THE OWL HOUSE

US $505

Lower Hirafu – Chalet
3 Bedrooms

The Owl House is an eco-friendly luxury chalet set in a peaceful valley.

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The Owl House is a recently built 3-bedroom luxury chalet set deep in a snow-bound valley branching off Lower Hirafu Village. With views of majestic volcano Mt Yotei from the lounge and the sound of a creek babbling nearby, The Owl House is a warm and welcoming abode to return to after a day on the mountain.

Sleeps: 6 guests (7 max)
Size: 200m²
Built: 2015

The Owl House
Overview

Mt Yotei views
English-speaking staff
Concierge
Family friendly
Japanese-style bath

Gas fireplace
Ski storage
Walk to restaurants
Walk to cafés
Walk to bars

Walk to onsens
Walk to groceries
Laundry
On inter-resort bus route
On free village shuttle route

Owl House’s name was inspired by one of the world’s rarest birds and spiritual protector of the area, the Hokkaido owl. In its forest valley setting the name is fitting of its locale. The owl theme runs through the house in various art works and furnishings, adding to the fun and warmth of your retreat.

Speaking of warm, The Owl House was designed with cutting-edge thermal technology, along with superb insulation, heated floors and triple-glazed windows. There’s nothing quite like wearing light clothes and being toasty warm inside with deep snow piled up all around. Eco-friendly heating and water systems mean you can feel comfortable you’re leaving a minimal environmental footprint in this pristine winter environment.

The Owl House is decked out with all the modern comforts and facilities you would expect in modern ski accommodation, with traditional design features reminding you of your location in northern Japan – including a deep “ofuro” bath and shower in a wood-panelled bathroom. Ski storage and drying room will ensure your gear is dry and ready for another day in the powder.

The Owl House
Features

COMFORT / CONVENIENCE

• Underfloor heating
• Mt Yotei views
• Forest views

• Village views
• Gas fireplace
• Traditional tatami room

• Slippers
• Ski storage
• Washing machine and clothes dryer

INTERNET / ENTERTAINMENT

• High-speed WiFi

• Apple TV

• Books

KITCHEN / DINING

• Dining table
• Oven
• Cooktop
• Microwave

• Fridge
• Kettle
• Toaster
• Nespresso machine

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

BEDROOMS

• Western bedding

• Bunk beds

• En suites x 1

BATHROOMS

• Japanese style bath
• Japanese washlet toilet

• Towels
• Body soap

• Shampoo and conditioner
• Hair dryer

The Owl House
Rooms

Bedroom 1

This bedroom is on level 2 with forest views. It has Western bedding with en suite, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toilet, hair dryer, individual panel heater and bedside tables.

2 guests
1 double or 2 singles
En suite with shower
20m²

Bedroom 2

This bedroom is on level 2 with floor-to-ceiling windows on one and forest views. It has Western bedding, closet, individual panel heater and bedside tables.

2 guests
1 double or 2 singles
16m²

Bedroom 3

This bedroom is on level 1 with forest views. It has Western bedding, closet, individual panel heater and bedside tables.

2 guests
1 double or 2 singles
15m²

The Owl House
Location

SETTING / ATMOSPHERE

The Owl House is in one of the loveliest locations available in Hirafu. While most of Hirafu is wall to wall chalets and apartments, The Owl House is located in a little valley that branches off the village. A creek runs through the valley and there is just a handful of small chalets down here to share your holiday with. It makes for the essence of a Japanese mountain holiday experience.

LIFTS / TRANSPORT

When it comes to skiing, the lifts are a 10-15 minute walk up hill. But most people will prefer to take a set of stairs up into the lower village proper and wave down one of the passing shuttle buses. These are free and come every 10 to 15 minutes to whisk you up to the slopes in no time flat. Jump back on the shuttle at the bottom of the lifts when it’s time to head home.

RESTAURANTS / BARS

As for après, there are a dozen bars and restaurants within walking distance. Be sure to try to get a booking for Ebisutei, Rin and Yo Kaiseki. And you have to drop into the world-famous Fridge Door Bar – that’s right, the one you’ve probably seen in the photos that has a bar fridge for a front door that you have to crouch down through to get inside – you’ll pass it every time you leave the house.

Need to Know

EXTRAS

  • Extra futon:
    Adults – ¥4000 pp/night
    5 & under – ¥4000 pp/stay
  • Cot/highchair subject to availability
  • Housekeeping: ¥8000/day
  • Shuttle to lifts: ¥6000/day

STAY REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum nights: 4 (Nov – April)
  • Check in: 3pm
  • Check out: 10am

PAYMENT DETAILS

  • 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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