This Backpacker’s hostel is designed to cater for the modern independent skier and boarder. A combination of small private rooms and great communal spaces gives guests the option to relax in quiet comfort or party with fellow snow enthusiasts.
The majority of rooms are twin share (single bunk beds). There is also 10 x room with double bed bunks (single on top) which can sleep up to 3 people on request. Dorm rooms sleeping up to six are also available. All room use share bathroom and toilet facilities.
Owashi Lodge is more than just great rooms at great prices. We can help you with many of the other mountain services you might need: ski equipment hire at discounted rates, all resort lift passes and loads of information about the many other activities available in Niseko.
One Bunk Room
The majority of the rooms are single bunks which sleep two adults giving maximum comfort and privacy for backpacker accommodation.
Double Bed Bunk Room
Owashi Lodge has ten rooms with a double bed base and single bed top bunk which are perfect for couples, especially those travelling with children (*not available for 3 adults due to local regulations).
2 persons and 6 person dorm are also available.
Surf & Other Activities
With more snow than Siberia, Niseko is reknown for some of the world’s best powder – an average of more than 15 metres every year ranked it No. 2 in the world.* Tucked up on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, it sits just across the sea from one of the coldest, most inhospitable climates in the world, Siberia. The weather fronts howl across Siberia and picks up moisture from the Sea of Japan before dumping over Mt Annapuri in Niseko, the first mountain it encounters since it left the Urals.
Niseko has hardly any crowds and plenty of fresh tracks and terrain to explore. The adventurous will be skiing first tracks until well after lunch unless it snows all morning, in which case you’ll be skiing clean lines until you can’t stand up anymore.
Trails and Backcountry
Grand Niseko United is comprised of four resorts all accessible under the one ticket – Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and Annapuri. If that’s not enough, hike the peak and take advantage of the vast expanse of back country.
Your day pass also entitles you to night-skiing so the real fanatics can be on the mountain from first lifts until 9.00 at night – all for the price of a long lunch (without alcohol). The night-skiing is not just the front valley beginners run either: it’s reputedly the biggest night-skiing area in Japan. The serene stillness of night-skiing is a truly unique experience.
Japanese People, Food & Culture
The Japanese love having visitors and are very warm and welcoming. After a great day on the slopes, there is nothing better than relaxing in a hot onsen (Japanese hot spring) with a cold beer; except perhaps following it up with a hearty bowl of ramen. For those with more energy to burn, the Niseko area has plenty of bars, from the homely to the bizarre, to keep you entertained into the early hours.
It may be a sleepy farming village in the off-season, but when the temperature drops Niseko becomes a snowsports Mecca: every powderhound should make the pilgrimage at least once before they die.
- Accommodation of your choice
- Airport return transfers
- 5 days lift pass
- Complimentary wireless internet
- Complimentary parking