FOREST STAR LODGE IS NOT CURRENTLY OPERATING
Forest Star Lodge is a neat and tidy pension-type building in Lower Hirafu Village. It’s not luxury accommodation but has what most travellers need – no frills convenience in a warm building. The place is Western style and has standard bedding options, rather than the traditional Japanese bedding that many of the Japanese family run pensions in the village have.
Forest Star Lodge is foreign owned so you won’t get that traditional Japanese feeling staying here. The managers are usually seasonal workers and usually do a great job, including cooking a hearty breakfast for you each morning. Another bonus is that they speak English too so you’ll have no problem communicating. They’ll be able to give you all the essential information you need to get around the resort and possibly even point you to the best places to go skiing. They might even be keen to join you and give you some first hand locals knowledge on where the secret powder stashes are.
There is a communal dining room and lounge room which is a great place to meet likeminded travellers from all over the world. The couches are comfortable and there is a big screen TV and DVD player so you can spend your downtime in modern comfort. Wireless internet is free and fast so you can also keep in touch with friends and relatives back home and send them all your latest snaps and movies from the slopes.
Forest Star Lodge Accommodation
Bedrooms come in a range of configurations and generally sleep between two and four guests. Some of the rooms have single beds and others doubles, or some rooms have singles and bunk beds. The rooms are spacious and each has its own heater.
There are no rooms with ensuites but there are communal shared bathrooms with nice hot showers, small Japanese style baths and basic amenities.
Forest Star Lodge Location
Forest Star Lodge is located in the bottom corner of the Hirafu Lower Village alongside a pristine forest setting. It’s about 15 minutes walk up into the main part of the village or you can jump on the free shuttle bus that stops not far from the lodge. There are also several restaurants and bars in the Lower Village and walking distance from the lodge. Another bonus is Yukoro onset (public hot spring baths) just five minutes stroll down the road.