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Nozawa Onsen, Nagano

Prices
from ¥9,100 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Rooms
Combination Room, Western Room

Within 5 minutes to all 13 public Onsen, restaurants and bars, only 50 metres to Chuo bus terminal & a 7-8 minute easy walk to Yu-road (people mover) that takes you to the Hikage Gondola. All rooms with ensuite. Owned/managed by a local family.


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Akane-Yado

Akane-Yado

Furano, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥6,900 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 3
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
It is a homely pension conveniently located between Furano and a famous back country mountain, Tokachidake. Complimentary lift to/from Furano Resort. Breathtaking view.

Akane - Yado guest reviews

 
 
 
 
Mid February 2017

We enjoyed our time there.  Very friendly hosts and authentic Japanese experience.  Possibly a little too far out of town though. We did a mixture of alpine touring and downhill skiing.  Unfortunately we didn’t have great snow for the first part of our trip but we all thought it would be great to ski with fresh powder.  We came back to Furano for a day of slack country skiing and it was very nice. 

I found your service to be excellent. Very helpful and prompt.

Regards
Sheila


 
Late December 2016

Resort
1. Great resort for beginners. The green hill is wide and long, allowing for beginners to space out on the slope so it's less likely that they'll bump into each other. There are several ski schools that operate on the hill and youre bound to be able to get a lesson if youre willing to share a session with strangers.
2. There is a counter where english speaking guests can raise their questions and the rest of the field is easy enough to navigate without much being lost in translation.
3. The eatery on location is good but is also quite limited, guests are encouraged to look into the multiple pensions/restaurants around the slopes for meals if they require variety. 

Accommodation. 
1. Great value for its price.
2. The meals prepared were varied and tasted very good! Definitely one thing we missed.
3. Quite far from town center. For those who want to eat out after skiing, it's recommended that you get a car or hire a cab to send you back to the pension. The host provides pick up and drop off in the mornings (8-9 am) and early evenings (5-7pm) and we found that it fit our schedules perfectly.4. Given the price and the transport option, it's no surprise that this pension sees a lot of customers. Book early!

Service
1. You guys are amazing as always Hisae.Definitely looking forward to use your service again.

Thank you.

Regards,
Arif
 
 
 
 
Late Feb 2016

We were made to feel very welcome by Joe and his family as Akaneyado and felt like we were staying in their house which was very cosy and tidy.  

The breakfast and occasional evening meal that we had were healthy, fresh and traditional Japanese style.  

Joe even cleared snow off our car for us and also provided a lot of useful information about the local area and the skiing.  

The accommodation is in a nice rural location about 20 minutes from Furano and an hour from Tokachi-dake. 

Thanks to Joe and his family -  we will be back!

Attached photo is of Akaneyado accommodation.


 
 
 
Pension Locomotion

Pension Locomotion

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥5,500 Per person per night
Guests
1-4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Pension Locomotion is located in a quiet part of Hirafu but still good access to the chairlifts, restaurants, bars & a convenience store. Only 100 metres to the mountain shuttle bus stop. All the rooms have ensuites.

Pension Locomotion guest reviews

 

 

 

Mid January 2017

We enjoyed our stay at Pension Locomotion. The owner was very helpful. The rooms were not very big but the biggest problem was the mattresses on the beds. We didn't find them very comfortable. Otherwise good value for the money.

Janelle
 
Late December 2016

The owner is very nice and friendly. The overall facility is reasonably with its price. However, I got the basement room and it was extremely freezing when compared to the upstairs (breakfast area & common room). It seems that the heater in my room was not sufficient for its condition and size.

Regards,Tanaporn
 

 

Mid Dec 2016

My boyfriend and i visited Pension Locomotion on 1/15 this year.

I enjoyed the stay there. especially love the room and cozy bed.

Peiling (from Taiwan) 



 

 

Mid December 2015

The Locomotion was once again a lovely place to stay, it had avery comfortable room & the location was wonderful as it was in a quieter part of Hirafu.

With only a small walk to convenience stores and restaurants you felt like you were amongst it all but had piece and quite when you wanted.   

The Locomotion has a good board room downstairs and plenty of space in the rooms to hang up gear if you wanted.  

The owner was really friendly and cooks up a great breakfast to get you ready for the day ahead!  

The walk to the chairlifts only took 10 easy minutes and you could catch a bus 1 min away from the pension if you were felling lazy.  It definitely felt like a home away from home so we wouldn't hesitate in staying there again!  

Thank you so much for the help again with accommodation and we both look forward to using JSA again in the future:)  Shane & Mel

 

Alp Bach

Alp Bach

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥8,640 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Alp Bach is a ski in ski out quality family owned pension. You can see Mt. Madarao from their public space, where you can sit and relax near the fire. All the rooms are a western style with ensuite.

Alp Bach guest reviews

 

Alp Bach

 
Mid January 2014. 

My stay at Madarao totally exceeded my expectation.

The accommodation was great, well-heated, absolutely beautiful scenery, it was comfortable and not at all crowded. Naoko made our stay so lovely and enjoyable. She was so hospitable, friendly and the food she made was top quality.

I would have to say that it was the best all-round accommodation, meals and service that I received my entire trip in Japan.

The mountain was amazing, it looked beautiful and I had so much fun snowboarding on the slopes.

I would most definitely stay at Madarao Alpbach again, and am hoping to do so soon!

Below are some photos from my trip

Best Regards
Elle Buyers




 

Mid February 2014 "Accomadation was amazing at Alpbach....It made our trip. 

The owners and their dog are the best...amazing food and location. Honestly had the best time... 

Your help was awesome too.....We will be back next year! Thanks for all your help!" 

Jason Langendam

 

Mid February 2014  The trip was awesome accommodation was fantastic! 

Food was all-time! 

People were supper cool! Their dog Axle was a legend! I highly recommend Alpbach as a place to stay!

Below is a shot of me in the Madarao tree run.

Tim Morris

 

Mid January 2014 "We had such a fantastic time at Alp Bach. Naoko and Ukihiro are such wonderful people. 

They made us feel like we were part of their family. Our stay there is a beautiful memory. We had fresh snow most days. And had some fun times with other Japanese families too.

Thanks for your support and concern for our arrangements. We are so lucky to have you as our agent. Thankyou for your professional and prompt service."

Luke

 

Mid January 2013  "We ended up being the only guest through most of our stay meaning we felt like we were living in a big house with an open fireplace and views of the ski hill. 

Access to the ski hill was a 50m walk over the road to strap in. At the end of the day the ski out was similar with a short walk over a car park to get home. 

We ended up having dinners at the place for 2000 yen and they were massive four coarse meals so we actually asked for a little bit less food. The food was fantastic and the breakfast were great. The owner family were great and we met the whole family, even the dog who was very friendly. I am pretty confident in saying in the 5 trips to Japan visiting over a dozen major ski destinations in Japan our group was probably the most relaxed and enjoyed there stay at the Alp Bach the most. Normally as a group we look for new places to ski but as a group we are all talking about when we can get back to Madarao. So thanks for the recommendation and I thought you would like to know." 

By T.D

 

 

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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. Indoor and outdoor onsen with 100 % pure onsen water. A complimentary shuttle bus between the hotel and the gondola stations. Authentic gourmet meals.

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

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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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Please email us if you have any questions.

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Hakuba Gondola Apartments

Hakuba Gondola Apartments

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥48,000 Per night
Guests
4 - 6
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
As the name suggests, Hakuba Gondola Apartments are located right next to Hakuba Happo One’s main Gondola (ADAM Gondola). The ski-in apartments are just few meters from the ski field and Shirakaba lifts and only 30 seconds from the Happo Gondola entrance itself and central Hakuba ticket office.

Hakuba Gondala Apartments guest reviews

 

Hakuba Gondala Apartments 

Early January 2014  

We were in Habuka early jan 2014 for skiing and stayed at The Gondola Apartments with 3 bedrooms.

The apartment was clean and modern with a fireplace,and the kitchen was also well equipped.

Location was perfect,right in the heart of the village and surrounded by ski shops,restaurants,bars and next to the main gondola.What a beautiful view from the apartment!

Daniel the owner was extremely friendly and helpful,helping us to arrange
for taxis and onsens etc,nothing was too much for him! Thank you Daniel! 

Last but not least,the skiing was terrific,excellent powder snow and there
are numerous slopes to suit all levels.We all had a wonderful time and are
already planning our next trip soon.

Hakuba, we will we back! 

Regards
Samantha Franzman

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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.
Lodge Scole

Lodge Scole

Zao Onsen, Yamagata
Prices from
¥5,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Easy access to both ski slopes and cross-country ski trails. Lodge Scole has a variety of accommodation styles to suit all budgets 12rooms-Max 40 guests. It is warm, friendly, family-run ski lodge established over 30 years in Zao Onsen.

Lodge Scole Guest Reviews

 

 

Lodge Scole

Early February 2016

We had a fantastic time skiing and boarding at Zao Onsen in February this year. We had a mix of weather conditions to contend with. One truly bluebird day was ideal for heading to the top of the mountain. The snow monsters were fantastic to see and it was hard to take a bad photo! I've sent you one taken from the Gondola. There was plenty of terrain to keep us skiing from first tracks to the end of the day. Lunches were spent, usually, in the village, exploring the local family run ramen houses.

The snow quality was very good, not as deep as previous visits to Japan, but every day there was a dump and often it snowed through the day which meant fresh tracks could be found all day. The middle of the day was certainly the busiest time for tourists to catch the gondolas to the top of the mountain, to view the snow monsters. The queues are quire long at this time, but it's possible to bypass the crowds and catch 2-3 chairlifts to get access the main ski areas. It took us a good day  and a bit to get our bearings around the mountain. Particularly as the visibility was poor so it was tricky navigating turn offs along runs and not ending up somewhere unexpected!! Zao Onsen offered us plenty of piste opportunities and some off piste moments which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Your recommendation of Lodge Scole for our accommodation, was a great one! The lodge is family run. The staff were all incredibly helpful and friendly and Mao ensured our stay was very comfortable. The location of the lodge is fairly good. It's about a 10 minute walk in the morning to the first gondola. I imagine if there is a really big dump then you could ski the whole way back to the lodge! 

Our room was spacious and comfortable. We had a great view of the mountain and have sent you a photo of it. The food was plentiful and delicious. The lodge has it's own male and female onsens. They're small and both my partner and myself had them to ourselves each evening when we used them. They were super clean and relaxing. The free wifi in our room was a bonus.

Thank you very much Hisae for your outstanding customer service. I happily recommend Japan Snow Accommodation to our friends who ask about our trips and will continue to do so.

Many thanks and I'm sure you'll hear from us for our trip planning for next year.

Kind regards,

Xanthe and Johnny



 

 
Late January 2015

Hisae 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.

Family run Lodge Scole is like your home away from home.The rooms are very cosy and look out onto the mountain.I had the dinner and breakfast deal, the meals were wonderful.Mrs Ojima took great pride in her cooking and explaining what was in her delicious meals, dinner was usually at least 3 courses, if not 4. I had some beautiful meals during my stay.The lodge is  about a five minute walk from the bus station.I enjoyed very much staying with Ojima family and the very accomodating staff who work there.

The lodge is located close to the Unwanodai slope.The village of Zao Onsen sprawls along the base of the ski resort.There are some wonderful outdoor hot springs .

Regards
Deborah

 

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Semi Onsen Ryokan

Semi Onsen Ryokan

Geto Kogen, Iwate
Prices from
¥10,150 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
breakfast & dinner
Room Types
Semi Onsen Ryokan is about 10 minutes drive from Geto Kogen by their free shuttle service. The ryokan has three types of Onsen with all different effects. The included meals are beautifully cooked with the local produce.

Reviews - Semi Onsen Ryokan

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mid Feb 2017

We enjoyed the Skiing but the Semi Onsen  was fabulous. The staff looked after our every need and they were delightful the best Japanese experience. 

If they wish to improve on an already great experience adding a dedicated shuttle bus with a bit more flexibility would make just that much better.Would most certainly go back.

Thank you for the work you put in to make that happen.

Kind regards 
Kay and Robert Davidsn
 
 
 
 
 
 
Late January 2017

It was our first time staying at a ryokan and we loved  the Japanese experience at Semi Onsen. The rotenburo was my favourite and was simply beautiful. Often, I had it all to myself. The local ladies and other Japanese visitors who visited the onsen were so friendly, that I finally got some much needed Japanese practice.  We stayed in a western twin room that was immaculately clean, quite spacious and comfortable. The staff were very accommodating and helpful. The meals were Japanese style with many, many beautifully prepared, delicious courses.

Janne McKay


 
 
 
Mid January 2017

Geto has been amazing and I think the best powder day I've ever had. Great mountain and great accom with the food a real highlight. Can you please pass on our thanks to the wonderful staff that have taken care of us at Semi Onsen. They are so nice and our stay has been beautiful.

Matt
 
 
 
Ryokan Jon Nobi

Ryokan Jon Nobi

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano
Prices from
¥11,700 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
A recently renovated Japanese style accommodation. A short walk to the Yu-road (a flat escalator to be connected to Hikage Gondola). JON NOBI means "RELAX". JON NOBI at our onsen! JON NOBI at our modern Japanese style bar after skiing/boarding!

Ryokan Jon Nobi guest reviews

 

 

 
 
 
Late January 2017

We loved our time in Japan thank you Hisae.  Your assistance with bookings was very efficient and helped make the process seamless. We really enjoyed our stay at Ryokan Jon Nobi and the staff and locals we encountered throughout Nozawa Onsen were friendly, efficient and helpful. We would definitely recommend a stay for families. And importantly, the snow was incredible!

A couple of pics attached for you.

Thank you again Hisae for your help in making our trip so enjoyable.

Regards,
Alison


 
 
Late December 2015

Ryokan Jonnobi is ideal for a family who want to experience Japanese style accommodation, in the heart of Nozawa Onsen village. Great location, handy to shops and cafes, and very close to the Yu Road [a travelator “road”] which delivers you to the Hikage ski trail. 

Our 2 rooms accommodated our family of 6 comfortably, in tatami rooms with ensuites. The staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast was extensive, catering for both Japanese and western foods experiences. Jonnobi has 2 hot spring rooms which are open to the public, as well as 2 private hot spring rooms for exclusive use by the guests; the latter 2 are open to the sky, so that the snow fell languidly through the opening onto our steaming bodies – a great thrill. Jonnobi ticked all our boxes. 

The Hikage ski trail was a great family place, well organized with good instructors, ski equipment hire and plenty of eating choices. 

 The staff of Japan Snow Accommodation [read Hisae] gave great tips in the planning stages of our visit. eg. Take the bullet train from Tokyo to Iiyama Station and a bus from there to Nozawa Onsen village. 

Ryokan Jonnobi is a 5 minute walk from the bus station. The whole experience satisfied all members of our family aged 10 to 74 years.

 Laila


 

 

Mid January 2015

Many  thanks for all your time and assistance with booking our Nozwa Onsen experience staying at Jon Nobi Ryokan.  We found the accommodation at Jon Nobi very warm, quiet, with comfortable beds after a full day of skiing and the breakfast selection of Asian and western foods each morning contained plenty of choice for both adults and children. 

There were two private onsens that could be used exclusively plus a male and female onsen open for all to use.  These were all kept very clean and neat.  Toiletries and hair dryers were also supplied in the private and public onsen areas that added a lovely touch.  Kimonos and slippers were also supplied in our rooms for going to and from the onsens which were quite a novelty for the children.

Jon Nobi is situated in a great location  at the top of the town and such an easy walk to the ski field via the moving walkway (Yu Road travelator).  A huge plus at the end of each day was the ability to leave our skis at the St. Anton Ski hire rooms.  This made the end of a long day skiing with kids so much more pleasurable than having to cart skis and poles back to our accommodation. 

The slopes at Nozwa Onsen are great for families wanting to ski together and there is a variety of slopes depending on your skill level and ability with plenty of connecting lifts.  There was also a large children's play park at the base of the slopes near St. Anton ski hire centre with rubber tyres and sleds that the children could use.

The only issues we had whilst in Nozwa Onsen was that the Ryokan style of accommodation was probably a bit too small to  accommodate a family of 4 all with ski clothing to dry at the end of each day in our room plus all of our luggage. If there had been a drying room on the premises we would have had more room to move. In saying this, we wanted to try the Ryokan style of accommodation to experience a more traditional Japanese style of accommodation.  Knowing the layout of a Ryokan and taking into consideration the amount of stuff we all had, we should have booked two rooms side by side.  

The only other disappointing issue was as a guest of Jon Nobi we thought that we would have been able to dine in the restaurant at least one night during our stay, however we were told that the restaurant was fully booked during our stay.  We since found out that the bookings were from people staying else where and not at Jon Nobi.  We thought as guests staying at the Ryokan, we would have had first option to restaurant bookings.  That was a bit sad Emoji.

However, the overall experience was wonderful and we enjoyed staying in a different location for part of our holiday.  Many thanks again Hisae for all your assistance and for making our holiday in Nozwa Onsen very enjoyable.


Regards
Colleen Wyer

Australia






 

 
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