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USD 642

5N inc. Breakfast | 4D Lifts | Resort Transport

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5% off price for bookings between 18th & 28th Dec 2019 and 1st March & 20th April 2020
Location: Ryuoo/Shiga Kogen/Yudanaka , Honshu , Japan
Standard: Budget ($) - 2 stars
Price p/p From price based on 5 nights "single" accommodation staying in a shared dorm room, daily breakfast, 4-day lift pass & transport to ski areas.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen inc. taxes
Displayed price may vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
USD 642
Experience the real Japan by basing yourself in Yudanaka & ski the best snow on the day at either Shiga Kogen (19 ski areas) or family friendly Ryuoo ski park. This budget package is fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 nights plus many package add-ons available.
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 15 - Apr 30, 2020
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Budget Ski & Snowboard Package - Lodge AIBIYA

Increase your chances of good snow by having the option to ski or snowboard at two resorts; Shiga Kogen is the largest and highest ski resort in Asia with 19 interconnecting resorts which can be accessed on the one pass, and Ryuoo Ski Park is a family friendly resort which has the largest capacity ropeway in Japan. Both resorts boast an amazing panoramic view over the Nagano prefecture and have the benefit of being relatively free of any western influence giving you the truly authentic Japanese ski experience. Drive time varies from 15 to 25 minutes to each of these resorts and your five days of skiing can be a mix of both resorts.

This package is customisable from 3 nights so you can add days and other services such as lessons, mountain guiding or equipment rental. Please enquire for a quote specific to your requirements.

For solo travellers wishing to join a group please check out either the Nagano Beginner Package or Nagano Powder Chaser

About Lodge AIBIYA

Lodge Aibiya is located in Yudanaka township and the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes or visiting the snow monkeys. The hosts are trilingual and provide a high level of Japanese service backed up with western insights gained by working overseas. The lodge is a renovated Japanese ryokan, so you can experience the lovely Japanese décor without a large price tag. Choose from dorm or private rooms; most rooms utilise communal bathrooms.

Where is Lodge Aibiya?

The lodge is located in the village of Yudanaka (otherwise known as snow monkey town) in Yamanouchi town, only 280m (3 minute walk) from the Yudanaka train station, which is where buses to Shiga Kogen and Ryuoo Ski Park depart from. To get to Yudanaka you can catch the train from Nagano (45 mins).

Lodge Aibiya is only 280m from the Lawson convenience store and there is also a supermarket nearby. There are multiple dining options within a 5 minute walk of the lodge including HAKKO (bar with food), sushi, ramen and café/bar.


All rooms have retained the traditional ryokan style Japanese décor with tatami flooring and shoji screens, yet have the comfort of western style beds up off the floor.

Mix 4 Share Room: book a single bed in a 4-share dorm room with no bunks! Bath towels are not provided for this room.

Female 4 Share Room: book a single bed in a females only 4-share dorm room with no bunks. Bath towels are not provided for this room.

Private Rooms – Twin/Queen/Triple (up to 2-3 guests): this room has 2 single beds which can be placed together to form a queen bed, and a fold out bed can be added for a 3rd guest.

These rooms utilise communal bathrooms that include separate and individual male and female shower rooms (ie you don’t have to bathe in front of other people).

Deluxe Ensuite Room (up to 2-4 guests): this room has 2 single beds which can be placed together to form a queen bed. 2 fold out beds can be added. This room has a tatami sitting area and ensuite bathroom.

Facilities & Services

  • Well equipped kitchen for those who want to cook meals (including refrigerator- freezer, stove, toaster, microwave and rice cooker)
  • Ingredients are provided for breakfast including cereal, fruit, eggs, toast, coffee, juices
  • Communal dining area
  • Tatami lounge with big screen TV
  • Free WI-FI is available throughout the hostel
  • Gift shop with crafts made locally and beverages, local Shiga Kogen beer and snacks are available for sale
  • Discounted passes to 2 nearby onsens
  • Hosts provide advice on local restaurants and bars
  • Ski/snowboard storage
  • Parking
  • Laundry

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2019/20 Sample Rates

 Prices are in Japanese Yen (JPY)
 Room Type  Bathroom
Number in group Total
Package Price 
Per Person
 Dorm room (western-beds)  Shared  1 adult in 4 bed dorm room  ¥69,000  ¥69,000
 Twin room (western beds)  Shared  2 adults  ¥150,000  ¥75,000
 Quad room (western-beds)  Private  2 adults + 2 children (12 & under)  ¥299,000  ¥74,500

Notes about pricing:
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 day lift pass at Shiga Kogen
  • Daily transport to/from Yudanaka to ski resorts
  • Free wifi
  • Resort & side-country guiding
  • Ski/snowboard lessons
  • Ski/snowboard equipment rentals
  • Airport transfers
  • Night-time meals
  • Onsen & snow monkey tours
Not Included

Japan Powder Culture Touts (JPCT) Booking Conditions


  • Deposit is 20% of full tour price per person.
  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Final balance due: 30 days prior to departure.
  • All payments are in Japanese Yen (JPY) 


  • more than 30 days prior to departure, full deposit forfeited.
  • Less than 30 days 100% forfeited.
  • Tour operator highly recommends you take out travel insurance at time of sending your deposit. 


JPCT reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. In this case you will receive a full refund. You will not be entitled to make any further claim for compensation, damages, expenses, loss of time or inconvenience.

All bookings are subject to JPCTs terms and conditions and subject to availability at time of booking.

Other Important Information

Terrain & SafetyThe rules when skiing at resorts in Japan can be a lot different to what is experienced in Western resorts around the world. At a high percentage of the resorts in Japan, trail skiing is the norm and anything off the main marked trails is deemed "out-of-bounds". The out of bounds is not patrolled so as far as the resort is concerned; skiing there is at your own risk. The out of bounds skiing provided by ESA is deemed (what has been termed in Japan by westerners) “slack country” or “side country”. Many times these out of bounds areas are in between two marked courses so at the bottom of the run you meet up on a marked course to take you back to the lifts, hence the term “slack country”.

Some resorts are more lenient with "out-of-bounds" skiing and others very strict. Some will have signs that state "ski at your own risk" where others may not. JPCT consider everything that is not on a marked trail to be out of bounds. 

If you wish to experience the "out-of-bounds" (skiing off any of the marked trails) areas:
  1. You must carry the essential avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe & backpack to carry such gear)
  2. You must be able to ski at a sufficient ability / level to manage the conditions on the day for any out-of-bounds runs
  3. You will need to undertake an safety instruction session on the use of your avalanche equipment (even if you already know how to use it)
  4. You will be required to sign a release of liability agreement prior to undertaking any out-of-bounds skiing with ESA
The JPCT team have the following credentials:
  • knowledge and experience at skiing the various resorts they visit in the Nagano and Niigata areas
  • accreditation and different combinations of instructors, ski patrol, avalanche awareness and first aid
  • ski instructors have a minimum of level 2 NZIAS certification
Exclusion of Liability & RiskAdventure sports activities involve many risks, dangers and hazards. These risks and hazards are outlined in the JPCT release of liability, waiver of claims, assumptions of risks and indemnity agreement which all participants are required to read and sign before participating in adventure sports activities. This agreement will affect your legal rights should you be involved in an accident.

Features, Amenities & Services


  • Communal area(s)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Non-smoking property
  • Parking
  • Ski lockers
  • WiFi


  • Breakfast available
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • WiFi


  • English speaking staff
  • Lift tickets vendor

Excellent accommodation

Emily Chang03/02/2019
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Excellent accommodation

Emily Chang03/02/2019
Stayed for 6 nights in this cozy, welcoming and relaxing hostel. The hosts were very thoughtful, the room was quiet, warm and comfortable and we enjoyed being able to cook and relax in the tatami lounge.

Short walk to train station and bus stop which will take you to most of the local attractions.

We would love to go back and fully recommend Hostel Aibiya.


Heather Wilson05/09/2018
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Heather Wilson05/09/2018
My extended family along with my husband stayed at this hostel two years ago and will be staying there again at Christmas time. we will be a large group of 18 family and friends. It was such an enjoyable stay in an extremely clean hostel with wonderful hosts who were able to help us with lots of local knowledge. Thats why we are returning again this year

Great Lodge & Fantastic Hosts

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Great Lodge & Fantastic Hosts

A lovely room
Funky decor in the dining room
The well equipped kitchen
Hostel Aibiya (now called Lodge Aibiya) offers incredibly well priced lodging that provides a great Japanese experience in a cute Japanese onsen town. It has the kitchen facilities you’d expect of a hostel and you do your own breakfast dishes and cook your own eggs, but calling it a “hostel” doesn’t do it justice because the quality of the accommodation is much higher than what you’d expect of a hostel (perhaps why they call it High Quality Hostel Aibiya!). It’s a cross between a little Japanese ryokan and a nice lodge, and you have the added bonus that the incredibly super friendly hosts speak fluent English and can provide lots of recommendations so you can make the most out of the surrounding areas. They can provide recommendations on getting to the snow monkeys, the nearby ski resorts, and the various restaurants and bars in the area. We absolutely highly recommend this place!

We stayed in 2 private twin rooms, which was reasonably spacious, very clean, and the décor was lovely. The pillows were good and the beds firm as you’d expect for Japan, whilst being comfie, and the big thick doonas were lovely. The room wasn’t particularly sound proofed, which is also what you’d expect for an old ryokan.

The breakfast fare was very good and included local apples, coffee, yoghurt, granola, cook your own eggs, and toast.

The location was great and it was easy to walk to nearby restaurants, the station, and up to Shibu Onsen. We also got discounted passes for one of the Yudanaka onsens (Yoroduya onsen) which was spectacular.

Thanks Yoshi and Seongmi for a fantastic stay.