Reservation: I directly wrote to the hotel and was replied quickly in clear English. A few days before my arrival, they wrote to me again asking for my re-confirmation. The whole process didn't require any credit card info and is based on trust only. This is the common practice only in Japan which reflects the purity, sincerity and honour of the Japanese people. I appreciate and respect.
Location: It seems that this hotel is the only available hotel around the Biei JR train station or in the downtown generally, though there may be a few family-run guesthouses. Biei is a very quiet city and I always found I was the only person walking on the street, no matter day or night. Biei is in the middle between Asahikawa and Furano (30 mins each by train to Asahikawa or Furano). If you wish to have more choices, you may set your base in Asahikawa instead, given JR train is so convenient. Day excursion to the colourful farmlands is good enough. Accomodations in Biei/Furano area are more expensive generally and choice is lacking. The price for each night I stayed in this hotel is 8000 yen and is on the lower side already as compared to other accomodations in Biei/Furano area.
Room: Fine with everything. Clean and bed comfy. Curtains are light in colour and I was awaken by the sunlight everyday around 4:30am (yes, sunrise in Hokkaido is very early).
Breakfast: Not much variety, yet the quality is good, fresh and the main point is it's all local produce.
Staff: Front desk man friendly, though spoken English not so good. With my limited (poor) Japanese, that's not a problem. That adds fun to my trip.
Interest Class: It has charged classes for making ice-cream, cheese etc. Sounds interesting.
Restaurants around: There are a few only. Udon with curry and local vegetables is the chef here. Worth trying.
All guests I met are Japanese people and I enjoy the tranquil ambience here.
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