I absolutely loved staying at the Kanro no Mori. I was there on a snowboarding vacation for six days and it was constantly delightful and quintessentially Japanese, with most of the guests being from Japan. Previously, I had stayed at the Green Leaf hotel in Niseko, but I found it was populated mostly with foreign visitors and thus lacked a degree of Japanese culture I was looking for.. The rooms are very large, by Japanese standards and mine had an entire dining/sitting room (with a table and chairs about two feet tall) that made the room seem like an entire apartment. The breakfast buffet was extensive and full of unique options, so that no two ever had to be the same. The on-sen was extremely relaxing (with both outdoor and indoor pools) and the addition of cold pool was a big plus. The staff was attentive and very eager to help, although there were a few moments of consternation (on both sides) as we tried to bridge the language gap. One local gem was the nearby Moiwa Ski resort. It is a smallish resort by local standards, but the vast backcountry, the inexpensive lift tickets and the abundance of powder made it quite fulfilling. For a real Japanese ski/boarding experience you should definitely check out this hotel.