I just returned to Australia from my trip to Japan. I stayed 12 nights (early march 2013) at the Highmount Hotel and just loved it! Joe and all the staff are incredibly helpful, and nothing was too much to ask. They drop you off at the Sakka lift on happo one and even give you some coins to use in the pay phone to pick you up at the end of the day! The food in the hotel is awesome! The fried dumplings are a must, and the breakfast each day includes lots of fruit and yoghurt, eggs and bacon, toast tea and coffee.. Exactly what's needed before a day on the mountain. Internet is free in the lobby, but you can also get a modem for your room with a wireless router, so when the weather is bad, a day watching YouTube is a click away. The genki-go shuttle bus runs at night to get you to restaurants and back home. And there's lots to choose from if you want to head out. One thing I should mention, is Japan is still pretty much a cash based economy, ATMs are ath the 7/11's some service stations (not all) and there's one at the happo information centre. I generally make it a rule to have 20000 yen ($200au) in my wallet all the time, that will easily cover any unforeseen costs. And then use that money to pay for trains back to Tokyo and to the airport.
That said, I will be back next year, and bringing a few friends, and I wouldn't stay anywhere else, the Highmount Hotel is number one!
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