Pension Ringojam

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano

Prices
from ¥6,500 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Rooms
Western Room

The pension is famous for the original apple jam that the owner chef has been making over 26 years. There is a free shuttle service to / from the chairlifts. The owner is looking forward to the cultural exchange with you.


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Black Pine Lodge

Black Pine Lodge

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥4,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Within easy walk of all amenities and shops yet perfectly located in a quiet woodland setting. A shuttle service and taxis are available. Cooking facilities are available for basic quick meal preparation. Only 10 rooms and four have private ensuite. One of the best Onsens in the area is located only 5 minutes walk as are numerous excellent and inexpensive restaurants.

Black Pine Lodge guest reviews

Mid Jan 2016

Black Pine is fantastic - friendly staff, great service, clean well-kept rooms and lodge. Would definitely stay there again; can't recommend it enough!

Matt
 
Address Nozawa

Address Nozawa

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥28,000 Per night
Guests
2 - 6
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast pack
Room Types
It is a modern self-contained apartment style accommodation. 250 metres to Yu-Road (people mover) that takes you to the Hikage Gelende.

Address Nozawa guest review

 


Address Nozawa

 

 

 
 
Early March 2016
 

Nozawa Onsen was the second resort we visited with very nice accommodation at Address Nozawa.
Comfortable large rooms with a kitchen area and very friendly helpful staff.
 
 
 
The village was delightful with many places to eat and the feeling of a genuine Japanese village community with a large number of free public Onsen - beware the of the very hot central Onsen - it was too much for us!
 
 
 
 
Richard Palmer
 
 
 
Early February 2015 

We had a fantastic 5 night stay at Address Nozawa. 

The rooms are self contained with all the wonderful additions that make it like home: Nescafé coffee machine and Apple TV. We stayed in the purple room (standard) which had two amazingly comfortable beds with cozy warm donnas and comfortable pillows. Heaven.  

The hotel is located in the central part of town near souvenir shops and steamed bun vendors (a daily ritual for us!). It is an easy walk from the Chuo terminal and not too far to the post office ATM.  The front desk staff were warm and happy and English was well spoken - we had great help with restaurant bookings and recommendations! Thank you!  

Other reviewers have mentioned breakfast as being the low-light; we were supplied with adequate eggs, toast, orange juice, ham and sausages and really it was no problem.  

Of course you're coming to Nozawa for a bit more culture and if you don't want that like home feeling then I would suggest to try their sister ryokan Kawamotoya.  We will definitely be staying at Address Nozawa on our next trip!  Regards Alicia  

Dear Leacey,  Thank you very much to take your time to give us such a wonderful comment, I am glad to read that our little hotel is matched with your needs and you have enjoyed staying with us.  The number of rooms are limited in our hotel, so that we can quite stay closer with our guests, especially with long stay guests during the winter, we also enjoy to get in touch with guests.  Thank you again to choose our hotel.  We are looking forward to welcoming you for next ski trip to Nozawa.  

Warm Regards,  
Hisako Horikawa general manager

 

 

Mid Deecember 2015

Although X’mas 2015 was not an ideal time for skiing at Nozawa, our chosen accommodation of “Address Nozawa” had made  our trip much more memorable.  

The room is sizable which perfectly suited my family group with two boys. 

The private onsen at the basement, though small, had given my family a lot of privacy.  

The orange juice, milk, bread, ham and eggs provided for breakfast were plentiful and more than enough. The only setback I could remember is the slow drying machine at basement which made my laundry time a bit too long.


Simon Chean

Hong Kong


 
 
January 2014  "Nozawa has a fabulous village atmosphere with loads of restaurants, shops and onsens and has lots of charm

There are a lot more western skiers which makes it a bit more crowded & touristy but perhaps that is the price you pay if you want the apres ski activities.  

Our accommodation at Address Nozawa was great- comfortable, stylish and well equipped.  The apartment-style of the rooms, though not particularly big, were much easier for us, especially with children.  

The breakfast provisions provided by the hotel were great too.  

The staff were friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed our stay here.  

The downside was that we had a bit of a walk to get to the slopes, but this was not a big problem as we left our equipment in lockers near the gondola.  The skiing was fun though for a stronger skier it could be less rewarding if the snow on the lower slopes was not really good, as this was where a number of the advanced runs finished. When we were there, the weather had been quite warm and the snow quality was best at the top of the mountain, where the green and red runs were.

So, in my view, Shiga Kogen was best for the skiing, and Nozawa was best for the all-round experience. Thank you for your assistance in finding suitable accommodation for us. I have attached a few of photographs of my my sons at Nozawa (one on the slopes and the other outside our accommodation).

Holiday snaps below...

Regards
Julia Jago



 

 

"we stayed at address nozawa last week of dec and we enjoyed our stay very much. 

it is located in a side street just off the main road and close to all the food in the centre of town. it is a 5min walk to the moving walkway and it's a good idea to rent the skis from the base of the slopes so you don't have to carry the skis and walk with the boots all the way up hill(you can leave it there overnight as well). we were 2 pax and the rooms are very decent size for japan. there is a small living room area with a kitchenette and the bathroom is sufficient and it's always better to have an attached rather than to have to share. 

the fridge is stocked every 2-3 days with a breakfast pack with includes eggs, milk, juice, bread, ham, sausages... i'm not big on cooking on my holiday but i think it'll be good for families."

By Pham

 

"We recently stayed at Address Nozawa in the Red Room. 

The staff were very friendly and helpful. the room was great and we had fresh bread, eggs and juice for breakfast provided by the hotel every morning. 

There was free wi-fi and a games room. T

he location of Address Nozawa was great close to all the restaurants not far to the ski lift (its a hard up hill slog in the morning but of an afternoon it is all down hill). 

I would highly recommend staying here."

By Veronica Raffaele

Please visit Address Nozawa

 
 
 
Hotel Lucent Takamiya

Hotel Lucent Takamiya

Zao Onsen, Yamagata
Prices from
¥11,300 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast
Room Types
Hotel Lucent Takamiya is located at the base of the Zao Chuo Ropeway station. It is one of the Takamiya group's hotels, which means you can use most of the other group hotel's Onsen facilities!
Kogakuro

Kogakuro

Myoko, Niigata
Prices from
¥7,400 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
Kogakuro has a very nice lounge area with an open fire. You can sit and relax with some drinks after skiing/boarding! There is also the indoor/outdoor Onsen.

Kogakuro guest reviews


Late Feb 2017

Kogakuro Hotel at Akakura Onsen was good. It is in need of some reburbishment but completely comfortable and clean with a lovely host, Meiko. Good breakfast available, we had a Japanese room which could sleep 3 people, and they have an inside/outside onsen which is clean. The outside bath is covered preventing the fresh snow flakes falling into the bath while bathing, which I like! They gave a nice bar with a real fireplace which is not often found in Japan ski hotels, good for apres ski drinks. 

Hisae and her team did a great job to organise our ski trip to Myoko Kogen

Sally




 

 

The Kinta Naeba

The Kinta Naeba

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

Kinta Naeba Hotel guest reviews

 

Early January 2017

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

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

Loved it!
Linda

 

6th February 2014 

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

Our stays at all of the lodges were fantastic.

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

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

From L

 

 

Tsuruya

Tsuruya

Zao Onsen, Yamagata
Prices from
¥12,750 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 5
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast & dinner
Room Types
A traditional Japanese hotel located right in front of a bus terminal for your easy access. A complimentary daily use of the private Onsen will be offered only if you book with us!!

Tsuruya guest reviews

Zao Onsen Tsuruya

 

Mid March 2014 

A pleasure to stay at Tsuruya. 

The staff provide a wonderful service and are fantastic. If i get the chance to go to Zao Onsen again I will definitely stay here. Tsuruya provide a transit service to the ski lifts and there is a drying room at the hotel, making it extremely easy to get to the snow.

The accommodation was great. Zao Onsen is a wonderful location. While I have been to other locations in the Japanese slopes, I really enjoyed skiing here and enjoyed myself immensely.

I have attached two photos – one of the mountain, and one of the room we stayed at

Robert



 

Early January 2014  


Japan Snow Accommodation provided an excellent service in arranging our accommodation on our behalf. They were timely and friendly and we experienced no troubles at all. 

The traditional accommodation of Lodge Tsuruya was amazing and the staff were very helpful, even lending us their own personal snow boots one night!. I would not hesitate to recommend this service and this accommodation to my friends.

From Eugene

 

Mid January 2014


 "Its nice to talk to you again. Below is my review, hope it helps

I also attached a couple of photos for your reference.

The stay was wonderful, hotel was great, staff were very friendly, equipment rentals were very easy and just across the street from the slope, which was about 2 minute drive using the hotel's excellent shuttle bus.

The slope access was easy too, there are many different pricing schemes for the ski lifts and the staff were more than helpful in showing which is the best scheme for you, be sure to consult the staff on which scheme so you don't end up buying the wrong card.

The hotel is literally across the Zao bus station which we arrived to by the 40 minute bus from Yamagata, nice ride, didn't feel like 40 minutes at all.

There is also a ski school which really helped us to capture the basics quickly in their 2 hour lesson.

The hotel does not offer western breakfast, so if you don't like Japanese food for breakfast there is a small restaurant down the street that serves French Toast and its very good, the lady and the cat (yup, a cat called Hana) are very welcoming.

Japan Snow Accomodation provided the great service and arranged the stay for us and payment was convenient through paypal.

Had a blast, definitely going back!"

Thanks Hisae, really appreciate your service.

Kind regards,

Omar.

 


"Tsuruya is absolutely SUPERB...!!! I'm really regretting that I only stayed there for one night only. 

I already mark another day next year to go there....

What is the best thing about Tsuruya? Let me describe it:

1. GREAT hospitality....!!! Almost every staff there checking our group condition and schedule with genuine concern. Seriously, they always remind us to be ready for dinner, breakfast, and the trip to snow monster. When we were wandering inside the hotel, everyone try to offer their help without hesitation, even offer to take a picture of us together when they see us with camera...!!! It's the most memorable thing about this hotel. Although they dont speak english, they really try hard to explain things to us.

2. WONDERFUL room...!!! It's the most japanese ambience room we had so far..., complete with the traditional futon and yukata. It feels really japan here, and that is what we are looking for. It is very spacious with great big window view while the facilities are modern enough.

3. PERFECT location...!!! When we took the bus from yamagata station, it feels like we're entering the mordor valley because of the big snow storm at the middle of noon...! But right after we put our feet on the ground, somebody asked us where do we stay. When we said, "Tsuruya", he's so surprised -- as well as we surprised -- and show us that it's exactly located in front of the station, only ten steps away.... Nice!

4. SATISFYING meals...!!! We spent almost two hours to finished-up our dinner. We were stuffed and sated...!! And we got a private room for dinner and breakfast. Very unexpected...

5. BEAUTIFUL onsen...!!! We got free private onsen. It's more than enough for us who feels a little bit shy to join in public onsen. It's really an additional value for Tsuruya to have these private onsen...
All and all, 5 stars!!!

I cant wait to get back there...!!!"

By Ganda

 

"We had a great time staying at Tsuruya. Location is good as it is located right opposite the bus station. 

No fuss in getting to and from the station as we just need to walk across. 

The staff were very warm and friendly even though we can't speak Japanese. 

Breakfast and dinner were included and we had choices with varieties. Not the same food everyday. Food tastes great as we love Japanese food. The pictures on their website are accurate in showing what they serve. 

The onsen is not too bad, though the outdoor pool is a little small. It works fine. There is also a choice to use the private onsen for a fee. 

All in all, we would recommend this hotel to other travelers. 

If we were to visit Zao again, we will stay at Tsuruya."

By Snowowl

Please visit Zao Onsen Tsuruya

 
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.
New Furano Prince Hotel

New Furano Prince Hotel

Furano, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥12,000 Per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
New Furano Prince Hotel is a ski in ski out hotel located in the Furano zone. The 12-story building is your promise of a pleasant stay. There are 10 restaurants, cafes & bars for you to enjoy the dinining. The "Shisai no yu" Onsen will sooth your body after a long day skiing / boarding.
Sukayu Onsen Ryokan

Sukayu Onsen Ryokan

Hakkoda, Aomori
Prices from
¥8,460 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast & dinner
Room Types
The Sukayu Onsen is located 10 minutes drive off the Hakkoda Ropeway Station. The Ryokan has a free shuttle bus to / from the ropeway. Stay and enjoy the Hakkoda powder & the famous Sukayu Onsen!

Sukayu Onsen Ryokan guest reviews

 

Early Feb 2017

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for organising our Japan accommodation. 

Your recommendations were fantastic and we loved every place we stayed, particularly enjoying the ryokan experiences at Hakkoda and Geto Kogen. I also want to say thanks for answering any questions we had via email.

Sharon
 

 

Late December 2016

Sukayu Onsen was great and nice with friendly staff, of course not speaking Japanese (for us) or no English for the staff,  is really a limitation but we found in the hotel Japanese guest , english speakers who helped us when needed.

The weather was at that time quite ok, lots of snow fall ;-) ….The team for backcountry skiing from the hotel were super helpful AND extremely professional -All of them! Really adorable! They deserve to have foreign people coming …when I am seeing so many limitation on internet just around the langage barrier…I can tell you they speak enough English to bring you on tour! Our private guide named Satoshi was english speaker and we have had a super nice day of discovering and skiing with our son of 9 years old. Satoshi has been very patient, very kind and he really has customised our day in order to make it safe, agreeable and super fun.

Scenery in HAKKODA are just amazing!! Of course if the weather turns bad, there not a lot to do, however staying at Sukayou is a real plus….you can enjoy the onsen after a full day of ski or even without going to ski.Not sure staying there a full week could please anyone, specially in case of bad weather, the public snow resort is super minimal (just 2 slopes) and if you are in Hakkoda for the first time not recommended at all to go alone on back country-really to risky-Nevertheless, back to Paris now,  we are super Nostalgic, and I am sure we will come back to Hakkoda.

Our stay was a magic stay!!! really!!Thanks for everything and your great support!

Sincerely,
LEILA
 
 
 

Feb 2017

Hakkoda trip and accommodation, snow etc was fantastic last February. Hakkoda is a little gem and what a beautiful park.The accommodation was really good. Like an old fashioned ‘hunting lodge’ with a very traditional feelin

Cheers,
Rick
 
 
 
Late Feb 2016

Sukayu Onsen Ryokan is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for traditional accommodation at a reasonable price. 

The highlight of the hotel is the large onsen on the ground floor which is a great place to warm up and soothe aching muscles after a day on the slopes. The onsen is mixed but it’s very steamy so don’t let that put you off!

Rooms are tatami rooms with futon beds and are very clean and comfortable. 

Meals are a highlight of the stay, with an excellent buffet breakfast and a ‘semi-buffet’ dinner, ie. several small dishes are served at the table, then you can help yourself to the main dish, rice, miso soup, salad and dessert. The breakfast comprises mainly Japanese dishes, but you can also have cereal, fruit and yogurt and toast if you wish. Excellent coffee is also available.

The hotel runs a free shuttle bus each morning to the Ropeway (cable car), returning in the afternoon. There is also one free bus a day to Aomori station. If you miss this, there are three scheduled buses per day, or you can take a taxi.

The skiing can be summed up in one word - powder! Although there are groomed pistes, the reason to come to Hakkoda is to find fresh tracks down the mountain, particularly through the trees. You could happily days here just skiing runs accessed by the lift, though for the more adventurous, hiking snow-shoes or skins will open up more opportunities. 

Hakkoda is easy to get to from Tokyo and well worth a try if you’re looking for something different.

Julie Sheard

 

 

Late January 2015

The trip was very good, thank you! I appreciate all the organization and time you spent answering emails prior to the trip. The staff at the onsen spoke sufficient English to get by. It would be better if you had told me there is an option for room only, not including meals, as it is a bit expensive, and the food is only so-so. The mountain was amazing. We snowboarded in both whiteout blizzard and blue skies conditions. The snow was fantastic, and the guides are very organized. The other Japanese guests are very friendly as well. They knew it was my first time in back country and helped me a lot. One of the best trips I've had, thanks a lot!

Simon

 

 

Early Febuary 2015

This was my third ski trip to Japan. I have now had 3 months in total over 3 seasons. I have skied many resorts all over Hokkaido. This most recent trip was my first time skiing Honshu and took us to Nozwa onsen, Madaro and Myoko before our stay at Hakkoda. Over the past 30 years I have skied USA, Canada , France, Austria and of course NZ. I have had thousands of days on skis but never anything quite like our 3 days in Hakkoda. It will always stand out as a special time for my family and I.

As we came prepared for backcountry skiing we loved the Hakkoda experience and fortunately we had the visibility to explore the endless terrain safely.

The snow monster trees were spectacular.

I certainly would not recommend to anyone but the most experienced or super adventurous.

Without good weather you would require a guide for certain.

The Sukayu Onsen was my favorite of the many onsen visited over the years. We enjoyed the authentic traditional feel and Japanese food.

The free shuttle to the lift was much appreciated.  

Overall it was a brilliant few days and we feel lucky to have discovered the Sukayu Onsen before the inevitable crowds of foreigners.


Regards 
Mark Grenfell

 

Late January 2015 

It's my last night here at Sakuya Onsen. It has been a wonderful experience staying here, perhaps one of my best ever in Japan,  and the sking was great too.  

I just want to thank you for all your help, the accommodation you found me was top shelf. If you need some more detailed feedback, or any kind of endorsement please just ask.  

I am sure this trip will not be my last so I look forward to planning the next one!

Sincere thanks - Ian

A few photos of my time here...

The front desk Staff were great, especially Yasuda Mika, so friendly and helpful. 

Skiing Hakkoda with Hakkoda Powder Guides (not the most professional outfit but they got the job done)

 

 

Mid January 2015

The trip went well, it was great. Great skiing and a very nice cultural experience. I am glad we went to the Sukayu Onsen, because of the traditional japanese type of accomodation it provided. The mountain was good, lots of snow :) We skied 2 days around the lift, when it was dumping, and the rest of the time we did tours of most of the peaks there. It was a really great trip, thank you very much for the help on the booking.


BR Mårten

 


October 2014

The stay was lovely. My friends enjoyed ourselves very much at your onsen and ryokan.  Appreciate your kind arrangements.  

Best regards
Janet Ang

 

 

Mid Feb 2014. 

We had a fantastic time, and really achieved harmony at the Sukayo Onsen

We would ski all day and then relax in the hot springs and eat great dinners together.


The snow just kept coming, and we had 5-15 inches of fresh snow every morning.

We slept really well on the Tatami mats, and enjoyed great Japanese food.

This felt like a very genuine Japan experience. 

I would recommend Sukayo Onsen and Amori skiing to all passionate skiers or people who are just looking for a reset. 

Please check out my snaps below

Regards,

Bjorn




 
 
 
 
Mid February 2014  

"Sukayu Onsen was actually the highlight of our whole Japan trip!

Fantastic traditional japanese place with great service, tasty food and a wonderful onsen. 

Next time we will come 6 instead of 2 nights!" 

Photos below



Cheers from Berlin, 
Johannes Emigholz





Early February 2014 

"We had an excellent time at Hakkoda while staying at Sukayu Onsen.

The sheer uniqueness of Hakkoda makes it a must visit while in Japan. It was nice to get away from some of the more tourist hot spots and visit somewhere which had a more traditional feel. 

The snow at Hakkoda was incredible as well as the scenery.

The traditional style of the accommodation was nice and the staff were most helpful even though they did not speak much English. 

The only downside was that some of us got some food poisoning from one of the dinners while staying there. However in saying that we would probably still come here again but avoid some of the raw seafood dishes.

The communication that you provided with the Sukayu Onsen was excellent and very helpful while in Japan especially when organising small things like baggage delivery. 

Thanks for your help 

Please see my photos attached below.

Ashley Montagu





 

 
Asahidake Manseikaku Hotel Deervalley

Asahidake Manseikaku Hotel Deervalley

Asahidake, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥9,330 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 2
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast & dinner
Room Types
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.

Hotel Manseikaku Bearmonte guest reviews

 

 

Mid Feb 2017

We had a great time at Asahidake!

Lucky enough to have a clear day when we had skins to ski up around the vents. Then new snow on 3 mornings. One day blown out!

Still enjoy Bearmonte, with great onsen and very attentive staff. We would comment that the special food they bring, as a long term guest, is sometimes not as good as just on the Buffet. A lot of crab claws were wasted, and some extra main courses were left abandoned, in favour of buffet.

Cheers, Tony

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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