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Hotel Shiga Sunvalley or Hotel Khuls

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Shelster, Jul 2, 2019.

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  1. Shelster

    Shelster First Runs

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    Hello, has anyone stayed at either of these hotels in the last couple of years? Would you rate them, when did you stay, was it busy in the hotel and on the runs with school groups? Thank you.
     
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    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Haven’t stayed in either.
    Khuls is in Ichinose village so is close to food options and a very short walk to the piste. I think it may even be across the road looking at the map.
    Shiga sunvally is at the other end of Shiga in the close, but separate Sunvalley area so it’s a bus or car to the majority of the resorts. You’ll be very limited in evening options over that side unless you have a car. If I was choosing between the two I’d be staying in Ichinose.
     
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    Unless there's a great differential in price I'd be going for Khuls.
     
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    We stayed at Sunvalley in March last year. Typical Japanese hotel, good food, cheap. Lift outside is nice to lap. It was not really busy, there was a school group but it was not really an isssue. Wife and kids spotted a Kamoshika when they went to the onsen at the hotel.

    You can actually ski to wherever from there, there is a connection between that area and the Giant. Pretty fun to explore all the lifts. You can also take a bus to the other side and then ski al the way back, pretty fun
     
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    Thanks zarik. are there many places to eat around the hotel?
     
  6. Shelster

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    It's our preference. Have you stayed at Khuls?
     
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    Thanks elSpike. Ichinose if def our preference. They were the only two I have been able to contact direct hence my other post about booking early. Good to know the limitations of Sun Valley.
     
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    We have booked at Aspen Shiga. They were very responsive via email. I think they suffer from the same sort of isolation though - not much around in terms of restaurants. Has anyone on here stayed there?
    https://www.aspen-shiga.com/en/
     
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    I often stay not far from there at Maruike.
    It's out of the way, and the snow quality is not as good as around Ichinose, plus eating options a much better at Ichinose.
    Better for first timers at Ichinose
    I don't mind it there because I like skiing right across the area and back.
     
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    Not sure I don’t think so. We had a package that included breakfast and dinner, so we just ate there. There are bunch of hotels close by but I am not sure if they serve dinner to outside customers.

    Dinner at hotel was typical Japanese ski hotel fare. But they changed it day to day a bit. Both me and wife like that kind of food and it is easy since right in hotel with kids so we did that.
     
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    Khuls is in a much better location IMO.
    You have skiing options left and right of Ichinose, so you can head either way.
    Khuls is right on Ichinose family...ski in/out.
    If you stay down at SunValley (at the end of lift connection, your always going one way to explore...up).
     
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    Have not stayed there but have stopped in there for lunch ...........food is fantastic.
    Not many restaurant options there, maybe another one or two inside accoms.
     
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    Thanks Zimbooo
     
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    Get off the family lift, go lookers right. Really nice tree skiing right there at your doorstep. ;)

    And when you are out exploring Shiga make sure you get all the way to the crumpet cafe. Awesome place run by local legends.
     
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    I am a bit confused - could anybody help? I know many point at Ichinose but we have outher priorities. Sandy writes "skiing right across and back" others say bus is a must?

    Is there a ski or lift connection from the Sun Valley area towards Ichinose (of course not direct) - or is it a must to take the bus?:


    Plan til send some time in Shiga and Myoko areas.
     
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    Yes there is. Definitely no need to take the bus.
    Gimmee a few minutes.....
     
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    Two ways out of Sun Valley:
     
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    Yes. From Hasuike area. You can get across to Hasuike relatively easily from Sun Valley. On the run furthest to the right from the top of Hasuike, you will see a “Giant Area” sign on the right as you get down the run. This takes you to a track under the road and slightly uphill for a hundred metres or so to the Giant course. It’s a bit of poling/skating, or just take the skis or board off and walk the short distance.

    The other way is from the bottom of the same Hasuike course where there is a tunnel under the road, where but I seem to remember you have to take off your skis/board to get under the road and to this track. It is also a bit more difficult to find and we only did this once.

    When you get to the Giant area, there is a green run...or black run down to the village at the bottom. Veer right before hotel Alpenberg and this will take you to the Nishitateyama or Hoppo Bunadaira lifts (I get these areas mixed up and forgive spelling). From here you can get to Ichinose etc. relatively easily.

    Edit: @Sandy beat me. His map says it all...
     
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    Great advice, thank you very much Sandy.

    You should offer your skills to Shigakogen - their maps are not exactly great. :)

    The short walk did the it! (hope can be done with usual piste ski).
     
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    Thank you very much I will put both your repleyes into my head - than I know my way.:wave:
     
  21. Hyst

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    Wife telephoned https://www.shirakaba.co.jp/
    and Sato-san was most helpful.

    The hotel fits our wishes.
    Hasuike.

    Myoko has to wait for next time.
     
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    Looks like a nice place
     
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nice looking hotel (I think I've stayed there once many years ago). You have to decide if you want to be down that end. The best skiing is up around Yakebitai. It's a good location for the shuttle bus if you don't want to ski all the way across, and for the Nagano Bus.
    I often stay for weekends, at Shiga Highlands Hotel, just across the road.
     
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    It is not only about the skiing for us, but when in Japan we do ski - this place has ok onsen and food. Don't mind skiing long distances and we do no chase the powder.
    And if we get one night with stars and sunrise we will spend one night on the top.