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A 20-minute drive from Snow Monkey Park and located right in front of Shiga Kogen Ski Resort, the entirely non-smoking Aspen Shiga boasts an indoor hot-spring bath, a fireplace lounge and a breakfast with homemade bread. Free Wi-Fi is provided at the entire property, and rooms are Japanese-style.
Guests at Aspen Shiga Lodge sleep on a traditional tatami (woven-straw) floor in futon bedding. All rooms come with heating facilities and have a flat-screen TV and green tea. Some rooms have a private toilet, and guests bathe at the shared hot-spring baths.
A free pick-up service is offered from Hasuike bus stop, a 5-minute drive away, and guests should call upon arrival to use the shuttle. Yakebitaiyama Ski Resort is a 20-minute drive from the lodge. Guests can enjoy the surround nature at Shiga Kogen Highlands, which is registered as an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Ski equipment hire and storage are offered in the winter, and you can enjoy barbecues in warm weather. Fishing is possible nearby.
Breakfast is a mix of Japanese and Western tastes, served either as a set menu or a buffet (wintertime usually features a buffet). Restaurant Aspen offers a selection of breads and pastries as well as a limited lunch menu. Dinner can be served at the on-site restaurant at an additional charge upon an advance request.
This property is a ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn. Learn more
- What is a ryokan?
- A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn. They usually feature public baths, multi-course dinners, communal spaces where guests can relax, and rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon mats. Like hotels, a range of ryokans (from budget to luxury) is available. What originated centuries ago as a free rest house for long-distance travellers has evolved into a popular destination for relaxation in therapeutic mineral springs.
- What are the major differences between a ryokan and a hotel?
- Unlike a hotel, where the guest room is simply a place to turn in for the night, a ryokan is more than just an accommodation place to sleep. In Japan, many travellers journey long distances solely for the purpose of relaxing in a hot spring bath and feasting on a traditional multi-course dinner – thus making staying at a ryokan an experience in and of itself. These ryokans typically have Japanese-style rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon beds, instead of Western beds and carpeting. In addition, you remove your shoes at the entrance of the accommodation, or before you enter the room. Modern ryokan may serve buffet-style meals in a dining area, while a more traditional ryokan serves in-room dinners. Some ryokan rooms may come with a private bathroom, while others will only have a shared public bathroom.
- What is a kaiseki meal?
- Kaiseki is the culinary highlight at a ryokan, embodied in beautifully presented dishes that delight both the palate and the eyes. Each of the 10 to 15 dishes that make up the multi-course Japanese dinner is prepared in such a way that highlights the unique textures, colours, and flavours of the featured seasonal ingredients and local specialties. Served most commonly at special restaurants and ryokan, a traditional kaiseki dinner usually consists of bite-sized appetizers, fresh sashimi (raw fish), soup, grilled fish or meat, a hot pot dish, rice with miso soup, and a small dessert.
- What is a yukata?
- Yukata is a casual summer kimono typically made of light cotton. Many ryokans offer guests yukata robes during their stay. In some areas, it is common to see guests strolling through the neighbourhood in their yukata. The loose-fitting garment is perfect for relaxing and sleeping in.
- How to wear a yukata
- First, put your arms through the sleeves like you would with a shirt. Take the right side of the yukata and wrap it across your body. Then take the left side and wrap it over the right, making sure that the robe is levelled at your ankle. Pinning the yukata closed on the right side, wrap the sash around your waist a couple of times and then tie a bow. Generally, the bow is tied around the waist for women, and the hips for men.
- What is a Japanese hot spring (onsen)?
- Onsen (literally ‘hot spring’) is a term often used to refer to both the mineral-rich hot springs and the bathing facilities that house them. Whether the bath is public or private, gender-segregated or mixed, indoor or outdoor, soaking and unwinding in the soothing geothermal waters at an onsen is a millennia-old custom deeply embedded in Japanese culture.
- Bathing procedures and etiquette
- At a public bath – onsen or not – guests are expected to shed all their clothes in their respective changing rooms before entering the bathing area. As a common courtesy, once inside the bathing area, guests should wash and rinse their bodies thoroughly before quietly stepping into the hot water. Whether you relax in solitude or converse softly with others is up to you, but guests should always be mindful of others. Wash towels are often used to cover one’s private areas while walking around. However, note that you must not put towels in the water.
- Why are tattoos not allowed?
- While tattoos have become more popular among the youth of Japan, many Japanese people still associate them with outlaws and organized crime. Nowadays, not all businesses ban customers with tattoos, but you may still be refused admission to public baths and swimming pools. Small tattoos may be covered up using waterproof plasters, but keep in mind that each property has the final say on what’s acceptable.
Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.9 for a two-person trip.
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- Hi, is it easy to take the bus back to Nagano station from your hotel? Thank youThere is an Express bus from Shiga Kogen to Nagano station. We can drive you to Bus station. Then, you can take an express bus from bus staion. Best regards,Answered on 19 February 2022
- I am from Hong Kong. I will fly to Narita Airport and take a train to Nagano. How can I get to the Hotel from Nagano train station?Thank you for your message. When you arrived at Nagano station, please take a express bus at Nagano sta East Exit. And, please come to Yamanoeki station. After, we will pick you up from Yamanoeki station to our hotel.Answered on 8 March 2021
- What time are the communal baths available?Hotspring is available 24 hours. (But when cleaning it, not available.)Answered on 8 March 2021
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15:00 - 22:00
Until 10:00 hours
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.
Children and beds
Children of any age are welcome.
Children aged 6 years and above are considered adults at this property.
To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.
Cot and extra bed policies
Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.
No age restriction
There is no age requirement for check-in
Aspen Shiga accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
Smoking is not allowed.
Pets are not allowed.
The fine print
Please note that this hotel has only heating facilities, it does not have air-conditioning.
Please be informed that all guestrooms are non-smoking rooms. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.
Please inform Aspen Shiga in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.
FAQs about Aspen Shiga
Aspen Shiga offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):
- Public Bath
- Hot spring bath
The prices at Aspen Shiga may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.
Guests staying at Aspen Shiga can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 10.0).
Breakfast option(s) include:
Yes, Aspen Shiga is popular with guests booking family stays.
Aspen Shiga is 2.3 miles from the centre of Yamanouchi.
Room options at Aspen Shiga include:
Check-in at Aspen Shiga is from 15:00, and check-out is until 10:00.
From the nearest airport, you can get to Aspen Shiga by:
- Train 5h