We’re currently booked for our 5th stay at Hotel Alpenburg. In 6 trips to Japan skiing, we’ve enjoyed skiing at 6 resorts (Shiga Kogen, Nozawa Onsen, Myoko Kogen. Hakuba, Niseko and Furano). For our 7th trip to Japan, we’re only staying at Shiga Kogen / Hotel Alpenburg, for a week, on the way back to Australia.
I’ve previously posted two reviews of this hotel, so check these for the details regarding rooms etc. that you need, it’s still good. There are however, a couple of other things worth knowing about. One of the common features of reviews of Hotel Alpenburg is comment about the consistently high quality of the dinners. It is therefore pertinent to know that the same two cooks are retained from year to year, with one responsible for the Japanese courses and the other the alternating Western courses. The food really is just terrific.
This is a genuinely nice hotel. It is not one that seeks to manipulate Tripadvisor reviews and does not necessarily encourage guests to post gratuitous review, as some other hotels are inclined to do. The only reason I’ve posted this review is because other potential guests really deserve to know that this is a very good hotel, that is well worth considering.
In Tripadvisor, you’ll notice that this hotel is grouped, hotels in “Yamanouchi-Machi”, so it is worth knowing that this is actually quite a large area, that extends beyond the Shiga Kogen ski area. In particular, Yamanouchi-Machi includes the town and environs of Yamanouchi, which is located well below the ski fields – great if you only want to go and see the snow monkeys, but don’t assume that all Yamanouchi-Machi hotels are necessarily ski in, ski out, as is the case for Hotel Alpenburg. Incidentally, over a period of several days, it is fairly common to see snow monkeys on the Shiga Kogen ski fields anyway.
If you’re still trying to decide where to stay, it might also be worth knowing that the Grand Phenix Okushiga (currently rated no. 1 and designed by the same architect as Hotel Alpenburg), is actually situated beyond the furthest lift, at the distant end of the Shiga Kogen ski area. It is a skier only ski field (no snow boarders) and to get from Okushiga to the rest of the Shiga Kogen ski area, will involve either a tedious walk (traverse) or a bus trip. In contrast, Hotel Alpenburg has a choice of skiing in several directions and this area caters to both skiers and snow boarders alike.
I’d not previously mentioned that Hotel Alpenburg does have a good range of rental equipment and fortunately for us foreigners, many of the staff speak quite good English.
Purpose built in an Austrian theme, Hotel Alpenburg offers a modern style of accommodation, it is warm, comfortable and we’re again looking forward to getting back there once again.
The attached photo is one I'd meant to post previously. It was taken out the front of Hotel Alpenburg and shows how special the skiing can be after a dump of snow overnight.
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