After having read a review by one traveler years ago in a Travel forum, which had then described this YH to be one of the most beautiful in Hokkaido...., well, I must agree that it is still a delightful sight to behold, a wise decision we made, ie. to stay at Daisetsuzan Shirakabaso YH. It was also a very convenient location as we wanted to be as near to the Asahidake Ropeway, ready for our next day early ascend to explore the magnificent Daisetusuzan in its splendid Autumn colours!
However, upon check-in we had a slight communication issue - as in our email exchanges, we had requested for "Private Rooms for 2 pax and another for 3 pax. Unfortunately, the staff had allocated us dormitory rooms; separating females from males. Nevertheless, we overcame the language barrier and as it was not the peak season yet, we were accorded 2 private rooms which were spacious and comfortable at JPY.7940 p/pax.
I am not sure if towels were provided for in most hostels (Hokkaido) but am glad that this hostel provides them.
We had opted to have our dinner as well as breakfast at this YH due to its location - being far from convenience store/eateries. The dinner was filling and delicious with its usual soup, salad, rice (unlimited), fish & chicken servings, whereas breakfast was simple but fulfilling as well!
As we were going to explore Daisetsuzan for the better half of the day, we ordered take-away rice balls (2 pcs), which turned out to be yummy especially after having walked, hiked, climbed the trails.
The only minor set-back is, as with most hostel, inn, lodges, etc... there are no lifts. Nevertheless, we were prepared to take the steps up to the rooms but one caution here, one had to be very careful while descending the "polished" steps in the slippers provided by the hostel as they kept slipping out of our feet due to size (slippers) and "non-grip" factors.
We were glad that there was a slope going down from the entrance to the driveway as one could drag the luggage up or down with ease.
Some would comment that rooms are pricey but almost all would agree that this establishment has very good service, clean & comfortable rooms, a relaxing "onsen" to dip in and meals that are truly sumptuous.
We will certainly recommend to our friends to stay at this Hostel and we would too, should we ever decide to return and visit this beautiful National Park.
- Also Known As:
- Daisetsuzan Shirakabaso Japan/Hokkaido - Higashikawa-Cho