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Classy Resort Stay! 5 Hotels in Hakuba Perfect for Families and Groups

Classy Resort Stay! 5 Hotels in Hakuba Perfect for Families and Groups

Date published: 19 May 2021

Actively attracting foreign tourists since the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Hakuba, located in Nagano Prefecture, is one of Japan's largest snow resort areas. Hakuba has developed hotels and other facilities that make it easy for tourists and families to stay, such as accommodation for large groups of people, allowance of pets, and rooms with kitchens.

In the green season, Hakuba is an attractive destination thanks to its hiking trails and parks, such as Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort and Tsugaike Nature Park. Here are 5 recommended accommodations for families and large groups staying in Hakuba.

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Sierra Resort Hotel Hakuba: A Relaxing Resort Stay in Hakuba's Magnificent Nature
  2. 2. Hatago Maruhachi: A Comfortable, Private Space in a Renovated Old Folk Home
  3. 3. Hakuba Tokyu Hotel: A Luxurious Resort Stay in a Traditional Atmosphere
  4. 4. Mountainside Hakuba: A Luxury Condo Hotel that Feels Like Home
  5. 5. Hakuba Powder Mountain: A Facility Full of Heartwarming Hospitality

1. Sierra Resort Hotel Hakuba: A Relaxing Resort Stay in Hakuba's Magnificent Nature

1. Sierra Resort Hotel Hakuba: A Relaxing Resort Stay in Hakuba's Magnificent Nature

At the foot of the Northern Alps is Sierra Resort Hotel Hakuba, a place where you can spend time relaxing surrounded by trees. This fabulous resort hotel's theme is that of coexisting in harmony with nature.

The site is about 30,000 square meters, and offers breathtaking views from everywhere in the building. So get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and relax in the luxurious nature. Resort weddings held in nature are also popular.

They also offer authentic French cuisine, prepared by award-winning chefs from national competitions. These delightful dishes will surely please your senses.

Though it is a hotel, it also has 4 kinds of hot springs and foot baths. As its name suggests, Kominka no Yu (lit. "Townhouse Bath") is a relocated and remodeled old folk home from the Edo Period.

The bath has a large window with a superb view overlooking the magnificent mountains of Hakuba. Soak in the hot springs while gazing out at the scenery - green trees during the spring and summer, autumn leaves in the fall, and snowy landscapes in the winter.

There are plenty of unique entertainment facilities as well, including table tennis, air hockey, billiards, and darts. There's also an outdoor pool open in the summer.

There are many nearby ski resorts with activities in nature you can enjoy all year round, including Tsugaike Natural Garden and Happo-One Resort, where you can go hiking during the green seasons.

Grand Double Room (2-3 guests)

There are a variety of guest rooms, including a junior suite for the whole family which can accommodate 4 to 5 guests. There are also guest rooms with open-air baths, and a grand twin room. All rooms have separate indoor baths and toilets.

Following are some reviews from foreign tourists who stayed at this hotel. "I had a very relaxing stay. The staff was very kind and responded to all my needs. The hot springs were wonderful and had an amazing view!"

"When I checked in at the front desk and received my room key, the staff member who assisted me noticed I was using a cane. They immediately moved my room to the one closest to the bath. My wife and I were very grateful."

"Despite Covid, we wanted to continue to bring people together while still being careful. I think this is a place both children and the elderly can enjoy."

Support for foreign visitors
Languages available: English (*Only some staff; information in Japanese and English)

Health & safety measures
Indoor disinfection measures taken - Sanitizer installed - Disinfected after each guest leaves - Ventilation measures in place - Coin trays used - Plastic partitions installed - Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature - Limited capacity - increased space between seats - Restricted admission, reservation system in place - Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell - Masks required - temperature check enforced - Restrictions on room service (entry) for staff - Restaurant staff wear gloves - Social distancing during meals - Only staff and related companies may enter backyard - Restrictions on eating and going out for employees

2. Hatago Maruhachi: A Comfortable, Private Space in a Renovated Old Folk Home

2. Hatago Maruhachi: A Comfortable, Private Space in a Renovated Old Folk Home

Hakuba's hidden inn, Hatago Maruhachi, is located in a quiet area overlooking the Northern Alps. This inn was renovated from an old private house in Hakuba Iwatake, "Seseragi no Sato."

Its vacation rental style is different from the average inn, hotel, or rental villa, giving you the privacy you need with your family and friends.

It's a convenient place to stay as it tastefully incorporates modern functionality with the architectural style of a traditional Japanese home. The space has everything you need! Built along a cherry blossom tree-lined street, you can enjoy the cherry blossoms when visiting in the spring.

Premium Dining Suite

All suite-sized guest rooms feature a modern arrangement while maintaining the essence of a Japanese home. There are different styles, including duplexes, and rooms with kotatsu.

The largest premium dining suite is 150 square meters and accommodates up to 7 people. Some rooms also allow pets (small and large dogs allowed at an additional cost).

All rooms are equipped with a kitchen, refrigerator, and washing machine. It feels just like home!

View from Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort terrace, HAKUBA MOUNTAIN HARBOR

At the nearby Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort, you can ride a gondola with your dog, or play with them at the dog run at the top of the mountain.

There's also a wonderful mountaintop bakery called THE CITY BAKERY HAKUBA situated at an altitude of 1,289 meters. Dine on delicious bread while looking out at the magnificent mountain view. There are also six hot springs in the area, including inside the facility.

On birthdays and special anniversaries, a special surprise may be left in your room. Feel free to inquire if visiting for a special occasion!

One foreign tourist who stayed at this hotel says, "It's clean and comfortable, and has everything you need. The location was also great. I loved that the ski resorts and shops were all within a 10-minute drive!"

Support for foreign visitors
Available Languages: English *Some staff only; signs in hall written in Japanese and English

Health & safety measures
Indoor disinfection measures taken - Sanitizer installed - Disinfected after each guest leaves - Ventilation measures in place - Coin trays used - Plastic partitions installed - Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature - Limited capacity - increased space between seats - Restricted admission, reservation system in place - Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell - Masks required - temperature check enforced - Restrictions on room service (entry) for staff

  • HATAGO MARUHACHI
    旅籠丸八
    • Address 11032, Hokujo, Kitaazumi Gun Hakuba Mura, Nagano Ken, 399-9301, Japan
    • Hours: Check-in 3:00PM-7:00PM (Inquire for times after 7:00PM); Check-out by 11:00AM
      Rate: (Minimum per person) 5000 yen (tax excluded)
      Closed: Open daily

3. Hakuba Tokyu Hotel: A Luxurious Resort Stay in a Traditional Atmosphere

3. Hakuba Tokyu Hotel: A Luxurious Resort Stay in a Traditional Atmosphere

Reconstructed in December 1996 at the request of the government to welcome public figures, celebrities, and imperial families visiting from various countries during the Nagano Olympics, this traditional Hakuba Tokyu Hotel has been made even more functional and sophisticated after a complete renewal in 2019.

At this hotel, spend time in Hakuba, known for high-quality service and beautiful spaces that always exceed customers' expectations. This is the place to visit on special occasions, or when you just want to refresh your body and mind.

The wood and natural stone in the lobby's atrium create a breathtaking contrast that can only be seen in such a guesthouse.

In the style of a mountain lodge, the building features a large red roof and blends in naturally with its surroundings. In addition to seasonal scenery, you can also enjoy seasonal dishes made with seasonal mountain ingredients and seafood from the Sea of Japan.

There is also a tennis court with equipment rentals in the facility. Of course, there is also skiing, and even a large hot spring bath.

The windows in each guest room overlook the magnificent nature of Hakuba. Forest bathing on the balcony surrounded by fresh greenery or colorful autumn leaves is the ultimate luxury.

Picnic-Themed Family Room: "Pique-Nique Room"

There are a variety of room types with different themes. The Pique-Nique Room is recommended for families with small children.

With accent cloths depicting the mountains of Hakuba, beds that look like treehouses, and outdoor wooden tables and folding chairs, you can enjoy a picnic in the mountains without ever leaving your room!

There's also the Connecting Room, developed during the 2018 renovation, which connects the 40-square-meter Deluxe Room and the 26-square-meter Economy Room via an interior door. It can accommodate up to six people, including three generations of your family!

Summer-Limited TENAR

In the summer, a trailer house called TENAR, which features a triangular window, is installed in the courtyard. Lounge around in your hotel room, light a bonfire on the wooden deck during day or night, or soak in the outdoors while enjoying drinks, barbecue, and S'mores. It's also fully equipped with Wi-fi, so you can use it as a work space.

One foreign guest of this hotel says, "The renovated hotel was really comfortable. There was even a projector. I stayed with my 3-year-old son. He really enjoyed it, and I got to relax."

Support for foreign visitors
English, French (all year) *Signs in hall written in Japanese and English

Health & safety measures
Indoor disinfection measures taken - Sanitizer installed - Disinfected after each guest leaves - Ventilation measures in place - Coin trays used - Plastic partitions installed - Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature - Limited capacity - increased space between seats - Restricted admission, reservation system in place - Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell - Masks required - temperature check enforced - Limited seating on shuttle buses, infection prevention sheets installed - Tokyu Hotels guidelines and notifications for guests posted in hall - Isolation rooms for people feeling ill (5 rooms) - No sales in 3rd floor back space, currently used as an isolation space - Simplified operations - Restaurant congestion level displayed on hotel TV information channel

  • Hakuba Tokyu Hotel
    • Address Happo Wadanonomori, Hakuba, Nagano, 399-9301
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    • Nearest Station Hakuba Station (Oito Line)
      55 minutes on foot

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4. Mountainside Hakuba: A Luxury Condo Hotel that Feels Like Home

4. Mountainside Hakuba: A Luxury Condo Hotel that Feels Like Home

Mountainside Hakuba is Hakuba's first condominium-style accommodation with a 6-person capacity, located in a 5-story building that opened in the winter of 2017. Enjoy a comfortable resort stay with everything you need to feel like staying in your own home.

3-bedroom Suite, 123 square meters

This 3-bedroom suite is especially recommended for families and large groups. With a spacious area of 123 square meters and a living/dining area and kitchen, it can accommodate up to six adults and three small children. Even a three-generation family can stay in one room!

The large bedroom windows extend all the way to the ceiling, revealing a beautiful natural scenery that changes with the seasons. The room is even equipped with a state-of-the-art fireplace. Relax by the warm fireside, even in the cold winter.

Look out over a beautiful snowy landscape, or the fresh green scenery of nature healing itself during warmer seasons. In the summer, you can also enjoy BBQ at the restaurant LUCE on the first floor.

The room includes not only tableware and cooking utensils, but a complete set of necessary home appliances, including a refrigerator, washing machine, and dryer. It's the perfect place for long stays!

The amenities also show the hotel's commitment to perfection. Each room provides organic-certified Italian skincare products, original Mountainside Imabari towels, and high-quality nightwear.

There is also a concierge service for making reservations at recommended restaurants, activities, and massages.

It also boasts the best location, right in front of the Happo-One International Ski Slope. You can see the international lift platform from the lobby. Once you're ready, you can head straight from your room to the ski resort and back. Enjoy your snow activities without the stress. It's perfect for snow lovers and children!

Following are reviews from foreign guests of the hotel. "This is the perfect facility for ski season. It's great to be able to get from my door to the ski lift in about 30 meters. The staff helped me arrange everything, it was the best service ever."

"The staff took care of everything, from picking me up at the station, to booking dinner, massages, and shuttles. It was a wonderful stay."

Support for foreign visitors
Chinese, English *Signs in hall written in Japanese and English

Health & safety measures
Indoor disinfection measures taken - Sanitizer installed - Disinfected after each guest leaves - Ventilation measures in place - Coin trays used - Plastic partitions installed - Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature - Limited capacity - increased space between seats - Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell - Masks required - temperature check enforced - Restrictions on room service (entry) for staff - Automated check-in, contactless support

5. Hakuba Powder Mountain: A Facility Full of Heartwarming Hospitality

5. Hakuba Powder Mountain: A Facility Full of Heartwarming Hospitality

Enjoy nature by the slopes with your pet at Hakuba Powder Mountain! The inn is full of hospitality and ingenuity that foreign tourists will appreciate, including large private rooms that can accommodate the entire family, and clean, wood-grain interiors that resemble an overseas lodge.

The best feature is its location, which is only a 1-minute walk from Sakka Slope at the world-renowned ski sanctuary, Hakuba Happo-One Ski Resort. Once you open the door, the lift is right before your eyes!

The inn also allows dogs, and pet-friendly facilities and services have been added after renovation in 2019. Both pets and their owners will enjoy a comfortable stay thanks to their special services and equipment, from pet food, pet seats, and deodorizers, to activities such as walking courses, kayaking, and hot air balloons that allow dogs, and information on nearby hospitals and shops that sell dog food.

All rooms have beautiful views of the mountains. The living room even has a spectacular view of the downhill course used for the Nagano Olympics! It's fully equipped with a kitchen, appliances, and everything you need for a long-term stay. Several families can even rent out all the rooms for a leisurely family ski trip.

Foreign guests also love the free interpreter support that can assist in case of trouble. Staff can accompany you to the supermarket to buy food, and interpreters are available should you encounter any problems during your trip, such as illness or injury. Enjoy your stay with peace of mind, provided by their warm and friendly hospitality.

A free shuttle bus will take you from the inn to each ski resort, including the nearby Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park and Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort. You can go skiing every day in the winter! Outside of the snowy season, there are also plenty of activities you can enjoy during the greener seasons, including rafting in Matsukawa, canoeing on Lake Aoki, and hot-air balloons that you can ride with your dog.

The following reviews are from foreign guests of the hotel."The host was very kind. The lodge is right next to the lift, and shops were all within walking distance. The rooms were clean and had everything I needed. We were 3 adults and 4 children, but it was very comfortable."

"The host was very friendly, kind, and familiar with the area. He also spoke fluent English and helped us many times. We'd love to recommend this place to our family and friends!"

Support for foreign visitors
English

Health & safety measures
Indoor disinfection measures taken - Sanitizer installed - Disinfected after each guest leaves - Ventilation measures in place - Plastic partitions installed - Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature - Limited capacity - increased space between seats - Restricted admission, reservation system in place - Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell - Masks required - temperature check enforced - Restrictions on room service (entry) for staff - Automated check-in, contactless support

At Hakuba, you can fully enjoy the abundance of nature in the Northern Alps, no matter the season. It's a great place to relax with your family and pets, and escape the chaos of everyday life. There are also direct buses from Haneda and Narita Airport, and it is easily accessible from the city. There's no reason not to visit!

*Information in this article as of April 2021. Please see official website for the latest information.

Written by:

Miyuki Yajima

Miyuki Yajima

After working in planning, editing, and business development/sales at a continuing education business, she is currently working as a writer, yoga instructor, and traveler in pursuit of a multi-career lifestyle that combines hobbies and work. She also likes fashion, Japanese culture, and music.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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