What can I say except perfection!! The location, the rooms, the breakfast but best of all the amazing hosts Taka and Lana. Nothing was too difficult and they always went out of their way to help in any way possible. Truly amazing Japanese hospitality. I highly recommend a visit before too many people find out! Oh! And the snow nothing short of spectacular. Another fantastic trip in the winter wonderland of Japan.
Dont look any further !!! Stop your research about where to stay. We had a very pleasant stay. We wish to thank you Taka san who helped us in many many ways. From dinner reservation and to personnal request even playing with our children. Also Thank you to Lena san and Nana san who also cook us warm yummy breakfast and
Entertaint our kids too. This Place is a heaps !!!! Ski in/out. You could actually ski from the door
Step to the slopes. We shall come back and we hope Taka san and Lena san would be there to host us again.
Big thanks to Taka and Rena for making our 1st Ski holiday such a wonderful experience. Their kind hospitality and attentiveness really made us feel homey and relaxed. The dinners arrangements were all awesome! Hope to be back again in the next season
The view from dinning room is just spectacular. Giant windows in the room make the clear sky with crystal white mountain so close that it seems you could get village fresh breeze while having brekkie, and your day starts with joy from heart. Only approx. 2mins walk to the ski. Clean & new room facilities, friendly staff, a stroll away from all amenities (cafes, onsen, gear hiring)
Absolutely a lovely stay.
超级可爱的地方，名字叫做“熊小屋” 噢, 推荐😀
Our Kuma ski experience was awesome & would recommend the lodge perfect for a couple, family or group of mates. Kuma has all the basic essentials to make your holiday comfortable fun and all round enjoyable!
The local traditional and also the non traditional food in Madarao was amazing.
Be sure to check out Aki’s pizza it’s a perfect luncheon after a long morning of skiing!
Thanks Kuma see you next season!
We had fantastic stay with the guys at Kuma lodge... our accommodation was fantastic and they were more than helpful with everything... they booked our dinners and pointed us in the right direction with everything... we had our 5 and 3 year old daughters with us and they loved it... such an awesome family vibe... and the mountain is a fun little hill with something for everyone... cheers guys... ��
Loved this place. Spent just over a week at Kuma Lodge and it was great. Taka and Kumi, our hosts, were very friendly and helpful. This place is seconds walk to the mountain, good coffee, bars and restaurants. My gear was always dry in the drying room in the morning and my room was warm and cozy. These guys run a tight ship and I can’t say enough positive stuff about the place.
Good snow and good times. Thanks Kuma Lodge
My partner and I brought our one year old son to stay with us at Kuma Lodge for a week in February of 2018, and we couldn’t have been happier with our decision. The other guests were friendly and the staff were unbelievably helpful, doing everything they could to make our stay a very pleasant experience. Everything we needed to look after our son was provided. The rooms were comfortable and the facilities were very clean, with the staff maintaining things on a daily basis. The in-house breakfasts were outstanding and there was a selection of very nice restaurants to choose from for dinner, all within walking distance of the lodge. The slopes were right across the road, so you could almost say that it was ski in, ski out! All in all, I highly recommend this place to anyone!
About 12 months ago, I decided to organise a trip to Japan with a bunch of people. I came across Kuma Lodge via my FB feeds and I reached out to them to see what they could do for us (our group ended up being 21 people).
From our initial contact, Scott and I hit it off and we talked a lot as to how to make this a memorable trip for all. His knowledge and service focus matched my enthusiasm and he provided us with a very compelling itinerary for our time in Madarao Kogen. Lucky for us, we decided to go to Kuma Lodge in January 2018 and we are very pleased we did this.
Over the course of 2017, Scott and I maintained close contact as we refined our plans. Anything from internal transfers, to food choices (including catering as much as possible for people with food intolerances) to tours around the area, luggage delivery services, group dinners and many more, Scott provided us with sufficient information to make our choices.
When we arrived at Kuma Lodge, all the organisation was matched by flawless execution by Taka and Kumi. They both run the lodge on a day-to-day basis and are some of the nicest people we have ever come across. They made us feel welcome, gave us all the help, advice and assistance we needed and arranged for dinners, tours, rental cars and even hospital visits (unfortunately, but everyone is fine).
The lodge is beautifully appointed, recently renovated, easy to get around in and with all the amenities one can expect to feel at home. The breakfast was great, the advice and insight was spot-on and the fun, banter and laughs with everyone were plentiful.
Madarao Kogen is a great mountain and while surprisingly enough, we did not have the best snow when we were there (it is weather after all), the combination of a good group of people, a beautiful location and fantastic hosts ensured we had an excellent time.
Do yourself a favour. Get to Madarao Kogen and check out Kuma Lodge. It is excellent and you will not disappointed.
Thank you very much for a great time!
Kuma Lodge is a terrific place to stay when you want a ski in ski out Japanese experience. We couldn’t speak more highly of Taka-San and Sumi’s warm friendly and ever accommodating hospitality.
Thanks very much! ��
Great Lodge to spend some quality time with friends and or family with amazing snow. It is very easy to get to from Australia, leave at night and you could be snowing the next day. In addition to the slopes, the cultural experience is also a great bonus! I would highly recommend Kuma Lodge.
Kuma Lodge deserves nothing less than 5 stars for it's perfect location, hospitality, views and vibe. Well done Kuma keep up the great work!
Had a wonderful stay with friends at Kuma Lodge in Feb 2017. Excellent skiing only 2hrs by bullet train from Tokyo and a short 15min taxi ride to the lodge. You can land in Tokyo in the morning and be on the slopes about 4hrs later. The Lodge is recently renovated with crisp white sheets and excellent facilities. It's about as close as you can get to the beginner slopes (2min walk) and easily accessible to local bars and restaurants. We had a wonderful stay and would highly recommend it.
Had an amazing time staying at Kuma Lodge in Fed 2017! Snow was incredible, the lodge was really clean and cosy, with super friendly staff and great views of the mountain. It also has the best position of all the lodges in the resort! We had fresh powder most days, and there was always fantastic skiing no matter the weather conditions.
We loved our time at Madarao and spent 8 days at Kuma Lodge. Couldn't ask for a closer spot for the slopes, great views from our cosy little room, friendly hosts and we loved the company of the different guests who came and went.
Kuma Lodge was comfortable, clean and cosy. The staff were very helpful and friendly. It's just a few meters to walk on to the slopes and I couldn't get over the view from our room everyday. Thanks for the stay!