Really loved Villa Ichinose. Terrific ambience amongst the visitors, who came from all parts of the world.
Cannot understate how helpful and friendly Yuichi and his staff are. Likewise, can't understate how good the location is - ideal for the Nagano express bus and the slopes, and pretty much ski in, ski out (takes a little bit of self-propulsion to ski out - but you can definitely ski in right to the back door).
As our friend Lokky_78 said in his review, the buffet in the in-house dining room leaves a little something to desire in terms of variety and quality, but it's more than adequate. One of the best restaurants in the village is also located on the ground floor - and there's a really good Nepalese/Indian restaurant next door, so no problems if you fancy a change.
The only other slight concern I have about Japanese hotels - and this is pretty much universal / not unique to VI - is the fact that everyone smokes. It's amazing how quickly you get used to smoking being banned in huge swathes of N.America, Europe and Asia - and just as quickly you remember what an awful impact it has on air quality when you're in indoor, public areas somewhere like Japan.
One other comment - we noted a fair few Tokyo expats stayed over the weekend, which is no doubt a good sign in the sense that they have more local knowledge than the average overseas visitor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We locates altitude 1700m, in front of bus stop and ski slope, it is a good location. The rooms are Japanese-style main there, even Western-style. Enjoy a buffet or dishes using seasonal ingredients meals. Relax in the spa large shared hot bath. There fireplace and sofa, free high-speed Internet connection in the lobby. You can enjoy snowboarding and skiing in winter from December to May. Convenient Yamazaki shop open limited in winter. Restaurant 101 offer Noodles and plates for lunch, Syabu-Syabu and sukiyaki for dinner(please book in advance).You can enjoy hiking and summering from spring to autumn. Even in midsummer, you can rest comfortably at night at around 25 ℃. In addition, You can enjoy the alpine garden at an altitude of 2000m. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Ichinose Japan/Yamanouchi-Machi, Nagano Prefecture