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    Posted: May/15/2010 at 8:47pm
I'm planning on heading to niseko next Febuary and was wondering where was the cheapest and best place to stay there. By best, i'm reffering more so to location (closer to lifts or apres activity) and less importance to the quality of the accomodation. I've been looking at a few places including:
- Hirafu Backpackers
- Shizenkan Backpackers
- Kiraku Backpackers
Please share your experiences if you've been to any budget accomodation at niseko. Also, where would be the best area in niseko to stay? Hanazono? Hirafu? Thanks guys!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/16/2010 at 4:43pm
The shuttle busses all around hirafu are really good with i think buses to hirafu gondola every half an hour and to hanazono about 45min-1 hour from anywhere in hirafu. I personally stayed at shizenkan and found it to be really good in terms of the people who worked there and it is quite large and warm. Only draw back is that it is quite far from the bars and restaurants and if u stay out late (after 9ish) there are no more shuttles and u have to walk, maybe about 15/20 mins from the centre of town. Also hanazono base doesnt really have anything else their so u are more choosing whether u will stay at hirafu or annupuri/niseko village which is on the other side of hirafu then hanazono.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/16/2010 at 4:54pm
stayed at lodge mellow in hirafu...probably wouldn't recommend if you can't speak japanese. Noone there can speak english

in terms of area i would stay in hirafu again. It is central to all the other mountains and to get to annupuri/hanazono/niseko village you just have to either take a bus or go up a couple of lifts and ski down. Pretty sweet

also the nightlife is pretty much in the hirafu area which is a bonus
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/17/2010 at 4:30am
thanks guys.

im also wondering which areas of the mountain are the best to board in? I heard good things about hanazono because it has easy access to the exit gates and if i heard right, you don't need avi gear to ride it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/06/2010 at 11:51pm
Guys,
 
Hanazono is good for Park Riding, for Free Ride Grand Hirafu will be better.
 
Grand  Hirafu and Hanazono is use the same Lift Pass, so if you buy a Grand Hirafu Lift Pass, you can visit Hanazono from 08:00 ~ 16:30, after 16:30 connection lift will close, then you need take shuttle bus.
 
All 4 area of Niseko is good for Board and Ski...no need concern the slope.
 
Grand Hirafu is the best area, so the Hotel price is higher than other area.
 
All 4 area have some Lodge arround, but only Hotel can Ski-in Ski-out.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/07/2010 at 12:04am
Most information of Niseko you can find from following site:
 
http://www.niseko.ne.jp/en/index.html
 
I would recomment to get a bus package, if your Lodge not cover the lift pass.
This package can save about US50.
 
http://www.niseko.ne.jp/en/otoku.html
 
Following are some restort and Lodge
 
http://www.niseko-ta.jp/english/resorts/stay/
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/10/2010 at 4:45am
awesome help TZR. As for me, i stayed at a place called ramblers. It seemed relatively empty (its mainly japanese cats working at izakaya that seem to stay there). You get one or two foreigners looking for long term budget accommodation though and it is dirt cheap. I think its around 3000 per night, and drops to around 2500 for longer stays. Its definitely worth looking into. Alas i have no idea how to get in contact with them. Never really planned ahead which may be spanners in my plan when i turn up next feb with 2 snowboards in hand hoping for a 3 week stay :)
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