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The Freshwater

Central Hirafu, Niseko, Japan
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Scout loves

  • These apartments enjoy a quiet location on the edge of Lower Hirafu. However they are still within walking distance of all Hirafu’s restaurants and bars, as well as the shuttle bus stop.
  • Staff are friendly, and they offer daily shuttles to the ski base area.
  • Some of the apartments have amazing views looking out over forests and buildings towards Mount Yōtei. 

Scout tips

  • The reception area is only staffed in the mornings and afternoons.
  • The studios are quite small.
  • All beds can be configured to king or twin beds.
  • Guests are allowed to use the onsen at The Vale hotel for a discounted rate of ¥500.

SCOUT REVIEW

The Freshwater is a great option if you’re seeking a good self-contained apartment, but don’t need a lot of facilities.

Located in the top part of Lower Hirafu, its location on a map can be deceiving. While The Freshwater is situated right on the edge of the village, everything in Hirafu is actually very close.

The apartments are fitted out with modern appliances and furnishings that are done in an oriental style. The studios have a small kitchenette (inside a cupboard) that includes a convection microwave. The rest of the apartments are a decent size and feature large kitchens and living areas complete with fireplaces for some extra coziness.

Thanks to its location on the edge of the village, many of the apartments have lovely views of forests. If you’re lucky enough, some of the two bedroom apartments as well as the penthouse can see all the way to Mount Yōtei.

Since The Freshwater is part of the NISADE group, the apartments are efficiently run by helpful staff that will happily make recommendations and reservations for you. They also run morning and evening shuttles to the ski lifts (you must pre-book the shuttle the evening prior), as well as arrival and departure shuttles.

Who should stay here

The Freshwater is perfect for those who want a self-catered apartment that’s close to, but not on top of, all the action in Hirafu and Niseko Ski Resort.

Available: This selection is currently available for this price. Once you submit an inquiry our agents will confirm your booking via email and send you an invoice for a deposit. You will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking.

On Request: Our agents need to confirm availability of this room. Once you submit a request we will endeavour to get back to you by the next business day to confirm availability (some properties may take longer). If prices are listed they are the exact prices for your dates, room selection and room occupancy. Where prices are not listed we will confirm the price when we confirm availability. In either instance, you are not committed to your selection until after we confirm availability and price. Once you agree to that confirmation, you will be sent an invoice and will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking. If your requested room is not available, we will present alternative options.

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