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Hokkaido Hotels

Grand Papa

  • 163 Aza-Yamada Map It
  • Niseko
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  • Friendly owners
  • Casual atmosphere
  • Home cooking


  • Stairs, stairs, stairs—there's no elevator
  • Far from the ski lifts
  • Books up quickly

Updated 09/20/2013

Fodor's Review

Niseko promotes itself as the St. Moritz of Asia, and this alpine-style lodging at the bottom of Hirafu Village sticks with this theme with lots of dark wood and red carpeting. After a dinner of Swiss-cheese fondue, retire to the snug bar. The owners are exceptionally friendly: Nikawara-san is a woodcut artist and alpenhorn player, wife Yoko used to be a British Airways flight attendant, and son Kohei is a ski instructor. The rooms are simple, and only three have private bathrooms. Everyone heads to Yuko hot spring, just minutes away on foot; the truly exhausted use the pension's shared public bath.

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163 Aza-Yamada, Abuta-gun, Kutchan, 044-0081, Japan

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Hotel Details:

  • 17 Western-style rooms, 3 with bath; 2 Japanese-style rooms without bath
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Updated 09/20/2013

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