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Hakuba Brownie Cottages & Condominiums is a great option for anyone visiting Hakuba, Japan and looking for self contained accommodation. Their cottages and apartments are perfect for families and small groups. The cottages and condominiums all come fully furnished, and the helpful owners are always happy to go the extra mile to assist visitors in settling in. They also have some great grounds around the cottages, with space for barbecues, or just letting the kids have some space to play. For these reasons along, Brownie is a great pick. However, it gets even better with a great location, some nice mountain views and free transport. It isn’t ski in, ski out.

Quick Facts
    • Apartments and cottages available
    • Free transport
    • Central location
    • Helpful owners


If you're looking for self contained accommodation, look no further than Hakuba Brownie Cottages & Condominiums. As the name suggests, they offer both free standing cottages and apartments, aimed at visitors looking for more space and privacy than a standard hotel room can offer. While the cottages are what you'd expect from typical self contained ski style accommodation, the apartments are fully furnished in the classic Japanese style. This can be a great experience for anyone hoping to gain an insight into what it's like to live in contemporary Japan. Either way, both the cottages and apartments are comfortable, clean and very well maintained.

The site is pretty well located near the center of Hakuba, one of Japan's premier ski villages. The village is surrounded by some of the country's best ski slopes, and some absolutely stunning mountain landscape.

Brownie's staff can help you get the most out of your visit to Hakuba with information on the local area, and free transport options. They're always happy to give guests a lift to the local supermarket, and can provide pick up and drop off from both the bus terminal and train station. It's a great service that really cuts down on some of the hassle of travel. Overall, this is a great pick.


Brownie offers two types of accommodation: cottages and apartments. Both options are pretty spacious by Japanese standards, and are great for anyone who doesn't like the idea of being crammed into a hotel room. The apartments are Japanese style, while the cottages are beautifully constructed with timber.

The site also offers a range of convenient services. Bikes are available for hire. Sometimes they aren't particularly useful during Hakuba's snowy winters, but can be a great way to get around the village in the summer months. They also offer massages, ski lessons, laundry services and sell ski passes. No meals are provided, though there's a nice outdoor barbecue area.

One of Brownie's biggest draw cards is its generous transport policy. Along with the standard drop offs and pick ups from the bus and train terminals, they can also give visitors a lift to the nearby supermarket for supply runs. There's also more transport options in the buses that head out to the ski areas, departing from a stop near the entrance. These buses go to the eight main ski areas around Hakuba.

In total, Brownie's services and facilities include:

- Bicycle rental

- Car hire

- Shuttle service (free)

- Safety deposit box

- Luggage storage

- Laundry

- Fax/photocopying

- Gift shop

- Hot tub/jacuzzi

- Garden

- BBQ facilities

- Family rooms

- Heating

- Non-smoking throughout

- Air conditioning


Surf & Other Activities

Most visitors arrive in Hakuba to take advantage of the surrounding region's brilliant winter sports opportunities. The ski slopes are among the best in Japan, with their famous powder and long seasons. There's eight main ski areas in the region, with dozens of slopes suitable for every age and skill level.

In the summer months, Hakuba becomes a hiker's paradise, with numerous trails through the mountainous landscape. Other outdoor activities including canoeing, cycling and horse riding.

Finally, Hakuba also has some great hot springs, which locals say can offer health benefits. Either way, they're great for relaxing after a day of skiing, hiking or seeing the sights.

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