Like all good snow holidays - it's dependent on the weather: Inches of snow, temperature, cloud, rain etc. All of these can sometimes boil down to luck. Fortunately we had all of these on our side. So our trip was already off to a great start. This was only enhanced further by our choice of accommodation. Cosy rooms, great location - 1 minute walk to the shuttle bus, and clean communal areas. A special thanks to T and Steve for making our trip so easy and relaxed. Unfortunately this is their last year running the lodge so can't comment on if such a high standard will be maintained.
The lodge is clean, comfortable and a great fun place to hang out, have a few beers and reflect on the awesome snow. Steve and Tennille were both lovely, a great help and really enthusiastic. Will definitely be coming back.
I thoroughly enjoyed my 6 days at Popcorn Lodge. Steve and Tenille were both such kind and fun people, always around to help, give advice and have a chat. The lodge was very clean, cozy and had a relaxed atmosphere about it. It was about 10 minutes out of the main part of Hirafu, which is actually quite cool because it encouraged me to explore a bit more and get to know greater Hirafu. The dormitory room was a nice layout and the breakfast was absolutely delicious. This was a perfect place for me to stay and I would absolutely recommend it for those looking for a slightly cheaper, yet just as enjoyable, holiday in Niseko.
First of all our hosts nicked named Mum and Dad (Tennille and Stephen) by our crew was amazing. They were so helpful, friendly and fantastic at arranging events that lodge guests could attend. We had a mulled wine evening, day trip to Rusutsu, freshly baked cookies! It was just great! We had a fantastic stay, rooms or cosy, warm and have heaps of space, plugs. Our room even had a mini bar fridge and TV (not that we used the TV). Beds was comfy and duvets was nice and warm. In the mornings there was a continental breakfast with scrambled eggs and fresh coffee to top. Most evenings you'll find some friendly guests in the lounge area by the fire having a drink or two. All civilised tho ;) Some rooms have their own bathrooms, ours didn't and we used a communal shower, even with the lodge full I had no problem finding time to have a private shower. There's washer and dryer to use for a ¥100 My pro tips, I over packed. I didn't need shampoo, body wash or towels, it's all provided. Getting to ski fields there is a bus 2min walk from the lodge, we opted to walk to the Grand Hirafu lifts most mornings (10-15min) because we wanted fresh tracks. The bus comes a little to late if you want to do that. There are a few restaurants close to lodge, Curry Soup Kitchen is amazing! Thanks again, Tennille, Stephen and Tim we had a great stay!…
This lodge is highly rated for a reason. Steve and Tennille are fantastic hosts and do an amazing job. Highly recommend for anyone looking to stay in Hirafu. The buses are frequent so no issue getting on or off the mountain and it's only about a 10min walk into main village.