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    roten-buro (outdoor onsen) at Sakaya 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.

Right in the heart of the village lies one of Nozawa’s smartest – and largest – ryokans. Sakaya has 29 rooms sleeping either two or four people, mostly in the traditional style, though a few Western rooms are available. The majority of rooms have en suite bathrooms, some with soaking tubs.

Sakaya has a good central location – five minutes’ walk to the Yu Road travelator that takes you to the slopes, and just two minutes from one of the favourite public onsens in town; there’s also a more private indoor-outdoor onsen at Sakaya, which can be reserved for private use. As at most ryokans, you’ll be provided with a yukata (a cotton kimono) on arrival, perfect for relaxing and visiting the onsen in.

The food is particularly noteworthy, from the tasty traditional breakfasts to the incredible multi-course kaiseki dinners. They have English speaking staff and Westerners are made to feel very welcome - they've had more practice here than elsewhere.

  • Bath Tub
  • Front Desk
  • Onsen
  • Parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Spa Treatments
  • Ski Lockers
  • Television
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet (Free) (Public Areas only)

In the heart of the village, which is also known as the Shimotakai District. The Sakaya is just a five minute walk from the bus stop. Kenmei-ji Temple is very close by, as is the famous Sotoyu public onsen. It is only a five minute walk from the travelator that takes you to the heart of the ski area.

We can include dinner or just breakfast at this ryokan - it’s your call. There are a wide variety of rooms to choose from, differing in size, style, view and amenities. Based on two people sharing, indicative prices range from ¥32,000 (£185) per night during low season for a Japanese / Western Room without dinner, rising to ¥53,000 (£305) for a Deluxe Japanese Room, with dinner included.

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  • Bath Tub
  • Front Desk
  • Onsen
  • Parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Spa Treatments
  • Ski Lockers
  • Television
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet (Free) (Public Areas only)

In the heart of the village, which is also known as the Shimotakai District. The Sakaya is just a five minute walk from the bus stop. Kenmei-ji Temple is very close by, as is the famous Sotoyu public onsen. It is only a five minute walk from the travelator that takes you to the heart of the ski area.

We can include dinner or just breakfast at this ryokan - it’s your call. There are a wide variety of rooms to choose from, differing in size, style, view and amenities. Based on two people sharing, indicative prices range from ¥32,000 (£185) per night during low season for a Japanese / Western Room without dinner, rising to ¥53,000 (£305) for a Deluxe Japanese Room, 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.