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Old Jan 7, 19, 2:06 pm
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Shot in the dark, but has anyone stayed at Yakimochiya in Nagano City? Curious to hear about it!
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Old Jan 7, 19, 6:24 pm
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Shot in the dark, but has anyone stayed at Yakimochiya in Nagano City? Curious to hear about it!
Looking at their website, I doubt that this is a luxury ryokan as it appears many of the rooms don't have a private bathroom! Or as their website says, " Toilet and a washroom are not located in the room. Share space is immediately near the room."
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Old Jan 7, 19, 10:21 pm
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Looking at their website, I doubt that this is a luxury ryokan as it appears many of the rooms don't have a private bathroom! Or as their website says, " Toilet and a washroom are not located in the room. Share space is immediately near the room."
This can happen at some ryokans. They're not squatter toilets but I'll never pay to stay somewhere and share a bathroom.
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Old Jan 30, 19, 11:10 pm
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Does anyone who's been to both have strong opinons on Hakone-Ginyu vs. Yama No Chaya? We have reservations at both at the moment - Roughly the same price for private onsen rooms, a Sora Room at Hakone-Ginyu and Ajisai at YamaNoChaya (with the extra sashimi meal plan ). Looks like Hakone-Ginyu has the better view and YamaNoChaya has the upgraded meal plan going for it, but hard to say without knowing the quality of the food/rooms at either place! On pictures they both look amazing...
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Old Feb 8, 19, 11:58 pm
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Thinking that those who frequent this thread may actually go north to Sapporo, I wanted to know if anyone has a recommended hotel or ryokan that is close to where the main Snow Festival activities are held each year.

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Old Feb 9, 19, 12:30 am
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Thinking that those who frequent this thread may actually go north to Sapporo, I wanted to know if anyone has a recommended hotel or ryokan that is close to where the main Snow Festival activities are held each year.

Many thanks!
It's likely that the best accommodation in town is in the "Grand within Grand" section of the Sapporo Grand hotel. I've stayed there once and I thought the rooms were quite decent and, I suspect, dramatically different and better from the rest of the hotel, which likely is a not so good world. The problem is that the rooms are crazily overpriced when the Snow Festival is NOT on, so I cannot imagine what they would be charging when it is on. I am talking prices that are higher than the most expensive Tokyo hotels during the non-Snow Festival season -- Y80,000 a night and up for a 50sqmt regular room -- and again, these are the rates when the Snow Festival is NOT on.

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It's likely that the best accommodation in town is in the "Grand within Grand" section of the Sapporo Grand hotel. I've stayed there once and I thought the rooms were quite decent and, I suspect, dramatically different and better from the rest of the hotel, which likely is a not so good world. The problem is that the rooms are crazily overpriced when the Snow Festival is NOT on, so I cannot imagine what they would be charging when it is on. I am talking prices that are higher than the most expensive Tokyo hotels during the non-Snow Festival season -- Y80,000 a night and up for a 50sqmt regular room -- and again, these are the rates when the Snow Festival is NOT on.
Thank you for your insights. Might you have an email for the concierge or reservations? I cannot find any availability in dates in January and February.
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Old Feb 9, 19, 10:15 am
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Thank you for your insights. Might you have an email for the concierge or reservations? I cannot find any availability in dates in January and February.
No, I never had any contact with the concierge or indeed with management at all. I am not surprised that it might be sold out a year in advance but it is also the case that many Japanese hotels don't even open up most of their space that far in advance. A booking site like Rakuten travel also sometimes has space when the hotel site does not.
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No, I never had any contact with the concierge or indeed with management at all. I am not surprised that it might be sold out a year in advance but it is also the case that many Japanese hotels don't even open up most of their space that far in advance. A booking site like Rakuten travel also sometimes has space when the hotel site does not.
Thanks for the suggestion. After responding to you yesterday, I contacted the hotel via its "Contact Us" button on the website. I very quickly got an email from reservations that said that inventory has yet to be released.
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Old Feb 9, 19, 7:35 pm
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Thanks for the suggestion. After responding to you yesterday, I contacted the hotel via its "Contact Us" button on the website. I very quickly got an email from reservations that said that inventory has yet to be released.
Bear in mind that while it is priced like a luxury hotel, it is not one, although the hard product in "Grand In Grand" is good and paying rack rate gets you access to a lounge.
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concierge company Luxurique not only creates individual packages for travellers, but has also been commissioned by the Japanese government to create VIP packages for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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Anyone have any ryokan recommendations in the Kanazawa and Yamanouchi area? Working on a trip for December and trying to gather more info. Right now I'm considering Asadaya, Beniya Mukayu, Kinjohro, Kayotei for Kanazawa, and for Yamanoichi we were considering Sekiya, Myojinkan, and Kanaguya (more for the novelty). Ideally we prefer something with a good outdoor bath. We loved our stay at Asaba and were hoping for something similar.
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Anyone have any ryokan recommendations in the Kanazawa and Yamanouchi area? Working on a trip for December and trying to gather more info. Right now I'm considering Asadaya, Beniya Mukayu, Kinjohro, Kayotei for Kanazawa, and for Yamanoichi we were considering Sekiya, Myojinkan, and Kanaguya (more for the novelty). Ideally we prefer something with a good outdoor bath. We loved our stay at Asaba and were hoping for something similar.
Kayotei isn't exactly in Kanazawa (located in Kaga Onsen) but it does belong in this forum. Get a suite for the private outdoor bath. Do the private Kaga lacquerware tour offered by the owner of Kayotei.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 11:47 pm
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Anyone have any ryokan recommendations in the Kanazawa and Yamanouchi area? Working on a trip for December and trying to gather more info. Right now I'm considering Asadaya, Beniya Mukayu, Kinjohro, Kayotei for Kanazawa, and for Yamanoichi we were considering Sekiya, Myojinkan, and Kanaguya (more for the novelty). Ideally we prefer something with a good outdoor bath. We loved our stay at Asaba and were hoping for something similar.
I'd also consider Hanamurasaki - it's just around the corner from Kayotei, btw. Of the three towns in the Kaga Onsen area, we found Yamanaka Onsen (where Hanamurasaki and Kayotei are located) to be by far the nicest.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 11:51 pm
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Originally Posted by 747FC View Post
Thinking that those who frequent this thread may actually go north to Sapporo, I wanted to know if anyone has a recommended hotel or ryokan that is close to where the main Snow Festival activities are held each year.

Many thanks!
Bumping this note in case anyone else has a recommended lodging option in Sapporo. Thanks!
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