Onsen and Madarao.

We have used Hisae and the team at Japan snow accommodations, which takes a lot of the hard work out of planning the trip. Also we have asked for alternatives and there was a quick answer and good information at all times.

After Nozawa, We made the short bus trip to Madarao ski resort there are two bus lines that run there daily. This is a small ski area but very compact runs and very nice layout. Again the year before we were skiing abundance of powder, this year was a little slower. We stayed at the Lodge Berglund, Mr Yamada and his family. This is in a secluded area with a short walk to the lifts each morning. They lodge is very clean, breakfasts are very good, a ski drying and storage area down stairs, WIFI everything that we needed for the trip. The lodge has dinners on request, or there are a number of small restaurants within a short walking distance. I would stay there again for the location, small lodge, privacy and the Japanese family atmosphere!

Robert Hall



 

 

Early February 2015

Lodge Bergland was great.

Top location.

Hosts went above and beyond.

Would definitely stay again and definitely recommend to others.

Thank you also for setting up the accomodation.


Thanks
Damien

 

Late January & early February 2015

My vacation at Madarao was awesome, had a great time!!
Extremely friendly and nice people, made lots of friends, enjoyed skiing with them.
Love the stay at Lodge Bergland, Yamada San and his wife treated me like a family member.
Extremely thankful to Yamada San to pick me up from Tangram resort when I mistakenly ended up there and the return ski lifts had closed. He even gifted me a pair of ski poles!!!!!
Enjoyed drinks and food at Rudolf!!!
Cannot forget Morito San and Akiko san's challenges :-)
And yes!!! What a great skier GG Hitoshi San is, I wish I could train under him!!!!
Attaching few pics, not sure if they are of any good use to you!!!

Regards
Sandeep


 
Late January 2015.

I had a fantastic time at Madarao in no small part due to the accommodation provided at Lodge Berglund by Mr Yamada and his wife. The lodge is a short stroll from the ski lifts and ticket office with guests receiving a generous discount on lift tickets when they purchase a coupon at the lodge in the morning. 

Breakfasts were filling and always served up in time to allow you to make the most of the ski day, do yourself a favour and stay in at least one night for a home cooked meal at the Lodge.

I was fortunate to have Mr Yamada drive me to my accommodation in Myoko Kogen at the end of my stay in Madarao (in a blizard) which I am very greatful of.

I would highly reccommend this lodge to all travelers (singles, groups or families) and will certainly be back in the not too distant future.

Booking through Hisae at Japan snow Accommodation made for a very easy trip considering the limited english in Madarao.

Ben  
 
 

Late January 2014

Hisae from Japan Snow Accommodation arranged my reservation with Lodge Bergland and provided detailed information on Madarao Mountain (such as how to to/from Madarao and facilities available in Madarao) in addition to details about Lodge Bergland. Hisae was very prompt in responding to my various requests for quotes on accommodation and helped me greatly in finding accommodation in Madarao that ticked all the boxes at the right price for a solo traveller. My stay at Lodge Bergland was one of the highlights of my journey around Japan – it was a true cultural exchange which has left me with many happy memories. The owners of the lodge are extremely welcoming and generous – Mr Yamada even arranged a day trip to Myoko Kogen and spent the day skiing with me. The size of my room was very large with two very comfortable single western style beds and a small bathroom including toilet and shower. A gender separated bath was also available downstairs in the afternoon/evening to ease the tired muscles at the end of the day. The breakfasts were amazing with something different each day. The location of Lodge Bergland is quite good within close proximity to a convenience store and a short walk up to the ski area entrance. In summary, Lodge Bergland offers excellent hospitality at the right price with great value bonuses such as discounted lift tickets, ski hire and waxing. The ski area is amazing on a powder day. Many of the courses are ungroomed with plenty of opportunity for awesome deep powdery light snow and you can challenge your skills in the tree run areas. There is also a pretty awesome view from the top of the mountain. There are plenty of on mountain dining options at very reasonable prices. Off mountain, there are a few convenience stores and small restaurants in addition to the Madarao Kogen Hotel offering both Japanese and Western style food. Take your time to find the smaller restaurants and you will be rewarded with friendly service and delicious food. Below are some photo's from my trip Cheers Alison

 

Late December 2013 "My stay was very nice!

Concerning the mountain, the snow was very good! There was just a few lifts which weren’t operating... i don’t know why, but still it was nice.

The lodge was very nice and comfortable. The host was very kind and helpful! i would definitly recommand this place. 

I don’t have pictures of the hotel, but I attached a few pictures of the ski station. 

Thanks for your help, everything was fine" 

From Martin N

 

 

"We had stayed in NozawaOnsen for 3 days prior to arriving in Madarao. 

The feel of Madarao town is quite different from Nozawa Onsen (more european style at MK compared to traditional village style at NO). 

We found the Lodge Bergland a very enjoyable stay with the owners being very helpful. 

Rooms were clean, spacious and nicely heated. Im not sure if double beds are available but we were given singles (not that we had any issue with that). 

The lodge offers ski hire at far cheaper price than outside and of acceptable quality. 

The breakfast was typical of the lodges we stayed at and was very nice. 

It takes approx 5min to walk from the chairlift to the lodge (in ski boots). The ski field is much smaller than NO but still very enjoyable (especially the off piste skiing in the trees). 

We would definitely go back to stay at Lodge Bergland given the chance."

By James M

 

January 2013 "I had a great trip thank you for your help and recommendation. 

Lodge Bergland is a great place to stay for your time at Madarao kogen. A warm and homely place with a very friendly and accommodating owner, very attentive and ensured that my stay was a great experience willing to help with lift tickets and transport to local restaurants and even to the mountain. 

The room was extremely warm and comfortable and of good size. Great onsen downstairs. I will definitely Return on future visits."

By A.W

 

"Thank you so much Mr. And Mrs. Yamada, Our stay at your lodge was just awesome. 

The food was excellent, the hospitality was exceptional, and your kindness to our group was SUPERB! 

Thank you for the ski lessons and your lovely lodge accommodations. Much Aloha"

By Dorothy

 

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Kawaichiya Ryokan

Kawaichiya Ryokan

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥7,650 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
A traditional Japanese Ryokan located within a short walk to Yu Road which is a flat escalator to take you to the central snow area. Offering two different kinds of hot springs, which are the source of Ogama and Shinyu.

Review : Kawaichiya Ryokan

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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

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Niseko Northern Resort An'nupuri

Niseko Northern Resort An'nupuri

Niseko Annupuri , Hokkaido
Prices from
¥10,410 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 3
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Ski in Ski out location. A high class hotel with modern facilities. All the rooms have ensuites. Non-smoking rooms available.

Niseko Northern Resort A'nupuri guest reviews

 

 

 

Niseko Northern Resort A'nupuri

 

Late January 2014 - "This is a true ski in ski out location"

"My husband and I have recently returned from a Ski Holiday in Japan staying at Niseko Northern Resort Annupuri.  This is a true ski in ski out location and our room was very clean and comfortable. 

The food was of a high standard catering for both Western and Japanese tastes and the facilities on offer were great including the laundry, reading room and bathing facilities.  The staff were friendly and very helpful and this was greatly appreciated especially as our Japanese is virtually nonexistent.  The skiing and snow conditions were wonderful.  This was our fourth visit to Japan and the snow is always great.

Our accommodation was booked through japansnowaccommodation.com and we cannot speak highly enough of this company.  They were extremely helpful and their prompt replies to all our emails  were amazing.  Unfortunately I was injured whilst on our trip and we needed to cancel our last 2 nights at the resort.  Japansnow accommodation handled this with no hesitation and, as we were unable to speak the Japanese language, their assistance was invaluable and very much appreciated.  They organized the refund in a very prompt and efficient manner. We are certainly rebooking with this company next year and highly recommend their services."
 
Thanks 
Ceridwen

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Tokiwaya Ryokan

Tokiwaya Ryokan

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥13,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Tokiwaya Ryokan has been operating for four centuries, with its history dating right back to the Edo Period 370 years ago.Only a short walk to the Yu-road (People mover). The famous Oyu-Onsen is right next to us.

Tokiwaya Ryokan guest reviews

Tokiwaya Ryokan

 

 
Early February 2015


Nozawa - amazing snow - but getting too crowded - good mix of terrain - plenty of nightlife (but hard to get into places due to number of tourists). 

Tokawaya - amazing hotel - amazing staff - amazing service and food (but don't tell anyone as we want to make sure we can stay there again next time)!

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

Matt
 

 

Early January 2015

I can’t thank you enough for your assistance with my recent trip to Japan! 

From the first email and all through the process you were professional, helpful and informative. You found us the perfect hotels in the best locations and you saved us by finding a driver when I called you after we missed our train!

I have already recommended you and your excellent service to my friends who will be visiting Japan this coming summer.

Thanks again and best regards,

Robert Laker







 

Mid January 2015

I just want to thank you for all your help with the booking and to let you know that we really enjoyed our stay at Tokiwaya, it was a real treat.

Regards
Diana

 

 

Late February 2014

I had a great week at Nozawa Onsen

The snow was great and the mountain had enough challenging terrain to keep
it fun. To our relief, they didn't groom every run to within an inch of
their life like they do at Shiga Kogen and they didn't make a huge fuss
about going out of bounds and doing tree runs. The terrain is varied
enough that you could enjoy the week without getting bored.

Tokiwaya ryokan was very special. The owner/Manager, whose name I've
unfortunately forgotten, went out of his way to help and tried very hard
with his English. His unassuming friendly politeness was sriking, even in
Japan. 

We loved the very traditional restaurant and onsen and the location was central to everything.

The traditional village layout of Nozawa really makes you feel like you're
in Japan. I'd rate it way above most Japanese ski resorts I've visited.

Only negative is that there are already lots of Australians visiting
(although fortunately not working there on lifts etc like Niseko) and it
became incredibly crowded on weekends when Japanese from Tokyo and Nagoya
arrived.

In terms of the booking it went smoothly and they knew all about me when I
arrived.

Regards
Steve Huntsman

 

Early February 2014  

Our stay at Tokiwaya Ryokan was a amazing experience of Japanese culture and hospitality. 

The breakfasts and dinners in the Tokiwaya restaurant consisted of traditional Japanese cuisine and would rival the Tetsuya Restaurant in Sydney.

The service was excellent and the rooms were clean. Only criticism is the lack of cupboard space in the room. 

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Tokiwaya Ryokan for the second year in a row and hopefully we will get a chance to go back again.

Japan Snow Accommodation's service was very professional and their advice was helpfully.

Kevin McCann


 
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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Lotte Arai Resort

Lotte Arai Resort

Arai Resort, Niigata
Prices from
¥18,300 Per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
Loitte Arai Resort is located in the northern outskirts of the Myoko ski area about 2 hours from Tokyo by bullet train and it offers world-class hotels with spa and onsen facilities, dining, retail stores, an international snow school, and alpine activities.
Hakuba Onsen Ryokan Shirouma-So

Hakuba Onsen Ryokan Shirouma-So

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥9,675 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
A Japanese Onsen Ryokan combining both traditional and modern Japanese architecture located only within 5 minute walk to the main Gondola or a minute walk to a shuttle bus. Complimentary use of the Japanese kimono style pajamas called Yukata and the night gown. Special nights such as Japanese Sake tasting Fest or Cultural Evening.

Hakuba Onsen Ryokan Shirouma-So guest reviews

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Hakuba Meteor Lodges

Hakuba Meteor Lodges

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

Hakuba Meteor Lodges guest reviews

 

Hakuba Meteor Lodges

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

Thank you for your kind help!

We hope to come again next year


Below are some family pics from our trip.

Irina






 

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Maruken Sanso

Maruken Sanso

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥6,325 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Only a short walk to Nagasaka Gondolra (100 metres). A family owned Japanese style lodge. The staff member is the whole family of 8. The 3 of the family members are pro skiers!! They like to have a welcome party for the guests and exchange the culture and language over some drinks.

Maruken Sanso guest review

 

 

Mid Feb 2017

What a great trip. Fantastic snow. All 3 places we stayed at are amazing. Your organizational skills are to be applauded. Maruken Sanso with Mamoru was a great location with service second to none. Bus transfers to each location was very simple. 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 January 2017

Yes we had a wonderful stay at Maruken Sanso. The staff were friendly and as helpful and hospitable as can be. The breakfasts were delicious and the company in the lodge was excellent. The onsen was a great place to go at the end of a day's skiing, and the village had a lovely atmosphere, with so many interesting places to eat. 

Your service was faultless and friendly. 

Thanks so much. 
Ben Underwood


 

 

Mid January 2017

We had an amazing snow trip!  Thanks for organizing the accommodation.  

Marukan San was in a fabulous location, close to the gondala and the main street of Nowzawa Onsen.  The accommodation was clean and comfortable.  The host was extremely courteous and helpful, going out of his way to get ski tickets organized for us every morning.  I loved the Japanese breakfast which were plentiful and filling. One of the best part of the accommodation was the in-house hot bath – fantastic after a day on the slope!  We had public onsens all around us, all ‘free’ to use.  

It would be great if there were instructions in the onsens in English so that we could respectfully comply with local traditions.  

We will definitely be going back to Nowzawa Onsen and hope to stay at the same accommodation!

Warm Regards,
Perri Lim

 

 

 

Late january 2015
 
Our trip was so good!
 


It was very easy to check in even though we were arriving in the middle of the night, the host was lovely
and told us everything we ended to know about the accommodation. Rooms very neat and tidy and one
of our rooms had a great view of the town.
The breakfasts we had included were a great mix of Japanese and western style foods + coffee which
was great. We also had dinner in house one night, cooked by the hosts which was delicious traditional
food.
 

For most of our group this was our second visit to Nozawa Onsen and the snow was much better than
this time so we were all very pleased.


Such a cute little ski village and the accommodation is very close to the lifts (5 min walk). We also made use
of the in-house onsen and had it to ourselves most of the time which was great
Loved staying here and were
grateful for everything the hosts did to help out!

 

 
Regards Julie O'Brien

 

 

Early January 2016

Thank-you for giving me the opportunity to review on our recent holiday to Japan.

We really did book at the last minute, and we're very happy to find such great accomodation. 'Maruken Sanso' proved to be the perfect cultural introduction & our hosts could not do enough to make us feel welcome.

The meals were fantastic & the in-house onsen was most welcome after a day on the slopes !

The actual resort & village was very quant. We found the skiing & lift coverage most suitable to our level of expertise. Also, all of the mountain staff were really friendly, most speaking some English. Maruken Sanso was only a 5 minute walk to the gondola. 

I also would like to thank-you personally, @ 'japansnowaccomodation.com', for assisting us in booking our holiday. Hisae, you returned both my emails & phone calls. Great customer service 

I have already passed on your contact details to work colleagues & have no hesitation in recommending both your service & Maruken Sanso . All up, a great holiday.

THANK-YOU !
Kate

 

Late December 2015

We have been travelling mainly on and sometimes off to Japan since 2003. We travelled to Honshu, Nagano area, since we had a brilliant trip the year before skiing Nozawa Onsen and Madarao.

We have used Hisae and the team at Japan snow accommodations, which takes a lot of the hard work out of planning the trip. Also we have asked for alternatives and there was a quick answer and good information at all times.

The snow conditions weren’t as good as usual but, but this was put down to the El Nino effect in the Pacific area. We stayed at the Maruken Sanso in Nozawa Onsen; we had been there the year before. The family were just as accommodating as the year before and made everyone in the small lodge welcome. 

This is a very short walk to the main gondola and is good for an early start on a powder morning, not too much walking. They have an onsen bath for the guests and that takes care of the sore muscles. One of the ancient 14 onsen is just down the road, for the old world onsen charm. They have ski storage, hot room for the boots and a workshop for running r repairs.  Another cleaver trick is the houses, hotels and accommodations pump the onsen water on the road, the road is never to Icey to walk on.

Rober Hall
 
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