advice for hirafu niseko

first-time guests

Niseko Accommodation


Ekimne’s Niseko accommodation options include pensions, lodges, apartments and boutique hotels, even Hirafu’s original backpacker and hostel.


Any Niseko accommodation decision is often ‘which village do I stay in?’ We recommend Hirafu ski area proximity simply due to the variety of lift choices and terrain followed by restaurants, nightlife and access to service providers for gear rental, lessons, shopping, and transport.


Ekimne accommodation options in Niseko Japan suit any budget. Hostels for backpackers through to 5-star luxurious boutique hotels such as Yasuragi by Odin. If you prefer self catering Niseko has a wide range of apartments and other self-catering properties. Our lodges and chalets are some of the best in Niseko Japan, budget through to luxury.




Choose from accommodation only, or allow us to recommend and select different components of your Niseko holiday at no extra cost. We do the hard work for you in arranging ski hire, lift tickets, lesson bookings and airport transfers. Use our search function to narrow your search by numbers of people staying, cost per property, accommodation type, and availability.


All accommodation listed is managed by Ekimne and we have exclusive booking authority. Other Niseko Accommodation listings will often include our properties at the same rates. Feel free to use your preferred channel to book. We also list a number of our properties on, Airbnb, Trip Advisor, and Flip key. Feel free to use any booking channel but remember that we also book all your other arrangements for you at no extra cost: airport transfers, gear rental, lift passes, lessons / ski chool / guiding, child care, in-house catering, and much more.


Niseko Hirafu Accommodation goes fast


The best Niseko Hirafu accommodation books out quickly. We recommend checking flights after you have searched and enquired on a property. The Hirafu Village accommodation options are located in central Hirafu and our outlying accommodation options are within minutes of Hirafu and Niseko Village. All Hirafu accommodation options are within walking distance of restaurants, nightlife and shopping. We have also listed the distances to the nearest ski lifts from each property and the approximate time it takes to be on the slopes skiing or boarding.


Niseko Ski-in Ski-out Accommodation



Lower Hirafu Village, Middle Hirafu Village and Upper Hirafu Village are minutes apart however the entire village is on a sloping hill which makes the free ski shuttle almost mandatory to get around with your ski/board gear. The free village shuttle bus makes almost all accommodation convenient to the ski lifts.


Ski in / ski out accommodation in Niseko is currently not quite what you are probably imagining - forget what you are used to in North America or Europe. The closest lifts to the ski in ski out accommodation have average wait times of over 30 minutes so ski-out turns into 'wait-outside for a very long first lift'. We suggest giving ski in ski out a miss until those lifts are upgraded in a few years time.


The free shuttle bus travels through the village in reverse order so the lower village guests are getting to the lifts quicker than the upper and middle village locations. So with Hirafu Village being so compact we recommend making your accommodation choice based on walking distance from the nearest shuttle bus stop, or even better add a private ski-shuttle to your booking and beat everyone to the lifts.


The most popular area may be the upper Hirafu zone which appears to have easy access to the slopes and a plethora of restaurants & bars, but you will soon discover that middle and lower Hirafu are where the savvy guests are staying. In other words, the middle and lower village is far better value and is more convenient for skiing and apres skiing.


Free shuttle bus


The shuttle service around Hirafu Village is free and extensive.  Bus stops are numbered and can be found every several hundred meters. The gondola, Alpen quad/Center four and family lifts are 2 to 10 minutes shuttle from almost all lodging.


Let us know if you have other questions - we are here to help.