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  • Hard-core skier vibes
  • Most of the rooms have great mountain views
  • Great value considering rates includes breakfast and dinner in the attached restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • The store in the lodge’s lounge area sells all sorts of backcountry equipment and offers guiding services

Scout tips

  • The lodge has only eight rooms so it does book out early
  • Little English is spoken by the staff although Hiroshi speaks good English
  • Simple  facilities, “no fuss” lodge
  • Offers daily or half-day backcountry guided tours which are highly recommended
  • No onsen however there is a hot bath
  • Wi-fi internet access available throughout the lodge


A haven for backcountry skiers that are attracted to Hakkoda’s rather wild terrain, Sanso Lodge is a small Japanese style lodge that is situated near the base of the Hakkoda ropeway station.

The lodge has eight rooms and two dorms, one for men and another for women. Six of the rooms are Japanese Style Rooms which features tatami mats, and most have their own shower and toilets. There are two western style rooms with western mattresses, one of which does not have its own toilet. Most of the rooms have great views of the mountains. The rooms are very basic but if you are in Hakkoda for the skiing experience, and all you want is a mattress or a futon and don’t care about the rest, then Sansou Lodge is for you. 

The rate includes a simple breakfast and dinner in the attached restaurant, so it is a pretty good deal. They do bake their own pastries during the weekend, so make sure you get those! The lodge does not have that much in terms of facilities and they do not have an onsen but it has a hot bath which you can enjoy. The lodge also offers daily or half-day backcountry guided tours.

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE UNABLE TO TAKE BOOKINGS FOR SANSO LODGE. This profile remains here as guidance only.

Who should stay here

The lodge is great for die-hard backcountry skiers who want to stay right at the Hakkoda base.

Available: This selection is currently available for this price. Once you submit an inquiry our agents will confirm your booking via email and send you an invoice for a deposit. You will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking.

On Request: Our agents need to confirm availability of this room. Once you submit a request we will endeavour to get back to you by the next business day to confirm availability (some properties may take longer). If prices are listed they are the exact prices for your dates, room selection and room occupancy. Where prices are not listed we will confirm the price when we confirm availability. In either instance, you are not committed to your selection until after we confirm availability and price. Once you agree to that confirmation, you will be sent an invoice and will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking. If your requested room is not available, we will present alternative options.

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