Having been to Japan every ski season for the last 5 years - this is undeniably the worst place we have stayed.
The "Lodge" a term i use loosely, itself actually could be quite nice, but sadly it has been somewhat neglected.
The major issues with this place are:-
Breakfast is atrocious - noting like described. Please see my picture, this is what was served daily. For a region that grows apples, not even a fresh apple in the place.
Bedding was not changed once during the entire stay, neither were our towels.
The rooms are dirty. Not properly cleaned
The bathroom (you will note no images on the elk website) are minute, similar to a campervan.
The central heating is faulty, i have now seen other reviews that this seems to be a problem they have done nothing about.
The 'lodge' is a good walk to the bus stop, which in ski boots on a icy road is tough work.
I bring to your attention that the excellent reviews on tripadvisor are most probably the Owner herself. Have a look at the names of the reviewers, they are seem to follow a trend like James E, Sarah H
Other than that, the skiing at Hakabu was fantastic.
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