(5 customer reviews)

US $82

Upper Hirafu – Lodge
Private, Shared Bedrooms

Owashi Lodge is a hostel with the mostest – awesome vibe, great value, unbeatable location!

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Owashi Lodge is like any great backpacker hostel you’ll find all around the world – except it’s RIGHT at the foot of Hirafu, one of the best lift-accessed powder skiing resorts in the world. Carve up the mountain by day, and head back home in the afternoon to a community of fun-loving budget travellers unwinding in the basement bar or cooking up two minute ramen noodles in the kitchen.

Sleeps: 1 – 6 guests
Size: 10 – 20m²
Built: Circa 1980s

Owashi Lodge

Mt Yotei views
Ski slope views
English-speaking staff
Front desk
Guest lounge

Games room
Drying room
Ski storage
In-house bar
In-house café
Walk to restaurants and cafés

Walk to bars
Walk to onsens
Walk to groceries
Coin laundry
On inter-resort bus route
On free village shuttle route

Owashi Lodge was originally built in 1992 as staff accommodation for one of Hirafu’s old hotels. These days the building shows its age, but since 2010 it’s found a new lease on life and is bringing mountains of enjoyment to a new wave of Niseko skier – foreigners on a budget!

There’s nothing fancy about Owashi Lodge, but if you’ve read this far you don’t need fancy do you? It’s clean, it’s just minutes walk from one of the main ski runs, and is run by awesome, friendly Japanese staff. It’s got basic rooms, shared bathrooms, communal kitchens, coin washing machine and driers, a spacious dry room with ski storage and tuning facilities, and communal entertainment areas – including one of Niseko’s best bars in house. Booya!

All the bedrooms are private or shared bunk rooms, with one three-bunk dorm room. There are no en suite rooms, but there are separate male and female shared bathrooms on each floor (cleaned daily, with individual lockable shower-and-bath units and communal changing space.) The communal kitchens are big and well equipped with solid cooking equipment. They’re also a great place to have a chat to fellow travellers and pick up some tips on where you might find some great skiing and snowboarding the next day.

Owashi Lodge


• Mt Yotei views
• Ski hill views
• Village views

• Slippers
• Balcony
• Ski storage

• Drying room
• Washing machine
• Clothes dryer


• High-speed WiFi
• Streaming media service

• Games room
• Pool table

• Table tennis table
• Darts


• Shared kitchen
• Dining table
• Cooktop
• Microwave

• Fridge
• Kettle
• Toaster
• Coffee machine

• Rice cooker
• Cutlery/plates
• Cooking utensils
• Dishwashing liquid


• Western bedding

• Bunk beds


• Shared bathroom
• Towels

• Body soap
• Shampoo

• Conditioner
• Hair dryer

Owashi Lodge


Book the whole room sleeping two adults. Rooms includes a locker with hangers, heater, bedside table, lamp, linen, towels.

2 guests (2 max)
1 bunk
Shared bathroom


Book the whole room to sleep two adults, or two adults and one child (ages 0-5 free, 6-12 half adult price). Three adults not permitted. Room includes heater, clothes locker, bedside table, lamp, linen, towels.

2 guests (2 adult/1 child max)
1 semi-double bunk
Shared bathroom
9.5m² approx


Book one bed in a two person bunk bed dorm room (gender separated). Room includes clothes storage, bedside table, lamp, heater, linen, towel.

1 guest (1 max)
1 bunk
Shared bathroom
9.5m² approx


Owashi Lodge Dorm Room Sleeps 6 | Upper Hirafu

Book one or more beds in this three-bunk, six-person dorm room (gender mixed). Room includes clothes storage, bedside table, lamp, heater, linen, towel.

1-6 guests (max 6)
3 bunks
Shared bathroom

Owashi Lodge

Setting / Atmosphere

Owashi Lodge is located at the very top of Hirafu Upper Village amongst a few other old and new hotels and condominiums. You could say it’s just above the heart of the village, meaning you’re out of the hustle and bustle but still close to all the action.

Lifts / Transport

Proximity to the lifts doesn’t get any better, unless you’re paying 10 times as much for ski-in/ski-out. It’s about a five-minute clomp up to the family run and Ace Quad lift – one of the main feeder lifts to the upper mountain.The free village loop shuttle bus stops just outside the front door.

Restaurants / Bars

Just a short stroll down the hill and you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store trying to choose which restaurant or bar you’re going to head into. There’s plenty of great budget options to try so be sure to make it out for a few meals – it’s some of the best eating and best value eating around!!

Need to Know


  • Pick Up / Drop Off from Kutchan Station subject to extra charge


  • Min stay: 3 nights throughout season
  • Check-in: 2pm (late check-in ok)
  • Check-out: 10am
  • Visitors must leave by 11pm


  • We offer the best rates online
  • Rates include Government tax and services (other websites add this on at the end of the booking)
  • Rates quoted in JPY Japanese Yen
  • 50% deposit due at time of 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.


5 reviews for OWASHI LODGE

  1. Avatar for Sara


    Cheap and cheerful and so close to the lifts and bus terminal!

  2. Avatar for Andrea K

    Andrea K (verified owner)

    Great location and friendly and helpful staff! I stayed for 2 nights at Owashi Lodge for a ski trip to Niseko. The staff really went the extra mile with answering my transportation questions. The room was clean and had no issues with noise. Overall, a convenient and great budget place to stay!

  3. Avatar for Tania (NZ)

    Tania (NZ)

    Recently our extended family of six spent 3 nights at Owashi Lodge. It was a fabulous base from which to ski. The staff were very helpful and accommodating and the Lodge facilities (e.g., kitchen, laundry and dining room) provided us with the flexibility we needed when traveling. We will definitely stay at Owashi Lodge again.

  4. Avatar for Melanie M

    Melanie M

    The perfect budget lodge. Owashi Lodge is about as close to the lifts and also shops as you can get! An easy walk to the Ace Chair, ski hire, restaurants and pharmacy. The staff are lovely and very helpful, they picked us up and dropped us off at the Welcome Centre on the day of our arrival and departure. Guests are friendly and respectful – much more low-key than most similar hostels. Highly recommend!

    Tripadvisor Reviewed on 6 February 2018

    Stayed in January 2018

  5. Avatar for Katy Jean

    Katy Jean

    Friendly, comfortable & convenient
    I was absolutely delighted with my stay at Owashi Lodge. The staff was kind, friendly and accommodating. The bunk beds were the quietest bunk beds I’ve ever experienced, which is very important in a hostel. The bartender was helpful and funny. The kitchen is awesome!

    I know there were party people there, but it’s set up in a way that the noisy crazy is in the basement and not going to bother people who want to sleep early. The view from the lounge in the morning is gorgeous .

    You’re a three minute walk up the hill to the nearest lift. There’s a lovely yoga studio less than a ten minute walk away. There are a ton of excellent bars and restaurants nearby.

    I would highly recommend Owashi Lodge to anyone, and I’ll definitely be back.

    Tripadvisor Reviewed on 22 December 2017

    Stayed in December 2017

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