We stayed for 2 nights in Yamakyu in November - the only 2 nights in November that it snowed!
pros: the food is excellent, dining times are flexible, staff extremely helpful (some speak chinese!), free pick up and drop off from/to train station (you have to let them know in advance), free coffee in the morning, free use of computer (there's only one laptop); toilet, sink in the room, one common shower for private use (get key from reception), 300yen to use washing machine/dryer (price includes a very small packet of detergent), safe and tv in the room, aircond/heater in room, also heating pack under blanket, you can get a hair dryer from reception.
con: the cooking smell is everywhere. if you dont mind your coats, hair etc having a smell....
special mention: the kind gentleman who picked us up and dropped us off at the station was very helpful. He knew that we wanted to do the Tateyama-Kurobe route and called in advance to ask if the route was open since it was snowing.More
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