Kawaichiya Ryokan

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano

Prices
from ¥7,650 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Rooms
Japanese Room, Combination Room

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.


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Monaile Madarao

Monaile Madarao

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥9,800 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Located right in the middle of the resort. Ski in / Ski out. Each room is 34 square metres wide, which is quite spacious and you'll be happy just hanging out in your room. A complimentary use of the facilities of Madarao Kogen Hotel and a shuttle service between the hotels.

Monaile Madarao guest review

 
 
 
 
 
Late January 2017

We had a great trip to Japan, the snow was incredible and we had some lovely sunny skiing days. 

In terms of the hotel - the room layout was great for a family, but the hotel itself is very dated and a bit rundown for the price. Though it is convenient to have breakfast and dinner included, you wouldn't want to eat at the Monaile restaurant every night as it was quite limited, so we found we went up to the Kogen Hotel for dinners (which was included in the deal, you could eat at either hotel). The staff were absolutely lovely, and it was a ski in/ ski out location. The shuttle bus was always available which was also convenient.

We will keep in touch as Japan is a great family holiday for us, and we are all likely to want to return!

Kirste
 
 
 
 
Early January 2017

Yes we had a great trip – loved Madarao. The hotel was fine – slightly older hotel etc but we had the benefit of using the facilities up the road at the bigger hotel. The shuttle bus worked well and we were always able to get around (except for one v heavy snow day!).It is a tiny resort and very Japanese. 

Have to say we did enjoy it a lot.
Meg
 
 
 
 

Late December 2016

We had a fabulous stay at Madarao. This was my visit ski holiday ever so I was a little nervous about the whole thing.  Your service was fabulous, very professional.  Our booking went very smoothly, no issues at all once we were on the ground.  Everything as planned.

The accommodation was clean, tidy.  Basic but very adequate.  Room was warm which was the main thing!  And there was plenty of hot water so we were always warm! The shuttle bus up to the main resort was very frequent.  It really was no hassle staying down at the annexe hotel.   We used the facilities of the main hotel without any issues.  The Onsen at the main hotel is lovely.  Buffet restaurant also good.  Breakfast at the Annexe very Japanese style which was lovely.

We had a great trip, wonderful experience which went very smoothly.We would definitely use your service again and highly recommend Madarao if you want a very Japanese ski experience.  There were few Western tourists at Madarao which made our experience all the more authentic which we enjoyed immensely.

Thanks and cheers
Sharon


 

 

2016

I just wanted to say thank you and all the staff of Madarao Monalie that made our stay a wonderful experience.

The warm hospitality, nothing was ever a bother or an inconvenience – its very much appreciated.

We will miss Madarao (beautiful people & place) – until we’re there next.

Ross, Amy, Peter – thanks for all your assistance in helping us get to experience Madarao.

Thanks & kind regards,

Peter


 

2016

I’ve now back at home and work and still thinking about my time in Madarao. Enjoyed the hospitality and looking forward to the next time I’m there.

Kind regards,
Mark Browne

 

Late March 2016

Thanks so much for all your help. We are still at Madarao enjoying the fabulous Japanese hospitality of all here especially Toru who has looked after us so very well, he is Si,ply delightful and so helpful. 

We have been down off the hill on the local bus that is the only one still running to Iiyama. Iiyama itself has so much to see especially the clay doll museum, amazing! The brand new info office at the wonderful new Iiyama station is excellent and you can see all the buses coming in from inside their picture windows and lovely heated waiting area. We also did a trip to the snow monkeys that Toru helped us arrange from the station for 4800 yen plus discount if you use the bar code on the brochure, about $50 each. Before the big dump of snow it looked like the season would end this week but we are now snowed in! Took another trip on local bus to Nozawa Onsen and returned on the Nozawa Liner bus which is still running from the station. Many thanks again, I am more than happy to provide any kind of promotional support I can for this fabulous lesser known resort in the area. Do let me know if I can be of any help. Do you have Toru or Aki's full names and email contacts as I would like to send them personal letters of thanks. 

Here are some from Madarao Kogen for you to use in what ever way best suits the support of both resorts - a great place for aussies to visit and ski and sOOOOO easy with the beautiful new Iiyama Shinkansen sation right at the bottom of the hill. 

Even though we were at the very end of the season and most buses had stopped running we could still work around the community bus timetable and get down to walk Iiyama City, do the snow monkeys tour including beautiful Shiba Onsen on the way back and went down later in the week again to go over to Nozawa Onsen for a look. Then.....we had a meter of snow dumped on us over two nights and days so of course went out for the next three days to play in the pow! It was just beautiful, Toru was sensational as was Aki and Toru even drove us down the hill on the final sunday morning as our shinkansen connection for Osaka via Kanazawa didn't match with the local bus. He's simply the loveliest guy and so very helpful. 

I would do what ever I can to assist you guys support our Buller/Madarao relationship and feel so very privillaged to have been accepted into the program from BSL. 

Ski Hire people at Madarao Kogen Hotel couldn't do enough to help us, gear was fine! They had our soft boots ready for us each time we turned up back at ski hire!


I have about 1000 pictures of all over Japan, do let me know if you'd like me to hunt you up some specific areas - like Shinkansen photos etc. Kind 

Regards Lea and Rod Gill  







 

 

Mid January 2016

Madarao hotel this was really great for families and would highly recommend this hotel and location is fine.  It’s a quiet family hotel with all the facilities you could want.  Lovely rooms.   

I don’t mind if you put my Madarao comment on the web site.

Thank you again.


Lorraine
 

 

 

Mid January 2016

We stayed Monaile Madarao in Mid January. Two families of 2 adults and 3 children each.

The hotel was very comfortable and perfect for a family.

Great views of the slopes from the rooms and very clean. Fairly basic accommodation but excellent value.

Excellent in Hotel Onsen.

Breakfast was always good and perhaps better than the breakfast on offer at Madarao Kogen Hotel which is the sister Hotel.

The shuttle between the 2 Hotels was terrific. It went whenever you wanted with very little wait.

Being able to ski pretty much from outside the door down to the lifts every day was a huge bonus.

The runs were a good mix of challenging and steep right through to some wide gentle cruisers.

It was nice to see so many Japanese and so few westerners at Madarao. 

Lots of snowboarders!

Lifts are pretty slow but quite well connected and as the resort is on the smaller size it is easy to ski it all, but it doesn’t become boring.

There are good eating options on the mountain and a few great little restaurants in the the village. 

Be prepared to book for the evening meals as they don’t have much capacity and close early.

You could end up eating 2 minute noodles in the room otherwise!

One tip is to stock up in Iiyama on snacks and things when you get off the Shinkansen and before you get the bus up the mountain.

The supermarket is next to the station. Madarao has very limited convenience store options.

Overall a wonderful resort and despite the unusual season of 2016 we still had enough snow to really enjoy the trip.

Hisae and the team at Japan Snow Accommodation did a great job recommending the Resort.

Thank you
Benton van Dorsselaer
Hobart

Pics attached below
 

 
 
 
Late February 2015

Sorry for the delay in responding to this I have been extremely busy since returning from Japan. 

Our trip was fabulous!! This was our second time to Madarao and it was as good as I remembered! Would be happy for you to share any of the below my feedback on your site! 


Our trip to Madarao was absolutely amazing! Monaile Madarao is a great hotel with everything you might need on site - ski lockers, restaurant, small convenience store, wi-fi, laundry and an onsen. You also can't not give a mention to the ability to ski in and out, the free shuttle bus to and from Madarao Kogen, a view you can never get sick of and a wonderful team of staff who go above and beyond to ensure you have a great stay.  This was our second trip to Madarao and it didn't disappoint! The snow is perfect and powdery with lots of ungroomed runs and plenty of room on the slopes. 

Booking with Japan Snow Accommodation made planning our stay so easy as it meant I had our room, breakfast (the option for dinner) and lift passes all sorted before I left home and combined in one transaction. The quick response times and easy booking process made it hassle free and we had absolutely no issues from start to finish! We'll definitely use them again! 

I have also attached a couple of photos you can use if you like?  


Thanks for all your help!


Jasmyn Heinen


 

 

Late February 2014. Your help and advice was very helpful! Our trip was amazing! 

We were actually caught in the massive storm... Left sleeping on the floor of the tokyo airport and then a 15 hour bullet train ride! But After 70 hours in transit.

We were met by torou at iiamya, amazing man he is! 

We had four days of the most amazing powder with no one around to steal our first tracks! 

It was all worth it on our first run down powder wave!! 

I would return to maderao again for sure! All the staff at monaile and maderao kogen resort were so helpful and the restaurants and people in maderao were also amazing!

I'd like to thank you again Hisae for all your help and advice in making our journey so accommodating and fantastic!!

Can't wait to visit again in the near future!

Carlie Tyrrell
 
6th February 2014  "I would just like  to say that  we had a great time 

All the staff from the lift guys to the staff at the monaile were always helpful and friendly.

If you have a stand at this years snow expo in Sydney i will stop in and say hi to you, Aki and Toru.

Thankyou again  for all your help"

From N.C

 

Mid January 2014 "Madarao was really fun

It is only a short distance from Iiyama (that is soon to get the Hokuriku Shinkansen), making it easy to get to and from by train. It is also close to Nozowa and Togari if you want to change it up and visit another slope for a day trip.

I was lucky because the snow was good when I was there, it snowed every other day - letting me experience the clear skies and views to the Sea of Japan, as well as the fresh powder on the Tree Line runs. With mostly school kids on the slopes during the week, there was plenty of fresh snow on the groomed areas all day too

The hotel rooms were pretty big, all the staff friendly and helpful, and the buffet dinner really good. There were also few restaurants in the resort area too (so you are not stuck at the hotel for food).

Japan Snow Accommodation made it easy to book and I look forward to future snow adventures planned with them

Thanks again"
From Shane

 

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Tsuru Apartments

Tsuru Apartments

Furano, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥16,000 Per night
Guests
2-5
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
Located just a comfortable 5 minute walk from the chairlifts. Luxury western style apartments. The owner runs a restaurant next door allowing a convenient dining out option.

Tsuru Apartments guest reviews

 

 

Early January 2017

We had a wonderful trip thank you. 

Taurus apartments were perfect for our holiday. Hiro is a lovely man & he keeps the property spotless. The apartment was really comfortable & clean. 

It was a bit hard to get used to separating our rubbish, but we had it sorted in the end. The apartments can be noisy. We had a downstairs apartment, with another above us. Unfortunately we had a very noisy guest staying above us for several nights who very disruptive. But that would be my only complaint. 

I can highly recommend Taurus apartments & hope to get back one day soon. Many Thanks,

Carey Menico 

 

"We recently stayed a week in Tsuru Apartment this February 2010 and we liked it a lot.

The location was perfect: a few meters from the Kitanomine ski lift. The one bedroom apartment was cosy, warm, clean, quiet. 

Mr Hiro is a great person. He was very helpful. 

We had diner twice in his small restaurant and enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the food (the salmon with miso sauce was our favorite). 

One tip for coffee-addicted people: bring your own coffee machine or filter, as this was not provided in the kitchen. 

Enjoy your stay at Tsuru and Furano, which is a quiet place to relax, far away from the crowd.

We definitely recommend this place."

By Simone & Thilo

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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

 

Fujio Pension

Fujio Pension

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥7,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Fujio Pension is recently renovated & all the rooms have amazing mountain views. There is a nice bar with a relaxing lounge & complimentary lift to & from chairlifts.

Fujio Pension guest reviews

 

 

 

Fujio Pension

 

Early February 2014 Madarao Fujio Pension. My trip to Japan was great. 

Madarao ski resort was great. You can also ski  the adjoining resort of Tangram circus for an additional 1500 yen.

Pension Fujio was really nice and I enjoyed the meals that Kimmi made.Very reasonable for 2000 yen per meal. Normally around 5 –6 courses. 

Very clean rooms and a really nice inside Japanese bath in the basement level.  

One thing that I think you should advise people is to book the first nights meal in advance. Its very annoying when you have travelled all day and they tell you you cant have dinner because you need to book the night before. 

There are no laundry services which would be good. Had to wash my clothes in the sink in the room. They should buy a washer & dryer. 

We had a warm spell before I got to Madarao and was lucky that it turned back to winter and we received heaps of new snow.

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 - "Our stay at Fujio Pension at Madarao Kogen was fantastic!

Takeshi and his wife are wonderful hosts and their Pension is very warm, homely and welcoming.

 The meals and breakfasts were five out of five stars! Accommodation very comfortable and we felt right at home. Takeshi has a great knowledge on the area and his lifts and pick ups to the slopes everyday was wonderful- saved our sore powder legs! The mountain is great! Excellent snow, great tree skiing, good variety of terrain and nice little restaurants for lunch. Would love to re visit for more exploring!

Thank you Fujio Pension and Japan snow Accommodation (Hisae) for a seamless and wonderful experience.

If you are interested Hisae, I have a snow brand called Forcaster! We are making snow clothing such as beanies, hoodies and tees. Check it out and tell your friends! www.forcastersnow.comwww.facebook.com/forcastersnow

Here are some pics from madarao!!
Tristen

 

"we missed the connnecting bus due to an acccident on the railway.

However we rang ahead and Kitamura san met us at the bus. 

The service was exceptional, the food was fantastic, we were taken to the ski resort promptly each day and picked up promptly at our convenience. 

Our stay was memorable and we would recommend this to others.  

Thankyou"  
By Chris and Ted

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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 

 

 

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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Asahidake Manseikaku Hotel Bearmonte

Asahidake Manseikaku Hotel Bearmonte

Asahidake, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥9,330 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast & dinner
Room Types
The closest accommodation to the Asahidake ropeway. There are indoor/outdoor Onsen bathes to sooth your body after a long day skiing/boarding.

Hotel Manseikaku Bearmonte guest reviews

 

 

 

Mid Feb 2017

Once again we loved Hotel Bearmonte - it was so nice and close to the slopes and every night we looked forward to luxuriating in the Onsen to revive ready for the next day. It was great they had a new ski shop together with snow shoes so that when the rope way was closed we could go for a shuffle.  Food was very good as well - though we all tended to eat too much.

Thanks again for your organisation - everything went smoothly.

Cheers
JUlie

 

 

 

Late Jan 2016

The transport was waiting for us!

Many thanks and we loved Asahidake. We’ll go again!

Thanks for your help.

Regards, 
Tony

 

Mid February 2014


Asahidake & Hotel Bearmonte were definitely the highlight of our trip to Japan

The hotel, staff, food, onsen and conditions on the mountain could not have been better. 

I included a photo of Toshi our guide. His professionalism, local knowledge, helpfulness, equipment, and patience made
our day on the mountain with him memorable.  

Please remind your western guests that the onsen changes sides daily for men and women.  One of our crew did not
know this took a left into the onsen just like the previous day. The women in the onsen had a good laugh when he
started to step into the onsen buck naked,ha!!. 

Below are some shots from my trio

Sincerely,
Dennis Purcell


 

 

 

"Asahidake Hotel Bearmonte was excellent. 

Location near cable way was perfect for skiing. 

Rooms were comfortable, clean and warm. 

Breakfasts and dinner at the restaurant were very good.

Onsen was great!

Highlight, however, was attentiveness and service by the staff. For example we bought a bottle of 
sake for our group to drink in a room one night and as we were getting into the lift one of the staff ran 
over and gave us 5 sake glasses forus to use.".
By Graeme

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Momiji Apartments - 2 & 3 Bedroom

Momiji Apartments - 2 & 3 Bedroom

Furano, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥57,000 Per night
Guests
4-6
Includes
accommodation only
Room Types
Momiji Apartments are centrally located in the Kitanomine area, 3 min away from ski area and all other amenities. All the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.
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.
The Chalets at Country Resort

The Chalets at Country Resort

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥25,000 Per night
Guests
1-12
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
The Chalets at The Country Resort offer a variety of luxury accommodation in a quiet family friendly areawith the convenience of a free ski shuttle for guests only. Your chalet door, right to the lifts, from the firstlift at 8am to after dinner at 10:30
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