Hotel Cultured

Hotel Cultured

828-112 Hokujo, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun 399-9301 Nagano Prefecture

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#35 of 56 hotels in Hakuba-mura
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See why so many travellers make Hotel Cultured their hotel of choice when visiting Hakuba-mura. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a budget friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

While staying at Hotel Cultured, visitors can check out Hasedera Temple (1.1 mi) and Hakuba Ohashi Bridge (1.7 mi), some of Hakuba-mura's top attractions.

The rooms offer air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease.

Hotel Cultured features baggage storage, a coffee shop, and shops. In addition, as a valued Hotel Cultured guest, you can enjoy a hot tub and an on-site restaurant that are available on-site. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to parking.

When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Nikumasa, Teppan Dining Yamanami, and The Alpine Grill, which are some steakhouses that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.

If you’re looking for things to do, you can check out Hakuba (1.0 mi), which is a popular attraction amongst tourists, and it is within walking distance.

At Hotel Cultured, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Hakuba-mura.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Bar / lounge
Skiing
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Massage
Baggage storage
Parking
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Vending machine
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Safe
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Telephone
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Japanese

Location

828-112 Hokujo, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun 399-9301 Nagano Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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George C wrote a review Feb 2015
Dee Why, Australia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Hotel Cultured is a utilitarian sort of place made very pleasant by the manager, Masa.

He is a kind, gentle man who has great patience with the sort of questions that tourists like me seem to ask. He offers a great level of service and I hope the hotel owner realises how important he is to overcoming some problems with the hotel.

The fabric of the hotel is certainly frayed at the edges: scuff marks, peeling wall paper and minimal lobby heating.

However, that said, the hotel is well priced and is conveniently located on both the night and day bus routes. (Is there anyone else who finds the incessant recorded announcements on the bus admonishing passengers to stay seated and mind possessions mildly surreal?)

Echo land is not far away, and there are lots of places to grab a bite. A 7-11 is at the ready too for snacks and other useful items.

On the upside, the rooms are warm and contain, in the minimalist bathrooms, a deep bath that is very relaxing to soak in. Hot water is plentiful.

Breakfasts were invariably cold but always entertaining in the eclectic mix of offerings. Broccoli, potato mash and corn were on offer when I was there. The mildly deranged piano concertos playing in the background gave these frigid breakfasts a fillip.

The presence of many Samurai swords inhibited any direct requests for a reheat!

When one understands the bus routes to and from the many resorts, Hotel Cultured becomes a good base to explore the delights of Hakuba.
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Date of stay: February 2015Trip type: Travelled solo
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BritinBangkok wrote a review Feb 2015
Bangkok, Thailand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel property is a bit shabby at the edges with peeling wall paper, stained carpets, and parts of the hotel cordoned off from what knows, but Mr. Masa takes all the stars for making my stay an enjoyable one. While the rooms a bit run down the basics are still there: clean toilet, hot showers, and a warm bed. However the reason for the 4 stars is because of Masa who offered a personal touch that couldn't be beat. His lovely assistant ladies also helped out where they could. And Mr. Samurai was a real hoot for breakfasts in the morning with his samurai gear on.

My only real complaint was the mattress was a bit on the firm side. Also internet is only available in the lobby areas.

When you get to Hakuba station or Happo Terminal it will cost you JPY 1,500 by taxi to get you to the hotel. Just tell the taxi "CULTURE" and they know where to take you. There are direct shuttle buses from Culture to most of the ski resorts except a couple of the resorts that will require a change of buses at Happo Bus terminal.

The hotel is also just 15 mins of pleasant walking to get to Echoland.

If all you're planning on doing is skiing all day Culture is great value accomodation.
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Date of stay: February 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Briggsy64 wrote a review Feb 2015
Sydney, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked quite late over Chinese New Year and with a family of four found options limited without being ridiculously expensive. Although Hotel Cultured is a backpacker style hotel, it also has two apartments on the top floor. We stayed in the two bedroom one and it is definitely a step up from the standard rooms (actually many steps up). Very well fitted out, it is in the space of 5 rooms so a good size. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a separate toilet and a lovely bath (wood Japanese style which unfortunately leaked!) in a separate wet room. Really well equipped kitchen and even sky TV with a few children's channels. Beds were super comfortable, great heating and hot water.

As others have commented, Masa the manager provides great service and really makes you feel at home. We arrived at 1.30am but keys were waiting for us with detailed instructions so check in was easy. We tried breakfast but as it wasn't included (and as mentioned is average and cold) we just made our own toast and tea instead.

The children had lessons at Iimori and we could get the bus right outside the hotel which was great as meant no long walks in ski gear and carrying their skis. 7-11 just down the road for basic supplies including wine and ice cream. Only drawback for us was that there aren't many restaurants in walking distance and after getting the 5pm bus home the children were tired and didn't really want to go back out again, but we made good use of Hakuba Pizza and Hakuba Munchies ordering in service.

Bonus was great wifi in the apartment as well (unlike the normal rooms which only have in the lobby).

All in all a great stay and I would recommend for a family of four or two couples/4 mates. Would stay here again,
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Date of stay: February 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Anonymous wrote a review Feb 2020
Brisbane, Australia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked this hotel for our week stay in Hakuba. What a mistake this was. The rooms are so run down, the beds are springy and the rooms stink. It’s like this was built for 1980’s Olympics and then never cleaned or refurbished since. We all ended up more sore from sleeping on the beds then we did from the actual snowboarding. In saying this the two girls working here where lovely, always so polite and helpful. The location is awesome as you are only one bus stop away from the HAKUBA 47 slope and a 5 min walk from the 7/11. I would however trade all this for a decent night sleep on beds that didn’t wake you up every hour.
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Date of stay: February 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Plb777 wrote a review Feb 2019
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked Hotel Cultured for 5 days after seeing their website and other guest reviews posted on trip advisor and other booking platforms, however, the experience proved to be extremely disappointing, unsatisfactory and at some instances thoroughly unprofessional.

My first shock was when I entered the room that I had been given. The room did not match at all the pictures posted on trip advisor / the hotel’s website, rather it was extremely small, old and poorly maintained. The room had virtually no storage space except for a small plywood shelf and a coat hanger that was falling apart. The bigger issue however, came when all of our suitcases where on the ground (full of clothes due to very limited storage) as there was no, literally no more walking space. To get into our beds, we were forced to climb onto the suitcases and when trying to walk in the room, we had 15 cm in width of walking space making it extremely inconvenient and unpleasant to circulate. Furthermore, the twin beds were not side by side as in the pictures but rather placed perpendicularly as the room couldn’t fit two twin beds as showed on the website’s configuration. At first sight this might not seem like an issue, but in reality, the beds were arranged in such a way that my roommate’s feet were directly in my face (5 cm apart) each time he would sleep, making for very uncomfortable nights… Additionally, the bed mattress was extremely hard, the pillows of low quality and the blanket, used to the point where holes where starting to form in it. I was even more surprised by the fact that no duvets were used and that there were some sweat stains on both the pillow and blanket… making me wonder about the overall cleanliness and maintenance of this hotel…

I guess it however proved the point even at first sight because, my room was full of broken and uncleaned furniture / utensils. The window of the room probably hadn’t been opened in years and never greased in its lifetime. Even at full power, I struggled to open and close it, and when I actually did, it squeaked so loud that you could probably hear it inside the hotel’s lobby, 3 floors below… Furthermore, one of the lights in the room had a broken lightbulb and the room was infested by ladybugs. [ don’t get me wrong, I like ladybugs it’s just I’d rather not have them in my clothes and food ;) ]

Regarding the bathroom, it is my understanding that most budget hotel’s in Japan have “Boat or Airplane” style bathroom, however this one was particularly crammed and felt very old. I honestly, can’t help but wonder how taller people would fit in it… The bathroom had a water leak on top of the sink, the shower head did not work properly and the hair dryer, made out of low quality plastic was melted on the sides of the blower. Furthermore, on the ceiling of the bathroom was a fan to filter the air within the bathroom and it was filthy. It was black and hair was dropping from it.

However, now onto the more surprising / unforeseen part of my stay to say the least. I turned out to feel sick on the first day that I arrived and decided that I would rather rest alone in my room and get one of my friends (also staying in the same hotel) to bring me up food as I was feeling unwell. At first, the hotel staff seemed worried but helpful, however, it later turned out to be quite the opposite on my third night there, where I decided to go to the hotel’s only restaurant. I was feeling better and felt as if I wasn’t at risk of passing along my sickness. When I arrived into the lobby, the person at the front desk told me that I could not go to eat because I was sick, I replied that I was healed and asked her how I should eat, but suddenly the OWNER of the hotel BURSTED into the lobby and began YELLING at me to go back into my room and that I was not welcome in the restaurant and the lobby. He continued screaming “go away now! , Go back to your room! , I don’t want you there!” then adding a few words each time in Japanese, which I obviously did not understand (leaving room for interpretation as to what he was saying …) I was shocked and did not know how to react, but to think of how unprofessional, impolite and how unwelcoming this man’s actions where. The next day however, I decided to go and relax in the lobby and was also indirectly told to leave… which I did not do as I explained that I was healed. Resulting from this, I unfortunately wasn’t even able to checkout in advance as all nights had been paid as per the hotel’s policy. (Beware!) One thing is for sure, I will definitely make sure not to do that in the future, as these people did not deserve my money as no apologizes were made and their attitude was completely disproportionate and disrespectful.

This as a result shaped my stay in a very bad manner, making me feel unwelcomed each time I stepped into the lobby and proving that this hotel lacks the necessary skills that go with being hospitable and even reaching their 2 Star Ranking. (I wonder myself how they were evaluated and how they got it). Additionally, when taking into account all the other negative points cited above; the old / extremely small rooms that do not resemble the pictures advertised, the unfriendly staff, and the poorly maintained accommodations as well as common areas, I would 100% NOT RECOMMEND this hotel. I believe that throughout Hakuba, much better and newer hotels / lodges can be found in much better locations and at cheaper rates, as this hotel is also far from the key areas of the resort and everything needs to be done by bus or long walking distances in the freezing cold.
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Date of stay: February 2019
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dani D wrote a review Feb 2015
Brisbane, Australia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The rooms were warm, as were the showers. There was enough space for our bags and snow gear. The staff were friendly and helpful. Modest but good. I would stay here again but if you are looking for luxury or close proximity to the main restaurant/shop area, I would advise maybe going elsewhere.
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Date of stay: March 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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tommcintoshhhh wrote a review Dec 2014
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything I'd hoped for and then some - simple cosy room, fantastic heating & hot water, solid breakfast every morning at the hotel resturant; awesome location (close to echoland - great dining, gear hire, bars etc. all within walking distance) & direct pickup & drop off to the door from transfer buses to & from the unbelievable surrounding mountains, even at night time for runs under lights. Host- Masa San- was a total legend! Speaks great English, above & beyond accomodated everything I could want for a first time visitor to Hakuba, and genuinely a great ambassador for the area, and Japanese tourism in general. Had a once in a lifetime stay over Christmas, will definetly go back.
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Date of stay: December 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Vu P wrote a review Aug 2013
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I would personally spend my time at HC again next time I visit Japan to go snowboarding. Rooms are very spacious, beds are comfy enough, good hot showers and room heating. WIFI in the common room and the place is neat and tidy.
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Date of stay: February 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Deanes_of_Tas wrote a review Jan 2013
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent a week at HC from 27th Dec. After a long flight and taxi ride we were greeted by Masa who went out of his way on that day and every other day to help us and make our trip enjoyable. Getting from the hotels to the slopes can be an issue but HC took us to the slopes each day and brought us back. We received great advice on and where possible a lift to good restaurants. The hotel is not luxurious and the rooms are very small and not well appointed but that didn't matter much compared to the care shown us by the General Manager and Masa. Nice bakery, pub and 7/11 nearby. Well done to the HC management and staff.
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Date of stay: December 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Peter wrote a review Mar 2019
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel was an excellent establishment - great service from the front of house and bar staff all amazing! Anyone looking for a reasonably priced budget hotel in echo land hakuba should stay here great value for money!!!
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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T0ny0t0ny0 wrote a tip Feb 2018
London, United Kingdom7 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms all the same really - If you want more space, book a 3 Bed room."
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HK$250 - HK$297 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanChubuKoshinetsuNagano PrefectureKitaazumi-gunHakuba-muraOmachi Onsen / Hakuba happou Onsen
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Nearby attractions include Hakuba Green Sports Forest (0.9 km), Hakuba Heat (0.9 km), and Hakuba Saegusa Art Museum (0.7 km).
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Conveniently located restaurants include Sounds Like Cafe, Izakaya Hie, and Bos.
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