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Hirafu Accommodation Overview

Hirafu Accommodation view

 

There are a number of excellent areas to stay in Niseko, but it is Hirafu accommodation which is the most popular, and for good reason.

Hirafu has been the main hub for accommodation in Niseko since before the resort’s dramatic development phase which began about 20 years ago. It looks extremely different now to how it looked at that time. Hirafu accommodation was epitomised by Japanese pensions and domestic hotel chains. As a resort known for its powder, Niseko was popular with Japanese powder hounds looking for affordable lodgings, and the charming streets of Hirafu Village came to be dotted with characterful, low key Japanese inns and izakayas.

When Niseko began to make a name for itself worldwide, visitors looked to stay for longer, and demanded more from their Hirafu accommodation, especially in terms of western comforts. Given the abundance and the quality of local dining options, self-contained apartments and chalets became the new face of Hirafu accommodation. As Niseko’s reputation grew, not just for deep powder but for some of the most reliable snow conditions on the planet, with the stunning backdrop of Mount Youtei, Hirafu accommodation became a sought after commodity as a destination in itself, with everything holidaymakers could need under one roof.

Today Hirafu accommodation options include some of the world’s most impressive condominium ski hotels complete with spa and wellness facilities, fitness center, yoga classes, children’s play rooms and Michelin star restaurants. These epic properties exist seamlessly alongside some of the best of former Hirafu, such as cozy izakayas (Rin), bars (Gyu) and traditional onsens (Hirafu-tei).

 

MUWA NISEKO hirafu accommodation exterior

 

Hirafu Accommodation Map

 

The main Village is compact and walkable, so in most cases, where you stay is less important than finding the best type of Hirafu accommodation for your group. The main areas from which everything is walkable are the Upper Village, Middle Village, Lower Village, and Izumikyo 1. Parts of Kabayama are also walkable within 10 minutes, and Izumikyo 2 is a little further out, being around a 20 minute walk away. It is also worth noting that some properties at the very bottom of lower Hirafu require a bit of an uphill walk before you reach many amenities. Most of Hirafu’s ski in ski out options are located just up from the main Hirafu intersection on the Family Zaka Street and Hirafu Zaka Street. Muwa Niseko offers exclusive ski out access to the Hirafu Gondola in square G1.

 

Hirafu accommodation map 2024

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Hirafu Shuttle Bus

With much Hirafu accommodation being a bit far from the lifts to walk with ski gear, a free shuttle service operates throughout the peak season, linking the Welcome Center, Hirafu Gondola Station and the Family Lift with most Hirafu accommodation. The main area which is not serviced so well is the very bottom of the lower village, although nowhere here is more than about a 10 minute walk from the lower Hirafu shuttle line. Many luxury lower village properties come with car use (international driving permits are required), or offer a shuttle service.Hirafu Accommodation Shuttle Service Map

 

With the extensive range of Hirafu, there is a suitable option for everyone, no matter your budget or style preference. Get in touch with us and let us help you to choose the perfect accommodation for your group.

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