Kuma Cabin Exterior with Snow | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Lounge Area with TV | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Living and Dining Area | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin TV Room | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Up Stairs Near Kitchen | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Kitchen and Dining Area | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Dining Area with Wooden Floor | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Kitchen and Dining Area with Wooden Floor | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Bedroom with Wooden Floor | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Bedroom with Sofa | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Room | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin King Size Bed | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Bedroom with Study Table | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Bedroom with Wooden Floor and Sofa | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Bedroom with Study Table and Sofa | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Laundry Room | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Bathtub | Lower Hirafu
Kuma Cabin Bathroom | Lower Hirafu


(9 customer reviews)

US $356 US $320

Lower Hirafu – Chalet
2 Bedrooms

Kuma Cabin is a cool and comfortable little chalet set in metres of fluffy powder.

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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.

Sleeps:  4 guests (6 max)
Size: 50m² (View floorplan)
Built: 1980s

Kuma Cabin

Mt Yotei views
English-speaking staff
Family friendly
Work space

Ski storage
Walk to restaurants and cafés
Walk to bars
Walk to onsens

Walk to groceries
On free village shuttle route
Parking space

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!

Kuma Cabin


• Private entrance
• Mt Yotei views

• Village views
• Ski storage

• Washing machine and clothes dryer
• Work space


• High-speed WiFi
• 32-inch TV

• Apple TV
• Netflix

• Nintendo Wii
• Games


• Breakfast bar
• Cooktop
• Microwave
• Fridge

• Kettle
• Toaster
• Coffee machine
• Coffee/tea/milk/sugar on arrival

• Rice cooker
• Cutlery/plates
• Cooking utensils
• Highchair (see “Extras” below)


• Western bedding

• Closets

• Cot (see “Extras” below)


• Bath tub
• Towels

• Body soap
• Shampoo

• Conditioner
• Hair dryer

Kuma Cabin


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.

2 guests
1 double or 2 singles


The downstairs bedroom is Japanese-size (fairly compact!) but can accommodate 2 guests in one queen size double bed, or two single beds. There is a large cupboard for hanging clothes and storing luggage.

2 guests
1 double or 2 singles

Kuma Cabin


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.


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.


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)
    Other: 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 contact us before booking.

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9 reviews for KUMA CABIN

  1. Avatar for Prince


    Beautiful house, great location, clean, comfy beds… can’t wait to stay here again! Great experience as everything was nearby, especially Indian food walking distance.

  2. Avatar for TW

    TW (verified owner)

    Our stay at Kuma cabin was awesome. A very cozy home, perfect for 4 and looks exactly like the pictures. Location is good and the house is only a min away from the shuttle service and walking distance to many restaurants. Hassle free check-in and pick up from the Hirafu welcome center. Thanks for making our stay a memorable one.

  3. Avatar for Rhiannon Thomas

    Rhiannon Thomas (verified owner)

    We loved our stay at Kuma Cabin. It was perfect for our family of 4. The location in Lower Hirafu was ideal, close to all the restaurants and bars, 1 min walk from shuttle bus stop and even a fantastic Onsen closeby. The cabin itself was simple , yet cosy and super comfortable with lovely beds and pillows etc. It as well equipped and immaculately clean, Apple TV, fast internet connection. Kris, the owner was super helpful. All in all a wonderful stay and would highly recommend Kuma Cabin! And thanks thanks to Nila at Powderlife for her arrangements!

  4. Avatar for Sean


    You ain’t cool unless you stay at Kuma Cabin while in Niseko. The team at Powderlife made our trip so easy and comfortable. The cabin was cozy and roomy enough for my girl and I, plus our other friend to all hang out, keep on top of emails and stream Netflix- with the blazing fast internet – and walking distance to everything you need within the Hirafu area. Walk to ski lifts and crawl home from the adult beverage venues and excellent eateries. Don’t forget to hit up an onsen for the best night sleep and baby soft skin. Anything you need, Powderlife made sure we had access to it. Perfect English spoken by the team so there was zero communication misunderstandings. Can’t wait to come back next year. Thanks, Powerderlife and Ministry of Villas for making this such a memorable experience.

  5. Avatar for Alberto


    We had a great time in Kuma Cabin! It was warm, cozy and quiet. Perfect location, fast Wi-Fi and plenty of space made our stay truly unforgettable!

  6. Avatar for Tini


    Just return from an amazing trip! This is my first trip to Japan and staying at Kuma Cabin make me feel that I’m at home. I fall in love with this property.
    The location is amazing. The property is located close to the shuttle bus waiting point. It also still close to plenty of bars and restaurants.

  7. Avatar for Nila Powderlife

    Nila Powderlife

    I have stayed a couple times at Kuma Cabin and really love the homey feeling of this property. The free bus shuttle is located less than 1 minute walking distance from the property which can drive you to the central of town. There are a few bars and restaurants close by which you can enjoy during the stay in Niseko. Will definitely stay here again for my next trip to Niseko!

  8. Avatar for Sara


    I love having the opportunity to stay in the properties on Powderlife. I have stayed at Kuma Cabin so many times as I’m in Niseko every March and love the location. Kuma Cabin is perfect for 2 couples or a small group of friends. It has everything you could possibly need while in Hirafu. It’s walking distance to the free shuttle which makes it easy to get around. Or a 10 minute walk up to the town which is filled with great shops, restaurants, bars and endless equipment hire shops ;) Plus there is an amazing onsen right around the corner. The Wi-Fi is super fast and Kuma Cabin has an Apple TV! Each room can be set up as a king bed or two singles beds. The kitchen is fully equipped so you can either cook at home on the gas stove or eat out. Highly recommend a stay here.

  9. Avatar for Michael Moran

    Michael Moran

    Our stay at at Kuma Cabin was awesome. Great location in lower Hirafu close to the shuttle bus stop. So many amazing restaurants and bars close by! The cabin was perfect for 2 couples with enough room. Kris was very helpful to us during our stay and I would definitely recommend a stay at Kuma. Thanks to Ministry of Villas for a hassle free trip.

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