Pension Brown (Kaminoyama City, Yamagata)
Kaminoyama City, Yamagata
ペンションブラウン (山形県 上山市)
Playroom (games, musical instruments, TV/home theatre, internet TV) with wood burning stove
Standing bar and lounge area
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
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
Twin - 12,100 yen
Quad - 17,050 yen
Quad - 12,100 yen
Quad - 11,550 yen
18th Dec 2021 - 3rd Jan 2022
Twin - 21,725 yen
Twin - 15,950 yen
Quad - 20,900 yen
Quad - 15,950 yen
Quad - 15,400 yen
- 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%)
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.
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.
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