Hirafu Village, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

The Freshwater is a stylish block of boutique apartments in upper Hirafu village, offering luxury accommodation from studio apartments through to 3-bedroom penthouses, a total of 11 units.

At-home entertainment is assured with free wireless internet, Bose speakers with iPod dock, flatscreen TV and DVD player and satellite TV with English channels.

The Freshwater also offers guests a free shuttle bus service between the apartments and ski lifts.

The custom designed kitchens have premium Miele appliances and full size refrigerator.

The living rooms have large comfortable lounges around a warm fireplace to relax after a long day skiing.

The studios have access to shared laundry facilities downstairs with separate washer and dryer and each apartment has is own laundry facilities with separate washer and dryer.

Upper Hirafu Village, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
1-2 Bedroom Apartments
3 Bedroom Panorama Penthouses
High-End Audio Visual, Plasma/LCD TV, DVD & Blueray Player, Cable/Satellite TV, DVD Library, Video Game Console
Shared Ski Storage & Drying Room
Shower, Bathtub, Japanese Washlet
Fully equipped with Dining Table, Oven, Cooktop, Microwave, Fridge, Kettle, Toaster, Cutlery + Plates, Cooking Utensils and Dishwashers
Housekeeping Every 2 Days
Mid-Clean/Linen Change Every 7 Nights

The Freshwater is located on the main street of Hirafu with a flat one minute walk to the shuttle bus stop, and a six minute flat walk to the Family Run ski slope. Restaurants, bars and convenience stores are all within a couple of minutes walk.
But with The freshwater also providing guests with an in-house shuttle to the slopes transport issues are well catered for.
Its elevation affords the apartments birds-eye views of the snow-covered panorama.
3 Bedroom Alpine Panorama Penthouse 138 sqm
With an indoor Jacuzzi spa to soak those tired muscles, this penthouse provides 3 gorgeously appointed bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a spacious open-plan living area with fireplace, finest-quality entertainment facilities and uninterrupted views towards Mt Yotei across the apartment.
All bedding can be either 1 King Double or 2 singles according to your requirements, with up to 2 additional guests sleeping on extra futons in the living spaces. In-house laundry and full-feature kitchen.
Bedroom 1: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 2: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 3: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
3 Bedroom Mountain View Penthouse 112 sqm
Wake up to the gentle sound of the creek outside your windows at this penthouse on level 5.
Expansive open-plan living space with sofas, dining table and a full-feature kitchen looks over a feature fireplace and flat-screen television with entertainment area.
Three bedrooms each feature either 1 King Double or 2 Single beds, according to your needs. The master bedroom features ensuite bathroom with bath tub, kitchenette and individual entertainment setup.
Bedroom 1: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 2: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 3: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
2 Bedroom Alpine Panorama 118 sqm
Located on the level 5, this apartment has 2 ensuite bedrooms.
One of the bathrooms features a jacuzzi hot tub bath. The apartment is on the corner of the building, and looks over Mt Yotei and the forests of Lower Hirafu.
A full-feature kitchen with breakfast bar, dining area, sofa and armchair seating with flat-screen TV and a gas fireplace.
Bedroom 1: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 2: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
2 Bedroom Mountain View Deluxe 90 sqm
A 2 bedroom apartment with ample storage, own laundry facilities and views out over the mountains.
The full-feature kitchen includes oven and European Appliances, as well as an extra counter that connects to a breakfast bar.
A dining table seats up to 8 guests, and dedicated living space gazes out over both the flat-screen TV and entertainment center, and the gorgeous views.
Bedroom 1: 1x King Double or 2x Singles
Bedroom 2: 1x King Double or 2x Singles
2 Bedroom 85 sqm
On floor 2-4, the 2 bedroom apartment features ensuite master bedroom with a kitcenette.
The second bedroom opens up onto the open plan living area.
Dining area, living area and full-feature kitchen combine into an expansive living space.
Bedroom 1: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 2: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
1 Bedroom 67 sqm
A cozy living space with sofas, dining table and full-feature kitchen.
Bedroom 1: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Studio 28 sqm
On level 2-4, each studio features a kitchenette, dining table with two seats, a flat-screen TV, separate bathroom with either shower or shower & bath and views across the river to Mt Yotei.
Bedroom 1: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

A world-class ski destination, Niseko receives 14m of snow per season on average. Offering 38 lifts, 4 developed, inter-linked resorts, 47km of groomed slopes, 1000m of vertical, and the longest run stretching 5600m, Niseko is the largest of Hokkaido’s ski areas, and overall the most well-rounded winter resort on the island.
There is a good mix of groomed runs for all levels, from first-timers through expert powder hounds. There is also a terrain park with half-pipes, table tops, round quarters and rails etc… a variety of terrain to suit boarders of different abilities.
That being said, novices going down the slope for the first time may want to avoid the crowds in peak powder season and consider some of the quieter times (spring).
Different rates for using
  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 3 bedrooms


$230 $207/night

Rates vary according to seasonality. Contact us to discuss your holiday needs.


In-house ski rental fitting and shopping service
Save a trip to the ski shop and enjoy a custom fitting session in the comfort of your accommodation!
Send us your measurements in advance and a select range of gear, plus accessories such as gloves, goggles and masks will be brought to your home to try on.
Just leave the equipment at home after your stay – we will return it for you.

For parents, a family vacation can sometimes feel like no vacation. Finding holiday babysitters in Niseko can be a challenge, until Niseko Kids Club gets it sorted with its network of English-speaking childcare professionals that serve various location in Niseko, from Hirafu to Moiwa.

Daycare – international daycare center with 2 convenient locations: at the base of the Hirafu family chair lift, inside AYA Niseko and at the base of Hanazono, inside Hanazono 308

Babysitting – 24 hour, on-call, private babysitting services with experienced, qualified and English speaking childcare professionals servicing children from newborn to 15 years

Baby equipment rental – quality childcare equipment including full size cribs, highchairs, all terrain strollers, toys and more to families traveling with infants and toddlers
Hosted parties – unforgettable parties organized and supervised, tailored to your individual requests, or choose from many themes

Catering service
A private chef may be booked in advance for a unique in-house dining experience, or a hamper can be ordered for delivery.
Driving in Japan
It is not possible to drive in Japan with just your driving licence issued in your home country. Japan only recognises International Driving Permits based on the 1949 Geneva Convention. Before arriving in Japan you must obtain your International Driving Permit from the national Automobile Association in the country which issued your licence. If you are unsure if you hold the correct license, please contact your authority for further information.
Staying with us
  • Travel concierge: We listen to help you plan
  • For big villas and chalets, special rates for smaller groups (reduced occupancy)
  • Limited time deals, exclusive perks
  • The best rates, guaranteed
Planning your holiday, we are with you every step along the way.
If the chalet of your choice is already booked, our team is happy to suggest equivalent alternatives and take care of the details. You can expect your vacation to be personalized to suit your tastes.
We make arrangements for these pre-arrival logistics for you:
Airport transfer
The drive is between 2–3 hours from New Chitose Airport to Niseko.
Your driver will meet you at the airport arrival gate and then drive you the 2.5 – 3 hours to Hirafu and drop you at the door of your accommodation. You will be greeted and checked in by a dedicated staff, who be on stand by to provide handy tourist information about the Hirafu ski resort and your chalet. Rates vary depending on group number and vehicle used. Get in touch for details.
– Limousine service
If you are looking for a luxury way of traveling, you can also choose a limousine service. The 6-7 seater vehicle can be likened to a private jet, with luxurious white leather reclining armchairs, full cabin attendance and complimentary refreshments. The passenger area is fully equipped with a toilet, refrigerator, television, CD and DVD.
Private catered meals in the privacy of the chalet can be arranged, with the choice of:
Japanese/international breakfasts
Japanese dinners featuring sushi and sukiyaki
International dinners
Grocery, sushi and nabe set delivery services available.
We recommend qualified chefs from Niseko Gourmet.
Ski equipment rental
You should definitely book your rentals in advance to ensure your ideal rental equipment is available. Peak season is extremely busy and rentals can sell out quickly.
We recommend ski and snowboard packages from GoSnow, Rhythme Snow Sports and Niseko Base Snowsports, both with rental outlet located conveniently approximate to lifts.
Ski Lessons
We highly recommend booking your lessons before the trip – Lessons book out months in advance for peak season, and even during the quieter periods you should pre-book so that the lesson can fit in smoothly to your holiday schedule.
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