Niseko has a pretty long history, and one of the hotels that’s been around to see a good deal of it is the Niseko Alpen. This grand old establishment dates from 1965! That wouldn’t be long in terms of European ski chalets, but in Japan that’s a respectable run for a building. Nevertheless, the Niseko Alpen is in good shape, plenty accommodating and certainly well maintained. It’s the perfect place for a family stay. The location is hard to beat, just a short walk down the mountain from Hirafu Grand resort, the main gondola and the Hirafu visitor center. Those traveling by bus will find this hotel quite convenient, just jump off the bus and slide down the hill to its doors! There’s also plenty of parking as it’s directly in front of the main Hirafu parking area. It also boasts Niseko’s only indoor heated pool! Plus an on-site gym, onsen (hot spring) and spa featuring hot stone sauna (ganbanyoku). Between soaks in the indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths, you can sing karaoke or try acupuncture. Shiatsu massages and aromatherapy can also be ordered to your room. And everything from sports gear to souvenirs can be found at the hotel’s shop. There are four on-site restaurants including the aptly named Slalom that serves buffet breakfast, lunch menu and has course dinners, and the Syokusai Japanese restaurant that serves excellent sushi. The Niseko Alpen may not be as trendy as some of the western style accommodation to spring up recently, but it’s reasonably priced with good amenities, and has a pleasant, family vibe. The clientele is primarily Japanese, and the staff are very friendly and helpful, so it may be a good place to go get a feeling of mixing with the locals. And the location can’t be beat for the price!
２０４ Yamada Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido Prefecture 044-0081