My fiancé and I stayed at Skala again for 2 weeks during our second Hakuba snow trip. The family runs the lodge is so welcoming and accommodating. It made us feel like home. Despite the clean rooms and towels, awesome shower water pressure and fantastic drying room, the owner cooks up delicious Japanese fusion 5-course dinner (approx $35 per person). The massage chair in the living room is a hit after a day out on the slopes. A band also plays at Skala on certain weekends. It is a fantastic accommodation for family with children, couples and friends. We had met some really lovely people staying at Skala last year and this year.
Unfortunately, my fiancé sustained a back injury during this trip. We received tremendous amount of help from Osamu and Asako. We could not be thankful enough.
It is super convenient to get to different places from Skala. Free shuttle bus stops right outside the lodge to take you to Goryu and Hakuba 47 as well as free bus from Oak Forest around the corner (3 minute walk) goes to Happo, Iwatake and Sanosaka. It only takes about 10 minutes to walk to Echoland main street, where more free shuttle bus options are available for Tsugaike and others. Plenty of great dinning places along the Echoland main street, like Sakura Ramen, Mockingbird, Japanese tapas bar and kebab etc.....
We LOVE Hakuba and we LOVE Skala. We are returning next year for another snow trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grove Inn Skala is a country resort owned by family. Privacy, comfort and personal care are all yours. Located in the center of Japan's main island, in Hakuba village, Nagano prefecture. Many people know about Hakuba, as it was the sight of the 1998 Winter Olympic events: Giant Slalom, Downhill, Nordic Combined, Cross-country and Jumping. The Jumping Stadium is just about 10 min's and shopping area is also 10 min's on foot from our hotel. Hakuba is about 300km north west of Tokyo at the foot of Northern Japan Alps. It takes approximately 3 and half hours by train and 4 hours by car. Paragliding, Downhill mountain bike riding, Hiking, White water rafting, Tennis, Fishing, Canoe & Kayak are all awaiting you through at a year The main sports are of course, ski & snowboard in winter term till early spring ... more less
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