Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen
381-0401 Nagano, Yamanouchi, Shigakogen Hasuike 7148, Japan – Great location - show map
Just a 2-minute walk from the Maruike ski resort, Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen offers indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, rooms with free Wi-Fi and a launderette. It features both Japanese-style and Western rooms.
Japanese-style rooms feature with tatami mat (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding while all rooms come with heating facilities and an LCD TV. Some rooms have a fridge and an en suite bathroom.
Guests can relax in the outdoor hot spring with nature views, unwind in a public bath indoors, or soak in a private-use hot spring bath.
A Japanese daily breakfast and dinner are served in the hotel’s restaurant.
Shigakogen Shirakabaso Hotel is just a 15-minute drive (and then 30-minute walk) from the Snow Monkey Park. The nearest bus stop is Hasuike bus stop, 2 minute's walk away.
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 8.3 for a two-person trip.
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- We travel as a family with two daughters age 20 and 16. Is it possible to all stay in one traditional Japanese room? How many tatami is each room? ThxWe have Traditional Japanese style 10 tatami rooms and 8 tatami rooms. 10 tatami for 3-4 people, and 8 tatami for 2-3 people are suitable.Answered on 23 October 2022
- What time are the communal baths available?15:00-24:00, 6:00-9:30Answered on 11 July 2020
- What time do I have to arrive for dinner?18:00Answered on 11 October 2019
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15:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 10:00
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.
Entry to the property will be closed between the hours of 22:00 and 07:30
Children and beds
Children of any age are welcome.
Children aged 3 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
Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
Smoking is not allowed.
Parties/events are not allowed
Guests must be quiet between 20:00 and 08:00.
Pets are not allowed.
The fine print
Please be informed that guestrooms will become non-smoking rooms as of 1 April 2016. Smoking will only be permitted in designated areas.
In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.
Please inform Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen 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.
This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.
FAQs about Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen
Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):
- Table tennis
- Hot spring bath
- Public Bath
- Open-air bath
- Massage chair
Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen is 2.6 miles from the centre of Yamanouchi.
Check-in at Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen is from 15:00, and check-out is until 10:00.
The prices at Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.
Room options at Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen include:
Guests staying at Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 7.5).
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