Pension Brown (Kaminoyama City, Yamagata)

Pension Brown
Kaminoyama City, Yamagata
ペンションブラウン (山形県 上山市)

Pension Brown is an English-spoken Japanese-style chalet located in the Pension Village near Zao Onsen in Yamagata.

Pension Brown
Type Lodge / B&B / Pension / Inn
General location Located in the Pension Village, just a three/five minute ride from the Omori quad lift/Zao Ropeway of Zao Onsen. Pension Brown take/pick you up, so no walking is required!
Nearest ski lift Less than 1km
Rooms & capacity 5 rooms
16 person capacity (19 if extra beds requested)
Bedding Western style beds
Style of toilets Western style
Bathrooms All rooms use shared bathroom facilities
Tatami mats No
Internet access Free Wi-Fi connection available (with provided password)
English speaking? Native English speaker staff
Smoking policy Smoking areas outside
Pets policy Pets welcome but not within the rooms - they will lodge in the boot room area. (There is also a cat which might be seen roaming around!)
Guest Rooms
Family Room x3 – four persons. Two beds double-up as sofas (not sofa beds).

Twin room x2.

Western style bedding (down-filled duvets).
Pension Brown, Kaminoyama, Yamagata
Pension Brown, Kaminoyama, Yamagata
Pension Brown, Kaminoyama, Yamagata
General Facilities
Playroom (games, musical instruments, TV/home theatre, internet TV) with wood burning stove

Standing bar and lounge area

Boot/ski/board/waxing room

Two bathrooms (Japanese style) – trips to local onsens on request (see website for samples)

Rotenburo (outdoor bath) - new from December 2019

Garden area lit by lanterns (non-winter time) - games: croquet/boules/quoits/lawn darts/darts/archery/blow-pipe; hammocks; cast-iron chiminea
Western style and traditional Japanese (vegetarians/vegans accommodated with advance notice - see website for samples)

Selection of wines (including from the locality)

Cocktails and liqueurs

Garden BBQ subject to weather and guest make-up
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Repeat guests less 10%

Winter Season Early bird - 15% discount for 4 nights+ (until end September 2021)
If Covid restrictions continue i.e. cannot come to Japan, notice period/deposit etc will be managed accordingly.

Regular (Winter) season (15.10-30.4)
Twin - 17,875 yen

2 people:
Twin - 12,100 yen
Quad - 17,050 yen

3 people:
Quad - 12,100 yen

4 people:
Quad - 11,550 yen

18th Dec 2021 - 3rd Jan 2022
Twin - 21,725 yen

2 people:
Twin - 15,950 yen
Quad - 20,900 yen

3 people:
Quad - 15,950 yen

4 people:
Quad - 15,400 yen

Price includes:
- prices are per person per night
- 10% sales tax
- dinner, breakfast, complimentary afternoon tea/cake from 16:30 - 17:30
- transport to/from lifts (Omori quad and Zao/Chuo Ropeways)
- transport to/from the Zao Onsen bus terminal on arrival/departure (if not driving)
- use of walkie-talkie(s) depending upon availability
- 1/2 day orientation of ski slopes if desired

For child pricing and non-winter season, see website or enquire directly.

30 days before: free
29-15 days: 20%
14-7 days: 50%
6-0 days: 90%
No show: 100%

Payments (20% deposit will be taken)
- Bank transfer (for remittances from overseas, remitter to pay all bank charges)
- PayPal (+4% except if only for deposit)
- PayPay/Alipay/AU Pay
- Balance in cash at the pension (ATM in convenience store in Zao Onsen opposite Chuo Ropeway)
- Credit Cards/Airpay (+3%)
Payment: Cash
Bank Transfer
Pension Brown is located in Zao Onsen in Yamagata Prefecture. The closest lift of Zao Onsen is the Omori quad lift, a 3 minute ride away - ask owners for pickups! A regular Pension Village shuttle bus is also available that takes people to the main base lifts of Zao Onsen. Do not be put off by the need to be taken to the lifts as, although many places advertise closeness (there are only a few true ski in/out places), by the time you've walked to the lifts (especially up icy roads), it is more or less the same as being driven.

Nearest airport is Yamagata Airport. There is an (irregular) bus service to Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (check website) and taxi services (about a 40-60 minute journey).

Sendai Airport is about 80 minutes away, again with bus and taxi services.

By Train
16.1km from the Yamagata Station on the Yamagata Shinkansen line
13.1km from the Kaminoyama Onsen Station on the Ou Honsen Line
16.1km from the Yamagata Station on the Ou Honsen Line
A station pick-up is available
Yamagata or Kaminoyama Onsen Station on the Yamagata Shinkansen line or Ou Honsen line.

Bus: 40 minutes from Yamagata Station (1,000 yen)

Taxi: 7,000 yen (5,500 yen from Kaminoyama Onsen station)
By Car
10.9km from the Yamagata Kaminoyama IC on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway
19.1km from the Yamagata Zao IC on the Yamagata Expressway
Nearest national route: 11km from Route 13
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 21
Parking is available for 20 vehicles
Pension Brown is about 18km from the Yamagata Zao IC exit of the Yamagata Expressway and 13km from the Yamagata Kaminoyama IC exit on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway 12km.

A large car park is available (shared by various pensions).
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Carl is from the UK (British/Japanese), Wakana is from Japan.

After living in Japan, England, China, Japan (again) and latterly Singapore for 16 years (our children were born in the last three countries), we decided to live the dream (with Wakana finally putting her skills from Tante Marie in the UK into effect.)

Although we have skied extensively in America and Europe, our preference was Japan as a permanent base. We usually found ourselves back in Zao if for ski trips for more than a few days and since there are activities available throughout the year. Initially we stayed in hotels but then always in the Pension Village once we discovered it due to its homier feel among the trees. As guests are taken to and from the Omori Quad or Zao/Chuo Ropeways, there is no real walking involved - only a few places are truly walk free from slippery or steep roads. We also run guests with a penchant up to the various onsens spread around Zao Onsen - see website for examples.

A brand new outdoor rotenburo bath has opened from December 2019.

For those guests coming from overseas, we know what it is like in bringing over a family for Christmas, half-term or the Easter holidays so we hope to be able help those in similar circumstances and to appreciate Zao and skiing in Japan as we much as we do.
accommodaton Accommodation Name Pension Brown
Please mention if you make contact!
telephone Telephone (within Japan) 023-679-2970
Telephone (from overseas) (81)-23-679-2970
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Official website
address Postal address 1968-45 Oguraomori



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