Windy lodge is the place to stay in Hakuba! Literally a 100m walk to Happo-One ski resort, with free shuttle bus stops next door to get to all the other ski resorts. The staff are so helpful and accommodating- one of our party got tonsilitis and they drove her to the doctor and physio and back and made appointments for her. Every day they offered lifts, suggestions and useful advice. They organised all our transport for us, and will do anything you ask of them. Seriously awesome service and so friendly. Breakfast was good- a great way to fill up before a day on the snow. Booking was easy and our rooms were exactly as shown on trip advisor. The onsens are a bit funny, but once you get used to it, they are the best thing to come back to after boarding all day! Will definitely stay here again.
Penkes bar next door is good for an evening drink- don't even need to put all your winter gear on to get there.
Spicy ski rental 300m down the road is a great gear hire place, and an easy walk from the lodge.
This place was perfect with the exception of a small scattering of bogan Aussies doing their best to make a bad reputation for the rest of us. Not the lodges fault at all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A friendly affordable alpine retreat. Family owned and operated in the Wadano Forest area, WINDY in only 100 meters from the nearest ski lift on Happo-one!! Close to the shuttles to other resorts and an ideal location for families,groupes and couples. This is a small Western style lodge with a traditional Japanese style ambience,and with a maximum of 20 guests you get personal attention from owners who will go out of their way to make this a stay to remember. ... more less