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Villa Alpen

7148 Hirao, Shimotakai-gun, Yamanouchi-machi 381-0401, Nagano Prefecture
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Healesville, Australia
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Is an older property however is instantly welcoming. You don't have to take off your ski boots when entering the front door. Captain and his family were lovely as well as the staff and we were made to feel at home with a very relaxed atmosphere. Exceptional food and great breakfast. Our room was comfortable with Tatami Area. Shared bathroom... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Wonderful place to stay for a weeks skiing. The 'Captain', his family and employees are lovely and extremely helpful. Can ski from the door and can access all other ski areas in the region without shuttle bus if you want. Comfortable rooms with clean bathroom facilities. Great onsen. Fabulous lounge with open fire and bar with views out on to... More 

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Mt Beauty
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31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Captain Nobuo and his wif were fantastic! Couldn't have been more helpful. The meals, particularly dinner, were great. The wasn't much variety with breakfast - scrambled eggs (very nice though) every day. The bar is great with terrific views of the slopes - had some very pleasant evenings in there chatting to guests. From the front door you can ski... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The captain and his son were wonderful! My sister and I did not have enough cash to pay for our stay but they allowed us to do a bank transfer after leaving the place. The food was great too. I took a ski lesson from the captain's son and he was exceedingly patient.

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sydney australia
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is the seventh time in ten years that we've stayed at Villa Alpen and it continues to improve with age. Every year, we try another ski resort such as Hakuba and Nozawa Onsen for variety but we always end up coming"home" to Villa Alpen for a few days. The interiors are not sexy and styled up as in a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The captain and staff were exceedingly friendly. The food was nice and were of the right portions after a long day of skiing. The rooms has an attached bathroom and the shared bathroom was clean and hygienic. hope to be back soon!

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I visited and stayed at this hotel with my wife and my Swedish friend for three nights at the beginning of this March. I highly recommend this hotel by several reasons. As others have mentioned and also the captain who is the owner of the hotel has admitted, this hotel is not among most fashionable but it is old; however... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Me and 3 other frds went for a 5 night stay at shiga kogen targeting to hunt some powder snow. Service is great! As mentioned on other reviews Food was excellent! Location allows me to either ski in ski out, or take the early direct bus to yakibityama for some long runs. I have the understanding of shiga kogen as... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 392 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I booked this hotel at the last minute after I decided to head up to Shiga Kogen to go skiing and also visit the snow monkeys at Yamanouchi-onsen (Jigokudani Monkey Park). This hotel is really convenient for both. It is located at right in front of the Sun Valley part of the Shiga Kogen ski area, making for an easy... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Villa Alpen is a great place to ski from in Shigakogen. The Captain and his son Ken speak great English and always try to oblige any requests promptly. The 'Real Captain" Hiroko is a wonderful cook and kept us guessing every night with new dishes. Real Japanese home cooking! The access to the slopes could not be easier and the... More 

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