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Hotel Cultured offers straight forward, no nonsense accommodation in Japan's skiing village of Hakuba. They also have larger, apartment style rooms that are great for small groups. For your money, you get a central location, with great access to public transport bound for the ski slopes. It’s not ski in, ski out, but don’t let that bother you too much. They still have ski storage facilities, plus on site ski hire. They also throw in wifi, table tennis and free parking. Another little treat is the hot spring, which is located on the roof. Perhaps not the best set up during bad weather, but on clear nights it’s a notch above the steamy cupboards passing as onsen at some other hotels.


Quick Facts
    • Both rooms and apartments
    • Central location
    • Great views
    • Ski storage
    • Wifi
    • Hot spring

A budget hotel located in central Hakuba village, Hotel Cultured has a great location and competitive price. They have good access to local restaurants and bars, a convenience store and of course, several ski slopes including Happoone. There's a free ski shuttles stop right in front of the hotel, and the staff can provide information on exploring the area around Hakuba.

Hotel Cultured says they can provide full private rooms at prices comparable to a hostel, including private bathrooms and a flat screen TV. It's not a bad deal for anyone looking for straight forward accommodation after a day on the slopes.

Hotel Cultured is located in one of Japan's best skiing areas, Hakuba. The village is surrounded by mountains that offer great slopes, with long seasons and serious powder. While the region is dotted with expensive lodges and retreats for those willing to fork out the cash, Hotel Cultured is a little more down to Earth. That's not to say there aren't any luxuries. They have a roof top hot spring bath with some pretty stunning views of the countryside around Hakuba. It's a great way to relax and unwind at the end of a long day skiing, and highly recommended.


Hotel Cultured has both standard western style rooms and stand alone apartments on offer. The hotel is situated in Misorano area where many restaurants and bars are. A convenience store is just down the road with an international ATM. There is also a bus stop right in front of our hotel and therefore getting around from/to all ski slopes in Hakuba village is very easy and this service is free of charge.

Rooms are compact and comfortable with single, twin, triple and quad options available. They also offer very reasonable packages and cater well to families, groups and budget travelers. All rooms come with a bed and private bathroom. Common area facilities include:

  • Coin operated lockers
  • Restaurant
  • Coin operated laundry
  • Table tennis
  • Vending machines
  • On site ski rental

On the top floor, they also have outdoor hot spring bath where you can directly see the North Japan Alps. It's the perfect way to refresh your body after a big day on the slopes.

Also on the top floor, you can find the hotel's apartment style rooms. These consist consist of 1 and 2 bedroom with complimentary Wi-Fi, a modern and comfortable living area and a fully equipped kitchen.

Both apartments are located on the top floor offering unobstructed views of the spectacular Hakuba Mountains. With more space than the other rooms, these apartments are great for families or small groups.

Surf & Other Activities

Hakuba is primarily known for its great skiing opportunities. The region around the village is dotted with ski areas, many of which are easily accessible by public transport. Outside skiing season, the region also offers some of Japan's best hiking. Whichever season you visit, you're bound to find endless opportunities for outdoor activities.

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