Kuma Cabin is one of Hirafu’s original old ski holiday houses and has had a Western-style renovation bringing it up to a comfortable modern standard. With its central location it’s a very pleasant place to spend a Hirafu holiday for those who just want to ski/board and sleep, or for those who want to ski, onsen, eat, drink and repeat.
Mt Yotei views
Walk to restaurants and cafés
Walk to bars
Walk to onsens
Walk to groceries
On free village shuttle route
What makes Kuma Cabin so special is its location – it’s perfect for those that want laidback hideaway with easy access to all that Hirafu Village offers. Located on the border of the Lower Village, it has views looking out into the surrounding forest, however it’s just a minute’s walk from the free village shuttle that can take you to all lifts and anywhere else in the entire village within a few minutes. And it’s just an easy five minute flat stroll to the local onsen hot spring baths, as well as a half a dozen excellent little bars and restaurants. The is the life!
Kuma Cabin has an open-plan first floor with a new kitchen, large fixed wooden dining table with four stools, and lounge suite with 32-inch wall-mounted TV and Apple TV with Netflix. The cabin is ideally suited for four people, with four beds, four stools at the kitchen bench, and comfortable seating for 4 on the lounge room sofa.
More than 4 adults and it can get a little congested with people moving around in the kitchen and bathroom. But if you’ve got small kids or are with close friends or family and don’t mind living at close quarters, an extra fifth guest can stay on sofa bed or futon mattress than can be laid out on the floor – Japan style!
COMFORT / CONVENIENCE
• Private entrance
• Mt Yotei views
• Village views
• Ski storage
• Washing machine and clothes dryer
• Work space
INTERNET / ENTERTAINMENT
• High-speed WiFi
• 32-inch TV
• Apple TV
• Nintendo Wii
KITCHEN / DINING
• Breakfast bar
• Coffee machine
• Coffee/tea/milk/sugar on arrival
• Rice cooker
• Cooking utensils
• Highchair (see “Extras” below)
• Western bedding
• Cot (see “Extras” below)
• Bath tub
• Body soap
• Hair dryer
Open-plan loft sleeping two people in a double or two single beds, plus one extra on a sofa bed and another on a futon mattress. Nicknamed the “Yotei Suite”, this upstairs bedroom has a beautiful view of Mt Yotei when the clouds part.
1 double or 2 singles
SETTING / ATMOSPHERE
Kuma Cabin is located overlooking the forest in the snowbound lower village. A further 200m down the street is the the lower village’s only onsen hot spring baths – the beautiful Yukoro Onsen with snow-covered outdoor rock bath. It’s a very easy and peaceful walk down there for couples and families.
LIFTS / TRANSPORT
The bus stop for the free Hirafu and Hanazono shuttle buses is just 50m or one minute’s walk from the house. The shuttle bus will whip you up to the slopes in about five minutes, depending on how many stops it has to do on the way up. A car-parking space is cleared alongside the house if you plan to rent a car.
RESTAURANTS / BARS
There are a dozen or so excellent restaurants and cool bars in the lower village, and just a few minutes walk up the hill into the middle village and you’ve got a dozen more. The free shuttle runs until 9pm at night so it can also whisk you to any other bar, restaurant or shop in the greater Hirafu area. It’s truly a great little spot.
Need to Know
- Extra futon: ¥5000 pp/night
- Highchair: No extra cost (please request)
- Special discount: 10% off for 10+ nights
- Minimum nights:
Christmas/NY: 5 (Dec 25 – Jan 5)
- 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