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“Shred the Pow and have an awesome time !”
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Hooting Owl Lodge
Osaka, Japan
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4 reviews
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“Shred the Pow and have an awesome time !”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

I spend in Jan 2013 10 days at hooting owl. I was travelling by myself but made new friends everyday. It was snowing almost every day and having been boarding in Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany this was by far the best snow ever! Miranda, the host, makes you feel at home every day - great breakfast, great welcome drink and great tips to find the sweet snow spots. I have already booked the next stay at hooting owl for march this year ! Not to mention that the lodge was very clean and the shower hot - Onsen and Restaurant is close by and the lift 5min walk plus daily drop off at the lift every morning !

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

If you are coming to Niseko resort to ski/board the Hooting Owl Lodge is a great place to stay. It is comfortable and Miranda is a great host. The lodge is like a slice of home and everything is very clean and not to mention extremely fun. This is the place to stay in the Niseko resort area. Miranda makes a great breakfast every morning and the honesty bar/fridge is always fully stocked.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Gold Coast
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

I have stayed at the Hooting Owl Lodge twice and both times have been epic! The snowfall in Niseko is the best I have ever seen (4 metres in 4 days last Jan) and the staff that work in the lodge are great. The lodge itself is very comfortable and has a great vibe where you instantly feel at home. I especially like the big, comfy lounge area where you can catch up with everyone after a day of riding and share stories. Breakfast is included and is the BEST!! There are also facilities to cook your own lunch or dinner if required. Miranda or her staff will drop you off each morning at the lifts (although it is only a 5-10 minute walk) and also take you into Hirafu when you first arrive to sort out your gear. From the closest chairlift at Niseko Village you can access Annupuri, Hirafu and Hanazono. There are also onsens close by to relax your sore muscles after a day of riding. If you want to hit the town, there are regular buses out the front of the lodge that will take you into Hirafu. There is also all you can drink at the Hilton Hotel (just down the road from the lodge) for 1500 yen which would normally lead to a night of karaoke! Overall the lodge is very clean and comfy with a friendly atmosphere. It is great value for money and Miranda and her staff are fantastic. I can highly recommend the Hooting Owl Lodge!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Lawrence, Kansas
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Reviewed July 5, 2011

A buddy and I went skiing at Niseko for a week and loved this place. The owner, Miranda, is energetic, fun, and a good cook. We enjoyed hanging out with her and a group of Swiss guys that came in. Breakfast was included and there was a guest kitchen if you want to cook lunch or dinner for yourself. The place was very clean and the community area was great for meeting other people, watching a movie, and hanging out after a long day of skiing or snowboarding. The snow was great three of the six days we were on the mountain. When I go back to Niseko I will be staying with Miranda at the Hooting Owl.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Brechin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

My partner and I booked in to hooting owl lodge for a total of 17 nights... a bit of a scary thing as you never know what accommodation will be like in Japan as hostels are quite varied. BUT, very awesome place! We were mainly focused on the snowboarding aspects of Japan but hooting owl lodge also provided a warm social atmosphere with plenty of good times IF we felt like joining in. Few silly late nights, plenty of quiet beers, relaxed evenings, very comfortable... fell asleep in the living room many times! The location of hooting owl was perfect for us as we really were focused on the riding. 5-10 minutes walk to closest lift but the nice staff at hooting owl would drop us at the main Hilton gondola of Niseko village in the mornings. This lift is also between the two other fields so could access any side of the mountain from here. A bit further away from the nightlife of Hirafu and buses weren't too regular so if you only there for the nightlife it may not be as suitable but a couple of night missions were OK and there are places in Niseko village to have a drink/ karaoke/ play pool (and fun at the lodge too-wii and games etc). Has a kitchen which was awesome, eating in Japan is expensive! Full cooked breakfast as well as a continental breakfast, again awesome! Full for the day. Miranda the owner/ manager was very relaxed, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. Facilities were clean, rooms warm (underfloor heating), good snowboard gear storage, onsen close- by.

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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hooting Owl Lodge
Address: 39-1 Aza Higashiyama, Abuta-gun, Niseko-cho 048-1511, Hokkaido
Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Abuta-gun > Niseko-cho
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 31 Specialty lodging in Niseko-cho
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hooting Owl Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hooting Owl Lodge Niseko accomodation Japan offers outstanding service and facilities in budget Niseko Accommodation.The lodge is Located only a short walk from the closest ski lift, and with a bus stop 50 meters from the front door gives you easy access to all of the Niseko United ski area. The lodge is a Western style lodge which has a large comfortable lounge area and guest kitchen. Live in manager to help you out with any of your holiday needs and offer a personalized service so you get the most out of your ski holiday. A delicious western breakfast is served every morning off your stay to fuel you for your day on the mountain.The lodge has 6 rooms in total 4 twin rooms and 2 quad rooms all with comfortable western style beds. The lodge has 3 large western bathrooms which are shared between the 6 rooms. The Hooting Owl Lodge is a great place to stay if you are serious about your skiing and boarding and want all the comforts of home.The lodge is located in Niseko Village right in the middle of the Niseko United Ski area giving you fast access to all of the mountain. Niseko Village has some of the steepest fall lines in all of the Niseko United ski area and there is virtually no line up for lifts! We have easy access to some of the great side country and backcountry and on a good day you can ski right back to the lodge. ... more   less 
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