Heiwa Lodge is a super cool new modern ski cabin located in the snowbound forest of St Moritz (Kabayama) on the outskirts of Hirafu. The funky Hong Kong-designed cabin mixes the best of modern style and comfort with the quintessential rustic Japanese mountain holiday experience. It’s located about 1.8km from the village in amongst rolling forested countryside in amongst other similar mountain retreats. There’s not much noise out here – just the peace and quiet and the occasional thump of snow falling from branches onto the forest floor below.
Sleeps: 4 guests (5 max)
Mt Yotei views
All en suite bedrooms
Walk to restaurants
Walk to cafés
Walk to bars
Walk to groceries
On inter-resort bus route
Guest ski lift shuttle
The 2-bedroom cabin has two bathrooms and two toilets, as well as a fully equipped western-style kitchen. Beds can be configured either to two Singles or one King Double for each bedroom. The living area is nice and spacious with comfortable modern furniture. In case you do get sick of gazing out into your winter wonderland surrounds and need to reconnect with the outside world, there is satellite TV channels with movies and news.
Unless you’re a keen cross-country skier or backcountry hiker, you’re going to want a car here. There is car space cleared for you and we can help you organise a rental vehicle. Driving on the snow is not hard – all vehicles are 4wd and have grippy snow tyres (no chains required) so all you need to do is jump in and hit the road. You can be from front door to ski resort and first lifts in 5 minutes.
For food and drinks it’s not a far walk into town – Hirafu Village is 20 minutes’ walk away, perfectly manageable after a few drinks in one of the many bars (especially if you’re out after taxis stop running at 2am).
COMFORT / CONVENIENCE
• Private entrance
• Air conditioning
• Mt Yotei views
• Forest views
• Village views
• Ski storage
• Washing machine
• Clothes dryer
• Work space
INTERNET / ENTERTAINMENT
• High-speed WiFi
• Wide screen TV
• Cable/Satellite TV
KITCHEN / DINING
• Dining table
• Coffee/tea/milk/sugar on arrival
• Cooking utensils
• Highchair (see “Extras” below)
• Western bedding
• En suites x 2
• Cot (see “Extras” below)
• Japanese washlet toilet
• Body soap
• Hair dryer
The master bedroom is a cozy little unit on the first floor and connects onto its own en suite bathroom and shower. Bedding can be either 1 King Double or 2 Singles as suits. An expansive storage area is hidden under the bed level, wood panelling and shelving make clever use of the space.
1 double or 2 singles
The second bedroom is on the second floor / loft level and connects onto its own en suite bathroom and shower. Bedding can be either 1 King Double or 2 Singles, with innovative storage space under the bed level. Features an air conditioning unit in bedroom and a window out over the snow fields and forests of Kabayama.
1 double or 2 singles
SETTING / ATMOSPHERE
Heiwa Lodge is located in St Moritz (Kabayama), about 1.8kms from the centre of Hirafu. Out here there isn’t much around so it might not be the ideal choice for those who want to duck in and out to shops and restaurants throughout the day. But you will have a car, and there are also taxis available to take you home so you can still enjoy the culinary and entertainment options of modern day Hirafu and the rest of Niseko if you choose.
LIFTS / TRANSPORT
It’s less than five minutes drive to the lifts of Hirafu in one direction, and about 5-10 minutes to the family and intermediate friendly Niseko Village in the other. Past that is Annupuri, which is a great all round resort for beginners and advanced powder hounds alike. And if you’re serious about getting deep snow, punch Rusutsu into your navi and an hour later you could be up to your arm pits in the finest uncrowded snow you’ve ever seen in your life.
RESTAURANTS / BARS
Take the local bus (stopping at Kabayama) or take a brisk 15 minute walk to get to the centre of Hirafu Village. Main street eateries such as Enishi, Niseko Pizza and Vale Bar & Grill are closest, as is the Odin complex. Or find a few of the hidden gems of Kabayama on your doorstep! The Gentem Café, Green Saso green tea cafe, Kashinoya Backpackers and Elements in Always Niseko are on your doorstep.
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 contact us before booking.