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Log Hotel Larch in Lake Kanayama

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#1 of 3 hotels in Minamifurano-cho
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Banquet Room
Laundry Service
Non-smoking hotel
Paid Internet
Paid Wifi
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Public Wifi
Self-Serve Laundry
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This is our second time to stay at The Larch. Once again, we were NOT disappointed. It's in a fantastic location ... you can access 3 different ski resorts (Furano; Sahoro & Tomamu Ski areas) all within one hour, by car. There are popular cottages to stay in, but we chose the convenience of the hotel - no need to get cold moving around the hotel, that way. The rooms in the hotel are very spacious. We stayed in a triple room with a maisonette style ... the toilet, bathroom; living room with a huge 2 parts sofa are downstairs and the 3 beds (evenly spaced) are upstairs. It's so quiet at night, when the snow or ice slides off the room, it can wake you suddenly ... ha! ha! (Having also stayed in a huge well-known hotel in Furano - the no hustle'n'bustle, just peace and quiet of The Larch is sanely fantastic...) The bathroom and toilet are separate and are both clean and spacious. The closet could be a bit bigger (esp. with bulky ski wear), but there are plenty of hangers. The central heating is not too hot and can be adjusted. The large verandah (although freezing) is great to sit down (at the plastic table and chairs) and just enjoy the view - for a little while - too chilly, for too long. You can do your washing there ... they have 2 washing machines and 2 dryers, above the reception. They're reasonably priced ... The meals are great. They're not exactly huge, but with all the freshest local ingredients. They consist of several courses, beautifully arranged. At brekkie, if you're lucky enough ... you will also get to see the beautiful Jays come in for a feed. The hotel also provide play items: sleds; snowshoes etc., for guests. The only downside ... is that the hotel does offer a hot spring bath centre ... but, it's not within walking distance (in winter). It's about 3-5 mins by car. It's old ... (that's probably why we had it all to ourselves???) and the change areas lacked amenities ... but, the hot bath is great! Unfortunately, they don't have an outside bath, either. Overall it's a fantastic hotel, for our needs. The staff are very friendly & helpful. We will undoubtedly stay again ...
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The whole log cabin was kept very clean (and seemed new). The 3 heaters provided were adequate to keep us warm during winter. It was a spacious accommodation for us (family of 4). Kitchen was well-equipped for us to cook simple meals. Complimentary entry was given to nearby public hot bath which provided simple but clean hot bath facilities. Sighted a couple of deer and a fat rabbit near the hotel on the way back to the log house. Very quiet serene place for good family bonding time together. We booked the place almost 2 months ahead and had requested for hotel to allow us to book half-board at the restaurant onsite. But we were advised that the kitchen was under maintenance during the 2 days of our stay. However, when we arrived, we saw meals being served to other guests. So we checked with the restaurant captain and was told we could have the meals if we had booked in advance. When we approached the front desk to clarify, we were again being told the kitchen was under maintenance. It was unfortunate that they insisted we could not have any meal at the restaurant during our stay cause "kitchen under maintenance". We were hoping to enjoy some of their "french cuisine" there. But anyway, our children had a chance to showcase their cooking skill and we had simple meals instead. To get food, the nearest town would be Minamifurano station (about 9 km drive from the hotel) or further town will be Furano (about 45km drive away).
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Stayed here during February for 3 nights and wished we could have stayed longer. Place is out of town and very quiet. The cottage was very big for just two of us. There were 5 beds. Full equipped kitchen. A public onsen bath 5 mins away. Very beautiful and romantic place. Will definitely come back again for sure.
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Very quiet and felt out of the world. Complete drastic change from my previous stay at hoshino tomamu which was full of ppl. Lake kanayama was frozen and white with snow. The drive in along kanayama lake is pretty quiet. Must bring along food for dinner n breakfast. Kids had so much fun playing outside lodge
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We were there first week of February, snow white all over, lake was frozen. But the surrounding was so beautiful, pine forrest at the back and frozen lake in the distance. we put on the snow shoe (free for guests) and walked to the lake , not so easy but an experience we wont forget... The log hotel is beautiful, our room has balcony , sitting area with bathroom on the ground level then 2 twin beds up the stairs, all made of logs. the corridors into the rooms was also great for photos. our package included french dinner and japanese breakfast, both were delicious though we'd have liked a bigger portion! Price is very reasonable too..all that foe under 20,000 JPY. We love to come back in spring or summer to see the lake and the surrounding forrest! Not sure if they have double beds in other rooms, would be nice if we had one, such cold weather & the hotel is so romantic yet we had to sleep in diff beds! The only downside is there is no onsen for such large establishment, they did hand out free tickets to go to a nearby public bath house (about 2 mins by car) , wouldnt recommend it, not exactly clean, I'd rather shower in the room;s small bathroom!
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