When booking this place, I was skeptical due to the lack of western beds and showers in room. After communicating directly with the host, Toshi-san, my mind was set at peace from his polite and helpful attitude. Although we checked in extremely late, everything was organized and prepared for us already. The room, albeit small, was very charming and added to the overall experience (first time staying in japanese tatami room). The tatami mats were very comfortable and usually the bed is the first thing i complain about. Only issue i had was the rice pillows that were provided but it wasnt too big a deal. The breakfast was simply sublime. Almost gourmet standard yet with a strong home-cooked feel to the overall experience. Having stayed at numerous hotels and resorts all over the world, i can safely say that the breakfast here ranks as one of the, if not, top places i have stayed before. The inhouse onsen was an absolute delight. nothing compares to the feeling of coming off the mountain and walking downstairs into the onsen.
I am generally reluctant to post reviews (this being my first on trip advisor) but the combination of the friendly staff, amazing meals, comfortable rooms and the host, Toshi-san, has compelled me to write a review on this place. Toshi-san is an amazing host. Super helpful and knowledgable on anything and everything related to hakuba, just he himself is a reason to stay at this fabulous place. We definitely will be staying here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Resting at the base of Hakuba Happo-one ski area, Shirouma-so is a modern Japanese ryokan (inn) combining both traditional wood and modern Japanese "Wa" architectural styles, resulting in a creative and beautiful design. From the entrance featuring wooden pillars and beams preserved from the building's agricultural beginnings in the Edo period, to rooms with large windows and views of the northern Alps, you can relax, place yourself in the hands of Nature, and refresh yourself in the warmth of this historical ryokan. Shiroumaso is appreciated by many guests as a convenient base for skiing, snowboarding, or the numerous outdoor activities of the summer months, as well as a hub for touring Shinshu, Azumino, and other regions within Nagano. ... more less
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