Hakuba Japan - Luxury Cottage in the Japanese Alps

Hakuba Japan - Luxury Cottage in the Japanese Alps

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
1 Bathrooms

About our home

Perfect for both summer and winter getaways, our second home is a newly renovated 3 bedroom cottage centrally located in Hakuba village.

Just a 5 minute stroll from Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort and within easy walking distance to local restaurants and bars. 10 - 15 minutes to lift accessed Mountain biking and Gondola access to a plethora of world class hiking from easy beginners and family hikes all the way up to Multi day treks.

At the heart of the living area is an elegant stone-wrapped gas fireplace that creates the perfect ambiance to relax in comfort for the duration of your stay.

* Beautifully restored in 2017
* 3 spacious bedrooms
* 2 with luxurious queen beds, one single over double bunk.
* Stainless steel chefs "western" kitchen
* European appliances including dishwasher and washer
* renovated bathroom w full soak tub
* Separate toilet and vanity area

Summer & green season, take the time to explore the mountains,valley, lakes and rivers. Hike, raft, fish, or Mountain bike in our world famous mountains, travel the Alpen route, one of the worlds great journeys or just soak up the zen of this truly magical place.

Winter, Curl up with a glass of red in front of the fire after a day on the slopes or lie back and soak in the deep plunge tub. Enjoy one of the 12 local ski resorts all located within 30 minutes of our front door... the closest is a 300 meter walk!

The cottage is situated in a quiet area of forest yet still close enough to walk almost everywhere if you don't mind the cold in winter...(Our nearest bar, open in winter only, is less than 100 meters!)

We love it because it is one of those rare places in the world that can be as chilled or as adrenalin packed as you choose, relax in the solitude or get out and immerse yourself in the mountains, ski, ride, eat at some of our amazing restaurants, enjoy a quiet beer and BBQ in our very own backyard garden forest (Our favourite place on a summer afternoon) or enjoy a glass of red in front of the fire...too many choices

NOTE Hakuba receives over 12 meters of snow each winter with heavier snowfalls from mid December till the mid March. The ski season reliably extends until the first week of May every year with generally lighter snowfalls still regular through late March and early April.

Spring skiing under blue skies at 20c in Late April & early May in t-shirt and shorts is a not to be missed experience


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More about us

  1. We are Verena and Shaun,

    An active well travelled retired couple in our 50s who love travel, great food, adventure and new experiences. Generally, we travel as a couple. occasionally having another couple share a week or so of our exchange experience.

    We have had more than 50 successful home exchange experiences to many Different countries. Most recently, US Pacific North West, Victoria BC In Canada, Iceland, Dublin Ireland, Germany, France & Sardinia Italy as well as 4 months travelling in Australia. All amazing experiences with wonderful and helpful hosts.
    We usually split our time between our home in Japan and exploring the world.

    We are always happy to be flexible for the right people and places. Non simultaneous is usually no problem and we have had great success "banking" stays for use a later dates so please, contact us with any requests, we can usually find a way to accommodate most exchanges.

    We will of course treat your home with respect and expect the same in return.

  2. Verena follows her passion & works with a local animal Charity, helping to raise funds and awareness.

    After stepping down from running his own business and leaving it to the younger generation, Shaun volunteers as a small business coach & mentor when not travelling this amazing world.

  3. We are planning a mega Trip to Europe, UK Ireland and Iceland in 2021.
    WE ARE OPEN TO ALL REQUESTS FROM EUROPEAN and ICELAND locations - both simultaneous and Non simultaneous.

    We will respond to all requests.

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Where is it?


Situated in the breathtakingly beautiful Northern Japan Alps, Hakuba offers some of the best Year round sports action in Japan. In winter. Abundant snow falls and excellent powder conditions make Hakuba a perennial top choice of skiers and snowboarders from around the world.

Much like the arlberg in Austria, Hakuba is actually a collection several small neighbouring villages encompassing nine ski resorts stretched across a broad valley.

Enjoy Sushi and sashimi, aromatic katsu curries, simmering hot pot nabe or Japanese Dichon salad, frosty Sapporo draft or maybe try a warm sake. Our Village, Hakuba Goryu has about 15-20 restaurants and about the same number of bars all within 1-2 kms that operate right throughout the winter season with more opening every year.

Escal plaza, located 300 meters from our front door, is a shopping and restaurant hub at the base of the ski field that operates year round, housing shops, cafes and the like (baskin robbins, subway etc) as well a a traditional Japanese onsen bath.

Escal plaza also provides the base station for the gondola that gives year round access to the mountains, for snowsports in winter, and for hiking, paragliding & access to the national park and wild flower gardens in spring and summer.

Goryu Dake, our nearest peak, is one of three local 3000 meter plus mountain peaks in the Hakuba valley and hikers and climbers come from all over to Japan and the world in summer to take on the 3 Peaks challenge. A great challenge if you are up for it!

During Spring and summer a reduced but still substantial number of the Goryu bars and restaurants operate. Approximately 5 Km away is Echoland, a year round "Eat street" that was built for the Nagano Olympics. Most restaurants and bars here are year round including our favourite, one of the best restaurants in Japan, Trauemerie. Echoland is a 10 minute drive or taxi in winter (About US$15 taxi fare) We often cycle over in summer if we are feeling energetic.

Summertime in Hakuba is breathtaking with the magnificent backdrop of the Japanese Alps surrounded by endless green, pristine lakes, flowing rivers and abundant outdoor activities. Why not come and discover why Hakuba is the outdoor adventure capital of Japan.

Enjoy world class single track mountain biking or take a guided trip to the top of the Alps, climb a glacier or just a leisurely stroll along the majestic Matsukawa River, there are so many enjoyable options for hike and walks in Hakuba.
Rafting canyoning fishing or just relax and take in the magnificent scenery and amazing culture

Buzzy restaurants
Pizzakaya for yummy, Traumerei for World class dining**
Cool bars
Concrete (150 meters)
Cozy cafés
Goldilocks & Soundlike Cafe
Retail therapy
Nagano & Omachi
Bit of culture
Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple, Alpen Route
Walks in the park
Aokiko Lake, Happo pond
Spot of exercise
MTB Iwatake, Lots of Forest walks
Day tripping
Snow Monkeys Jigokudani

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