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Guest Post Written By Kris Gadsby
The Best Airbnb Hakuba Japan
Have you ever spent hours trolling and toiling through hundreds of entries searching for a standout place to stay on holiday? We looked high and low for accommodation in Hakuba Japan for what seemed like a month. We perused various internet sites, before shortlisting a few and finally finding the PERFECT villa that was conveniently located next to Hakuba Ski Resort and ticked every box we could think of. Want to know which house? Read on and I will share it with you. This is one of the best villas in the world that we have had the pleasure of staying in, and we found it right near the slopes in Hakuba Japan.
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Why Choose Airbnb For Hakuba Accommodation?
We were on a 2 week trip to Japan with 4 kids, 2 parents, and a grandmother. There is so much to do and see in Japan that 2 weeks was only a delicious taste tester really. It was our second visit to Japan but our first as a family. Our first trip was before the days of Airbnb so back then we had to find our accommodation the old fashioned way via the well worn pages of the Lonely Planet. As much as I love this old fashioned style of authentic travel, I have become super appreciative of Airbnb as it provides us with such unique experiences. Staying in people’s homes worldwide has now become the norm and Airbnb has certainly made travel easier for our family for sure. With a family of 6, Airbnb is so much cheaper than trying to find interconnecting rooms in hotels as well.
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Meeting Certain Criteria
When travelling with a family, the things that we consider above all are cost, comfort, and conveniences. We travel on a budget, so the accommodation has to meet this, and we can enter our price criteria straight into the search bar on Airbnb’s website. The house, while being cost effective, still has to meet a certain standard of comfort and we look at the pictures in the listing with a fine toothed comb, read reviews and ask plenty of questions of the host before booking to ensure that this property is indeed up to our standard. This standard is not high, but still has to be nice you know?
The convenience factor is definitely a deal breaker. For a short vacation, you need to rent a house that is easy to get to via a shuttle or airport pick up, it is centrally located, and you have all the conveniences of home too. When booking Airbnbs you often have to take the phrase “centrally located” with a grain of salt. Double check your map, and then make sure you read the reviews and look for any location red flags here.
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Specifically, here are some great Central Hakuba Airbnb’s
Luxuries Airbnbs Have
One of the top reasons we always stay at Airbnb properties, is because with 4 children, having a laundry and a kitchen is the absolute in holiday luxury for me.
Surplus of Choice
When I searched for ‘Hakuba Accommodation’ elsewhere online, I didn’t have half of the choices that I found with a search of ‘Airbnb, Hakuba’.
Surplus of choice on Airbnb included Entire Houses, Private Rooms, Hotel Rooms & Shared Rooms, so there is something for everyones preference. Here are some examples
Airbnb Requirements for Hakuba Japan
We already knew we wanted to visit Hakuba in early March thanks to its relative close proximity to Tokyo where we were flying in and out of, and also because of its fantastic reputation as a ski resort. Our plan was to meet up with another family of 4 adults too which drastically reduced our options even further as we added to our search criteria a house with at least 5 bedrooms!
So now we were searching for a Hakuba Airbnb that ticked these boxes:
- 5 bedrooms
- walking distance to the ski lifts
- walking distance to food vendors and restaurants
- train or bus station pick up
- kitchen and laundry
- a certain level of comfort and style
- all under our budget for 7 adults and 4 children!
I am pleased to report that with much searching long into the night, we found the ultimate Hakuba accomodation Airbnb has to offer.
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The Perfect Hakuba Airbnb
Falcon Ridge House is located just a short stroll from the lifts at Hakuba Goryu ski resort. It has 5 bedrooms and accommodated our group perfectly! Here is the review I wrote after our wonderful 5 night stay:
Hakuba Accommodation Airbnb Review
“This place was great. The shuttle bus stops right outside your driveway but if you miss it it’s a fair wait and you can easily walk up the gentle hill to the slopes before the next one comes. There’s restaurants really close by. You get to go for a supermarket run with the host on arrival to sort you out for stocking your kitchen and then there is a 7/11 within walking distance to top up. That’s where your ATM is too. The house is just perfect, we had 2 families including teens and young kids with 11 people altogether and we all fitted and could either mingle or not with 2 living areas. Ross was the best host and was always available to help if needed. The snowboarding was amazing. Great house to stay in. The Bike Bar is famous and only a few steps walk from your front door without being loud or imposing at all. They have amazing fried chicken! Great stay! Fully recommend!!!!”
The Aussie owner really goes out of his way to ensure your stay here is top notch. The western furnishings with stylish retro Japanese detail definitely lived up to my level of required comfort for an Airbnb in Hakuba Japan and the kitchen and laundry were perfectly adequate. The listing price varies thanks to the ski seasons, but we went in early March which is basically off the end of the ski season, still had epic snow but less crowds, and only paid around $880 per night. That’s Australian dollars. And the great thing was we were a group of 3 parties so we got to split that bill 3 ways!!!!
The owner, Ross picked us up from the train station, and gave us an opportunity to have a quick run around the local supermarket on the way to the villa. He was always friendly and affable and ready to do anything to help you out. Through a separate entrance, but right under the house there is actually a bar that is open during the peak season. The bar being there never put us off, and we have young kids, but is a great place to go for a refreshing after snow beverage. If you didn’t know it was there, you wouldn’t even notice it from your house.
There are easily 4 different restaurants within a short stroll of the house, and it is about a 15 minute walk only up the the first chairlifts.
So for cost, convenience and comfort, Ross’s Falcon Ridge House definitely ticked all of our boxes for sure! The house looks so cool from the street and was beautifully warm inside too. I fully recommend it if you are looking for Airbnb Hakuba!
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About The Author
Kris Gadsby writes at Gadsventure. We are an Australian family of 6 from North Queensland who decided to sell all of our belongings, throw caution to the wind and take our family travelling worldwide for the next couple of years. Not only can you follow us on our blog but also on Facebook and Instagram.
Looking for something different to do in Japan? Check out Fox Village. Literally it is a village full of cute foxes.