Gondola Chalets Living Area | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Outdoor Area with Snow | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Outdoor Area | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Living Area Night View | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Dining Area with Crockery | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Indoor Living and Dining Area | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Bedroom with Twin Beds | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Bedroom | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Bathroom | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Living and Dining Area | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Living Area with TV | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Kitchen and Dining Area | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Dining Area | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Kitchen Area | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Bedroom with Table Lamps | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Bedroom with Dressing Area | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Lounge Area | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Twin Bedroom | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets His and Hers Bathroom | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Bathroom with Bathtub | Upper Hirafu
Gondola Chalets Drying Room | Upper Hirafu


(4 customer reviews)

US $786 US $550

Upper Hirafu – Apartments
3, 4, 5 Bedrooms

Gondola Chalets are modern alpine-style townhouse apartments just below the Hirafu Gondola.

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Gondola Chalets allows you to be first to the top of the mountain in the morning, and stay in modern comfort at night. While located in Upper Hirafu Village, the complex is slightly removed from the main entertainment district and shopping. This almost guarantees peace and quiet but means amenities and entertainment are a little walk or a short bus ride away. Our team stayed here – take a look at our slope-side stay at Gondola Chalets.

Sleeps: 8 – 10 guests (11 max)
102 – 210m²

Gondola Chalets

2 Mins from Lifts
Ski-Slope Views
Family/Kid Friendly
Front Desk / Concierge
Ski Locker / Drying Room
Onsite Ski Rental

Walk to Restaurants
Walk to Cafe
Walk to Bars
Walk to Onsen
Walk to Groceries

Guest Lounge room
On Village Shuttle Route
Free Parking
Free Bus Pick-Up/Dropoff

For diehard skiers and families who are here mainly to ski or learn to ski, it doesn’t come much better. The new high-speed gondola was built in 2011 and will feed intermediate and advanced skiers up to the mid-point on the mountain, from where you can head down or take a number of lifts to access higher and wider parts of the mountain. For beginners, there is a beginners slope and lift right alongside.

If you’re after comfort and alpine style, these apartments feature wooden beams across open-plan living areas and high ceilings, making for spacious chalet-style living. They’re an excellent example of high-quality middle-range Niseko accommodation. There are three different apartment configurations at Gondola Chalets – 3-bedroom (sleeps 6), 4-bedroom (sleeps 8 + 1 extra) and 5-bedroom (sleeps 10 + 2 extra).

Modern kitchens and open-plan living-dining areas make any eat-in meals a breeze. Views vary depending on the apartment, but no matter what the aspect you are sure to enjoy a classic Niseko vista. You’ll either be looking up towards the ski hill, which is beautifully lit up at night, or snow-covered forest, which will really make you feel like you’re in a winter wonderland.

Gondola Chalets

  • Light Housekeeping every 3 Nights
  • Mid-Clean/Linen Change Every 5 Nights
  • Private Entrance
  • Centralised Heating
  • Village Views
  • Balcony
  • Phone (free local calls)
  • Slippers
  • Ski Storage
  • Drying Room
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 32-inch Widescreen TV
  • DVD Player
  • CD Stereo

Cable/Satellite TV

  • Dining Table
  • Oven
  • Cooktop
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Machine
  • Rice Cooker
  • Cutlery + Plates
  • Cooking Utensils (extensive)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishwashing Powder
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Western Bedding
  • Kids bedroom
  • Closets
  • Hangers
  • Alarm Clock
  • Shower
  • Bathtub
  • Towels
  • Body Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hair Dryer

Gondola Chalets
Apartment Types


Extensive kitchen facilities, open plan living and dining areas and your own private access terrace – this is a haven for families just next door to the Hirafu Gondola.

Three bedrooms on the first entrance floor allow for 2 Singles or 1 King Double bed each. The master bedroom on the second floor featurean en suite bathroom. A terrace interconnects to neighbouring chalets – a great place to stay with many families.

Each chalet is hand-decorated by its owner and features original decorative flair.

Extra guest +¥5000/night on futon

*Fourth bedroom locked off in the 3-bedroom option.

8 Guests (9 max)
4 Bedrooms
3.5 Bathrooms

Bedroom 1 : 1 King Double
Bedroom 2: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 3: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 4*: 1 King Double or 2 Singles


Only one 5-Bedroom chalet exists in the Gondola Chalets complex – this chalet features views of the ski hill, expansive lounge areas on the second floor connecting to an open-plan kitchen and upstairs terrace. An additional lounge/TV room exists on the first floor so that there is enough space for everyone. Four bedrooms on the first floor can be arranged as either 2 Singles or 1 King Double. The master bedroom is upstairs and features its own en suite bathroom with bath and shower. Extra guest +¥5000/night on futon.

10 Guests (11 max)
5 Bedrooms
4.5 Bathrooms

Bedroom 1 : 1 King Double
Bedroom 2: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 3: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 4: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 5: 1 King Double or 2 Singles

Gondola Chalets

Setting / Atmosphere

Gondola Chalets is located at the top of Upper Hirafu Village, on the quieter northern side which is bounded by snow covered fields and mountain forest. Ki Niseko Hotel, the Niseko Landmark View and the Hirafu Gondola are nearby.

Lifts / Transport

As its name suggests, Gondola Chalets is located right near the Hirafu gondola. It’s a short walk up to the gondola house to ski, or you can catch the free Hirafu shuttle bus which stops at the gondola. Free shuttles to Hanazono Ski Resort also depart every 20 minutes from the neighbouring Niseko Landmark View.

Restaurants / Bars

There is only one small – but fantastic – restaurant within short walking distance (100m), otherwise, you will need to walk 300-500m+ to get into the heart of the village entertainment district. At night such a walk is pleasant and fun if the weather is mild, but you can also catch the shuttle which stops just up the road at the Gondola.

Need to Know


  • Extra futon: ¥6000pp/night
  • Baby Cot: ¥5000/stay
  • Highchairs available on request (limited stock)


  • Minimum nights:
    Peak/High: 5 (Dec 16 – Feb 29)
    Low: 3 (up to Dec 15 / from Mar 1)
  • Check in: 3pm
  • 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 check with us and we can confirm.

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4 reviews for GONDOLA CHALETS

  1. Avatar for JB

    JB (verified owner)

    Great property! Clean, spacious and close proximity to the Hirafu Gondola with plenty of help from the friendly staff. My only negative feedback is not for the property itself but rather the access to the rest of the town…The group and I felt on a number of occasions that it would be much more convenient if there were walkways/through passages to other roads/shops within the town to save walking all the way to the bottom/top of the hill and around.

  2. Avatar for Nila Powderlife

    Nila Powderlife

    I had such a wonderful stay at Gondola Chalets. It’s close to the lifts and walking distance to Hirafu Village. If you are going to pre-stocked groceries during your stay, a mini market is less than 10 minutes walking distance from the property. The apartment is well-maintained, clean and warm. The bed is very comfy and I had a good sleep at night. I’ll highly recommend this property and would love to stay here again for my next visit to Niseko!

  3. Avatar for Sara


    Great location for those wanting to be close to the action. Parking was next to the building and very easy. For those who don’t have a car free transfers between the Welcome Centre and Gondola Chalets can be arranged when you book with Powderlife. I think this property represents great value for money for those looking for a 3 or 4 bedroom property close to the lifts and with easy access to Hirafu village. The property is very comfortable with a fully equipped kitchen, seating for 8 guests. Heating, Wi-Fi are also included as is a small ski hire shop in reception.

  4. Avatar for Liu


    The location was excellent, just 5 minutes walk from the Hirafu gondola. Parking wasn’t available on site but the free public parking lot, just 3 mins away, had tons of space. It was also very convenient that ski/snowboard rental is also available at the concierge. The apartment was very clean and had everything we needed for our stay. The staff was very friendly and helpful as well. The staff at the Ministry of Villas helped coordinate our booking and liaised with the apartment on behalf of us. We are very happy with the arrangement and would definitely come back next time.

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