I just returned from the most wonderful ski trip in Shiga Kogen. We didn't do an organised ski package, so we looked at a few hotels and decided on Alpenburg. This is for people who, like us had never skiied in Japan- we chose Shiga Kogen because we did not want all the fly in fly out groups of Aussies about- we wanted a more authentic Japanese experience.
If you are trying to figure out which Valley to stay in, it doesn't really matter they are all connected. This is not a place for nightlife- here you ski yourself to death, have a thermal bath, eat fabulous food and crash into bed. then do it all again the next day. If you stay at Alpenburg, which you should, you will enjoy the friendliest, most helpful staff- clean warm rooms with , in our case, views up the piste. It is truly ski in ski out- The whole Shiga Kogen area is huge and easy to negotiate, long long runs, great grooming, tons of snow.
The hotel Alpenburg rents ski gear at a VERY reasonable rate- half that of the ski rentals in Ichinose. It is a must to get your breakfast and evening meal in the accom. package when you arrange it (you don't have to do it this way, but it could be expensive if you don't, also there are only a couple of other hotels in this valley and it seems silly to traipse about at night to find the food not nearly as nice elsewhere).- set meals Western and Japanese on alternate nights. Breakfast Buffet of wonderful food, both Japanese and western. The manager comes to pick you up from the bus stop and takes you back when you need to leave, and will do ANYTHING to make your trip a happy one. I do not usually review- but this place is so sweet and so perfect for a couple. Everything works well- it is a delightful hotel in a perfect setting. I loved the thermal spring Onsen Japanese bath and pool. I included this in my review as fitness centre rating.
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