This review is very much overdue yet my family still has fondest memories of this place.My family of 6 stayed in Skala for a few days in Feb. Right from the pick up at the train station and the warm reception at the lobby we were made to feel right at home. Since we had booked 3 rooms,Miwa (the owner) even very graciously let us pick which rooms we liked. Of course we chose the 3 closest to each other.Osamu her son-in-la was indeed her right hand man;from driving us around to the supermarket, to serving our meals and overall just making sure our needs were attended to. The breakfast reviews about the place are indeed true as we were treated to Miwa's finest cooking. Special thanks to Miwa who took time from her busy schedule to drive my mom to the clinic as she was feeling ill. She even stayed with her throughout just to make sure there was someone there who could translate English to Japanese. On top of that, considering it was our first ski-trip, she followed us to the ski school to ensure that we did not get ripped off for our classes. She also so graciously lent us some ski outfits which we so appreciated. The location was just nice as the free shuttle to the ski resorts were just a short walk out. Overall, my family had a wonderful time there. The snow was beautiful and staying at the Grove Inn Skala just completed our dream holiday. We would definitely be back for more!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grove Inn Skala is a country resort owned by family. Privacy, comfort and personal care are all yours. Located in the center of Japan's main island, in Hakuba village, Nagano prefecture. Many people know about Hakuba, as it was the sight of the 1998 Winter Olympic events: Giant Slalom, Downhill, Nordic Combined, Cross-country and Jumping. The Jumping Stadium is just about 10 min's and shopping area is also 10 min's on foot from our hotel. Hakuba is about 300km north west of Tokyo at the foot of Northern Japan Alps. It takes approximately 3 and half hours by train and 4 hours by car. Paragliding, Downhill mountain bike riding, Hiking, White water rafting, Tennis, Fishing, Canoe & Kayak are all awaiting you through at a year The main sports are of course, ski & snowboard in winter term till early spring ... more less
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