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) with wood burning stove
Standing bar and lounge area
Two Jacuzzi-type bathrooms (Japanese style) – trips to local onsens on request (see website for samples)
Tea ceremony in traditional Japanese room
Garden area lit by lanterns (non-winter time) - games: croquet/boules/quoits/lawn darts/darts; 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
Adult - 8,500 yen per night including dinner, breakfast, complimentary afternoon tea
Under 12 - 6,500 yen
Under 5 - Y5,000 yen (without bed 3,000 yen)
22nd December until 2nd January:
Adult - 10,000 yen
Under 12 - 7,500 yen
Under 5 - 6,500 yen (without bed 4,500 yen)
No dinner – minus 2,000 yen from above
No meals – minus 3,000 yen from above
Single supplement - add 3,500 yen
Winter supplement (November through March) - add 500 yen
8 days before – nil
7 to 5days before 20%
2 days before 50%
Actual day 90%
No show 100%
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.
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, 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.
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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