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3.0 of 5 Japanese Pension   |   7148 Hirao, Shimotakai-gun, Yamanouchi-machi 381-0401, Nagano Prefecture (Yudanaka shibu Onsen)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 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 via mobile

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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142 hotel reviews
338 helpful votes 338 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 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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3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Bundaberg, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We recently stayed at Villa Alpen and really enjoyed our stay. The hospitality was fantastic, the captain and his team are more than happy to help where they can. The food was great, we had no complaints at all. The location was fantastic for ski-ing but as you will read there is no night life in the area but after... More 

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6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Whilst we cannot comment on reviews about the positive atmosphere food and service at Villa Alpen we can say that we were somewhat shocked and disappointed about the small shabby room that we were given-japanese with bathroom and toilet. The room represented poor value for money and the hotel appearance was generally run down.There was virtually no room for two... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

Thanks to Captain and his family for the fanstic holiday in Shiga Kogen. From day one they took care of us by selecting the ski equipment and advising on where to go and what to do. Great winter atmosphere during lunch and in the common living room by the fireplace!

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London, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Villa Alpen never promised to be the best hotel. they have a small ski rental collection, hence it would be helpful if u message captain Nobuo of ur size before arrival. this hotel is a family business, started by Captain Nobuo's father... before contacting villa Alpen directly, I have tried various booking sites like Agoda.com. No rooms available. my advise... More 

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Address: 7148 Hirao, Shimotakai-gun, Yamanouchi-machi 381-0401, Nagano Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Shimotakai-gun > Yamanouchi-machi > Yudanaka shibu Onsen , Shigakougenhoppo Onsen , Kumanoyu Onsen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Alpen 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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