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39-1 Higashiyama, Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun 048-1511 Hokkaido
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#3 of 42 Specialty lodging in Niseko-cho
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.
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Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Adults only
Baggage storage
Self-serve laundry
Street parking
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Snack bar
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
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Additional bathroom
Dining area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Coffee / tea maker
Walk-in shower
Hair dryer
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Electric kettle
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57Somewhat walkable
Grade: 57 out of 100
12Restaurantswithin 1 km
1Attractionwithin 1 km
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Gabe W wrote a review Mar 2020
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Hostel hospitality at its finest. Friendly and accommodating staff. The hooting owl is the best bet for you and your time at niseko. Friendly atmosphere of skiers and riders all on a mission for Hokkaido powder. Rides to the hill, day trips, and apres activities all happily taken care of by staff. Their unique knowledge of the area, steered by the interests of these rad individuals, makes this the only place to stay in niseko!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
kmines wrote a review Feb 2020
4 contributions
This is a great hostel to stay at when riding Niskeo. The staff and other lodgers were super friendly. They provided breakfast and rides to the mountain in the morning. The beds were clean and comfortable. The living area can be lively at times, so best to bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Mallan Trickett wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
Simply put this is the best shared accommodation/lodge I have stayed at. The staff and other guests were amazing and our time there really made our trip special. It felt like I was staying at a friend's place. You don't feel like just another guest, the staff really go above and beyond what you would expect from them. The only down side was the weak WiFi signal in some areas of the lodge, it made calling home in my room difficult. But that is the only negative I have of the place, and it was only minor inconvenience.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Brad wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions3 helpful votes
This proved to be a great place to stay for skiing at Niseko. It's hostel style so you need to be okay with interacting with other skiers and travelers in the common areas. I met some great people along the way so that was a plus. The folks running the day to day were excellent. Picked us up at the Hilton from our bus ride upon arrival. Drove us to the mountain each morning. Cooked breakfast in the morning very promptly. Only potential draw back is the rooms are close to the common area so folks up late may be noisy. I popped in earplugs each night and was sound asleep. Place was clean and cozy.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Sleep Quality
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Response from lionel, Manager at Hooting Owl Lodge
Responded 30 Jan 2020
So glad you enjoyed your stay at the Hooting Owl we love hearing about people having a great time and meeting like minded people from around the globe. We have a great team and the lodge and they loved hosting you too cheers form the team and hope to see you again some day in Niseko
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Morgan S wrote a review Feb 2019
Spokane, Washington12 contributions24 helpful votes
We had a great stay at the Hooting Owl Lodge for our Niseko ski trip in February. Katie & Jordan were absolutely wonderful; providing us with warm breakfasts, transpo to/from the Hilton Niseko, and information on any and everything we needed during our stay! The lodge itself was perfect; convenient location to bus stops (and also a ski-out/short walk from Niseko Village slopes), clean bathrooms and rooms, a nice common area and kitchen, ski gear storage, reliable WiFi, and most importantly (especially after freezing our tails off on the slopes) HOT water! Would love to stay here again next time we are back in Niseko.
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Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
3 Helpful votes
Response from lionel, Owner at Hooting Owl Lodge
Responded 21 Feb 2019
HI Morgan thank you for the great review we are so glad you loved your stay, we love sharing our knowledge and this beautiful area Niseko with guest from all over the world and we hope to see you again in Niseko. Keep the stoke alive. Team Owl
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Hayato S wrote a review Feb 2018
8 contributions1 helpful vote
The Hooting Owl is by far the best place to stay when staying in Niseko. The Staff including Jodi, Billy and Moo are by for the nicest most helpful and fun people you will ever meet in your life. Do not consider staying anywhere else unless you don’t like fun then go elsewhere. Aside from the epic snow you get there, the common room really helps build great friendships to last you a lifetime and just discuss your common passion for the deep Japow. The next trip I do to Niseko I am 100% staying at the Owl again. Be careful of the Strong and Sake especially when pushed by a Japanese man πŸ˜‚ πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ€˜β­οΈ P
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Hamish H wrote a review Feb 2018
Euroa2 contributions1 helpful vote
I spent approximately two and half weeks at Hooting Owl and had a phenomenal time. Given that I was traveling solo and it was my first time in Japan the accommodation was perfect for my circumstances. The lodge had an area perfect for meeting and interacting with others and really good cooking and bathroom/showering facilities. I stayed in a two person dorm and the bed was extremely comfortable. Overall the lodge was clean and well maintained. By far the most outstanding aspect of Hooting Owl for me was the staff. Billy, Jodie and Moo were absolutely fantastic. They were accommodating, friendly and helped out with any issues, and above all else, were really great company. The breakfast in the morning was fantastic everyday! A huge amount gratitude to them for making my trip so enjoyable!…
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Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Leighroyaus wrote a review Jan 2018
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Well worth the visit. Good place to meet new people and friends! Make sure you check out mexican mule a few doors down the road for a feed and cocktails ! Easy location to Niseko village, close bus stop near by to get to Hirafu or annupuri also
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
Nikki D wrote a review Oct 2017
Canada15 contributions5 helpful votes
Me and my friend stayed here for 4 nights over the winter. We were unimpressed with the skiing in the area, and overall did not enjoy Niseko as much as other ski destinations, especially considering the high cost of everything from accommodation, entertainment and the pricy and limited dining options. However, the lodge was an alright place to stay (clean, relatively quiet, priced according to the market) but I wouldn't recommend it if you are looking for a Japanese character - its very western and it seemed like only westerners stayed here. It is also quite inconveniently located so expect to either pay quite a bit for an unreliable bus service or rent a car. We stayed in a 4 person shared hostel room, but one night the lodge actually put 5 people in the room (one on a mattress on the floor). We complained about this overbooking, asking for a price adjustment due to the inconvenience and we were pleasantly surprised with the good (although delayed) customer service, when we received a partial refund for the night when we checked out. The chef was quite good who did the breakfast. Most of the staff are very young travellers, so don't expect much from them in the way of local knowledge or effort.…
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Date of stay: January 2017
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Book early to ensure you get your preferred room option
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ckolisko wrote a review Sep 2017
Cambridge, Vermont1 contribution
I stayed for 10 days at the Hooting Owl this past January and if I had to do it all over again, wouldn't change a thing. The lodging was great, and the staff unbelievable. They truely helped make the experience what it was. Thank you Billy, Moo and Jodie so much for making our trip the best that it could be.
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
US$136 - US$141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
JapanHokkaidoAbuta-gunNiseko-choNiseko Onsen
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hooting Owl Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Hooting Owl Lodge?
Nearby attractions include The Village (1.1 km), Soga Hokuei Stone Circle (1.1 km), and Futago no Sakurambo Tree (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hooting Owl Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and free internet access.
Which room amenities are available at Hooting Owl Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Hooting Owl Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Hooting Owl Lodge?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hooting Owl Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Takahashi Farm Milk Kobo, Prativo, and Mandriano.