Yorokobi Lodge adds a sophisticated modern twist to the traditional rustic ski cabin. Set in a sublime, snowbound forest with huge windows framing the views, a stay here will quite literally soothe your soul. After a day on the mountain at nearby Hirafu resort, retreat to Yorokobi where you can relax on the sofa and truly soak in the winter wonderland atmosphere.
West Hirafu – Chalet
Yorokobi Lodge is a funky modern ski cabin inspired by minimalist Japanese design.
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Sleeps: 4 guests (5 max)
Walk to Restaurants
Walk to Cafés
Walk to Bars
Walk to Groceries (10+ mins)
On Inter-resort Bus Route
Ski Lift Shuttle
Welcome Centre Pick-Up
Interestingly, the cabin’s form is inspired by the humble caterpillar, with its twisting, elongated body and raised head at the front above the garage. It is one of a number of modern ski cabins purpose-designed and built for Niseko by a local developer, in collaboration with a Hong-Kong design firm. The idea was to build a range of compact, affordable, mid-luxe chalets that fit in with the local landscape. The interior was designed by a Niseko-based Singaporean designer to give it a cosy, contemporary chalet feel.
True to its “ski cabin” vibe, Yorokobi is super simple inside – rooms, bathrooms, kitchen dining. Step in through the “belly” of the caterpillar and into a traditional Japanese “genkan” foyer where you can stash your skis and boards and take off your shoes. Step up into the house and on the first floor you’ve got the first bedroom with a bathroom alongside, as well as washing machine tucked away in a cupboard.
Stairs lead up into the living area with views out through the forest to the Niseko Village golf course – of course, buried in metres of deep snow (it would be needle-in-a-haystack stuff trying to find your ball if you teed off in winter!). There is also of course a large-screen TV with English-language view-on-demand TV. Behind the kitchen and down a short hall you head towards the second bedroom and bathroom. That’s it! The only other thing you need is your ski pass and a big appetite for delicious Japanese food and you’ve got yourself the makings of a holiday you will never forget.
COMFORT / CONVENIENCE
- Air conditioning
- Ski Storage
INTERNET / ENTERTAINMENT
- Free Wi-Fi
- 40-inch TV
- On-demand TV
KITCHEN / DINING
- Dining Table
- Rice Cooker
- Cutlery + Plates
- Cooking Utensils
- Highchair (charges apply)
- Western Bedding
- Closets / Hangers
- Cots (charges apply)
- Body Soap
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Hair Dryer
The first bedroom is on the ground floor, just inside the front entrance. There is a bathroom with shower right next to the room which is so close and private you could almost call it an en suite. The room is small and very cosy – perfect for that ski cabin vibe.
1 double or 2 singles
SETTING / ATMOSPHERE
Yorokobi Lodge is located just outside Hirafu Village in a quaint little forest-bound hamlet called “St Moritz”. There’s one new hotel at the entrance to the area, and then beyond that a network of small roads with a couple of pensions and a dozen or more standalone chalets.
LIFTS / TRANSPORT
It about 1.3km from the closest lift, which will take takes about 10-15 minutes to walk. Rental of the property includes a free shuttle to the lifts and back again each day, and by shuttle you’re just two minutes away. There’s also a garage to park a rent-a-car, which might add a level of convenience to your stay.
RESTAURANTS / BARS
This is a residential area, however there are several restaurants and cafes within short walking distance. Or if you walk or taxi into Hirafu Village just a kilometre away, you’ve got more restaurants and bars to choose from than you’ll know what to do with! Just be sure to book ahead in peak times.
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