The Schneider Hotel is a family-friendly, ski-in ski-out lodge-style hotel located steps away from the Kandahar and Utopia lifts, and a short walk or slide down to the Hikage Gondola Station, the Kids Park and the Japan Ski Museum. We are the highest hotel on the mountain and the best place to be if you want to literally wake up on the slopes for first tracks. The lodge-style hotel has 30 rooms, 14 western rooms with en-suite bathroom and shower, 12 Japanese tatami rooms with shared facilities and one “family room” that has a small kitchenette and shower. There are men’s and women’s Japanese-style baths, a onsite rental shop, Schneider’s Restaurant and Base Camp après bar. A snow shuttle van runs from The Craft Room café and bar near the Nagasaka Gondola each evening after the lifts close so guests can enjoy some time in the village or a soak in one of the free hot springs. The hotel is great for families as the Kids Park and daycare facilities are close by and rentals and ski instruction can be arranged at the hotel. The cozy hotel and the nearby Schneider Course are named after Johann “Hannes” Schneider, the famous Austrian ski instructor who promoted skiing throughout the world and pioneered skiing in Nozawa Onsen. AMENITIES & SERVICES
Gardner and Natsuko Robinson manage The Schneider Hotel. Gardner grew up in Oregon and has been promoting travel and adventure in Japan for nearly two decades through a media company he founded called Outdoor Japan. He first snowboarded in Nozawa Onsen prior to the 1998 Winter Olympics (which Nozawa Onsen helped host) while living in southern Nagano. In 2011, he and David Elsworth, Founding Partner of The Schneider Hotel, opened The Craft Room, Nozawa Onsen’s first craft beer, which also serves up hand-crafted coffee. Natsuko is from beautiful Yamagata Prefecture up north has been visiting and snowboarding in Nozawa Onsen for years. Their son Tai has been growing up in the village the last two years and they have another little guy on the way. In addition to being the Managing Partners in the hotel they also run Yoji House & Apartments in the heart of the village while David and his wife Sachi run Kamoshika Lodge, a luxury ski in ski out lodge next to The Craft Room.
Chef Marc Maziero came is originally from Adelaide but is currently spending the off season as head chef in a resort area in Scotland. We are excited to have Marc back for his second season at The Schneider Hotel after being important part of the team in 2016.
“My love affair with food began at 16 when I took my first job as a kitchen hand and twelve years on my passion for cooking has taken me across the globe and I’ve had the opportunity to work with many fantastic chefs and gain some amazing life experience. I’m looking forward to another season in Japan working with Head Chef Leigh to bring you some exciting new dishes.”
We are currently finalizing our off-season renovations and pricing. The 2017 rooms and rates will be updated soon. in the meantime, please see some details below. Note that all of our rooms come with ski in ski out access, views of the slopes and complimentary breakfast.
Western Family Rooms
All of our Western rooms have are being renovated for the 2017 season and come with ensuite bathroom and shower. Our standard Family Rooms accommodate two persons on the main floor and two additional beds in the loft area. They are perfect for families of three or four.
All of our Western rooms have are being renovated for the 2017 season and come with ensuite bathroom and shower. Our Western Suites also include a kitchenette and larger lounge area and accommodate two persons on the main floor and two additional beds in the loft area. They are perfect for families of four and we do have one suite with three beds in the loft area that sleeps a family of five comfortably.
All of our comfortably Japanese rooms have shared bathrooms on the same floor and the private showers are near the men’s and women’s Japanese baths.
Japanese Family Room
Our Japanese Family Room is great for families with small children that need a place to prepare meals. The room has a kitchenette and small refrigerator for cooking simple meals for small kids. There is a tatami room with twin or queen bed and a separate small sleeping room that can sleep three small kids or two older kids comfortably on Japanese-style futons. The room also comes with its own shower and washing machine with built-in dryer. Bathroom facilities are on the same floor.
Japanese Family Rooms
Our Japanese rooms also all have views of the slopes and feature comfortable Japanese tatami floors. Guests sleep on low mattresses on the floor while kids sleep on built-in bunk beds. The rooms sleep a family of three or four comfortably, the lower bunk has less head room so better for smaller kids or used for extra storage if not needed.
Our three Bunk Rooms are on 2F next to the Base Camp Bar. They are great for groups of friends or older kids that can supervise themselves. The smallest room has two bunks, while the other two rooms have four bunks in each room.
Booking and Cancellation Policy
All bookings require a 20% deposit to finalize the reservation within one week of booking paid via credit card. Bookings are not confirmed until receipt of the deposit. The balance is due between 31-60 days before arrival.
We suggest all guests get travel insurance in case of emergency or problems during travel that may affect their booking. We do have limited availability so must have a strict cancellation policy. In case of cancellation the following fees apply:
Thank you for your cooperation, we look forward to seeing you in Nozawa Onsen.