It was our second time staying here - 12 nights during the Christmas and New Year holiday. Super cosy and clean place, walking distance to the slope. Super friendly and accommodating host. Can't wait to come back.
Pros Good value for money in terms of spacious accommodation, ambience and lounge facing the open road Very friendly hosts Cons: Limited English speaking hosts. Takes 15-20 mins walk on icy snowy road to Alpine Ridge to attend NBS classes
We stayed here for 10 days during December and could not fault the place for anything. Cozy room, soft beds, yummy breakfast and super kind and helpful host. Walking distance to Hirafu Grand or one min to free shuttle bus point if you are lazy to walk. Will definitely be back.
The rooms are clean and comfortable, with all facilities supplied for a comfortable stay. The hosts went out of there way to help in any little way, showing you where to go on a map if required, to giving you breakfast earlier than normal if you have an early departure. Very friendly and welcoming in every way..
We chose Pension Locomotion for our family to stay in Dec 2017/Jan 2018 because it had been recommended as friendly, warm and close to the slopes but within our budget. Much better than a hostel and great for the family. The equivalent of a Bed and Breakfast, Pension Locomotion is a privately-run house designed for skiers and snowboarders. The pension is located a 10 minute walk from the Hirafu Gondola, 10 minutes from the main street of Niseko and 3 minutes from Lawson the nearest convenience store (which is great for quick food and supplies). There is a free shuttle service stop at the end of the street for those who don't want to walk, connecting to the nearby resort at Hanazono, or in to the central street in Hirafu and direct to the Welcome Centre and Hirafu Gondola. The bus stops at Hanazono, Welcome Centre and Hirafu Gondola. The pension has a dedicated snowboard and ski storage room downstairs, with the ability to wax your board/skis if you want to. There is also a vending drink machine by the entrance at the front. As you come in the front door there is a space to leave your outside boots and slip into some slippers that are provided. The couple that run the pension are very happy to assist with anything you need - they are also agents for Black Cat the baggage forwarding company, which was very handy. Their English is quite limited but with patience and a translator app on your phone, you can figure out what you need to know. Our room had 2 single beds downstairs with bathroom and a loft with 2 futons upstairs. Very warm, clean and comfortable. There was also a flat screen TV The common area has a fridge/freezer, microwave, small grill/toaster oven, instant hot water dispenser, washing machine (100Y for 30 mins) and Dryer (100Y for 30 mins but takes about 2 hours to dry a load of clothing). We had a fantastic cooked breakfast every day as well as cereals and fresh baking. with juice/coffee/tea. Awesome view of the fresh snow out of the windows and squirrels were sighted if you were quick enough. The theme is designed around trains and there are a few in the dinning area. Pension Locomotion is a great place to stay especially for a family. The price and hospitality are fantastic.…