We really enjoyed our stay with Aki and Kyoko at Shirokuma Cottage. The cottage was rustic and cosy, very well insulated and the fire was quick to heat the space. The futons were comfortable and extra blankets available if necessary. There is no bathroom but we were provided tickets and a ride to two different nearby onsens for each night of our stay. The kitchen was well stocked with equipment if you plan to cook for yourself, but I can recommend the food at the Shirokuma Cafe, prepared by Kyoko-san. We ate breakfast there both days, each day was different and always delicious! Aki-san told us it is best to rent a car so next time we plan to do that, however Aki-san kindly drove us dropped us off and picked us up at the bus stop, and Grand Hirafu skifield for two days for a very reasonable fee of ¥5000, much less than you would pay for a taxi, and worth it, in my opinion, to stay in such a beautiful place away from the busy and expensive tourist hubs. I hope we can return again!
Great place to stay”
It is very beautiful and unforgettable place . It snowed a lot outside but inside the cottage it was warm and cozy. With snow the place is very beautiful. There is no shower place but you can get a free coupon for a public bath nearby. The owners are very kind. However, if you dont have a car it can be difficult .....
The hosts are a wonderful retired couple who speak sufficient English. They were very friendly and hospitable, and very willing to drive us where we needed. Besides sending us to Grand Hirafu and Annapuri ski resorts in the morning, they also drove us to a onsen spa nearby every night, for which we got free tickets to as there is no shower in the cabin. The cabin is spacious and heated by a wood stove that provides more than enough heat, but also requires some work to get started. There were many maps and brochures on the table, next to a well equipped kitchen. Definitely a great experience in Niseko! とても親切なホストです！コテージは綺麗で、暖かくて、本当に素敵です！是非戻りたいです！
Comfortable, Cute and Affordable ”
The efficiency kitchen, loft space and the onsen tickets!
Whil a car is required, this was a great spot for 3 guys, and could also be ideal for a couple. The customer service was fantastic. And the onsen tickets led us to the nicest ones we've experienced. The wood stove is adequate and will heat the entire space but takes some effort to get started.
It's rustic, sturdy, rather nice and surprisingly new. Highly livable. And cheap!