Types of Accommodation in Hakuba



By sarah@japanskiexperience.com | Thu, 16 Dec 2021
Types of Accommodation in Hakuba
When planning a Hakuba ski holiday, one of the biggest decisions is which accommodation to book. In recent years Hakuba has developed at an unprecedented rate, transforming into a world class ski resort destination, with an array of amazing accommodations on offer. There’s no doubt that the self-contained apartment and chalet market is booming, with new properties popping up all over the Hakuba Valley. Even despite the Covid pandemic which has brought international tourism to a standstill, investment is still pouring in and there are lots of exciting new Hakuba Accommodations to choose from. That said, there are lots of different styles of properties in Hakuba and here we explore the different options available.
Traditional Japanese Accommodations in Hakuba
If you are after a classic, traditional and cultural experience, then look no further than a traditional Japanese ryokan hotel. Found throughout Japan, these zen like havens offer the ultimate and quintessential Japanese ‘experience’. Rooms usually feature traditional tatami mat flooring, futon bedding, Japanese tea sets and yukata (like a kimono) to wear. Hotel staff will store away the futon bedding during the day time, giving you plenty of space to relax in your room, and then is set the bedding out again in the evening. For a centrally located true Japanese experience, we would highly recommend Hotel Taigakukan. This long standing family owned and operated accommodation is located in the heart of Happo village.
Traditional Japanese room at Hakuba Hotel Taigakukan
Ryokan accommodations almost always feature natural onsen hot-spring facilities and it is common place to dress in your yukata when walking through the hotel, between your room and the onsen. Some of the more luxurious offerings even feature private onsens in the rooms. One such very special boutique Hakuba ryokan hotel is Hakuba Hifumi, where an exclusive selection of the individually styled Deluxe and Suite rooms feature private open-air onsen baths. If you are looking for the ultimate in luxury Japanese accommodation, Hakuba Hifumi certainly ticks all the boxes! You can expect heart warming hospitality and top class service from this family run Hakuba ryokan.
Deluxe Room with open-air onsen bath at Hakuba Hifumi
Not forgetting however, that Japanese ryokan hotels also offer the chance to discover traditional Japanese cuisine. From breakfast through to dinner, you can expect to savour delicate and exquisite Japanese dishes, prepared with art form like precision.
Traditional Japanese Meal at Hakuba Ryokan Accommodation
Western Style Hotel Accommodation in Hakuba
If you don't want to go for the full Japanese experience and prefer to sleep in a western bed, but still want to enjoy top-class full service, then you should consider a Western style hotel. There are numerous fantastic Western style hotels located all over the Hakuba Valley. Like Japanese ryokan accommodations, many of these feature Japanese onsen hot-spring facilities, plus lots more!
Our top picks for Western style hotels in Hakuba include – Hakuba Tokyu Hotel, Sierra Resort Hotel and Mominoki Hotel. You can expect generous sized rooms, large comfortable beds, excellent breakfasts (with Western and Japanese options), onsen and spa facilities, concierge services, shuttle buses, hotel restaurants and bars.
Hakuba Tokyu Hotel next to Happo One Ski Resort
Hakuba Tokyu Hotel is ideally located, with both a shuttle bus stop on the door step and only a few minutes walk from the Happo One ski resort lifts and Evergreen International Ski School. The rooms are some of the most spacious available in Hakuba, with very large comfortable beds and fantastic amenities. If you are looking for a great location, comfort and excellent service, then Hakuba Tokyu Hotel is most definitely a top pick. With indoor and outdoor onsen facilities, an aromatherapy spa, a classy bar lounge, plus Japanese and Western style restaurants, it’s no surprise that Tokyu is one of Hakuba’s most popular hotels.
Room at Hakuba Tokyu Hotel
Nestled between Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort and Tsugaike Mountain Resort, the fabulous Sierra Resort Hotel blows the competition out of the water for attention to detail and facilities. If you are looking for a luxurious and magical winter retreat, then Sierra Resort should be high on your list of Hakuba accommodations to consider. Flawless service, huge rooms with spa baths, private onsen facilities, relaxation areas with special treats for guests, one of the best onsens in Hakuba, plus an award winning chef – the list goes on! This top class 5 star hotel offers an experience to remember.
Junior Suite Room at Sierra Resort Hotel Hakuba
Onsen at Sierra Resort Hotel Hakuba
Located just steps away from the Kokusai lift at Happo One ski resort, the Hakuba Mominoki Hotel is a true gem and easily one of the most famous and popular hotels in the valley. This family friendly hotel offers an impressive line up of facilities, including: numerous restaurants and bars, indoor and outdoor onsen facilities, on-site ski rentals, evening shuttles and top class concierge. It’s no wonder that regular visitors to Hakuba, book this superbly located and welcoming hotel time and time again!
Chalet and Apartment Accommodations in Hakuba
For larger groups or those who prefer their own space, booking a luxury home away from home is an ideal option. With the growing popularity of Hakuba, there are literally endless self-contained options, from Standard to Deluxe and Luxury chalets and apartments. Some properties offer a full concierge service, with resort and supermarket shuttles, while others come equipped with a 4WD vehicle allowing you to explore the Hakuba Valley and it’s 10 ski resorts fully and with ease. We have picked out a few of our favourites.
Mountain Side Hakuba: Offering one of the most exclusive and sought after locations, right next to Happo One’s Kokusai lift, these luxurious 3 bedroom ski-in ski-out condominiums offer superior levels of comfort, convenience and style.
Mountain Side Condominiums Hakuba
Alpinarc Chalet: Located in the popular Echoland area of Hakuba, Alpinarc Chalet can accommodate up to 16 guests comfortably, with 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. With sleek luxury interiors, stunning panoramic views of the Japanese Alps and it’s own Japanese style onsen bath, this Hakuba chalet is truly something special.
Alpinarc Chalet in Echoland Hakuba
Japanese style onsen bath at Alpinarc Chalet in Echoland Hakuba
Koharu Resort Hotel & Suites: With a choice of Studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, there are fantastic options for all group sizes at Koharu Resort. Ideally located just across the street from Happo One’s beginner Sakka slopes, this popular Hakuba accommodation is well located for families. With a Central Snowsports rental store and restaurant on-site, Koharu Resort offers unbeatable stylish convenience.
Koharu Resort Hotel and Suites in Hakuba
Gravity: This modern and elegant 3 bedroom chalet is surrounded by snowy forest scenery on a quiet street next to Hakuba’s Echoland area. A ski resort and supermarket shuttle service is provided, and with a fine array of dining options right on the doorstep, this is a superb choice for groups of friends and families alike.
Gravity Chalet in Hakuba
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