This place was great, almost ski in and ski out to Happo One and is well set up as a ski lodge. Good ski and board storage with dedicated boot room, and a really nice common area kitchen/living room to kick back at the end of the day. There are some bus stops only about 10 min walk from the lodge that will take you to a couple of the other resorts in the area, which was pretty convenient. From the lodge you can even walk a number of bars, the information centre and convenience store in around 20 mins.
More than anything though, the staff were unbelievably helpful (often beyond reasonable expectations). Everyday they are willing to give people lifts to an onsen, the atm (at the info centre) or the convenience store in the evening. And often they were even driving many of us down to the info centre early in the morning to get buses out to places like Cortina, as well as pick up and drop off on arrival/departure. Also, the guys and girls there were really helpful and knowledgeable on where to go and what to do, in addition to being fun and friendly and spending much of their casual time with guests.
Hot breakfasts were a great start to the day. All the other guest were nice and friendly too, making for a great atmosphere, much less of a bogan vibe than many other good value lodges in Hakuba/Niseko.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Introducing Asuka Lodge! This once exclusive private facility is now open to the public. * First Season Intro Rates!!! Book now to take full advantage of this special offer. Ski in! Only 150 meters to Happo One Adam Gondola and Evergreen Ski School. Featuring 16 rooms with Western comfort and Japanese-style charm. Relax in the spacious on-site mineral bath after a day of ski fun or make new ski friends in our communal modern kitchen and lounge. Our new Lodge carries the same level of excellent service distinguished by Penke Panke and Panketo Lodges alike. Our centrally located Hakuba ski resort is just steps from a host of great bars, shops and restaurants by Hakuba Happoone ski resort. ... more less
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