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Annupuri Accommodation

Pros: proximity to good onsens, easy access to Annupuri bowls
Cons: quiet nightlife & somewhat difficult to get to Hirafu if you are seeking vibrant nightlife

The An’nupuri Village sits below the An’nupuri ski area, one of the four ski areas of Niseko United. Annupuri is adjacent to the Moiwa village and the Konbu Onsen area.

Annupuri is away from the crowds and is popular with die-hard powder hounds who want to get fresh tracks in the Annupuri bowls. When it dumps, lift access to Annupuri ski area is sometimes cut off from the rest of Niseko United meaning you and a few people get to enjoy the freshies all to yourselves. Whilst there are a few nearby restaurants & bars, Annupuri is not big on nightlife. The village here is lovely with various cabins and chalets and a couple of hotels. Most of the accommodations in Annupuri have their own restaurants and bars to cater for their guests.

Hanazono Lodgings

Pro: affordable accommodation
Con: very quiet in the evenings and not well connected by night bus to Hirafu

Hanazono accommodation is limited to a few chalets, but it may become a major village in the future. Hanazono is well suited to those wanting a peaceful setting away from the hub-bub of Hirafu. Hanazono also suits powder hounds who want to get to the Hanazono tree skiing before everyone else.

Izumikyo Accommodation

The Hirafu East village is not within easy walking distance of the central action of Hirafu. There are various shuttle bus stops around the Izumikyo area. There are various restaurants, but relative to the main hub of Hirafu, the dining options are somewhat limited.

Premium price tags tend not to be attached to Niseko accommodation in Izumikyo.

Lower Hirafu Accommodation

Pros: reasonably easy access to the slopes via walking or shuttle bus; highest concentration of restaurants and bars.
Cons: negligible Lower Hirafu is part of the famed village of Hirafu Niseko.

Whilst the Upper Hirafu Village is closest to the Hirafu ski area, the Hirafu Lower Village is the area below the main highway (343).

Lower Hirafu has the highest concentration of Niseko restaurants and bars, and features Niseko accommodation for a range of price tags.

Hirafu lodging close to Highway 343 allows for easy access to the Ace Family Pair Lift with walks of only 150 – 450 metres (that are reasonably flat). Conversely it’s up to a kilometre walk up hill to get from the bottom of the Lower Hirafu village up to the Ace Family Pair Lift. Thankfully the free shuttle service around Hirafu Village is extensive with bus stops approximately every hundred metres, so no matter where you stay in the village, you'll be within a couple of minutes walk from a shuttle bus stop.

Moiwa Accommodation

  • Pros: easy access to Moiwa Ski Resort which is much quieter than the Niseko United ski areas; options for very affordable Niseko accommodation; amazing onsens.
  • Cons: more difficult to access the Niseko United ski areas (except An’nupuri which is close by); limited dining options and negligible nightlife; buses between Moiwa and Hirafu are very limited. 
The village at the base of the Moiwa Ski Resort is reasonably quiet and includes hotels, ryokans, and lodges. Moiwa is 10.5km west of Hirafu Niseko and about 1.5km west of the base of Annupuri Ski Area (of Niseko United).

This area is adjacent to the Konbu Onsen area which features ryokans and hotels with onsens as well as a public hot spring. Moiwa/Konbu Onsen also has a couple of very nice traditional Japanese Ryokans (hotels) with beautiful onsens.

Advanced riders with avalanche safety gear can access the Niseko Hirafu lifts via a traverse to/from Moiwa. There is also a regular shuttle service to/from Moiwa to Annupuri.

Niseko Accommodation

There is a huge range of Niseko accommodation types including hotels, pensions, lodges, backpackers and lots of self-contained apartments and houses. You can search for Niseko accommodation, check availability, and make a booking enquiry directly with the Niseko hotel or lodging provider using the listings below.

NB You can book Niseko transfers and other components of your holiday such as equipment rentals and lessons via Powderhounds from October onwards. You can also book flights.

There are a various factors that set the Niseko lodging options apart from most of the other Japanese ski resorts. Firstly there is an abundance of western-style Niseko apartments and houses and other self-catering properties, which is somewhat of a rarity in Japan because this is more of a western concept. Conversely there are negligible ryokans (traditional Japanese hotels) and not that many pensions (Japanese inns, which are very common at most Japanese ski resorts), and sleeping on futons on the floor in Niseko is not that common. And whilst there are lots of Niseko hotels, there aren’t as many as you’d expect for such a large resort.

The first choice regarding accommodation in Niseko may be which village to stay in. See each of the location tabs for the pros and cons of the different villages/areas. Most of the Niseko accom is located in villages at the base of the four Niseko United ski areas: Hirafu (the most popular); Niseko Village, An’nupuri, and Hanazono. The four ski areas are interconnected by the lifts and slopes towards the top of the mountain, but the base areas are not adjacent to each other. And Moiwa, the 5th Niseko ski area, is not inter-connected with the other areas via the piste.

If you’re looking for family friendly accommodation with good proximity to the slopes, child care and kids’ ski school, check out the Niseko family friendly accommodation options.

Niseko Village Accommodation

Pros: ski-in ski-out Niseko hotels or lodging close to the slopes; English ski school at the base; child care at the base area; reasonable number of restaurants. Cons: reasonably quiet nightlife with a bus or taxi into Hirafu required if you want vibrant nightlife; limited number of shops.

The Niseko Village sits at the base of the Niseko Village Ski Area of Niseko United. Formerly known as Higashiyama, the rebranding occurred to potentially trick people into thinking this was the main nucleus of Niseko Japan! So this is not Hirafu (which is about 8km northeast of Niseko Village by road) and don’t confuse Niseko Village with the town of “Niseko” which is about 6km to the south.

There are several restaurants and bars in the Hilton Niseko Hotel and other properties around the area. If you want the vibrant nightlife of Hirafu, it’s about 10-15 minutes away via the Niseko United bus (until 11:30pm), a taxi, or the Hilton Niseko Village shuttle bus. The free Hilton Niseko Village bus goes from about 9am to the wee hours of the morning and travels between the Hilton, a few locations within Niseko Village, the Hirafu Crossing, Hirafu Welcome Center, and Kutchan Station. Timetables are available at the Hilton or Niseko Village accommodations.

If a very vibrant nightlife is high on your priority list, this is probably not the area for you. Most people who stay in this village enjoy the tranquillity, the pros of access to ski school and childcare, and also the quick access to the back bowls.

South Village Accommodation

The Hirafu South Village area includes Kabayama and other very quiet zones. Access between Hirafu South and the slopes is best via shuttle service.

Upper Hirafu Accommodation

Pros: easy access to the slopes, the main ski school meeting points, & many restaurants and bars.
Cons: much of the Niseko accom here comes with a premium price tag

Upper Hirafu is part of Hirafu Niseko, the main village at Niseko Japan. Upper Hirafu is the most sought after region for Niseko accommodation due to the combination of easy access to the slopes as well as restaurants, bars and other services.

Upper Hirafu Village has some ski-in / ski-out accommodation and it generally comes at an upscale price. Most of these ski-in ski-out properties are located adjacent to the Family Run (a gentle beginner run) which is serviced by the Ace Family Pair Lift. At the base of the Family Run is a major ski school meeting point and child care, making this zone very popular as family friendly Niseko accommodation.

There are a few properties near the Hirafu Welcome Center which provide easy access to the Ace Quad lift. Otherwise the other main point of slope access is up at the Hirafu Gondola where there’s a ski-in ski-out hotel and various apartments within a few minutes walk.

West Izumikyo Accommodation

This area is east of Upper Hirafu and is still within walking distance of the main Hirafu restaurant hub and Hirafu ski lifts (about 700 - 900m to Ace Family Pair Lift, about 900m walk uphill to Hirafu Gondola). Niseko accommodation here tends to be a little more economical than the main parts of Hirafu Niseko.
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