The Japan ski lodge for sale for less than an Adelaide house!

Fancy your own ski lodge in Japan? Of course you do.

The beloved Alpine Backcountry Lodge in Tomamu on the island of Hokkaido is up for sale and it could be yours.

Currently owned by famed Australian backcountry guide, John Morrell and his wife, Lucy, the lodge has a solid pedigree in the ski world.

With 10 bedrooms and three bathrooms the lodge sits in a quiet cul de sac in Tomamu town and is a mere seven minute drive to Tomamu Ski Area. Sahoro ski resort is 30 kilometres down the road and Minami Furano 20 kilometers away for day trip skiing plus the town of Furano is 75 minutes away and Sapporo Chitose Airport, 90 minutes.

The current set up is an 8 bedroom lodge with kitchen, lounge and ski storage plus a separate owner/manager apartment with two bedrooms, large living/dining/kitchen and a bathroom.

During winter you’ll find two restaurants in walking distance and a plethora of dining options at Tomamu Resort plus a community shop for snacks just metres walk down the road.

Tomamu district lies just to the south of Daisestsusan National Park and is an area of wilderness peaks reaching to 1300m. The town of Tomamu itself is surrounded by wild mountain ranges.

Expect superb ski touring from the front door and nearby access to the backcountry powder lines of Mt Ochiai, Mt Ishi and Mt Karifuri.

The base elevation in the area is 580m, which makes it a much higher base than most resorts in Hokkaido. This altitude, combined with the geography and location, ensure high quality dry powder snow is the norm, and on many occasions, under a bright blue sky.

Although not getting as much snow as the coastal resorts, it makes up for that in the sheer quality of the light dry snow.

How much?

All this for just ¥65,000,000 – that’s around AUD$735,500.

You won’t get a garage in the back streets of Sydney for that and you can’t even get a house in Adelaide (median house price $757,000).

Interested? Find more info here. 

Why Tomamu is the best family skiing adventure in Japan

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.