Silver Birch is the place to stay for people who want to take their holiday to the max. Located right in the bustling heart of Hirafu, it’s about three-minutes’ jog from the Ace Family Lift – a high-speed quad that feeds the upper mountain. When you’re done shredding, dump your gear and cross the road to enjoy a beer by the fire at Wild Bill’s or any one of a dozen other options nearby.
Upper Hirafu – Apartments
Silver Birch is cute and cosy row of log cabin-style apartments in a great spot.
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Sleeps: 4 guests (5 max)
Walk to restaurants
Walk to cafés/bars
Walk to onsens
Walk to groceries
On free village shuttle route
The apartments at Silver Birch aren’t super fancy like the ones all around them – but that’s fine by you, right? You’re here to ski and soak up the buzz of Hirafu and don’t need designer furniture and marble bench tops. The old leather couches are probably more comfortable for your exhausted body than an expensive overly-designed lounge suite anyway!
Thanks to the lack of luxe, these apartments also don’t come with the Niseko price tag – sleeping five people for US $500 or less in peak season, you can be in the heart of the hottest new powder ski resort on the planet for $100 a night per person. Even a shared dorm in a backpackers hostel won’t be much cheaper than this, and probably not as well located.
Meanwhile the apartments offer fully self-contained convenience and privacy. Kitchens have all you need to cook (and save cash on dining out if you need to) but the Nespresso machine won’t be out of place first thing in the morning. The layout consists of an open-plan living/kitchen/dining area downstairs, while up stairs are two bedrooms side by side with bathroom, toilet and laundry. Perfect!
COMFORT / CONVENIENCE
- Individual room panel heating
- Village views
- Ski storage
- Washing machine
- Ironing board
INTERNET / ENTERTAINMENT
- High-speed WiFi
- 32-inch TV
- Satellite TV/DVD
KITCHEN / DINING
- Dining table
- Nespresso machine
- Rice cooker
- Dishwashing liquid
- Western bedding
- Bunk beds
- Bath tub
- Body soap
- Hair dryer
Apartments A & D have one bedroom in which you can choose a twin or double bed configuration; and the other with a fixed single plus double bunk. Extra fee for second person in the bunk (see “Extras” below).
4 guests (5 max)
Bedroom 1: 1 double or 2 singles
Bedroom 2: 1 single and one bunk
SETTING / ATMOSPHERE
Silver Birch Apartments are located at the bottom of Upper Hirafu, which is perfect for convenience because everything you need is down here – you’re just a few minutes walk from ski shops and conveniences stores for daily necessities, and you’re in the heart of the entertainment district. You’re just off the main street in a backstreet thoroughfare so there’s lots of pedestrian traffic at all hours.
LIFTS / TRANSPORT
It’s an easy five-minute walk to the family lift, which is a high-speed detachable quad that feeds up to the higher mountain, or you can walk 10-minutes uphill direct to the main lift, the Centre Four (Ace Quad). About 50m from bus stops from where you can get to any lift in Hirafu, the other local resorts, or into the Kutchan – the local town – for groceries, exploration or some true local dinner and drinking.
RESTAURANTS / BARS
You are right across the street from one of Niseko’s most popular and charming après bars, Wild Bills, a huge old log cabin which also doubles as a very nice izakaya restaurant in the evening. Once the plates clear however, it’s game on – Bill’s is also one of the best late night party venues. Otherwise there are 50 restaurants and bars for all budget levels to choose from within five-minutes’ walk of the front door.
Need to Know
- Extra futon: ¥5000 pp/night
- Fifth person in bunk: ¥5000/night
- Minimum nights:
Peak: 5 (Dec 22 – Feb 16)
Other: 3 (up to Dec 21 / from Feb 17)
- 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