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    the living room at Kiriya Ryokan

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.

Set back from the street within pretty snow-engulfed gardens in the oldest part of Nozawa, Kiriya is a little utopia just a few minutes from the hubbub of town. Like many of Japan’s traditional inns, Kiriya Ryokan has been in the family for generations, and the current hostess 'Ko' is classically courteous and amiable.

In the public spaces there is some utterly unintentional 70's chic going on, whilst the guest rooms are all traditional Japanese. Having said that, some are a Western-mix (i.e. conventional beds) and most can accommodate between one and five people.

Kiriya is an authentic ryokan: delicious, authentic and wholesome meals are enjoyed in private dining areas; the atmosphere is calm and tranquil (a traditional curfew is in place, meaning you should be home by 11pm!); rooms are clean and simple; and time in the onsen features heavily. If you’re open to that, a stay at Kiriya is very rewarding - comfortable, relaxing, interesting, and very good value.

  • Wireless Internet (Free) (Public Areas only)
  • Ski Lockers
  • Television
  • Onsen

Set away from the main village in the oldest part of Nozawa, this ryokan is super-close to the moving walkway which takes you up to the lifts. To walk in to the centre - where the shops, restaurants and bars are - would take only five minutes to walk.

Based on two people sharing, indicative prices range from ¥23,000 (£135) per night during low season for a room with only a toilet (shared bathroom) without dinner, rising to ¥38,000 (£220) for an ensuite Deluxe Japanese Room, this time with dinner included.

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  • Wireless Internet (Free) (Public Areas only)
  • Ski Lockers
  • Television
  • Onsen

Set away from the main village in the oldest part of Nozawa, this ryokan is super-close to the moving walkway which takes you up to the lifts. To walk in to the centre - where the shops, restaurants and bars are - would take only five minutes to walk.

Based on two people sharing, indicative prices range from ¥23,000 (£135) per night during low season for a room with only a toilet (shared bathroom) without dinner, rising to ¥38,000 (£220) for an ensuite Deluxe Japanese Room, this time with dinner included.

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.