GAKUTO VILLAS - HAKUBA

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Surf Skill

Intermediate - Advanced

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Season

January, February, March, December

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Summary

Gakuto Villas are a collection of 12 two story, self contained cabins located in one of the most pleasant areas of the skiing village of Hakuba. The cabins have a great location near ski lifts and plenty of restaurants and bars.

 

Quick Facts
    • Modern, self-contained cabins
    • Close to ski lifts

    • Quiet neighborhood

What's a ski trip without a toasty cabin to come back to after a day on the slopes? Gakuto Villas  offers unique, modern cabin accommodation in the village of Hakuba, Nagano. The villas are nestled at the foothills of the majestic Japanese Alps. Only minutes away from some of the best ski slopes Japan has to offer, with 10 ski resorts within reach, there's plenty of choice for your perfect winter adventure within easy reach.

The villas themselves are a collection of 12 two story cabins, providing guests with and comfortable and modern self contained holiday experience Located in Hakuba's premier area Wadano, only a few minutes walk to neighborhood restaurants,  onsens (hot springs) and a short walk to the lifts to the Happoone ski resort.

Each two bedroom villa, measuring 97sqm has two bedrooms (one queen size bed and two single beds) and two bathrooms, to fit up to 6 people comfortably. An extra cot is available upon request. Furnishings are clean and simple and a small kitchen allows for guests to eat in or out. Free wi-fi internet and English television channels are available in all villas. The villas include a flat screen LCD TV, DVD player, heated bamboo flooring, high ceilings and large windows, iPod dock, amenities, towels, and ethanol fireplace for those chilly nights.

 

Accommodation

Gakuto has 12 two story cabins that are great options for a family vacation, a group of close friends, or a romantic getaway.

With large floor to ceiling windows in the open living and dining area, sunlight floods the rooms with warmth and natural light. After an exhilarating day on the slopes, it's easy to relax in the cabins, curled up on the sofa next to the fireplace and enjoy the picturesque scenery beyond the windows.

Each villa is 100sqm and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms with spacious living and dining areas set over 2 floors. The villa fits up to six people comfortably with an extra bed and a sofa bed available upon request (extra charges apply). The kitchen is fully equipped for guests to make their own meals, though there are plenty of great restaurants in the area.

Free wi-fi internet and English television channels are available in all villas. The villas include a flat screen LCD TV, DVD player, heated bamboo flooring, high ceilings and large windows, iPod dock, amenities, towels, and ethanol fireplace.

The full list of Gakuta's feature includes:

12 villas

Approximately 100 sq. m. over two storeys

Dedicated parking space per villa

2 Bedrooms (king or twin beds available upon request) and 2 bathrooms

Fits up to a maximum of 6 persons

Extra rollaway bed and sofa bed can be set up upon request (extra charges apply)

Living room and dining area with a well equipped kitchen

Ski equipment storage area

TV, DVD-player, stove, refrigerator, microwave, washing/drying machine

Complimentary Nescafe Gusto coffee and tea available

Bathroom amenities and hairdryer provided

Complimentary internet access – WIFI

Baby cot available upon request

Front door shuttle bus service

Nearby to restaurants, bars, onsens, and convenience store

Complimentary pick up and drop off service at Hakuba Train Station or Hakuba Happo Bus Station

 

Surf & Other Activities

Gakuto is just a 10 minute walk from the ski lifts at the Sakka Plaza, part of the Happoone Resort. This is the common meeting place for ski schools, as well as the site of the High Cascade Terrain Park snowpark and the magic carpet for kids and beginners. Free resort shuttle services operate to take visitors to the other nine ski resorts and the bus stops just outside the villas on the main road.

Hakuba is one of Japan's premier ski areas, consistent and reliable powder skiing on offer from December through to April.  Hakuba is famed for the deep powder, accessible back country, terrain parks and a consistent 11 meters of snow per season.

The mountains offer an array of runs from wide open powder fields and long groomed trails set amongst stunning alpine views to the more challenging mogul fields and deep powder runs for the experts.  There are also terrain parks for the avid snow boarders. With a choice of 10 resorts in the area there is a suitable option for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.

 Whether it is catering for families enjoying their first snow experience or satisfying the fearless skier wanting to explore the mountain backcountry, Hakuba is the perfect ski destination. The après-ski activities are equally numerous with plenty of stunning hot spring baths, or onsens, that Japan is so famous for, many with incredible views over the mountain range, usually placed high on most visitors to-do lists.

However, Hakuba offers more than just skiing. Nearby sights also include Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple or the famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, all of which can be explored as day trips from Hakuba.

Outside winter, Hakuba also offers some great hiking. With an elevation of 3,000 m, the peaks of the Northern Alps mountain range draw hikers and climbers from all over the world. The Hakuba Valley is one of the 3 famous snow valleys of Japan and contains Japan's largest alpine flower garden. After a day of hiking, soak in the natural splendour of the mountains in the alpine hot springs, accessible only on foot. For beginner hikers, easy trails can be safely reached by ski lift, which run all summer long at some resorts.

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