Entering the hotel with merry go rounds, kids playzone and a mini disneyland type decor was a bit different but we were led up to the hotel reception area and all became normal again. Helpful check in staff with adequate english, good ski storage facilities close to the exit area and a variety of bars and restaurants all within the one building made our stay a pleasure. There was plenty to explore over our 3 days all within the one complex
The skiing was fabulous across the 3 different peaks. If you love tree skiing then this is for you but the groomed intermediate runs were perfect for my standard too. Advice that North South wing was most convenient to ski lifts was spot on. The tower looks like it would be more convenient but definitely involves more walking and does not have anywhere near the atmosphere of the North and South wing hotel sectors. Beginners and kids areas are closest to the North and south wing as well. If you are looking for a resort in Japan which caters well for kids on and off the snow then this is it.
"at a golf course and a ski lift starts in hotel."
Very nice hotel with several activities available. Several walking trails, a golf course and for the winter a ski lift starts from the hotel premises.
Golf course rent equipment and even shoes so even the unexpected golfer can play.
Nice onsen and spa available.
Very nice, friendly and helpful staff.
Only small draw back is that the village is around 10 km away so own transport is helpful.
this condo/hotel has a lot of room and is in a good location.
It has everything you will need for a night or two or as long as a week or two!
good wifi, full kitchen, washer/dryer, good wifi and a short walk to almost everything-
just be sure to NOT go into Hirafu via Hirafu train station-it is an empty building in the middle of no where- use Kutchan station and hotel will pick you up free.
We really enjoyed our stay at Powder Tracks 5B. The staff at HT Holidays was wonderful and very helpful. They gave us restaurant recommendations, helped us with our giant bags and even gave us a lift to the train station at the end of our stay. The condo had free laundry which was awesome! They also had Sky/satellite TV so we could watch some english-language news (which is nice during a long trip overseas). Big bathroom, serviceable mini-kitchen, comfortable beds. Would definitely stay there again! We went during the fall but it looks like it's right in the middle of the action for ski season!
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