Grand Papa

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

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. Free Wi-Fi is available. Most head to Yukoro hot spring next door, but the truly exhausted use the pension's shared public bath.

PROS

  • friendly owners
  • casual atmosphere
  • home cooking

CONS

  • stairs, stairs, stairs—there's no elevator
  • far from the ski lifts
  • books up quickly

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Lively
Near the mountain
Local Flavor

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0136-23–2244

HOTEL DETAILS

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

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