Bears Den Mountain Lodge

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Comfort: 
4
Premium
Season: 
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Max no. : 
12
Trip Type: 
Hosted Lodge
Boutique Ski Lodge (max 12 guests - 5 ensuite bedrooms)
Ideal for groups of friends and family
Live-in Hosts
Open Fireplace
Outdoor Japanese Hot Tub

Bears Den Mountain Lodge

Overview

Exclusive Western-style Ski in Ski out accommodation, Bears Den Mountain Lodge is perfect for groups of friends and family.  All rooms are equipped with King size beds (Sealy Posturepedic) and 5 star linen.  Bears Den features live-in hosts for the ultimate Hakuba holiday experience... lodge living and friendly in-house service combined!

The lodge is a 5-minute drive from JR Kamishiro Train Station, and free pick-up is available if requested at the time of booking.  Free on-site parking is provided for those driving to Nagano. Hakuba 47/Goryu Ski Resort is also just 300 metres away.  Bears Den Mountain Lodge offers transfers to local ski areas via its 10-seater van.

Bears Den is a unique, boutique lodge offering private rooms and shared common areas.  It is spacious and beautifully furnished including:

• The large open Living Room with Dining/Bar
• Evening meals including Japanese banquet available
• Cooked and continental breakfast served daily
• Bar has a selection of local beers, and Australian wines or BYO
• Open fire place
• Undercover veranda and BBQ, with mountain views and natural surrounds
• Tea/coffee available all day
• Media Room - relax and watch the large flat screen TV, with surround sound. A selection of movies, snowboard and skiing DVD’s, books, board games and magazines.
• Outdoor Japanese-style Hot Tub with views of the picturesque eastern mountains
• Satellite TV for sports and news in English
• Drying & equipment tuning room
• Laundry with washing machine and dryer
• Free Wifi
• Parking available

Accommodation

The accommodation at Bears Den Mountain Lodge is spacious and comfortable, combining modern western furnishings and conveniences with a local perspective.

Double Rooms:  King size bed, en-suite with large separate shower and underfloor heating.

Twin Rooms:  Two king single beds, en-suite with large separate shower and underfloor heating. 

Quad Room:  Two king single beds and bunk bed, en-suite with large separate shower and underfloor heating.

Triple Room:  Two king single beds and a single bed, en-suite with large separate shower and underfloor heating.

Bears Den Chalet:  Many combinations of rooms can be put together to best accommodate families or groups.  If you find yourself in need of an entire chalet we can offer this spacious and beautifully furnished mountain getaway for up to 12 guests in five bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms.

Along with use of all the shared common areas, your room includes:

• Cooked western breakfasts
• Early morning shuttle to any resort in Hakuba
• Arrival and departure transfer
• Bathrobes 
• Bathroom amenities 
• Hair Dryer
• Iron/Ironing board
• High-speed Wifi
• International Power Adapter
• Soundproofed
• Ipod Docking Station
• Hakuba Information Pack

Meals

Meals: 

Bears Den Dining:  Cooked and Continental Breakfast is served daily in the lodge dining room.  Bears Den Bar, on the upper level, serves a selection of local beers, Australian wines or BYO.  Evening meals including Japanese banquets are available on request.  

The lodge offers an evening shuttle to restaurants around Hakuba.  All restaurants in Goryu Village are within walking distance to Bears Den, the longest walk is about 10 minutes.  Please see our list of Goryu Village Restaurants:

Pizzakaya:  For Japanese style pizza, very thin bases. Salads and many side dishes to share! Korean style and Italian style risotto in cast iron pots. Great place to enjoy cocktails and cold beer on tap.

Canada Tei:  Extensive menu, sashimi, teppanyaki, nabe, rice and more. Friendly host, will recommend the special of the day. Local family run restaurant. Good food for all the family.

Sushi Katsu:  For Sushi and pork katsu cutlet dishes. 70 year old tonkatsu recipe and Kimono wearing serving staff for a traditional experience.

Il Bosco:  Italian/Japanese fusion, 4 Course Dinner set, homemade paté, bread and pasta. Reservations are required in advance. 

Little Alaskan:  Excellent chargrilled gourmet burgers. They have a choice of beef or chicken patties and offer a huge assortment of toppings including avocado and pineapple. To wash it all down they serve beer on tap.

Bike Bar:  Live music events, a good hamburger, pizza and chunky chips. Great for families early in the night, pool table and plenty of room to run about. 

Sauce Café & Izakaya:  Check out Sauce on any night of the week for beers, cocktails, and light snacks. They have darts, cozy couches, and a large bar with friendly staff.

Tracks Bar:  For cheap eats (burgers, burritos, pizza, nachos), free pool table, beer on tap, strong cocktails, super friendly folks, and some of the best live music and local crowds too. 

Da Monde:  Da Monde is commonly known as "Darts Bar’. They have 2 electronically operated dart boards. They also have karaoke and a good selection of manga (Japanese comics) for those who prefer to put their feet up and do a little reading.

Tonegawa Soba:  One of the best soba restaurants in the Hakuba village. Set in a beautiful old Minka (Japanese farm house) complete with irori (a sunken hearth used for cooking and eating), kotatsu (heated tables), and hand-made hanten (a quilted robe for guests to wear). Open for lunch only. 

Yuki Maru:  Izakaya, extensive English menu 

Fusha:  Ski in for lunch or dinner, watch the world go by, in the warmth. Good hearty food, coffee and hot chocolate. 

Yuusei:  Shabu Shabu, Sukiyaki and Steak. Local Nagano wine and great tasting sake.

Bradbury's Bar & Grill:  Western grill and Japanese tapas. 

Genryu no yu:  Order dinner before taking an onsen and dinner will be ready when you get out. Large size sumo hot-pots.
  

Local Attractions

Local Attractions: 

Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium:  One of Japan’s most famous ski jump arenas, Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium is located at the base of Happo-One Ski Resort. The stadium was used for the ski jumping events at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games.  Visitors can take the chair lift and elevator to the top of the 90 metre and 120 metre jumps.

Jigokudani Snow Monkeys:  These Japanese Macaques spend their days bathing in natural hot-springs.  Enjoy the hike in on a 2km footpath through the forest, which keeps it uncrowded despite being relatively well-known.  Jigokudani Monkey Park is considered the only place in the world where one can see snow monkeys bathing in the wild.  It is located approximately 1hr 40min drive from Hakuba and 1hr drive from Nozawa Onsen or Nagano City.

Matsumoto Castle:  Matsumoto Castle dates back to the 16th Century and is one of Japan's oldest and most impressive historic castles.  Approximately 1hr20min drive from Hakuba.

Zenkoji Buddhist Temple:  Zenkoji Temple in Nagano City was built in the 7th Century and today is one of Japan's most impressive cultural sites.  Approximately 1hr drive from Hakuba.

Togakushi:  Explore the heart of Japan; Shrine, Ninja, Soba Noodles. The village nestles amongst 900 year old cedars.  Togakushi Village and the nearby Togakushi Shrine are situated in the north of Nagano within the Joshinetsu National Park, just 45 minutes drive from Myokokogen, Nozawa Onsen or Nagano City, and 1hr 15min from Hakuba.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route:  The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is known as the “Roof of Japan”. The route passes through the dynamic scenery of Mt. Tateyama in the Japan Alps. It is traversed using a variety of vehicles with an elevation change of 2400 metres from Toyama Prefecture to Nagano Prefecture.

 

Snow Conditions

Jan: 
excellent
Feb: 
excellent
Mar: 
excellent
Apr: 
good
May: 
fair
Jun: 
poor
Jul: 
poor
Aug: 
poor
Sep: 
poor
Oct: 
poor
Nov: 
poor
Dec: 
good

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.

 

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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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