You can buy this ski lodge in Japan for less than a house in Brisbane!

With real estate prices going through the roof across Australia, and many still enjoying work-from-home benefits – we have the perfect opportunity for those seeking a change of pace.

The fully-renovated, established Kuma Lodge in Madarao Mountain Resort, Japan is now up for grabs and will only set you back approximately ¥110,000,000.

The current conversion rates are especially tempting; at time of writing, it’s currently about AUD$1.186m. The house prices in Australia right now are off the charts, a three bedroom house in Coorparoo Brisbane would cost you the same only without the snow, so we think it’s a steal.

With 10 bedrooms, you can either indulge yourself in a holiday house that’s big enough to house your entire family plus your best mates. OR – and this is what makes this a truly rare opportunity – you can opt to run your very own lodge, complete with everything you need and a good-to-go list of return guests that are keen to get on the slopes next season.

Go go go, and be sure to invite us once you’ve secured the deal.

About Madarao Mountain Resort

You’ll be on the doorstep of Madarao Ski Resort, which was once a hidden gem among the many resorts of Japan. These days, it’s quickly gaining popularity in the area thanks to what’s been nicknamed as ‘MADAPOW’ – the 13 metres of light, fluffy powder snow that falls every season, making it one of the world’s heaviest snowfall areas.

The Madarao ski area is interlinked with the neighbouring Tangram Ski Circus to offer a dual mountain ski pass, and you also have Nozawa Onsen and other resorts of the Myoko Valley just a 30 minute drive away, allowing for plenty of on-snow days to explore.

Despite all those perks, the lift lines are still non-existent; and on rest days or in the evenings you can explore historic local villages and the quality local produce offered at the restaurants, such as soba noodles and sake. Then enjoy one of the authentic onsen baths in the area before tucking yourself in for a quality sleep at your new lodge.

Get to the lodge via a 100-minute journey on the high-speed Shinkansen (bullet) train from Tokyo, then an easy 15 minute bus or shuttle ride. There are also plenty of connections available to other destinations in Japan, such as Osaka.

About Kuma Lodge

Your purchase will get you 1,065 sqm land in Madarao Mountain Resort, with panoramic views of Mt Madarao and the surrounding Alps.

Kuma lodge offers a true ski-in, ski-out experience, so there’s no need to wait for a bus to the slopes or try to lug your skis down a sidewalk. It’s right by the beginner ski runs and English-speaking ski school.

It’s currently the number one TripAdvisor lodging in Madarao Ski Resort, fully-furnished and offering 10 bedrooms with private wash basins, heating and wardrobes.

There’s also one ensuite bathroom; six showers; five toilets; custom-made beds for the best possible night’s sleep; a reading/relaxation room; a basement room for games; ski storage and on-site parking.

For those who love to entertain, you’ll also be in your element, with a large dining area that caters for up to 25 people plus a large commercial grade stainless steel kitchen. Slopeside dinner parties, anyone…?

Run a hotel or simply run free

This isn’t just a lodge. It’s a fully operating business which offers an extensive customer database, including a current hotel license, new website and guest booking system.

If you’ve been cooped up in an Aussie or Kiwi lockdown, dreaming of running your own ski lodge, this is really a no-brainer; all the hard work has been done for you through the renovations, obtaining the hotel licenses and connecting the utilities. This is especially valuable if you don’t happen to speak Japanese.

Or if you have no dreams of running a business and you just want to offer your family the best post-pandemic surprise of all time, we have only one thing to say; they are very, very lucky people. (Also, can we be part of your family?)

Interested? Find out plenty more about Kuma Lodge and the investment potential here.

Skiing and boarding Madarao's abandoned snow resorts

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