Kawamotoya Ryokan

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano

Prices
from ¥9,180 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 6
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Rooms
Japanese Room

Recently renovated modern Japanese style Ryokan. The Dosojin Fire Festival, one of the three largest fire festivals of Japan, is held very close to our ryokan and view from the rooftop is the best in the village. 250 metres to Shinyu Pair lift. Gourmet restaurant "Tamon".


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Mountain Side

Mountain Side

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥20,520 Per night
Guests
2 - 6
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
Mountain Side sets a new standard in alpine luxury with luxury ski in/ski out condominiums located located at the base of Kokusai slope Happo One.
Asahidake La Vista Daisetsuzan

Asahidake La Vista Daisetsuzan

Asahidake, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥14,500 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 3
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast & dinner
Room Types
A high class hotel located only 700 metres to Asahidake Gondola. The hotel has a free shuttle bus to the gondola station. Coffee grinder in each room, 10 types of pillows to choose from, a healing saloon with aromatic massage, indoor/outdoor Onsen and more...
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
 
 
 
Madarao Kogen Hotel

Madarao Kogen Hotel

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

Madarao Kogen Hotel guest reviews

 
 
 
Late Feb 2017

I thought your service was excellent, you were always prompt with your responses and able to answer any questions I had.

The accommodation was adequate, comfortable and pretty much what I was expecting, the staff at the Hotel were very helpful and a happy to organise anything else we required such as booking other restaurants for dinner. The rooms were always cleaned and beds made up each day. Only criticism would be the lack of drying or hanging space in the room, however it would probably be okay if we didn't have 3 staying in what would normally be a 2 person room.

Getting around the resort was a little tricky as the lifts all opened an closed at different times which made it a challenge to always end up getting back to the right side of the mountain to ski home, once we worked out the times it was okay. The resort offered some of the best tree skiing I have ever had and we were lucky with some good snowfalls earlier in the week of our stay.

Thank you for organising our booking 

Kind regards,
Phil.
 
 
 
Late Feb 2017

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

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

Many thanks
Sally


 
 
Mid Feb 2017

We had a fabulous skiing trip at Madarao ski resort (mid Feb 2017). 

The resort was what we expected,  a smaller compact place, uncrowded with mostly un-groomed runs, off piste - powder paradise. The Madarao combine with the Tangram resorts catered for skiers and snowboarders, the beginners and advanced (the tree runs were great challenge).We stayed in the Madarao Resort Hotel, a ski in-out accommodation.

The hotel wasn’t anything special, but the staff was wonderful. The hotel has a well maintained onsen (again not crowded, definitely a bonus). There is a number of little restaurants - bars within walking distance from the hotel and they delivered tasty japanese food.  

I would not recommend this place for the people chasing some night life or shopping.  This place is definitely for people who want ski or snowboard in powder (without ski patrol chasing them….). It is picturesque environment (the views from the top of the resorts Madarao -Tangram are spectacular.

Kat


 
 
 
 
Mid Feb 2017

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

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

Regards
Andrew Bolte



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mid February 2017

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

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

Regards,
Sally Platt


 
 
 
 

 

Mid January 2017

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

Jodie


 
 
 
 
Mid January 2017

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

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

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

Your assistance in this trip was fantastic. 

Thanks so much again.
Guy Rodger


 

 

 

Early January 2017

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

Camille Warnet

 

Early January 2017

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

 

 

Mid January 2016

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


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

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

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

Thanks Hisae :) 


Jodie


 
 
 
 
Late Deecember 2016

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

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


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

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

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

Thanks
Patrick


 

 

 

 

Late December 2015

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

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

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


Hope this help !


Regards,

Christine Chow


Pictures attached below


 
 
 
 
 
Mid janiary 2016

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

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


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


Many thanks - Kirsten

 

 

 

Mid January 2016

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


Jennifer and Jeremy Williams

 

 

 

Mid February 2015

We loved Madarao Kogen

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

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

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

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

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


Take care
Nat 


 
 
 
 
 
February 2015

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

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

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

Thankyou Hisae for help with bookings

Scott Curtis


 

 

 

 

Mid February 2015

We really enjoy our trip

Everything was great

Kids loved it

Very convenient

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

We'll come back next year!

Regards
Alan
Early January 2015

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

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

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

Best Regards
Gustav

 

 

 

 

Mid January 2015

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

Let us know when next season deals are on.

Regards 

Anthony Gilligan

 

 

 

December 2014

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

Thank you for your help in making it a wonderful trip

Regards 

Hywel

 

 

 


February 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you very much,

I have attached some pictures from our trip below.

Sue, Andrew, Kai and Shalin



 

 

Late February 2014  

The time we spent in Madaro was simply amazing!

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

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

The dinner is special and the breakfast is good.

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

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

Thanks a lot!

Best regards,
Carlo 

 

 

 

Mid February 2014 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Once again thank you for all your help."

Kindest regards,
Sharon and Trevor Monk

 

 

 

Early January 2014 

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

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

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

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


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

From Andrew and Belinda


 

 

 

 

Late December 2013 

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

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

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

The food was good - a good variety. 

Thanks for a wonderful trip."

Lynn Hough

 

 

Late December 2013 

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

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

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

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

From Lance

 

 

 

Late December 2013  

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

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

My Irish husband enjoyed his first experience of an Onsen. 

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

From Michelle






February 2013  

It was an excellent family resort. 

Staffs were friendly and service was good. 

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

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

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

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

By Kathy

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

By Matt

 

 

 

Deecember 2012

We stayed 3 nights at Madarao Kogen Hotel, 

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

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

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

By Synthia

 

Thanks so much for your help in booking our holiday. 

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

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

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

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

By Greg

 

Feb 2011

I stayed at the Madarao Kogen Hotel

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

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

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

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

The restaurant served great sukiyaki and shabu shabu. 

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

By Korean boy from OZ

 

 

 

I am very happy to stay in Madarao Kogen Hotel. 

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

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

By Eileen

 

 

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

 

 

Visit Alp Bach

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hotel Daimaru

Hotel Daimaru

Myoko, Niigata
Prices from
¥6,200 Per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Hotel Daimaru is a traditional Japanese hotel located only 100 metres from the lifts. All rooms are traditional Japanese style with ensuites & a choice of western beds or Japanese futons. Hotel facilaties include an onsen and Japanese dining using fresh local ingredients.

Hotel Daimaru Guest Reviews

 
 

 

Late January 2017

Hotel Daimaru was conveniently located a 2min walk to Akakura Onsen lifts, the hotel rooms were huge by Japanese standards- plenty of room for laying out damp snow gear. The breakfast buffet was good and lockable snowboard racks in the downstairs storage room was a bonus. Great location, good value and epic Myoko powder.

Cheers Jodie
 

 

Mid January 2017

we had a great time at Hotel Daimaru. Our rating would be excellent for service, breakfast, onsen and location. Medium for hotel maintenance as it really needs some light renovation work (paints are peeling, carpet is very old and worn).

Having said that, i would go back and hope for a little refresher of the place :-)

Amy 
 
Mid January 2017

HUGE snowfalls in Myoko but the whole ski area layout unfortunately is a logistical challenge and pretty tiring on kids in particular with all the walking and poor lift connectivity. The skifields are pretty flat too and you need steeper terrain for those snow fall quantities.

Whilst clean and Huge rooms the Daimaru is really really tired with wallpaper peeling off etc. The colours of the dated interior, vinyl floors and carpet etc was so bad it was laughable and everyone had a great joke about it. That said I would still recommend it and it was fine.

Hint for future bookings: You dont want to be in a room facing the road at Daimaru. The noise of the snow movers every night between 2am and 5am was pretty bad and caused sleeping challenges.

Your assistance in this trip was fantastic.

Thanks so much again.

Guy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Early January 2016

Hotel Daimaru was an interesting place to stay.

On the downside it is very rundown and in need of some renovation.

However it is clean and comfortable with large rooms and the staff were really friendly and helpful. It is an easy walk to chairlifts at akakura onsen resort and from there access to Akakan resort was convenient. It is also possible to walk through the village to the Akakan resort. We travelled on the shuttle bus to nearby suginohara resort and had 2 great days there with good snow and no crowds.

We had exceptionally good service at Spicy snowboard/ski hire shop, their equipment was good, well maintained and the staff went out of their way to ensure we had suitable gear.

Chrissy
 
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





 

 
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




 

 

Brownie Condominiums

Brownie Condominiums

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥21,600 Per night
Guests
2-5
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
There are 6 two bedroom self-containd apartments at Brownie Condo. The mountain shuttle bus is neaby and restaurants & bars are within easy walkind distance. Complimentary shuttle to / from the slopes available too.

Review - Brownie Condominiums

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Please email us if you have any questions.

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Popcorn Lodge

Popcorn Lodge

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥4,500 Per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
Popcorn Lodge is located in Izumikyo, Niseko, just a 5 minute ride on the free shuttle bus to the closest lift or Hirafu area. Popcorn Lodge provides clean, comfortable budget accommodation with a variety of room types and bedding configurations to choose from. Cosy up with a fireplace that warms the huge dining/ living area.

Niseko Popcorn Lodge guest reviews

 

 

 

Mid January 2016

Accommodation was excellent and staff were friendly and always there to help with whatever inquiries we had! 

They gave us great info on nightlife, mountain ranges and helped us pick the best mountain each day according to their knowledge of the upcoming weather conditions!

I would highly recommend that anyone looking for a fun laid back lodge in a great location of niseko to definitely not look past popcorn lodge!

Sean Young
 
 
 
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