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AUD 1,577

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

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5% off price for bookings before 31st Oct 2020
Location: Shiga Kogen/Yudanaka , Honshu , Japan
Standard: Deluxe ($$$$) - 4 stars
Price p/p From price based on 5 nights 2 adults twi share accommodation staying in a Japanese-quad room with private en suite, 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 1,577
Experience the real Japan by basing yourself in Yudanaka & ski the best snow on the day at Shiga Kogen (18 ski areas). This package is fully CUSTOMISABLE from 5 nights plus many package add-ons available.
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Deluxe Ski & Snowboard Package - Ryokan Biyu

Ryokan Biyu is a deluxe traditional Japanese hotel 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 access resort.  

This package is CUSTOMISABLE starting from 5 nights and is inclusive of accommodation, breakfasts, lift tickets & mountain transport.

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 1300 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, you can add these services or add days, 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.

About Ryokan Biyunoyado

Ryokan Biyu No Yado (Ryokan Yudanaka View) is a large Yudanaka hotel that’s a great choice for your stay in snow monkey town. Being a ryokan, it provides a lovely Japanese cultural experience with Japanese style accommodation, various gorgeous onsen baths, taiko drum shows, and delicately prepared evening meals. However Ryokan Biyu No Yado also provides a few extras that make this Japanese hotel popular with western travellers. Some of the staff speak English, there is the option of a western style breakfast, the option of western beds, the option to sit on chairs for dinner (rather than the floor), and there is a large communal area that includes a bar for après ski drinks.

Where is Ryokan Biyu No Yado?

Ryokan Biyunoyado is located in the town of Yudanaka, 700 metres southeast of the Yudanaka train station. The cute ryokan street of Shibu Onsen is 1.5km to the east.

See our Yudanaka page for information on getting to the town. The hotel provides free transport between the Yudanaka train station and the ryokan.

The snow monkey onsen is very close by; only 3km to the trail head. A free shuttle is available to the snow monkey park.

Getting to the Ski Resorts

Biyu makes a great base to ski or snowboard at Shiga Kogen. The Sun Valley area of Shiga is only 12km away. There are buses between Yudanaka and Shiga Kogen, although it takes a while to get there due to the frequent stops.

There are many other quality ski resorts near Yudanaka. A great way to explore these is with a Japan Powder Culture tour. The tours include accommodation at Ryokan Biyu No Yado, transport to the ski resorts, and guiding to show you the powder stashes (and the option of instruction):

Hotel Rooms

  • Japanese style standard room: 8 tatami mats for 1-3 guests, with futons for sleeping on the tatami.
  • Superior quad Japanese style room: 10 tatami mats for 1-4 guests with futons
  • Deluxe twin room with tatami area: large rooms with twin beds (one a double bed) and an adjoining tatami area.
All rooms have an ensuite bathroom with shower and toilet, a table and chairs, air-conditioning, heating, fridge, TV, kettle, tea set, yukata, and large-size kimono.

For a luxurious stay, Biyu No Yado also has two suites. One is western style with gorgeous Japanese décor, a large king bed, and big leather sofa chairs. The other beautiful suite is Japanese style. Both suites have an ensuite toilet and the ultimate in luxury; a private onsen bath out on the balcony.

Ryokan Facilities & Services

  • Large communal area with couches, tables and chairs
  • Onsen with indoor and outdoor baths – free for hotel guests – 100% natural hot spring water
  • 2 rooftop onsen baths that can be booked for private use for a small fee. One bath offers views to the mountains.
  • Karaoke room
  • Free wifi
  • English concierge services
  • Taiko drum shows
  • Gift shop

Dining and Bar

Evening meals are available for guests with a half-board meal plan, or they can be added for some nights of your stay if pre-booked. Dinner is served in the tatami dining room, and consists of exquisite multi-course traditional fare. Beverages can be purchased with dinner.

A buffet breakfast is included, and can consist of a western buffet with pre-arrangement.

The communal area near the lobby has a bar, serving up a decent range of alcoholic beverages.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2020/21 Sample Rates

 Prices are in Japanese Yen (JPY)
 Room Type  Bathroom
Number in group Total
Package Price 
Per Person
 Single share Japanese room  Shared  1 adult  ¥149,000  ¥149,000
 Twin Japanese room  Private  2 adults  ¥239,000  ¥119,500
 Quad Japanese room  Private  2 adults + 2 children (12 & under)  ¥399,000  ¥99,750

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
  • Free pick up and drop off at Yudanaka train station
  • Free pick up and drop off at Snow Monkey park
  • Free use of in-house onsen (hot pools)
  • 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
  • Avalanche equipment rental
  • Upgrade to deluxe room
  • Massage service
  • Cultural experiences (geisha, karate, taiko drum/shamisen 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


  • Bar
  • Communal area(s)
  • Hot springs/Onsen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Non-smoking property
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Ski lockers
  • WiFi


  • Bath
  • Breakfast available
  • Fridge
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Private bathroom
  • TV
  • WiFi


  • 24 hour reception
  • English speaking staff
  • Shuttle to lifts

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Great Japanese Experiences

Private onsen in the western suite
Twin room with tatami seating area
The traditional Kiseki multi-course meals are a highlight
The Ryokan has a nice lounge area
A deluxe western room with private onsen
We really enjoyed our stay at Ryokan Biyu No Yado because it provided great cultural experiences such as a taiko drum show, whilst also offering a few western concepts to make it very comfortable.

We stayed at Ryokan Biyu as part of a Nagano Powder Package, and the accommodation really added to the overall experience - a variety of ski resorts to sup on powder, followed by a well deserved soak in the onsen, some après ski drinks at the bar, and then lovely Japanese fare for dinner.

The onsen at Biyu was fantastic. One of the outdoor baths is a little larger than the other, and they swapped it every couple of days as to which one was for the ladies or gents.

For part of our time we stayed in the western suite which had a private outdoor bath. It was phenomenal – the absolute ultimate luxurious experience to relax in the onsen whilst taking in the views! The suite itself was also exquisite; spacious, superbly appointed with Japanese décor along with western comforts such as leather recliner sofa chairs, and a ridiculously comfortable king bed.

We also stayed in a deluxe twin room with tatami area. This was also a great room with plenty of space, and we hosted a couple of “tea parties” around the low Japanese table.

The food was another highlight of our stay at Biyu. Evening meals were very traditional and thankfully after a hard day on the slopes, we sat on low chairs rather than on the floor. Breakfast was a buffet with mostly western items and plenty of variety and fuel for the day. We love experiencing the Japanese culture but there are a few things that grow old rather quickly, such as fish for breakfast! Thankfully Biyu provides a traditional ryokan experience, without being scary.

The owners and the staff are absolutely lovely. Many speak English and are only too happy to answer any queries or provide advice on local activities.

We can highly recommend a stay at this fantastic hotel.