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Large room in boutique lodge


Comfortable western triple with underfloor heating and great views

House | 9 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Ski
  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed

Kenashi Liftside House is ideally located at the foot of Nozawa Onsen's Karasawa slope. Wake to vistas of the Northern Japan Alps and Mt Myoko to the West, and the sun breaking over Mt Kenashi and the valley in front. Put on your skis or board at the door and glide seconds downhill to the lifts.

Kenashi Liftside House is a private ski-in ski-out boutique lodge. It is aimed at skiers and boarders who want to be right on the slope, and who prefer to eat in town or cook themselves. Nestled in the arms of Karasawa valley, with majestic views to the front and rear, at Kenashi, you are completely immersed in the natural environment.

Kenashi Liftside House comprises three floors, each floor with its own kitchen, bathroom, toilet, living and dining areas, and each floor with a different style of accommodation.

The top floor or penthouse is 210sqm has a master bedroom with glassed in ensuite bath overlooking mount Myoko and Mount Hiuchi to the west. It has a very large open plan living and dining, with ceilings 5m at the highest point, and floor to ceiling cathedral-like windows looking East up the Karasawa valley. There is a South and West facing Japanese tatami bedroom next to the master, and a large tatami attic space above, intended as a study/yoga/tea room.

The middle floor, on which this room is situated, is 177sqm and has three large Western style bedrooms each with large windows and great views. This room has three single beds. The other two have two singles (which of course can be pushed together) and a sofa-bed. There is a well-appointed kitchen and dining area, and spacious lounge with large windows of the view up the Karasawa valley.

The bottom floor, also 177sqm has two tatami rooms and two western rooms. The larger of the Western room has three singles, the smaller, two singles. The bottom floor has its own kitchen and dining area, and a lounge intended as a games space with pool and table tennis.


The site restricts putting links and telephone numbers in the listing, but further information can always be got at Nozawa Onsen Visitor's Centre.

Kenashi's location

There are three valleys or slopes at the bottom of Nozawa's ski area. Kenashi Liftside Lodge is on the right hand side valley if you are looking at a trail map, the Karasawa valley. It is right in the middle at the bottom of the valley. There are only two buildings here, apart from the lifts and lift pass booth. One is a restaurant, the other is us. You can't miss it

By Bus

Get the Shinkansen to Nagano, and then the Nagaden bus from the East Exit bus stop to Nozawa Onsen's Nakao stop. From the stop, cross the road, take the first right up the hill about 150m to the top. There you will see the ski slope. Turn about 40 degrees to your right, and start walking up the slope past the lifts. You will see Kenashi about 80m right in front of you.

By Car

Set your Sat Nav/Car Navi to Nozawa Number Two Car Park, or Karasawa Car Park, or Karasawa Ski Centre. The car park is right behind the property and the ski centre ticket booth just to the side. Again, you can't miss it.

By Train

From Nagano get the Iiyama Line train to Togari Nozawa Onsen. There is almost always a bus waiting to take you to Nozawa Onsen, where you should get off at the Nakao stop and follow the instructions above. Alternatively you can take a taxi to the Number Two Car Park

By Minivan from Narita or Haneda to Nozawa

A service called Chuo Taxi takes visitors straight from the airport to Nozawa. For details please contact Nozawa Onsen Visitors Centre or Chuo Taxi direct.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 9 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General Central heating, Wi-Fi available
Rooms 9 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace

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Calendar last updated:07 Nov 2014

Based in Thailand

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