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Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen
Reviewed January 15, 2012

We spent a ski-weekend at Shirakabaso-Hotel and without exageration I would say that it was the perfect place to do so. Manager and staff speak English and were extremely helpful and friendly. They provided all details including train and bus plans how to get there and though we arrived after 10 pm a delicious supper was waiting for us. All was well organised and the shuttle bus for the bigger ski areas stops right in front of the hotel.
They have a public onsen where you can sit outside in the snow and two small private onsen.

All very well and I can nothing but recommend it!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 16, 2011

I've been here for 9 days. If you want to ski whole shigakogen area, this place is great! Because main bus stop is just 10 seconds far and just middle area of shigakogen, you can go to any place of shigakogen and don't have to transfer!
Hotel have clean, new remodeled interior room, and outdoor bath. Food is great and delicious! And all hotel staff was really friendly.
If I would have chance to go to Shigakogen again, I will visit this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Reviewed April 21, 2008

... those are the three reasons to stay at Hotel Shirakabaso in Shiga Kogen.
The Hotel is located not only directly next to the Maruike bus stop (from where you can access all areas of Shiga Kogen) but also only 100m from the slopes of Hasuike/Maruike, one of the areas of the huge Shiga Kogen resort. Up until early April you should have no trouble skiing down to the hotel parking lot and maybe even out of it in the morning.
To us the hotel looked flashy on the website. Well, it's not. The rather plain interior is vaguely reminiscent of a hospital - in the late 1980s. Non-smoking rooms are not available. The rooms are, however, clean and spacious. Windows are to be kept shut or supervised - the snow monkeys love to drop by for a snack ...

Keep in mind that Shiga Kogen is not a mountain village with access to the slopes but rather an artificial ski resort with no "town center". Therefore, Shirakabaso has three important assets: 1) they do rent out skis and boots (even larger sizes) (standard set: 6,800 Yen/day), 2) they have an excellent dinner restaurant (2,400 Yen/person) and 3) they have a small convenience store where you can stock up on drinks, snacks and (limited) skiing accessories.

The front desk staff we experienced spoke extremely limited English but was very helpful and stocks a bunch of very informative maps of the area.
The ofuro (bath) is separate sex, nice and clean and boasts some nice mountain views.
Overall it's a convenient base for a two-day skiing trip to Shiga. Don't expect anything fancy though. It's in a ski area - that explains the 17,000 Yen price tag for a night in a Japanese style room with breakfast.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded July 28, 2010

Dear Customer,

Thank you for the detailed comments.

Having read your reviews, we understand that the building is not stylish and
needs a bit of renovation. But we are trying to do our best to keep offering friendly service.
Although our English is limited, we are learning English by experience (slowly but surely).

We hope you come to our ski slopes and to be able to serve you again in the near future!

Hotel Shirakabaso

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Reviewed October 2, 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 14, 2017
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Room Tip: 3階、4階であれば、どの部屋でも特に問題はありません。5階はエレベータがないので要注意。
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2017
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Room Tip: 今回和室の泊まりましたが洋室の方がおすすめです。
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  • Stayed: February 2017, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen

Address: Hasuike, Shiga-Kogen, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401, Nagano Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Shimotakai-gun > Yamanouchi-machi > Yudanaka shibu Onsen
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 78 B&Bs / Inns in Yamanouchi-machi
Price Range: $195 - $290 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 30
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