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“Perfect location, japanese style with western comforts!”
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Falcon Ridge House
Ranked #156 of 373 B&Bs / Inns in Hakuba-mura
Reviewed February 17, 2013

We loved our stay here! Clean rooms, fabulous hosts, great homemade breakfasts, and perfect location. 5 minutes from the hill, 10 minutes from the local onsen, and great bar downstairs. We were well taken care of and felt like part of the family. Could not have been happier with our stay here!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

A big house (by Japanese standards) sunny and close to the ski lifts - and we had it all to ourselves! The owners also run it as a B and B but if the group is large enough, you can have it as a holiday rental. We were a couple, two friends of different sexes and three kids, so with four rooms it was perfect for us. We used to live in Japan, so we know most places are quite poky, so this place with its big rooms with lots of storage was a great find. It has two living rooms, which are great for relaxing, most places don't as the Japanese aren't into that, they "just use a lodge for eating and sleeping. The shuttle bus to the slopes is at the end of a short street, it was only seven minutes door to snow. When we told the owners the age of our children, they organised ski hire clothing and had it waiting for us which was so convenient as our kids had never seen the snow before and we wanted them to get right into it. There is a bar/restaurant called Bike Bar underneath, we ordered food and they bought it up to us as we didn't want to take the kids out in the snow - or cook! The hamburgers and pizza were all made there and were pretty good. It was also handy for the boys to kick on and have a drink, leaving the rest of the family happy upstairs!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

A modern house almost to ourselves, great Western food with home-made bread (the normal stuff in Japan is like white rubber) and a nice, big living room, we just loved this place. We have skied in Hakuba Goryu twice before and stayed in Japanese-owned places but the funny thing is that they were small, run-down and not at all Japanese looking (frilly floral bedspreads anybody?) yet this place was furnished with Japanese antiques and interesting objects. Our room was a special suite with carved doors and paper window screens, it had an adjoining sitting room and even though sitting at a low table wasn't really for us, it was lovely to look at. It didn't cost any more than the run-down Japanese places we had stayed at, even though it was all newly done-up. There aren't any en-suite bathrooms either but as it is only small, it wasn't a problem. Watching the snow fall down as we had breakfast was just beautiful too.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

We stayed here in early April 2012, to go Spring Skiing. It snowed every day and being able to look at the mountain side and watch snow falling at breakfast was magical.

We have travelled extensively around Japan and compared to a lot of other places we have stayed at, the bedrooms and living areas are very spacious and very comfortable and relaxing. The atmosphere of the Lodge is that of a “home away from home.” So smelling freshly baked bread and brewed coffee is an everyday occurrence.

After skiing, you can either: chill out in two very relaxing lounge areas and listen to music / watch movies / read English mags and books, or go to Bike Bar. The bar is purpose built (unlike others in the area) and is a fantastic venue for having a great time.

Dee and Ross (owners) are very helpful and friendly. They assisted us with organising ski hire, lift tickets and discounts. They also gave us great tips on where to ski and when they had spare time, joined us on the slopes. The Lodge is a 10 minute walk to the nearest lift. One day we skied back to the Lodge.

Dee speaks Japanese, which is very helpful too!

Dee also organised for us to have a Japanese dining experience which included making Soba noodles with the Chef. It was a fantastic experience and food was delicious.

Dee and Ross have travelled the world, including motor bike touring in Europe. Listening to their travel stories is a great side benefit of staying at 2 Rooms Hakuba.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

We stayed here in late March and while the snow was soft, the skiing was still great. We worried about being in a B&B, as sometimes the owners can be a bit overwhelming but we loved this little place. We stayed in the Japanese suite, which costs a bit more but it is beautifully decorated with tatami floors, paper screens and Japanese antiques. You get an extra sitting room to yourself but you have to like sitting on the floor, so it is best just to look at it! The Australian owners live here the whole year and can help you out a lot but they also let you alone to enjoy the house, which we had to ourselves. It has only three rooms for rent, it is basically a private house but it is very sunny and modern open-plan style with lots of interesting Japanese knick-knacks around. The food was great, we took the eat-in option as most of the nearby restaurants were closed, lots of fresh food with some Japanese touches such as local soba noodles. The owner makes a lot of things herself、including bread, blueberry jam and tomato chutney. The setting is beautiful, you look straight at a mountain outside the front door. We would love to go back in the high season, we saw pictures where the house is surrounded by about two metres of snow but there was none when we were there.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2011

This B&B provided excellent value over the christmas new year period when most places charge a premium. Its fairly new and I think we were among the first guests to stay. It has three rooms despite the Two Room name!
Had a triple room which was both spacious and cramped at the same time - the three beds had little space around them and we ended up moving one partially across the doorway to avoid hitting the bedhead and more bruises. Beds were super comfy though. Our original information was for a double and single and I think that would have worked a little better in the space. The other end of the room provided lots of space but wasn't really usable - though it did help with a sense of roominess and in reality it was only sleeping and changing that you did in the room as there was a lovely sitting/lounge area just outside the room where we read or watched a movie on the TV. The far end of the room provided a large walk in cupboard for luggage - but no shelving or anywhere to unpack. There were 2 small wardrobes that were to be converted into an ensuite but it hasn't been done yet - the room had a toilet and basin with a shared bathroom downstairs. A few simple things like somewhere to hang towells would have been nice.
We stayed seven nights and the room was not serviced in this time - no change in towells or even the garbage bin emptied.
Breakfast was the same each day - cornflakes followed by eggs / toast / sausage or bacon. The western style ingredients aren't plentiful so the cereal is quite sweet and the bread over processed - I find it hard to eat and am not used to eating so many eggs but you needed fuel for the days skiing. Breakfast was serverd very leisurely so if you are keen to get up and get skiing then best skip - we had to ask for it to be served earlier so we had time to get to the slopes for ski lessons. Next time I would BYO Cereal.
Location was supurb - a 10min walk to Escal Plaza (the main ski centre for Hakuba Goryu) or a stop on the free shuttle bus. It was only about 10mins from the train station too. There are about 5 restaurants very close to the accommodation - a couple Japanese style and a couple western style. The B&B is situated over a bar so nice and close for a drink and a game of pool or even an evening meal but it did mean the room wasn't as quiet for sleeping as it could have been - being tired from skiing this didn't bother us too much - it was a suprise as we had been told how quiet it would be and weren't expecting the bar. The whole area is pretty quiet - if you want more action then up near Happo or Echo Land would suit better. Hakuba Goryu and Hakuba 47 were the ski slopes just up the road - it is pretty hard to get transport to any of the other ski slopes - not really a problem as Goryu and 47 have plenty of runs and English Ski lessons.
Hosts - Ross and Dee were super friendly - they helped with lots of information whilst we were booking and took us to pick up ski gear and then across to lesson area on the first day. I did have the impression we would get discounts on ski tickets and lessons which wasn't the case - we did get a discount on ski hire.
All in all a friendly enjoyable stay - great location, warm comfy bed which is pretty much what you need for a ski trip.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 28, 2011

This B&B was good value for money and the beds were very comfy. However, the layout of the room was pretty squashy with three single beds in the one room.

Good things about this place:
* It's only one stop away on the shuttle bus to the ski fields which was excellent, and some afternoons we walked home in our ski boots - it was very convenient.
* It has an awesome lounge area upstairs with games and DVDs which was nice to relax in after skiing all day.
* The owners speak English and can help out with advice etc.
* There are only two rooms so you're not staying with a heap of other people.

Some things that would make this place better:
* A proper drying room for ski jackets etc
* Hooks/towel rails/shelving in the bedroom
* We stayed for 7 days and our bins weren't emptied or towels changed and this might annoy some people.
* Wifi was promised but it didn't work.
* The owners aren't Japanese so it's a Western experience, rather than a local one.
* Breakfast was included which was a great idea to get you going for a day of skiing but it would be much faster if there was a self-serve cereal bar and tea and coffee so you can get going quicker in the morning rather than faffing about for half an hour being served as that was quite slow and if you've booked in for ski lessons you can be pressed for time.
* There's a bar underneath the hotel and you can hear the music even up on the 2nd floor so don't go here if you want complete peace.
* Don't bother booking a ski package with the owners, it's easier to do it yourself at the ski fields and just book your own lessons online etc.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with friends
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Address: 22200-11 Yamanokami Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun 399-9211, Nagano Prefecture (Formerly Two Rooms Hakuba)
Location: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Kitaazumi-gun > Hakuba-mura
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #156 of 373 B&Bs / Inns in Hakuba-mura
Price Range: $613 - $618 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5

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