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Chase The Winter

We are Niseko’s triple threat accommodation:

What Our Guests Say

Our Rooms

Our rooms are simple and sparse, yet clean and comfortable.

Shared bathroom and toilet facilities are on each floor and we have a number of communal areas for guests to enjoy.

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Communal Facilities

TV roomKitchenBathroomLavatoryOwashi cafeGame room


We have a cafe & a bar (only in winter peak season), Pool table, Table tennis, Darts, Large kitchen, Drying (Ski/Snowboard/Boots storage) room, TV room and coin operated Washing machine and Dryer in the lodge.

Guests don’t spend much time in their guest rooms. If they’re not on the slopes or roaming Niseko, they are undoubtedly enjoying a local brew at the bar, losing money over ping pong or darts or relaxing in the lounge.

Our rule: go as hard on the mountain as you do in the bar!
(A hangover is not an excuse to skip a day on the mountain.)

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Trip Advisor

Don’t take our word for it; see what they’re saying on Trip Advisor for the complete low down. You can also see some more photos of the lodge!

We're open all year round!

We are Niseko’s go-to budget accommodation choice for every season of the year. Everyone promises great staff, great location and friendly vibe, but we really do have it. And we’re open every month of the year! If you love relaxing at the bar and making instant friends from all over the globe, then you will love Owashi Lodge.

Year round fun:
• Winter: snow, duh.
• Early spring: late season sunshine and fewer crowds but still lots of snow
• Late spring: rafting as metres of snow melts and nearby rivers gush with rapids. Or cycling, enjoying sakura season with cherry blossoms blooming across the countryside
• Summer: golf on one of eight nearby courses, cycle around Mt Yotei, mountain biking, hiking, rafting or stand up paddle boarding
• Autumn: harvest festival goes off! The best time for foodies with dozens of local gastronomic festivals. Plus, the super pretty autumn colours are very instagram-worthy
• Late Autumn: snow starts falling and it’s back on the powder

And all year, there’s hundreds of onsens to choose from, all with their own idiosyncratic medicinal qualities.

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  • Single Bunk Room

  • Double Bed Bunk Room

  • Shared Dorm Room

Two Person Bunk Room

Okay, so it won’t be featured in Vogue Living, but our two person bunk rooms are great budget friendly accommodation in Niseko. Comfy beds, sparse and simple, they’ll do a great job for the price.

Maximum guests are two adults or two children, single bed booking available.


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Family Bunk Room

Our family rooms allow two adults in the double bed and one offspring in the bunk above (three adults not permitted). A great comfy place to lick your wounds after being out-skied by your own child.


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Six Person Dorm Room

This room does have a reputation to uphold.  It’s amongst the cheapest accommodation in Niseko and it has hosted many epic and memorable guests, so respect your predecessors, y’hear.  Three sturdy bunk beds to accommodate six adults and/or children, and single bookings available (if you’re game).


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  • Map

    How do I get to owashi lodge?

    Getting to Owashi Lodge is easy. Get a plane, then get a bus. That’s what 99% of our visitors do. This is one of those occasions where it’s best to follow the crowd.


    188-7 Aza-Yamada
    Kutchan, Abuta-gun
    Hokkaido, Japan


    Phone: +81 136 55 5111
    Mobile: +81 90 2076 4242

  • By Air

    New Chitose Airport is the closest airport to Owashi Lodge. Flights
    from Australia typically stop at Narita Airport in Tokyo, then
    it’s a 1hr 45m hour flight to New Chitose Airport(CTS). Passengers
    arriving from cities like Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai or
    Taipei can fly direct to New Chitose without stopovers. Some
    international flights also arrive via Kansai Airport(KIX) in Osaka.

  • By Bus

    This is the cheapest and easiest way to get from New Chitose Airport in Sapporo  to Niseko
    Harafu.Buses depart from the airport regularly between 09:30 – 21:30 and we recommend booking your bus transfer in advance. Bus companies we recommend are: WhitelinerHokkaido Resort Liner & Big Runs.

    A one way bus ticket costs around JPY4,100/person. The trip is 110 kms, which can take up to 2 hours 30 mins in winter due to weather conditions and icy roads. Owashi Lodge is about 3 mins walk from the bus stop of Hirafu Welcome Center and we would be happy to give you a ride to Owashi Lodge. When you get to Hirafu Welcome Center, there is an information center so please ask them to call us to pick you up. We’ll send someone to collect you right after your call.
    Note: Airport shuttle buses are only available during ski season (December – April)
  • By Chartered Bus

    People who arrive late at night or large groups (or posh people who want a direct transfer) can book a chartered bus from the following companies:
    If you need to check-in later than 22:00, please let us know in advance and we’ll make sure we stay open to accommodate you.
  • By Train

    An alternative way to get here would be to take a train from the New Chitose airport to Kutchan Station, which is the nearest station to Owashi Lodge. There are some public buses from Kutchan Station to Hirafu Welcome Center and it’s 10-15 mins drive from Kutchan Station. Owashi Lodge is a few mins walk from Hirafu Welcome Center.
    You can see train timetables here.
  • By Car

    If you’re just coming to ski and not planning to drive round Hokkaido, don’t bother
    with car rental. The bus or train is cheaper and safer on the icy winter roads. How-
    ever, if you’re the daring type, and plan an epic road trip beyond Niseko, there are
    many car rental options at the airport. We recommend you book ahead with Black
    Diamond Lodge, Mazda Rent a Car, Nippon Rent a Car, Orix Renta Car, or Toyota
    Rent a Car. Set your GPS to avoid tolls, otherwise you’ll be asked for the toll pay-
    ment in Japanese, which has caused confusion for many befuddled foreign drivers.

    We promise not to snigger when you arrive at Owashi.

  • By Hitchhiking

    Maybe it’s not a good idea….



The powder! The snow, the white, white gold… Niseko is number one for a reason, and powder is it. Sure, we have great runs, awesome food and plenty of help for English speaking tourists, but whatever. You’d come for the powder alone and still be back for more. Book early, seriously.


Niseko’s little secret: no crowds, plenty of snow and lots of blue sky days. Cheaper rates, fewer beginners in your way and park runs for days – welcome to Niseko in March and April. Did we mention the parks…


Unlike other resorts that are barren and desolate, Niseko is surprisingly pretty in summer time. Hiking, rafting, SUP, golf, biking, balmy 25ºC days and of course, the wonderfully weird and friendly Japanese culture are here for you in a Japanese summer at Niseko.


Take in the colour of the season and the sights and sounds of Japanese cultural festivals as summer winds down. Hit the jump bag, soak in an onsen, then share a few beers and relax as the excitement of the impending pow starts to build.