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AUD 1,181

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

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5% off price for bookings before 31st Oct 2020
Location: Okushiga Kogen/Shiga Kogen/Yudanaka , Honshu , Japan
Standard: Budget ($) - 2 stars
Price p/p From price based on 5 nights twin share accommodation per person, 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
AUD 1,181
Experience the real Japan by basing yourself in Yudanaka & ski the best snow on the day at either Shiga Kogen (18 ski areas) or nearby ski areas. This budget package is fully CUSTOMISABLE from 5 nights plus many package add-ons available.
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Lodge AIBIYA - Single, Couple & Family Packages

Lodge Aibiya is an upmarket hostel nestled in the township of Yudanaka (home of the world famous snow monkeys) at the base of Shiga Kogen, which is relatively unknown to westerners and is Asia’s largest and highest lift accessed resort. Recently refurbished, Lodge Aibiya is the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. This package is CUSTOMISABLE starting from 5 nights and is inclusive of accommodation, breakfast, lift tickets & mountain transport.

Lodge Aibiya is right in the middle of snow monkey country. Yudanaka is a quaint Japanese village that sits at 600 metres above sea level with a wide range of authentic Japanese restaurants and shops and a historic part of the town called Shibu Onsen which dates back 1,300 years.

Shiga Kogen is the largest and highest ski resort in Asia with 18 interconnecting resorts which can be accessed on the one pass. The resort boasts an amazing panoramic view over the Nagano prefecture and has the benefit of being relatively free of any western influence giving you fresh tracks for longer as there is little competition for the powder snow. Relax each day while you are driven to where the best snow is by the experienced mountain drivers.

Although this package does not include any lessons, mountain guiding, equipment rental, or transfers from and to the airport, this package is customisable so you can these services and add days and other services so please enquire for a quote for your requirements.

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

For packages the Lodge has an option of quad share single western bed dorm rooms for group bookings and twin share rooms with shared bathroom. They have a twin room with double bed which is ideal for couples or for those that want to upgrade to the single supplement and there is the option to upgrade to the deluxe rooms with private bathrooms which can sleep up to four people.

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

2012/21 Sample Rates

 Prices are in Japanese Yen (JPY)
 Room Type  Bathroom
Number in group Total
Package Price 
Per Person
 Single share (western-bed)  Shared  1 adult  ¥95,000  ¥95,000
 Twin room (western beds)  Shared  2 adults  ¥179,000  ¥89,500
 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 all-mountain lift pass at Shiga Kogen
  • Daily transport to/from Yudanaka to ski resorts
  • Free wifi
  • Advice from guides on mountain orientation (Shiga Kogen is Asia’s largest ski resort with 18 different resorts interconnecting it so very easy to get displaced)
  • Resort & side-country guiding & tuition
  • Ski & snowboard lessons
  • Ski/snowboard equipment rentals
  • Airport transfers
  • Onsen & snow monkey tours
  • Massage service
  • Cultural experiences (Geisha, Karate, Taiko Drum/Shimansen Guitar/Lion dance performances)
Not Included

Corona Virus Update as of 25th April 2020 – Message From JPCT

Japan Powder Culture Tours understand that due to the ongoing developments of the Coronavirus situation that you may be having some anxiety and doubts with regards to your winter travel plans to Japan this season. Rest assured JPCTs are full steam ahead this season with guides and instructors on the ground so they will be operating tours as usual this season.

However, we are under no illusions that there will not be ongoing problems with this situation which may include your ability to get to Japan. Bearing this in mind we are easing our cancellation policy for bookings made for the 2020/2021 season to assist skiers, borders and telemark skiers and give you the peace of mind that your deposit will not be forfeited if you are unable to join us.

So, for the 2020/2021 season, the following will apply: We have a 20% deposit which is payable within 7 days of invoice to secure your spot on the tour. You can cancel by 30th September 2020 with no penalty. To then confirm your booking a further 20% will be charged on the 1st October 2020 and the remainder is due 40 days prior to your tour.

If you must cancel your 2020/2021 tour your 20% deposit can then be used for a credit for later in the season, bearing in mind we operate right into May, or the deposit can be used for the following season.

In the past we have not ever cancelled a trip due to tour group size and we hope to continue this tradition. We run our beginner programs with a minimum of 2 people and our longer 8 and 10 day tours with a minimum of 4 people, and our policy of running our tours regardless will remain.

So we hope our new policy puts your mind at ease and we wish everyone of you the best through these trying times. We would love to see you in the future and share with you our little piece of utopia here in Japan with a truly authentic Japanese ski and riding experience next to none.

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 & Safety

The 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 & Risk
Adventure 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 Chang
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Excellent accommodation

Emily Chang
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 Wilson
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Heather Wilson
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.