I almost hate to write a review of this place because I would love for it to remain my little secret. I've been coming here for four years now, and I think it may be my favorite guesthouse I've ever stayed in. Many of the guests are repeat customers like me who keep coming back because it really is the best ski lodge in Hakbua, maybe in Japan.
Yoko, the owner, really is the reason that this place is so great. She lived in the US for 4 years and so speaks perfectly english. She grew up in Hakuba and her family has very deep ties to the area so she is a wealth of information about anything you might need to know. She goes out of her way to help her guests, giving you a lift wherever you need to go and basically doing anything she can to help you out.
The location is absolutely incredible. When you walk out the door you find yourself in the middle of a beautiful forest and it seems like you're in the middle of nowhere, but if you walk 2 minutes down the road you come out on top of a hill that drops right down the Happo gondola. It's in Wadano which is a much less touristy and bawdy area than Echoland (where many other accommodation options are).
The house itself is very cozy. There is a shared kitchen for cooking, and a very comfortable common area for shared meals, reading, etc. There are little onsen-like hot baths in the shower rooms that are perfect for a hot soak after a long day skiing.
It's a friendly atmosphere and a great place to have fun, but probably not the best choice if you are planning to come and be loud and party every night. The clientele generally goes to sleep pretty early and most people are up by 7 and ready to hit the slopes at 8. If that's what you're looking for, you will not find a better place. If skiing is second to drinking then there are probably many better options elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maison de Sasagawa is a family-run lodge offers a clean, comfortable and friendly&relaxed atmosphere and is an ideal place for our guests from over the world to enjoy your stay in Hakuba. We are located a short 5minits walk to Happo ski gondola and onsen(Japanese hot springs) ... more less
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