Shared Bathroom and I always get the small room but am happy 8 mins walk to the Gondy or you can get a lift if needed. Food is great although if you don't like Japanese ask for the Western menu. Great communal area downstairs so you get to meet other people. Definitely Recommend and will stay there till I build my own place
Only stayed for two nights but wished it was longer. Mr & Mrs Yamada have a great little guest house, located about 500m from Rusutsu Resort. Mr Yamada can collect you from your bus stop (Rusutsu Resort for us) & is happy to drop you at the ski lifts in the morning. The breakfast is huge! We had Mrs Yamada's dinner on the first night and it was delicious and was made more exciting by watching the Sumo Wrestling competition on the TV! So much though we couldn't eat it all, so don't have a big lunch that day! Very basic but comfortable rooms, shared bathrooms are clean and the hot bath deep and 41 degrees.
A friend visited here last year and returned so I joined him. The room is nice and bedding is comfortable. Food was provided, breakfast and dinner the meals provided were delicious. If I come back to the area I would definitely stay again.
We have stayed here a few years now and it never disappoints. The owners are sweet, kind, friendly and helpful. The rooms are simple and charming and leave you feeling like you’ve gotten a uniquely Japanese experience. Plus, the food for breakfast & dinner is a great deal and fantastic. I highly recommend.
If you're travelling on somewhat of a budget and also want an authentic Japanese experience - Pension Yamada is for you. I really enjoyed waking up in the morning and having a nourishing breakfast, right before hitting the slopes. I equally enjoyed arriving back after snowboarding, grabbing a beer from the vending machine on the porch and chilling in the massage chair until dinner was served. After every meal I was always full, even after a day of snowboarding. It was really useful that they had clothes racks outside of the rooms (in the corridor) so that you could hang you wet ski-gear, rather than bring it into your room. If I come back to Rusutsu, I will certainly stay here again. If you'd like to see a tour of the place, I uploaded one to my YouTube channel - A Million Toms.
Enjoyed staying here for a week with family and friends. Mr. Yamada rarely cracks a smile but the service is good and the food variety excellent and good prices for our stay. Loved the onsen after a hard day of skiing in knee to thigh deep powder through the trees. Ride to the gondolas in the morning quick even for our large group. We were always there in time for the gondola opening and the ski down through the amusement park each night was a delight. Would definitely choose this accomodation again when skiing in Rusutsu.
We have stayed at Yamada Pension the past two winters to snowboard at Rusutsu Resort. It is a family run traditional Japanese hotel that caters well to English-speakers. Examples of the traditional Japanese feel include: ability to use the bath (ofuro) next to the shower, tatami rooms with futons, Japanese meals for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast and dinner always change, is very reasonably priced and breakfast is ready well in time to get first lift. The resort is a 5 minute walk from the hotel, where you can find the lifts, restaurants and convenience stores. If we return to Rusutsu, we will stay at Yamada Pension.
Typical 2 star accommodation with shared bathroom, tatami rooms, futons and simple decor. But definitely worth coming here for the convenience to Rusutsu Resort, the great food and hospitality. The family that runs this pension has been doing it for years, but they haven't lost their warmth and energy. Recommended for a simple, Japanese home-stay type experience.
Our stay at Yamada Pension was perfect. The room was simple but nice, clean and comfortable. The family that runs Yamada is incredibly sweet. They made us feel so welcome - picked us up at the ski hill and dropped us off again there at the end of our stay. I will definitely be back.
Every once in a while you come across something truly special, a place that you almost instantly know you'll want to come back to. This was my first time staying at Pension Yamada but it absolutely won't be the last. Everything in the previous reviews is correct. This place is difficult to book unless you go through a travel agent, but very well worth the extra effort. If proximity to the lifts (ski-in, ski-out) is your number 1 priority you may want to consider staying at Rusutsu Tower or the North/South Wing as these locations are right next to the lifts. Aside from that, and especially given Mr Yamada will drive you to the gondola every morning, Pension Yamada will be the hotel I stay in every time I go back to Rusutsu. The only two drawbacks for me was that some of the Japanese clientele (they're not always around) do smoke inside, and walking back after a day out on the slopes is mildly irritating when you're used to proper ski-in, ski-out. Having said that, it's not far and is realistically very doable. A tip for getting home from West Mountain is to ski underneath the wooden Rusutsu sign just next to the East Gondola and then turn right. There is a short cat track that takes you down to the road and is the fastest way to get back to the Yamada's.…