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Reviewed 20 February 2017

The White Bear is a great place to stay in Hirafu!!! The rooms and facilities were clean and met our needs. The main common room provided a place to go after skiing and enjoy some family time. Breakfasts were excellent. The facility was close t excellent restaurants and bars as well as two convenience stores for getting our basic needs and beverages. The drying room and ski room provided excellent storage. We could access the family chair at the bottom of Hirafu to access the entire hill. We would highly recommend this lodging. Maureen Flagler and Paul Koens

Room tip: Larger four person rooms have a private bathroom. Smaller ones don t. There are fridges for guest use
Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank moezilla55
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Arrived two days ago. Staying in a lofted room which means the beds are up a few stairs and the loft accommodates two single beds and two futons. Very comfortable for 2... You'd have to be on very good terms with your two other friends otherwise. Probably ideal for a couple with two kids too. Not a lot of storage. Again perfect for a couple. It's clean, comfortable, good breakfast, great and lovely hosts. It has great ski facilities with a ski room and a dry room. It is central and you have good access to great restaurants around including for breakfast if you want something else than what is on offer at the lodge. The bus to the gondola or ski fields stops 30m away from the front door. Excellent location for an excellent accommodation! Highly recommended!

Date of stay: January 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank Laurent A
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Reviewed 25 February 2015

Been back couple times, the accomodation is adequate, rooms what you would expect, ski room so so, brekkies good but best of all is the location. The shuttle is pretty empty when you get on and off and it's close to the centre

Date of stay: February 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank Robmary765
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Reviewed 24 February 2015

I am a return visitor to White Bear most years. I am always welcomed by the host family as an old friend, as are the many return guests I have met there over the seasons. Centrally located, well priced, clean, warm cosy and well set up for skiing/boarding. There is a drying room, warm 24/7, access to laundry facilities, boiling water and microwave for those who want a quick dinner in. Some rooms have small ensuites, whereas I am happy to use the traditional bath house in the basement. Breakfast is filling, the lounge with TV and massage chair is a great place to unwind after a day's skiing. Rooms are small but ok by Japanese standards, and are cleaned every day. You may need ear plugs for sleeping: the walls are thin as in many Japanese pensions, and the rooms at the front can get street noise at times, such as snow clearing in the early morning. I have stayed here solo and with friends. This is a home away from home for me.

Date of stay: February 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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4  Thank 216gregm
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

We stayed at a room with a loft, and the hostess was amazing in making us feel like home. She went out of her way to make sure that our travel arrangements were properly taken care of, in the middle of a snow storm. The location was also perfect.

Date of stay: March 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Dionysus38
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