Momiji Lodge offers the opportunity to taste Hirafu and Niseko as it used to be – albeit with all the modern luxuries you want on your modern ski holiday. Momiji Lodge used to be called “Village House” and was one of the first accommodation houses built in Hirafu. It was operated as a family-run pension lodge sleeping 20+ people until 2012 when it was refurbished and made into a luxurious 4-bedroom lodge.
The Hong-Kong based owner chose this old pension to renovate because it had great Japanese character and solid frame to work with. In Hong Kong they were surrounded by cold materials like concrete and glass, so with the Village House they wanted to retain the traditional Japanese mountain lodge feel while creating a modern ski chalet. They left as much as they could original, like the wooden floors and walls, the original skylights and the Japanese bath. They just added modern touches for luxury, comfort and ease of use, such as making the kitchen and dining area open plan, and adding new bathrooms.
The owner says his favourite thing about coming back to the house each winter (and summer) is the authentic rustic feel of the house and the smell of the cedar wood, which makes you feel like there’s nothing left to do but kick back and start enjoying the holiday.
Other features include electronic/heated toilets; full entertainment and wireless internet; DVD player; traditional Japanese wood and stone bath; 3-car parking; ski room; and laundry.
Momiji Lodge Accommodation
Momiji Lodge sleeps 12 people in 4 bedrooms – 3 twin/double rooms and 1 six-person bunk room. Each bed has down and allergy-free linen and their own kerosene heaters. There are four and a half bathrooms.
The two upstairs master suities have king-sized double beds that can be split to become two singles. The rooms are big enough to fit another portable kids bed. These rooms have lofted ensuites with showers. On the bottom floor is the bunk room plus one queen size double which can also be configured as two singles. The bunk room is the ultimate Kids Retreat, even if those kids are bigger than 6 feet tall – the beds are 2.1m long by 1m. The room also has a bean bags and a wifi flat screen TV. The beds also each have reading lights and charging stations for whatever devices these kids big and small might have.
Momiji Lodge Location
Momiji Lodge is as central as it comes – in the middle of Momiji Zaka Street in the centre of Hirafu Middle Village. Lifts are about five to 10 minutes walk; within three minutes walk are about 10 of Hirafu’s best bars and restaurants, and add one minute and you’re at the all-important Seicomart convenience store for all your daily needs (including beer, wine and spirits if needs be!).
There’s not much you can’t reach by short walk, but if you ever do need a lift, the free village shuttle bus stop is just 20m from the house.