We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Hirafu Backpackers

Show Prices
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Prices from our online travel partners are not available
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Kutchan-cho
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
View Map
Add a photo
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 29: English reviews
Start your review of Hirafu Backpackers
 Click to rate
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The team @ Hirafu Backpackers were awesome! Super friendly, accommodating and helpful! The place itself is nice and warm with all amenities needed for a fun snowboarding trip. You even get your own tableware so you don't have to worry about washing someone else's stuff. Unlike many places I had visited, the drying room was actually warm and spacious. Didn't...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Artem G
Ukiha, Japan
Reviewed 30 January 2017

If you're looking for solid budget accommodation in Hirafu then this is your spot, but book AT LEAST 6 months in advance if you have a small window to play with. Stayed in a dorm which was fine, no sockets on upper bunks though. There's a great kitchen so you can avoid dropping wads of yen all over Hirafu for...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Jamie W
Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Hirafu backpackers - what a fantastic place! Spent a couple of weeks here in January and had a brilliant time. The backpackers is centrally located to everything you need, the ski bus stops opposite or the nearest lifts are less than a 10 minute walk up the hill. If you're coming to Niseko, chances are you're keen to hit the...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Alyssa B
Reviewed 25 March 2016

I stayed here for three weeks at the end of March/start of April. I stayed in a twin room, which was comfortable, clean and cozy! I could not speak more highly of the amazing staff that manage the backpackers. They strive to make you feel welcome and create an atmosphere that makes you feel like you're staying at a friend's...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Andrea M
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 March 2016

I have now stayed here for a total of 63 nights over 2 separate trips (2014 and 2016). I initially chose Hirafu Backpackers based on the proximity to the slopes and the cost. Yes, there is a shuttle bus to the slopes which is about 20m from the front door, but if you're prepared to walk for about 10 mins...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Luke L
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Cons: - Terrible cleanliness throughout. I can't stress this enough, terrible. Toothpaste and cut facial hair in the sinks and all over the surrounding bench. Filthy floors and bathrooms throughout. - One shower for each of the genders, so you'll be waiting a long time. - Guests partying, drinking and playing loud music until ridiculous hours, which can be heard...

 Report
Helpful?
4Thank John K
Niseko-cho, Japan
Reviewed 11 March 2016

A friend of mine recommended I stay at Hirafu Backpackers and it lived up to everything he raved about. The highlight of the hostel is definitely the hosts Nisse & Dave. They instantly make you feel welcomed and ensure they can help you organise things wherever possible. They treat every guest like a good friend and often ride the mountain...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank Joshua B
Reviewed 10 March 2016

Hirafu Backpackers has a very convenient location –it’s also only a few metres away from a shuttle bus stop, and is also within a 10-15min walk of the nearest ski lift and to many bars/restaurants in the area. We stayed in the 6-bed dorm room which had plenty of space and the beds were surprisingly comfy for a hostel. The...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Anni_Banani_12
Seoul, South Korea
Reviewed 9 March 2016

I stayed there 6 nights early March. Hirafu Backpackers is shamefully dirty. I wonder if it was ever cleaned once since the beginning of the winter season... That bad! Next time I will stay somewhere else for sure! PS: I agree on all accounts with jetsetterA330 and Jane M's reviews.

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank chaissonf
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

Our recent stay in Niseko was a lot of fun.....our accommodation was not. I've stayed at a lot of backpackers in the past-this was not one of the good ones. Hirafu Backpackers seems to attract rude/rowdy male guests who have no concern for others. Despite the 'house rules' there was loud partying until 3-4am most nights. The hung-over wrecks then...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank jetsetterA330

17 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (10)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Other (7)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (7)
Viewed
Room/Suite (5)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Other (1)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Kutchan-cho
0.8 km away
Owashi Lodge
Owashi Lodge
#21 of 61 in Kutchan-cho
53 reviews
6.1 km away
Niseko Tabi-Tsumugi Backpackers
1.4 km away
Ramat Niseko
Ramat Niseko
#6 of 61 in Kutchan-cho
94 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.1 km away
Potato Lodge Niseko
Potato Lodge Niseko
#47 of 61 in Kutchan-cho
6 reviews
0.3 km away
Niseko Yubokumin
Niseko Yubokumin
#46 of 61 in Kutchan-cho
12 reviews
3.4 km away
Freeride Lodge Niseko
Freeride Lodge Niseko
#4 of 31 in Niseko-cho
19 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Internet
Internet
  • Free Internet
Services
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about Hirafu Backpackers

Address: 155-55 Aza Yamada, Abuta-gun, Kutchan-cho 044-0081, Hokkaido
Region: Japan > Hokkaido > Abuta-gun > Kutchan-cho
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Hirafu Backpackers Hotel Kutchan-Cho
Hirafu Backpackers Japan/Hokkaido - Kutchan-Cho
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Hirafu Backpackers staff and other travellers.
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Hirafu Backpackers staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“8-bed dorm is where it's at”
 of 5 bubbles K3698HQjoshuab, 10 Mar 2016 | Read review
“8 people's dorm have beds that are more private then the 6 ppl one.”
 of 5 bubbles 875joanh, 13 Apr 2014 | Read review
“The 8 Bedder has curtains which is if you need to catch up on sleep in the day :)”
 of 5 bubbles markconway85, 23 Mar 2014 | Read review
“We were a larger group so cheaper per person”
 of 5 bubbles DeepturnsJapan, 5 Jul 2011 | Read review
4 of 4