The Phat House

Trip Type: 
Hosted Lodge
Max numbers: 
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Live-in owners
750m from the Gondola at Iwatake Ski Resort
5min to the bars/restaurants of the Happo area
6min away from Hakuba Train Station
Free shuttle services
Use of a lodge vehicle

Vertical Tabs


Ever had a dream? After chasing winters around the world The Phat House crew wanted a tricked out lodge in the powder capital of the world...Hakuba.  The seemingly endless powder was what brought them to Hakuba and ultimately that's what is keeping them there. They are called 'The Phat House' for a reason.  With wicked views front and back, comfortable rooms, a bar and restaurant, a backyard jib park, and an unparalleled focus on service they simply are the Phattest accommodation in Hakuba, Japan.  The Phat House crew strive to impart their passion for POW and will do their utmost to make sure you leave having had a killer of a time!

The Phat House is only 10 minutes walk to the nearest lift and only a short drive away from the Hakuba train station. This central location will give you the best access to all the mountains in the Hakuba Valley (all 10 of 'em!). The bars and restaurants of Happo are nearby too as well as a selection of onsens in the area so you can sooth those aching muscles with a traditional Japanese experience. But best of all when you stay at The Phat House you're are at the best destination of all!
•    750m from the Gondola at Iwatake Ski Resort
•    5 minutes to the bars and restaurants of the Happo area
•    6 minutes away from Hakuba Train Station
•    10km drive to the famed powder destination of Cortina Ski Resort

Want first tracks?

Yeh you do!  The Phat House crew provide a range of shuttle services to most of the mountains in the Hakuba Valley. Shuttle services start early in the morning for those looking to get first tracks and regularly after that. The service resumes in the afternoon, picking you up to bring you back to The Phat House where you'll be just in time for Happy Hour or a warm shower, whatever you choose!

Like your own wheels?

Having your own wheels can be a godsend. For a small daily fee Phat House guests can put their names down on a blackboard to access a car in the lodge's ComCar pool. That means you can go to any mountain of your choosing and find new friends to ski/board with. Better yet, feel like going out to dinner?  Well grab the keys and go for a burn. Phat House covers the fuel, so all you have to worry about is staying between the lines.

Got too much luggage?  Don't know where you are going? Can't find a cab?

Well don't worry about it. With prior notice of your arrival time, The Phat House crew can collect you from the bus terminal or train station in Hakuba.  As the lodge is only 6 minutes from the train station, you'll have your bags in your room and your feet up having a drink in no time at all. How easy is that!

Tired Legs? Take time out to explore the Nagano region

Don't worry we have got you covered.  The Phat House runs regular trips to the Driving Range, Round 1 Amusement Centre, Go Karts, Matsumoto Castle and the Monkey Onsen.  If you have something in mind let the guys know and they'll see what they can do... if you don't ask you don't receive.

Did we mention the Free Breakfast?

When you're spending all day on the slopes it is best to rise to a hearty breakfast.  Included in your room/bed rate is a free continental breakfast including toast, jams, cereal, fruit and coffee giving you the energy to put in your best turns.  That not enough?  Phat House has a hot breakfast menu that you can order from too.  Additional charges apply for the hot breakfast options.


Snow Conditions


Let the Adventures Begin:
Situated in the breathtakingly beautiful Northern Japan Alps, Hakuba stands out as one of Japan's top winter resort areas, offering some of the best winter sports action in Japan. The host of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Hakuba comprises nine ski resorts stretched across a broad valley, and provides more terrain, vertical rise and advanced ski and snowboard slopes than anywhere in Japan. Abundant snow falls and excellent powder conditions make Hakuba a perennial top choice of skiers and snowboarders from around the world.

9 Resorts. 135 Lifts. Over 200 Runs:
For more than 70 years, Hakuba has been providing skiers, boarders and outdoor enthusiasts the ideal conditions for enjoying a superlative winter sports experience. Over 200 different trails, exceptional powder and some of the longest vertical skiing in Japan are just a few of the reasons why Hakuba has earned its reputation as a prime destination for skiers and boarders of all levels.

A World of Snow at Your Doorstep:
How Do You Want to Play Today?  Nine ski resorts are located across the Hakuba Valley, all within easy reach of the local towns of Happo and Wadano. Plenty of snow, miles of trails and easy access from major Japanese cities are just a few of the reasons why visitors return to Hakuba year after year.

Just the tip of the iceberg:
The resort runs make up a fraction of the overall ski-able terrain in the Hakuba region.  With expert guides like Steve Lee and his team you will get Off Piste and experience Backcountry bliss. You don't need to be a pro skier or boarder to experience the wonders of backcountry Hakuba.  Hiking 400 metre further from the top of the main gondola to Northern Face terrain at one of the resorts will have you and your friends in your very own private winter wonderland.  Fresh untracked snow with a variety of terrain from advanced to intermediate.  You certainly need to have some skills to go back-country and of course the right gear and safety equipment.  Steve Lee and his team will ensure you are up for it and well prepared before you venture Off Piste into some of Japan's finest terrain.


Optimum Conditions: 

Best chance of Powder from Mid December till Mid March.  Great Spring conditions with Bluebird days and no crowds.

Spring Time in Japan - Bluebird Days and no crowds
We'll let you in on a bit of a secret!...Spring Skiing in Japan is amazing. It's not unusal for a 3 metre base in April.  World Snowfaris staff regularly visit Japan's ski resorts in March & early April to enjoy perfect Bluebird days, mild temperatures and top to bottom boarding with no one around. You should consider Nozawa Onsen and Hakuba for March/April.  

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