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Bears Den Mountain Lodge
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

TIP - Don't stay anywhere else.

It was our first trip to the snow, and we could not have picked a better place to stay than with Lesley at the Bears Den Lodge.

Be sure to ask Lesley where to find the infamous Hakuba Goat-Bear !!

Lesley was a brilliant host, and the facilities at the lodge were first class. We stayed in a lot of different places on our 3-week trip across Japan, and the Bears Den was by far our favourite.

Lesley was so helpful, from coming to pick us up from the bus stop, helping arrange snow gear and a lift-pass, giving us tips on where to eat and drink (and even booking us in to some of her favourite places in town - and she ALWAYS made fantastic recommendations).

I even got to snow-board with her on one of the days up the top of the gondola - she's a RED-HOT boarder!!!

We were a little nervous about hitting the snow for the first time, but thank god for Lesley and her smiling face and helpful nature. We had a ball. And the lodge is only a short walk from the lifts, so you waste no time getting going in the morning, and getting home in the afternoon to tend to a sore backside :-)

It's not that far from town either, for all the best food that Hakuba has to offer, some brilliant Onsen, and there are great bars for a drink just down the road.

The room was very comfortable - soft bed and pillows (THANK GOD - Japan has some odd ideas about bedding, but as an Aussie, Lesley knows just what we like!!) and the huge HOT shower was brilliant after a sore day stacking it on the snow.

Hopefully we get to go back to Hakuba soon.

If we do Lesley will be getting a call - we'd never stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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bearsdenhakuba, Owner at Bears Den Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

Thank you for staying with us, looking forward to having you stay again. Still smile when I recall the Goat-bear conversation at the bar with you guys :)

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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Lesley is a wonderful host who made us feel so at home as soon as we walked through the doors. The lodge is top class and the beds are by far the best in Japan!
If you are looking for somewhere amazing to stay while you're in Hakuba you can't go past Bears Den! Do yourself a favour and book it today!!!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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bearsdenhakuba, Owner at Bears Den Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

Thank you for staying with us Bade, looking forward to having you stay again. :)

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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

From the extremely comfortable beds, plush towels, and soft pillows, to the homely living areas, Bears Den Mountain Lodge is a wonderful place to stay, offering all the comforts from home. Thank you Lesley for the cooking lessons, the wonderful company and for the much needed respite. Can't wait to be back.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled on business
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bearsdenhakuba, Owner at Bears Den Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

Thank you for staying with us Linda, looking forward to having you stay again. :)

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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

This place has everything you need - large cloud beds for getting a good night's sleep and resting after a hard day on the mountain, heated flooring to keep your toes nice and toasty warm, delicious and filling home cooked breakfast every day, a home trail straight up to the gondola, the best customer service you will find in Hukuba! I cannot recommend this lodge enough :)

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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bearsdenhakuba, Owner at Bears Den Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Thank you for staying (so long) at the 'Den guys, we look forward to catching up again. :)

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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

My solo stay at Bears Den was exactly what I needed.

Lesley is a great host and the place is amazing for both engaging with other travellers or for when you just want to chill out in privacy.

The lodge is immaculate and the room I had was very spacious with a massive bed and ensuite (nothing like what you will encounter in Tokyo) and it is all set in beautiful surroundings.

Plenty to do (eating and drinking) around the lodge neighbourhood so there is more than the wonderful skiing that makes this place the perfect destination.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled solo
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bearsdenhakuba, Owner at Bears Den Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Thank you for staying with us S, looking forward to having you stay again. :)

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