Black Pine (Kuromatsu) lodge is located in a quiet setting away from the hustle and noise of Echoland and Happo, yet central to most of the resorts. The lodge is a Japanese style Bed and Breakfast. Shuttles to most resorts are available within a few minutes walk from the lodge.
There are ensuite rooms and other rooms with shared facilities. This type of arrangement is common in Japan. There is a large dining area and bar and the communal lounge area is fitted with a large screen TV that is connected to cable. This includes a number of western entertainment and news channels. If you have to, you can even keep up with some of the Australian drama shows while you are away! Free wireless internet access is available, so bring your laptop.
Downstairs is a large drying room. If you are on an extended trip and need to wash more then there is a Laundromat nearby in town, only a few minutes away. Secure ski and board storage is at the downstairs entrance to the lodge.
Breakfast is a western style buffet, providing the right fuel for a great day on the slopes. Dinners can be arranged if required but one of the joys of visiting Japan is experiencing the various restaurants and Ryokans and the amazing variety of food that is available at prices so low you will find it hard to believe. All tastes can be accounted for in Hakuba... no-one will left hungry.
The Lodge is situated right next door to the Korintei Japanese Restaurant, specialists in local cuisine and less than a five minute walk to the popular Japanese Zen restaurant and bar or the locals' secret, Kichon Chon. There are other restaurants and bars within a short walking distance and you can catch the regular night time shuttle buses and taxis and that will take you to many other restaurants. The friendly staff at Black Pine can advise you where to eat.
The shuttle buses for Happo One, Sunasaka and Goryu, (which gives access to Hakuba 47) pick up almost from the front door of the Lodge.
It is only about 400 metres to the 7 Eleven store which provides access to an ATM and the regular shuttle services to all the other resorts. This ATM accepts foreign cards and the instructions are in English. The 7 eleven is cheap and can supply you with snacks and drinks. There is a limited amount of alcohol available from here but there is a liquor store a few minutes past the 7-eleven. Don't forget to try the vending machines to buy beer or hot cans of coffee.
You cannot go to Japan and not visit an Onsen (public bath). One of the best Onsen's in Hakuba is only a short stroll from the Lodge. After a full day of making tracks in the powder or blasting the high-speed groomers there is nothing better than soaking away sore muscles under a starry sky in the steaming, mineral rich waters.
From the Lodge you can see the rising peaks of the Japanese Alps and the ski runs of Hakuba 47 and Happo One and the summit of Iwatake, including the giant Nordic Jumps built for the 1998 Winter Olympics.
We never tire of this view and are sure that you will also find it magical and want to return.
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|Distance from Ski Resorts (km)|
|Happo One||Hakuba 47||Hakuba Goryu||Hakuba Iwatake||Tsugaike Kogen||Cortina Kokusai|