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USD 756

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

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Location: Okushiga Kogen/Shiga Kogen/Yudanaka , Honshu , Japan
Standard: Budget ($) - 2 stars
Price p/p From price based on 5 nights couple in twin share accommodation shared bathroom 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
USD 756
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

2022/23 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  ¥109,000  ¥109,000
 Twin room (western beds)  Shared  2 adults  ¥199,000  ¥99,500
 Quad room (western-beds)  Private  2 adults + 2 children (12 & under)  ¥329,000  ¥82,250

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

Booking Policy for the 2022/2023 season

• 20% of the full cost of the tour will secure a reservation for any of the JPC Tours products. This is fully refundable until 31st August 2022 for any reason and may be further extended.
• On 1st September 2022 the card on file will be charged a further 30% and the final 50% will be charged on 1st December 2022. Failure to receive balance payments by the 15th September 2022 and 15th December 2022 respectively, will result in cancellation of the reservation which will then be subject to our standard cancellation policy.
• For bookings after 1st September 2022 there is a 20% deposit required to secure a reservation with the remaining balance due 60 days before commencement of the tour.
• From 1st September all bookings are to be subject to our standard terms and conditions or by our COVID-19 exclusive policy (see below)

COVID-19 Exclusive Policy

If a COVID-19 travel ban is in effect, prohibiting international travel to and from Japan or to and from your home country, or if a mandatory quarantine is required after arrival into Japan or upon return to your home country:

Up to 30 days prior to your ski trip start date the following applies:

  • You may cancel and receive a refund minus the service fee of ¥15,000 per person.
  • or you may receive a 100% trip credit towards a future JPC Tours trip, with no service fee applied.

Less than 30 days before your JPC Tours trip start date the following applies:

  • You may cancel and receive a 50% refund with a 50% cancellation fee.
  • or you may receive a 75% trip credit towards a future JPC Tours trip, with a 25% cancellation fee.
  • Due to the substantial time and financial investment required in getting our trips prepped for winter, sudden cancellations even under Covid related circumstances will incur the above-mentioned cancellation fees.

Terms of Agreement & Policies/Booking Information
Please carefully read the policies below before you make a reservation.


To enable us to complete your arrangements you must complete the customer information spreadsheet as complete as possible at the time. This does not guarantee your booking as we need to confirm that the accommodation you have requested is available. If there is no availability for some/all of your components we will advise you of this and offer an alternative where possible. The alternative product offered may be a different price and prices will be adjusted accordingly. The information which you provide may be used by JPC Tours for further communication to you (unless requested otherwise) but no information will be divulged to any third party.


Once we have confirmed your accommodation requirements JPC Tours will send you a deposit invoice of 20% of the total booking which is nonrefundable once received. We do hold the deposit in credit for you if you wish to book with us at another date. You will then have 7 days to reconfirm your space with your deposit. The payment options for the deposit are through our New Zealand or Japanese bank account or via PayPal as bank transfer or credit card. Any fees associated with the transfer are the client’s responsibility. The final balance is to be paid 60 days prior to the commencement of the tour either via our New Zealand or Japanese bank account or through PayPal. We also have the option to pay by cash yen at the start of the tour for those who wish to avoid the transaction fees and perhaps gain by purchasing cash yen at the time you consider the best rate. If you pay directly into our New Zealand or Japanese account from an overseas institution you are required to cover any applicable fees. This is usually a fee on your end and a $30NZD/¥4000JPY fee when the funds land into our account. If we have been charged any fees for accepting such transactions these fees will be passed on in full. Paying through PayPal there is a 3.4% fee to be paid at your end or via credit card 4.5% through paypal.


Once we receive written notification that you are cancelling your trip the following fees will apply. Of the total price of the reservation, a fee of 25% will be charged for all cancellations made more than 3 months before the start of your trip. Cancellations made between 1 and 3 months prior to the start of your program will be charged a 50% fee. Cancellations made with less than one month of advanced notice will not be refunded. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to the departure date, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.
JPC Tours cannot be held responsible for snow conditions. Trips cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of snow conditions. No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a tour for any reason after the tour has begun. Refunds will be at the discretion of JPC Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason. No refunds will be given for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals, services, lift tickets or any component of the tour not utilized.


If you need to amend any arrangements after your original booking these must be advised in writing. One amendment is free of charge. Any further changes will incur administration costs of ¥3000 per amendment plus any costs levied by our overseas agents and suppliers. Any change to an existing booking constitutes ‘an amendment’. A transfer to another tour is viewed as a cancellation and not as an amendment, and cancellation fees will apply.


JPC Tours receives bookings subject to the following conditions.
1. A booking is accepted only after JPC Tours receives the deposit and issues the client a Confirmation Invoice. The balance must be received 60 days prior to the commencement of the tour; otherwise JPC Tours may treat the booking as cancelled by the client.
2. Date changes are subject to availability. Date changes may be requested at any time up to 2 months prior to your departure date. Date changes made between 2-3 months prior to the tour will be charged a ¥20,000 fee per person. A ¥10,000 fee will be charged per person for all date changes made more than 3 months prior to the tour.
3. Where this booking would otherwise be subject to the provisions of the Consumer Guarantee Act (C.G.A) 1993, if the supply is a supply for business purposes the client agrees that the services are supplied for business purposes in terms of section 2 and 43 of the C.G.A 1993, and that the provisions of the said Act do not apply to the supply to the client. Such client is not a consumer for the purposes of these booking conditions.
4. Adventure sports activities involve many risks, dangers and hazards. These risks and hazards are outlined in our release of liability, waiver of claims, assumptions of risks and indemnity agreement which all participants are required to read and sign before participating in a JPC Tour. This agreement will affect your legal rights should you be involved in an accident. Managing risk is JPC Tours number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent to side country pursuits (e.g., avalanche, inclement weather, tee-accidents, rock fall, and high winds) but they cannot eliminate them. Please clearly understand that skiing in bounds and out of bounds is an inherently hazardous sport and both actions are only undertaken with the full knowledge and consent from the participant that these are inherently dangerous activities. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which skiers have been injured and worse. While these accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge that risk and make their own choices about whether to engage in this activity. We ask that each participant is physically and mentally fit, is properly attired and equipped, and continues to assess him/her-self throughout the tour to ensure as safe a time as possible. We ask that participants honestly and accurately describe themselves, in terms of fitness, health and skills, and their equipment to their guides, and that they adhere to the advice of their guide.
5. Due to the inherent risk involved in alpine pursuits, and in the interest of your safety, JPC Tours strongly recommends all participants to bring insurance that provides full medical and emergency evacuation coverage. JPC Tours will NOT provide insurance for participants on any JPC tour. If a participant does not have proper insurance documentation, he/she will be liable for her own medical and emergency evacuation expenses and will receive no refund, date change, or any kind of compensation from JPC Tours. Please take this seriously and lean on the side of caution.
6. JPC Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure, including a confirmed tour, due to circumstances beyond our control. If this occurs, you will be given the option of changing to another tour or receive a full refund. JPC Tours is not responsible for any incidental expense you have incurred as a result of your booking. If you choose and alternative tour and it is at a lower value than your original tour, you will be refunded the difference. If the alternative tour is of a higher value, then you will pay the difference in price. Thankfully this has never happened to date.
7. JPC Tours role as tour operator is to arrange through third party suppliers the hotel accommodation, train journeys, rental vehicles, ski passes, cultural activities and other facilities which together provide the holiday arrangement detailed in the itinerary. You should note:
a) That your vacation arrangements are subject to terms and conditions imposed by, hoteliers, train operators, rental car operators, ski resorts and other suppliers of services. Many of those terms and conditions limit or exclude the liability of the supplier and may often be the subject of international convention between countries.
b) JPC Tours does not own or control the hoteliers, train operators, rental car operators, ski resorts or the various suppliers, and JPC Tours does not actually provide those services itself. JPC Tours will take all possible care to ensure that its suppliers have a reputation for maintaining a high standard.
However, JPC Tours is unable to accept responsibility in any way for day-to-day problems with the services provided or for any loss, damage, delay, inconvenience or injury to persons or property, or any other loss howsoever arising. In particular JPC Tours is unable to accept responsibility for any aspect of your holiday arrangements affected by matters over which JPC Tours has no control including, without limitation, war or threat of war, riots and civil strife, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, weather conditions, fire, flood, drought, industrial disputes or governmental or official action or reasonable apprehension of the foregoing, cancellation, curtailment, or rescheduling of flights, or any failure on your part to obtain the correct visas and valid passport for travel.
8. While JPC Tours will use its best endeavors to operate all tours as advertised, reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made without notice where deemed necessary or advisable by JPC Tours.
9. JPC Tours does not accept responsibility for disruption, inconvenience, cancellation or alteration directly or indirectly caused by or aggravated by the failure of any computer data processing equipment or media microchip integrated circuit or similar equipment, software or processing, storage or retrieval system.
10. It is a condition of the acceptance of your deposit in respect of this tour that all monies paid to JPC Tours, whether by way of deposit or otherwise in respect of the tour, may be disbursed by JPC Tours as and when it sees fit or in respect of the services to be provided or fees payable under the tour program and the payment of a deposit for the tour shall be deemed to be a direction by you to JPC Tours to disburse such monies as foresaid. All monies received by JPC Tours are deposited in its name with its bankers, until appropriate disbursement to the suppliers of services or their agents.
11. The flight segment of the tour is to be arranged by the customer and JPC Tours cannot be held responsible for any consequences that may arise due to your air travel arrangements.
12. Receipt of a deposit will be taken as an understanding by JPC Tours that the participant has read and agrees to abide by these terms and conditions stated.
13. The booking conditions and the supply of services herein shall be governed by and interpreted according to the laws of New Zealand, and both the client and JPC Tours irrevocably submits themselves to the jurisdiction of New Zealand courts in respect of any proceedings arising out of or relating to these booking conditions or services provided hereunder.


Passport and visa fees, insurance, excess baggage charges, extra meals, laundry, drinks, souvenirs, items of a personal nature including medication, departure taxes, and tipping are not included in the price of your holiday. Entrance fees to venues detailed in the itinerary will generally be included, unless specified otherwise in the itinerary.


A valid passport is required for travel and some countries require that it be valid for at least 6 months after the date of departure from those countries. Japan works on a 90 holiday visa for most countries however some countries are excluded from this and require further documentation before travel into Japan is permitted.
The above information should be taken as a general guideline and JPC Tours will endeavor to resolve any issues that may arise in a prompt and professional manner.

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. See our video here


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 See our video here

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. See our video here