Some words you won’t often hear when looking for a bed in Niseko:
- Pay on arrival
- No minimum stay
- Cancel up to 1 week in advance
- Beds available for Christmas 2017 (that last one probably won’t last!)
The Niseko Nature Center, on the edge of Niseko Village (the second of four Niseko area resorts), will be operating a small bare-bones backpacker’s through the winter season.
For ¥10,800 a night with breakfast or ¥10,000 without you get a bunk bed in a shared room (gender separate options available), access to lockable showers, ski storage, parking and wifi. Yours also is a chill-out space on the second floor. A small convenience store on site will keep you supplied with bits and bobs.
The guesthouse operators take payment on arrival, accept one night stays and let you cancel up until a week before you come – a very rare luxury in Niseko. This could be a good name to keep in your back pocket if you’re planning on adventuring across Hokkaido and considering a pit stop in the area. An adults only policy (all guests must be 13 and above) is also a boon if other people’s children just aren’t your cup of tea.
The Niseko Nature Center is a new venture by the Ikeuchi Group, a Sapporo based department store operator and outdoor retailer with a strong presence in the Niseko area. During summer the building offered a cafe, expansive outdoor retail space, rentals and tour booking services. Though they have yet to release details about their winter operations, expect snow related merch on site.
Beds are still available for Christmas dates – for now. They are taking bookings via booking.com, or you can contact them directly on (+81) 136-55-7048.
The Hilton Hotel’s free shuttle stops nearby, as does the inter-resort bus service. As they haven’t confirmed a ski lift shuttle service, you’ll want your own vehicle to get the best out of your stay.