Moiwa Lodge Niseko is probably the coolest looking rustic old mountain lodge in Niseko. It’s a huge old wooden building that wouldn’t be out of place in a European ski resort, and commands a distinct presence right at the foot of Mt Moiwa, just a few steps from the lifts. The lodge is very typical of many log cabin style Japanese ski lodges in the quiet resort of Moiwa, offering an authentic Japanese ski holiday, unlike the common Hirafu ski holiday most people experience these days. It has recently been refurbished and refurnished giving it a comfortable modern lodge feel.
It’s a four-story building with all the facilities expected of a real ski lodge and more. There is an in-house restaurant, Japanese-style bar and huge communal living areas with pool table, TV and DVDs and of course wireless internet. Of course there’s also a ski room and drying room for your gear.
Moiwa Lodge Niseko will most probably be filled with serious powder skiers, keen to get away from the hustle and bustle of the upmarket resorts and enjoy the semi-isolated feeling of Moiwa. It’s now safe to say Moiwa is “famous” for its epic backcountry powder skiing – it used to be very little known to anyone from outside the area. There are just two lifts but that is all that is needed. One lift is a short beginners lift for newbies, and the other lift runs right to the peak of the mountain. From there you traverse out until you find some untracked powder and drop in for the ultimate powder experience. Over and over again!
Moiwa Lodge Niseko Accommodation
Moiwa Lodge Niseko a range of has room configurations to accommodate whatever your group. Breakfast is included for an extra Y800 per day and dinner is also available for between Y2200 and Y2700 ($20-$30) for a larger serving.
There are 10 twin/triple rooms with western bed and their own toilet and sinks.
The Family Rooms have four beds and include a TV and DVD and also have a sink and toilet.
There are five budget dorm rooms that are shared with other travellers unless your party can fill the room. They see either six, eight, 10 or 12 people and have their own TVs and DVDs but no toilet or sink.
Out the back of the lodge are also several self-contained cabins sleeping eight people. They each have a kitchen and full bathroom, living area and TV/DVD. They also have wireless internet.
Moiwa Lodge Niseko Location
Moiwa Lodge is right at the base of Mt Moiwa, just 100m walk from the lifts. If you haven’t heard of Moiwa, it’s like Niseko’s little brother, a single mountain standing on its own alongside the Mt Annupuri, which is home to the four main Niseko resorts Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hirafu and Hanazono.
There aren’t many restaurants or bars in the area, but you can catch a bus to the other resorts. Or if you have a hire car you can explore the greater Niseko area with ease, making this the ultimate Japanese ski holiday base!