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Reviewed November 6, 2017

This hotel is located away from the cities and is ideal for people trying to get away for the weekend. The hotel itself is nice and grand for the area so it felt comfortable. For the room, it was decently spacious for Japanese hotel room and had all the necessities. The hot spring was also decent and clean with a somewhat nice view of the forest. As for staff, the front desk was a little unprepared to handle English tourists and was not able to communicate well, however the other staff around the hotel were all very warm and tried hard to make you feel comfortable. From what it seems, this hotel is best to stay during winter for the proximity to the ski slopes, but it is a comfortable hotel throughout the year.

Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Jason C
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Reviewed February 12, 2017

We went there for our snowboard trip last year.

The front desk staff was very friendly. At one time, my wife was waiting at the lobby for us. The front desk offered her a cup of coffee to warm her up. She was very impressed.

The room size was generous. It was one of the largest which I have seen in Japan.

I will definitely come back when I visit the area next time.

Room tip: Tell them what you expect for your room. They are responsive by email.
Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Coconuttreeandme
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Reviewed January 7, 2015

I probably rate this hotel as one of the most fun hotel I have ever stayed in, at least Top 5 in my personal list.

I first visited the hotel with my wife last January 2014, we just had Coffee there but went to their "backyard" to play in the snow. We quickly thought of our kids back home and how it would be a great place for them to experience playing in the snow here.

So our host booked us a room for December 2014. Our room was a family room, basiclaly 2 adults 2 kids and 1 infant. Our room had 3 beds, 2 twins and 1 single, which was very comfortable. Toilet/Bath was intersting it was similar to what you would see in a Tatami room, wherein the Toilet has it's own door and the shower/bath has a different door and outside of these two is the faucet and mirror. Quite nice, basically 3 persons can be doing three separate bathroom things at the same time :) The Hotel is well prepared to handle big families as we observed that most families checked in are all packing Snowskiing and snowboarding gears, not to mention sleds.

We checked it late in the afternoon, as we first visited a Ski Resort, there were so many guests that they had to schedule 2 batches for the buffet dinner, and we were given the second slot. Buffet dinner was great, mostly Japanese cuisine of course, with lots of offering based on the local crab that is in season. They also offered some beef carvings and unlimited beer and soda bar but for an additional fee. The beef is of course from the area, as Tajima beef after all is very popular, in fact they say that Tajima raises most of the calves that eventually get transferred to Kobe.

The Hotel has a Hot Spring, free for Hotel guests, unfortunately I bathed before dinner so only my wife and kids were able to go, they enjoyed their bath, apparently there is also an outdoor hot pool too.

Breakfast buffet was also great, again mostly Japanese cuisine of course, they have an Egg station, but unsure if the chef accepts special requests, as the scrambled eggs and poached eggs were enough for us. They also have Yogurts which is plain, usually they would mix with some fruites and sugar. One tip, if you like flavored Yogurts, go to the Bread area, get a bunch of your favorite Jam flavor and mix that with the Yogurts, my kids loved my Strawberry Jam Yogurt :)

Now, why did I say this is one of the best hotel I have stayed in? Because it is fun, specially during winter when it already started snowing. At the back of the hotel is a hill with a very nice slope, their website mentions this but only highlights the summer activities where they have a petting zoo and a Ranch like ambiance, nice for Picnics. But during winter, the whole hillside fills up with snow and thus is a great place fo kids to play in and do some sledding.

We know it was allowed when we visited the first time, but during breakfast, we couldn't see anyone playing out there, worse no sleds. But after checking the front desk, they provides us with 2 sleds for the kids to play with. By gosh we had fun. The snow was icey because the last snow fall was 2 days ago, but it was pefect for sledding. The only problem was that we did not get to make a big snowman as planned, because there was no fresh snow. We did make small snowmen using our snowball making device.

We could play at the back fo the hotel all day long, but alas we had to catch the train back to Osaka that afternoon.

By the way, the nearest Train station that I know of is Ebara Station (Toyooka), I saw a BlueRidge Hotel shuttle bus at the station so I think they will be glad to pick upnad drop off guests at the Ebara station if you arrange it in advance.

We visited last week of December, If you want to be sure you have fresh snow, January is probably the best time to go.

If any of you readers go, could you plead build a snowman for us and post in Tripadvisor? :)

Room tip: Pick a room that overlooks the back of the hotel facing the Hill. Even in the summer it should make for a great view.
Date of stay: December 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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1  Thank Arvin S
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Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Reviewed September 13, 2018
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Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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