We stayed here for a week in February, 2011, in one of the Brownie Cottages that are next door to the Meteor Hotel. It is a beautiful cottage, the bedrooms have tatami matting to keep you warm and gives character. The cottage was clean, appealing and spacious (as Japanese accommodation goes), and our family of four had plenty of room. The cottages had all the facilities you would want while on holiday, cooking facilities, all linen and towels and a washing machine. The upstairs loft served as an excellent clothes drying room, everything was dry in no time.
The cottages were well spaced and had a lovely outlook. We were collected from the Train Station by their own private bus and dropped back to go on a day trip.
The Echoland Onsen spa is a short stroll around the corner, the deli with everything you need similarly so. The trees at the start of the street were all lit up with fairy lights and were magical. Many great places to eat nearby.
The free shuttles were outside the Meteor Hotel itself to take you to the major ski lifts. Be warned though that these shuttles operate towards the lifts in the mornings only and start to return after lunch.
The only missing item was a lack of seating. There was one couch and a large, low lounge table. As there was no dining table and chairs, this was where you would have to eat if you cooked for yourself.
The heater wasn't overly strong, but the building was well insulated. We didn’t feel cold when we came in from a day on the slopes, and the beds were toasty warm.
Tetsu-san, the owner, doesn't speak much English, but he is warm and friendly, and seems to fix problems without any fuss.
Ski hire is available close by on the main street and was cheaper than at the ski slopes.
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