US $2,344

Middle Hirafu – Chalet
6 Bedrooms

Bold, artistic finishes throughout make Mukashi Mukashi an inspiring retreat for your holiday.

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Mukashi Mukashi has an artistic sensibility that goes beyond simple “out of the box” luxury. Unique materials, textures and art pieces evoke a different sensibility in each room of the house. Textured concrete, quick rust metal, and dark polished wood elements make up the facade of the building while decorative elements spice up the functional, geometric lines inside. Materials used include woven bamboo, industrial concrete and steel, treated wood, richly textured stone tiles and metal panels – all coming together to add unique grace to every aspect of the building.

Sleeps: 14 guests (16 max)
Size: 450m²
Built: 2016

Mukashi Mukashi

English-speaking staff
Family friendly
Work space
Media room
All en suite bedrooms

Gas fireplace
Drying room
Ski storage
Walk to restaurants
Walk to cafés
Walk to bars

Walk to onsens
Walk to groceries
On free village shuttle route
Car included with property

“Mukashi Mukashi” translates to ‘once upon a time’ – fitting for this fairytale in design and artistic expression. Read more about the design process here. At Mukashi Mukashi’s heart is a gas fireplace: housed in glass on both sides, it creates a window that looks into the living room and through to the forests surrounding Hirafu Village – the perfect place to recount stories of the day’s activities.

The chalet comprises three levels with the top floor featuring the five main bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom and individually decorated headboard elements; the second level with an expansive living, kitchen/dining, media room with 70-inch TV, and children’s areas; and the lower level home to utilities – expansive laundry, ski storage and dry room, a side room for helpers or nannies to occupy, and undercover garage.

A full feature kitchen comprised of long stone counters flush against three sides of the kitchen/dining space – more room than you could ever need to cook up culinary delights or have a chef come in and do it all for you. Surrounded on all sides by the kitchen counters is a long wooden dining table that seats all 14 of the lodge’s guests.

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• Private entrance
• Centralised heating
• Air Conditioning
• Forest views

• Village views
• Gas fireplace
• Balcony
• Ski storage

• Drying room
• Washing machine
• Clothes dryer
• Work space


• High-speed WiFi
• Media room

• Home-theatre system
• 70-inch TV

• Netflix
• Streaming media service


• Dining table
• Oven
• Cooktop
• Microwave
• Fridge

• Kettle
• Toaster
• Coffee machine
• Coffee/tea/milk/sugar on arrival
• Rice cooker

• Cutlery/plates
• Cooking utensils
• Dishwashing liquid
• Dishwasher
• Highchair (see “Extras” below)


• Western bedding
• Bunk beds

• En suites x 6
• Kids bedroom

• Closets
• Cot (see “Extras” below)


• Bath tub
• Japanese washlet toilet

• Towels
• Body soap

• Shampoo and conditioner
• Hair dryer

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The master bedroom features grand wall-to-ceiling windows instead of a wall, with an expansive view of the forests next to Hirafu Village yours to enjoy day and night. Two guests can sleep in either 1 queen or 2 single beds here as needs require, and an expansive study desk and storage space make the room useful not just for sleeping. The en suite bathroom features a bath and shower as well as two wash stands, and a separate toilet that also belongs to this room.

2 guests
1 double or 2 singles
En suite with bath


The second bedroom is next in grandeur to the master bedroom and is located on the third of three levels. The room is equipped with a queen bed that can be split into two single beds at your request, and also has a small desk with chair for study purposes. The en-suite bathroom contains a washstand, a toilet, and shower. Bedroom 2 is on the forest side of the building with expansive windows taking advantage of the natural vista.

2 guests
1 double or 2 singles
En suite with shower


The 3rd bedroom is very similar to the 2nd, also located on the third level. This rooms leeps two guests in a queen bed that can be split into two single beds at your request, and also has a small desk with chair for study or work. The private en-suite bathroom has a washstand, a toilet, and shower. Bedroom 3 faces towards the village and has corner windows taking advantage of these views.

2 guests
1 double or 2 singles
En suite with shower


The fourth bedroom is slightly smaller than the first three bedrooms and features either 1 queen or 2 single beds according to your needs. There is ample storage space and a small study desk, as well as windows that look out towards the village. The en-suite bathroom features shower, washstand, and toilet.

2 guests
1 double or 2 singles
En suite with shower


The fifth bedroom is similar to the fourth, and sleeps two guests in either 1 queen or 2 single beds according to requirements. There is ample storage space and a small study desk each. Bedroom 5 looks out over Hirafu’s forests with a floor-to-ceiling feature window and has its own en-suite bathroom with washstand, toilet, and shower.

2 guests
1 double or 2 singles
En suite with shower


The children’s bedroom is thoughtfully located on the living floor where adult supervision is never far. Two bunk beds sleep up to four children, and an individual en suite features toilet, washstand and a smaller bathtub. Next door is the media room, while the children’s bedroom opens up into the main living space.

4 guests
2 bunks
En suite with bath

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Mukashi Mukashi is settled in just the right place if you want to be close to lifts and nightlife. A little down from the main intersection, expect some diners and revelers passing the front of the property in the evenings seeking out the gourmet hot spots on this street. Thankfully Hirafu-Zaka street’s underground heating extends a little down the steep incline below the intersection, saving you from icy sidewalks underfoot.


The lifts are a five-minute walk away, with a short walk uphill to the main intersection and then a quick traverse bringing you to the Ace Family Quad lift. There are regular shuttle services passing by Mukashi Mukashi, and the inter-resort shuttle stop is also nearby. If you have your International Drivers Permit, the property’s management provides a four-wheel-drive vehicle for the duration of your stay to help you get to where you need to go.


Mukashi Mukashi shares the block with some of Hirafu’s most beloved nightlife spots. Gyu+ bar (the famous fridge door bar) is a little downhill, while popular downtempo dive bar Moon Bar is a little up the street (and serves very reasonable Japanese Izakaya style food upstairs in the “Otsukisama” restaurant). With your own car, a drive to the supermarket in Kutchan town is always recommended, but you can fill your larder at the local convenience store that is just up the road.

Need to Know


  • Car included for rentals Dec 14-Mar 15 (international driver permit required)
  • Extra futon: ¥5000 pp/night
    (children 4 and under no charge)
  • Cot/highchair/gate set: ¥5000/stay
  • Baby bath tub: ¥2500/stay


  • Minimum nights:
    Peak: 5 (Dec 14-Jan 5 / Jan 23-Feb 2)
    Shoulder: 4 (Nov 23-Dec 13 / Jan 6-22 / Feb 3- Mar 15)
    Low: 3 (up to Nov 22 / from Mar 16)
  • Check in: 3 – 8pm
  • Check out: 10am


  • We offer the best rates online
  • Rates include government tax and services (some other websites add this at the end)
  • Rates quoted in Yen (JPY)
  • 50% deposit due at booking
  • 50% balance due 60 days before arrival
  • Pay by credit card / PayPal / bank transfer
  • See our full terms and conditions

Please note all information provided is representative and subject to change. If there are features or services that are imperative to your stay, please contact us before booking.


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