(3 customer reviews)

US $219

Middle Hirafu – Apartments
1, 2, 3 Bedrooms

The Freshwater is a stylish block of boutique apartments with views of the ski fields and Mt Yotei.

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The Freshwater is one of those something-for-everyone blocks offering luxury accommodation from studio apartments through to 3-bedroom penthouses. Sitting squarely in the middle of Hirafu’s main street this mix of accessibility and amenity promise a pleasurable ski holiday experience for The Freshwater guests.

Sleeps: 2 – 6 guests (8 max)
Size: 28 – 138m²
Built: 2010

The Freshwater

Mt Yotei Views
Family/Kid Friendly
Reception / Concierge
Ski Locker / Drying Room
Walk to Restaurants

Walk to Cafes
Walk to Bars
Walk to Onsens
Walk to Groceries
Guest Lounge room

Onsite Laundry
On Village Shuttle Route
On Inter-resort Bus Route
Free Parking
Welcome Centre Transfers

The Freshwater was designed with a south-facing aspect to encourage maximum winter sun and prevailing summer breezes while allowing spectacular views to Mt Yotei and the day-and-night activity of the ski slopes. Its modern interiors are a refined mix of western and Japanese style. Most apartments have oversize windows offering picturesque views of the Hirafu Village and Mt Yotei.

Apartments are spacious and warm, with excellent European appliances, and the Japanese design touches add to the atmosphere. At-home entertainment is assured with free wireless internet, Bose speakers with iPod dock, flatscreen TV and DVD player and satellite TV with English channels. Each apartment style has the equivalent number of bathrooms to bedroom, including the studios which have full-size baths. One of the 3-bedroom penthouses has a Jacuzzi in addition to its three bathrooms.

The custom designed kitchens have premium Miele appliances and full size refrigerator. The living rooms have large comfortable lounges around a warm fireplace to relax after a long day skiing. The studios have access to shared laundry facilities downstairs with separate washer and dryer and each apartment has is own laundry facilities with separate washer and dryer.

The Freshwater

  • Housekeeping Every 2 Nights
  • Stay Clean/Linen Change Every 7 Nights
  • Private Entrance
  • Keypad Entry
  • Centralised Heating
  • Mt Yotei Views
  • Forest Views
  • Village Views
  • Phone (free local calls)
  • Buzzer/Wireless Intercom
  • Slippers
  • Ski Storage
  • Drying Room
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wi-Fi, Wired Internet
  • Plasma/LCD TV
  • DVD Player
  • CD Player
  • BOSE/SONY Speakers
  • Ipod Connection
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • DVDs, Books, Board Games, Xbox available on request
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Cutlery + Plates
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Western Bedding
  • Closets
  • Hangers
  • Alarm Clock
  • Rain Shower
  • Japanese Washlet Toilet
  • Towels
  • Body Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hair Dryer

The Freshwater
Apartment Types


Located across 2nd to 4th floors. Each studio apartment features a king size double bed that can be split into 2 singles, kitchenette, dining table with two seats, a flat-screen TV, separate bathroom with either shower or shower & bath and views across the river to Mt Yotei.

2 Guests (2 max)
1 Bedroom
1 Bathroom

Bedroom 1 : 1 King Double or 2 Singles


A gorgeous living space with sofas, dining table and full-feature kitchen galore – including oven, dishwasher and a full set of cookware to help your stay. Classic stone finishes add alpine class to the carefully-designed interiors. The separate bedroom features either 1 King Double or 2 Single beds according to requirements.

2 Guests (4 max)
1 Bedroom
1 Bathroom

Bedroom 1: 1 King Double or 2 Singles


Across the 2nd to 4th floors, the 2 bedroom apartment combines a studio and 1 bedroom apartments. The master bedroom features en suite bathroom with shower, and kitcenette. The second bedroom opens up onto the open plan living area. Dining area, living area and full-feature kitchen combine into an expansive living space with everything you need for an extended stay.

4 Guests (6 max)
2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms

Bedroom 1 : 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 2: 1 King Double or 2 Singles


A dedicated 2-bedroom apartment with ample storage, own laundry facilities and views out over the mountains. Each bedroom features either 1 King Double or 2 Single beds according to preference. A shared bathroom has a shower bath unit. The full-feature kitchen includes oven and European Appliances, as well as an extra counter that connects to a breakfast bar. A dining table seats up to 8 guests, and dedicated living space gazes out over both the flat-screen TV and entertainment center, and the gorgeous views.

4 Guests (6 max)
2 Bedrooms
1 Bathroom

Bedroom 1: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 2: 1 King Double or 2 Singles


Located on the 5th floor, this apartment has two bedrooms, both en suite. Bedding can be either 1 King Double or 2 Single Beds according to your needs. An extra bathroom with rain shower opens up onto a jacuzzi hot tub bath. The apartment is on the corner of the building, and looks over Mt Yotei and the forests of Lower Hirafu. A full-feature kitchen with breakfast bar, dining area, sofa and armchair seating with flat-screen TV and a gas fireplace make for luxurious, comfortable alpine living.

4 Guests (6 max)
2 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms

Bedroom 1 : 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 2 : 1 King Double or 2 Singles


The Freshwater Bedroom with Table Lamps | Middle Hirafu

Connecting the 2-Bedroom Alpine Deluxe with studio apartments to make a sprawling 3-bedroom apartment. Expansive open-plan living space with sofas, dining table and a full-feature kitchen looks over a feature fireplace and flat-screen television with entertainment area. Three bedrooms each feature either 1 King Double or 2 Single beds, according to your needs. The master bedroom, originally a separate studio apartment, now features en suite bathroom with bath tub, kitchenette and individual entertainment setup.

6 Guests (8 max)
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms

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


Three gorgeously appointed bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a spacious open-plan living area with fireplace, finest-quality entertainment facilities and uninterrupted views towards Mt Yotei across the apartment. All bedding can be either 1 King Double or 2 singles according to your requirements, with up to 2 additional guests sleeping on extra futons in the living spaces. A fourth bathroom features rain showers and opens up onto an exquisite jacuzzi hot tub bath. In-house laundry and full-feature kitchen give you all you need to enjoy a perfect Niseko winter.

6 Guests (8 max)
3 Bedrooms
4 Bathrooms

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

The Freshwater

Setting / Atmosphere

The Freshwater has one of the best locations in Hirafu village, right in the main street with easy access to all that Niseko has to offer. Its elevation affords the apartments birds-eye views of the snow-covered panorama.

Lifts / Transport

The apartments are only a 6-minute flat walk to the Family ski lift and just 1 minute to the shuttle bus stop. But with The freshwater also providing guests with an in-house shuttle to the slopes transport issues are well catered for.

Restaurants / Bars

There are numerous bars and restaurants within walking distance and is also about equidistant between the 2 convenience stores, Seicomart and Lawson.

Need to Know


  • Extra bedding: ¥7000 pp/night
  • Cot/highchair set: ¥5000/night


  • Minimum nights:
    Peak: 5 (Dec 22-Jan 4 / Jan 23-Feb 2)
    Shoulder/Low: 3
  • Check-in time: 3pm
  • 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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3 reviews for THE FRESHWATER

  1. Avatar for Cassie R

    Cassie R

    Excellent location Friendly staff
    Good standard of accommodation. The Studio apartment was small but had everything we needed. The staff were fantastic. Claire helped us to organise a day trip and was very knowledgable. The drop off in the morning to the gondola was good. We visited the Onsen at the Vale several times and received discount as were staying at the Freshwater. Would recommend. The only downside was the walls were very thin, so we could hear the family staying next door to us who had a small child. We will be back.

    Tripadvisor Reviewed on 15 March 2018

    Stayed in March 2018

  2. Avatar for Chris A

    Chris A

    Wonderful Stay!
    We stayed at Freshwater for 10 nights and thought the service was amazing. Kate at the front desk gave us some great recommendations and was very helpful whenever we needed things and made our stay a pleasant one. Will definitely be back next year!!!

    Tripadvisor Reviewed on 20 February 2018

    Stayed in February 2018

  3. Avatar for MPW_OZ


    Good location and rooms
    We stayed in a studio – 2 beds – which was small but adequate. The cooking facilities are small but work well, the beds were comfortable and there was adequate storage space. We were here in winter so the “hallway” area was useful for our boots as well. The room was very well appointed and the bathroom big. The walk to the ski lifts is not too far but there was a free shuttle every morning so that was a real bonus. We would stay here again.

    Tripadvisor Reviewed on 9 January 2018

    Stayed in January 2018

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