First Tracks Kitchen Living and Dining Area | Upper Hirafu
First Tracks Kitchen | Upper Hirafu
First Tracks Dining with Crockery | Upper Hirafu
First Tracks Kitchen Area | Upper Hirafu
First Tracks Living Room | Upper Hirafu
First Tracks Kitchen and Dining Area | Upper Hirafu
First Tracks Dining Area | Upper Hirafu
First Tracks Outdoor Snow | Upper Hirafu
First Tracks Outdoor View | Upper Hirafu
First Tracks Twin Bedroom | Upper Hirafu
First Tracks Twin Bedroom with Mirror | Upper Hirafu
First Tracks Bathroom | Upper Hirafu
First Tracks Seating and Drying Area | Upper Hirafu
First Tracks Drying Room | Upper Hirafu


(1 customer review)

US $409 US $306

Upper Hirafu – Apartments
2, 3 Bedrooms

First Tracks overlooks the Ace Family run, alive during the day and stunningly lit up at night.

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First Tracks apartments are located in Upper Hirafu Village in a prime location right next to the Family Run. The location of the apartments makes it the ideal accommodation for families with young children, or those who just want to be as close to the slopes as possible. Our team stayed here – check out our verdict on our slope-side stay at First Tracks.

Sleeps: 4 – 6 guests (7 max)
Size: 74 – 94m²
Built: 2003

First Tracks

Ski-Slope Views
Family/Kid Friendly
Ski Locker / Drying Room
Walk to Restaurants

Walk to Cafes
Walk to Bars
Walk to Onsens
Walk to Groceries

Guest Lounge room
On Village Shuttle Route
Car Parking (one space)

The Family Run is the gentlest slope in Hirafu, perfect for first-timers and young children. The slope is accessed by the Ace Family Pair lift, which is a slow-moving double chair which is ideal for beginner skiers learning to use a chairlift. Niseko Base Snowsports (NBS) is located at the base of the slope, offering private and group ski and snowboard lessons for children and adults, as well as equipment hire. The Ace Family Pair lift can also be used by advanced skiers and boarders to access lifts further up the mountain.

First Tracks offers both two and 3-bedroom apartment options, sleeping up to seven guests. The apartments are fully self-contained and feature high-quality, modern fittings and furnishings. They come with a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area to seat up to six people. The lounge and dining areas have views of the Family Run. There’s also satellite TV with English-language channels, including movies and news, plus a DVD player, mini hi-fi and wireless internet connection throughout the property. The basement has a common area with laundry facilities, and ski and snowboard storage area and tuning bench.

First Tracks

  • Private Entrance
  • Centralised Heating
  • Ski Hill Views
  • Village Views
  • Slippers
  • Ski Storage
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Plasma/LCD TV
  • DVD Player & Mini Hi-Fi
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • CD Stereo
  • Dining Table
  • Oven
  • Cooktop
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Machine
  • Coffee/Tea/Milk/Sugar on arrival
  • Rice Cooker
  • Cutlery + Plates
  • Cooking Utensils (extensive)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishwashing Powder
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Western Bedding
  • Kids Bedroom
  • Closets
  • Hangers
  • Alarm Clock
  • Shower
  • Bathtub
  • Japanese Washlet Toilet
  • Towels
  • Body Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shared Bathroom

First Tracks
Apartment Types


Spacious and comfortable, with two western style bedrooms featuring either King Double or Single beds as required with a bathroom to share between them. A full western-style oven is the showpiece in a full-feature kitchen. Feature windows in the living room look out over the ski slopes, which are literally just out the back.

4 guests (5 max)
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom

Bedroom 1: 1 double or 2 singles
Bedroom 2: 1 double or 2 singles


Improves upon the 2 bedroom by adding an en suite bedroom on the loft level. Enjoy expansive dining and living areas, fully functional kitchen and views of the ski slopes throughout from this unbeatably located apartment.

6 guests (7 max)
3 bedrooms
2 bathroom

Bedroom 1: 1 double or 2 singles
Bedroom 2: 1 double or 2 singles
Bedroom 3 : 1 double or 2 singles

First Tracks

Setting / Atmosphere

First Tracks is located on a side street just off Hirafu’s main intersection. A short two minute walk downhill will get you to where all the night-life is, but as the apartments are not on the main street you can count on a little peace and quiet in the evenings also.

Lifts / Transport

First Tracks is located right next to the Ace Family Slope, just steps away so you can be first in line for the lifts each morning! The Ace Family Pair lift is perfect for beginners, but also can be used by more advanced skiers and boarders to access the lifts higher up the mountain without the need to walk up the hill or catch the shuttle bus. If you do want to catch the shuttle, it’s only a couple of minutes walk from the apartments.

Restaurants / Bars

If you’re heading out for a meal or a drink at night, you don’t have to go far to get to some of the best restaurants in Hirafu. First Tracks can be found just behind one of the main streets – Hirafu-Zaka street – which is home to many great restaurants and bars. It’s also a short walk to the Seicomart convenience store or Gorilla Supermarket if you need to pick up a few groceries.

Need to Know


  • Extra futon/bedding: ¥5000 pp/night
    (not charged for children 6 years and under)
  • Cot/highchair set: ¥5000/stay
  • Special discount: 10% off for 10+ nights


  • Minimum nights:
    Peak: 5 (Dec 21-Jan 5 / Jan 25-Feb 1)
    Shoulder: 4 (Dec 14-20 / Jan 6-24 / Feb 2-29)
    Low: 2 (up to Dec 13 / from Mar 1)
  • Check-in time: 4pm
  • Check-out time: 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 check with us and we can confirm.

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1 review for FIRST TRACKS

  1. Sara

    These days, Niseko is filled with sleek designer chalets and austere ski condos. That’s all very well and good… but sometimes you just want that cosy alpine feeling. Our apartment at First Tracks had huge windows that allowed for abundant light and great views of our new next-door neighbour: the Ace Family Run. Beyond that, the sunshine also helped keep the apartments nice and toasty, with a little help from centralised heating.

    This cosy setting gave us the perfect excuse to curl up in front of the Apple TV on the nights we felt too lazy to head out. To add to the homely ambiance, the cupboards were stocked with board games like Scrabble and Monopoly. The slopeside ambiance was made complete by the gentle hum of the ski lifts waiting right outside.
    All the bedrooms at First Tracks have split beds which can be set up as kings or two single beds. This allows for great flexibility, regardless of whether you’re travelling as a couple of couples, a family or a group of friends. And really, this setting is ideal for all of these scenarios.

    Our two-bedroom apartment had a fully equipped kitchen and with the Seicomart convenience store within a five-minute walk, snacking and cooking at the apartment was easy. The apartments also have full laundry facilities, which is always great, especially if you’re travelling long term like we were. Recommend!

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