Stayed here over April 2014.
Check-in early for dinner service (starts at 1900L I think). If not able to get dinner, a few restaurants are open nearby (including one Yaku-Nuki place).
Room had all the features you would expect: bedit toilet, japanese futon bed, tatami mats, green tea, and great views of the mountain.
The onsen hours are not too long, so either get it before bed, or in morning.
Breakfast was awesome, included traditional Japanese, with a few Western-style dishes as well.
It was April, so the runs were still open at top of mountain, but went to Ski Jump stadium instead.
Owner offered to drive to station, which was normal I assumed. I had a friend pick me up instead and drive me there. I would have enjoyed getting to know Toshi I think.
Such a simple and welcomed stay. Nice family-owned hotel. Would do it again a thousand times if I had the chance.
- 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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