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NORTHSTAR Alpine Lodge
Ranked #4 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Matsumoto
Reviewed 1 August 2012

Our family stayed at Northstar. We have 2 small children and they loved it! The Norikura village was a great place for our children to hike both with concrete and dirt trails through the woods. Onsens, restaurants, and other activities were within easy walking distance. The Northstar staff were terrific and the meals were great! The lodge has lots of activities to keep our family busy and happy also.

If you are not Japanese be aware that the showers are not private. They are open Japanese bath-style separated men and women, but open not unlike a high school gym (but MUCH nicer).

I can't say enough good things about this resort in the summer and would highly recommend it.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
Thank Brian W
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

Northstar is fabulous! I have stayed there several times now and have enjoyed the great staff, who are so helpful...the wonderful food and above all the "ambience," the peaceful yet adventurous atmosphere there. So close to everything...the stores, the baths, the slopes and mountain bike trails. Great accommodations! Great staff!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Wayne H
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

Ever since i've been to NorthStar in 2008, i've been back every single year. Their service is excellent and the place kept very clean!
Rooms are Japanese and Western style and the Owners Speak both Japanese and English so its very helpful.
The Ski slopes are but a 10min walk away but the owners will ALWAYS give you a lift there AND Back without questions and with a very happy and polite disposition to boot!
If you're not there in the Winter, there is a tiny waterfall @ the back of the place and a nice cool stream that flows all summer and fall for Awesome Pictures and a place to kick back!
Mountain Biking here in the Fall simply Owns.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Ranmasatome
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

This is my first time going outdoor with snow. The guidance has well explain of geographical information around Norikura Mountain.
Surprisingly during the hike have chance seeing Raicho,a rare species in Japanese wildlife.

Staying in Japanese style room is comfortable and the room is comfy since I can hear the stream flow on morning. It was enjoyable looking the streamside from balcony.
The accommodation give a feel like home, if not rushing on my trip schedule, I would like to spend more time for the outdoor activities in Northstar.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Thank SC L
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

We brought 50 English-speaking middle school and high school students to NorthStar in March for a two-day camp of downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snow boarding, and snowshoeing. Our overall experience was great. The communication and planning leading up to the camp was thorough. The assistance and instruction during the camp was personal and enthusiastic and "homey". All skil levels were accommodated for. The food was superb, especially the hamburgers. The outdoor scenery was spectacular. We were very well taken care of. Thank you, Dan, and the NorthStar staff. See you again next March.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank SabersCoach
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

We decided to get our last ski trip in for the season and decided to stay at Northstar. My wife, 18 month old son, myself, and another couple and their 2 year old daughter stayed for the weekend. We stayed in a family style traditional Japanese room. The room was very comfortable in size as well as expected accommodations. The room had one large living/sleeping area that was your living area by day and at night was your sleeping area. There was also a nice little sitting area that overlooked a stream.
The breakfast and dinner meals provided were fantastic! The meals were "family style," in that, everyone sat a large tables and had a chance to talk and enjoy the food. The food was delicious and we never left the table hungry.
The staff could not have been nicer! Everyone was very friendly, not only to use, to the two little ones as well. The staff was very knowledgeable about the local area and the mountain. My wife took a snowboarding lesson and said the instructor was very knowledgeable, helpful, and nice. She walked away from the 2 hour lesson a better snowboarder and very happy with the experience.
We will definitely be returning to Northstar before we leave Japan!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Thank mud390
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

We have been going to Northstar every year for the past 4 years on snowboarding trips. We’ve had an enjoyable experience each and every time. The owner and staff at Northstar provide outstanding customer service; always friendly and accommodating. They make you feel so welcome which always makes for a very enjoyable stay. The lodge is very clean and well designed. Rooms are spacious and warm. Our favorite place is the lounge on the first floor; a great place to hang out and relax after a day on the slopes. The breakfasts and dinners are always tasty and satisfying. The snowboard instructors are excellent and use special Burton training boards. I would highly recommend Northstar!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank riido
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Additional Information about NORTHSTAR Alpine Lodge

Address: 4306 Azumi, Matsumoto 390-1513, Nagano Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Matsumoto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Matsumoto
Price Range: £110 - £143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our rustic lodge and family friendly environment provides a homey, international atmosphere that is enhanced by a climbing wall and game room. Everything is designed for your stay to be fun, to have rest, to meet new friends, and to experience NORTHSTAR's authentic hospitality in an awesome location called the Norikura Kogen, deep within the Northern Alps National Park. Come enjoy our lodge and our local adventures! ... more   less 
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