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Hooting Owl Lodge

39-1 Higashiyama, Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun 048-1511 Hokkaido
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#3 of 16 lodges in Niseko-cho
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Hooting Owl Chalet Niseko Accommodation a modern ski chalet in the Niseko United ski area. A newly refurbished lux mountain chalet in the foot hills of Mt. Annupuri in Niseko Japan, the powder capital of the world. The picture perfect location is great for a winter or a summer retreat as Hokkaido, Japan has an abundance of natural beauty, thrill seeking activites and rich farming lands. Hooting Owl Lodge is a two story mountian retreat with all the amenities that make for a relaxing holiday in Niseko Village. It features a spacious open plan kitchen, living and dining area, 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and can sleep up to 14 guests making it perfect for large or extended families or groups of friends.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Skiing
Darts
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
Street parking
Wifi
Complimentary tea
Board games / puzzles
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Blackout curtains
Additional bathroom
Dining area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Microwave
Minibar
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Languages Spoken
English

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39-1 Higashiyama, Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun 048-1511 Hokkaido
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Hooting Owl Lodge
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Steve B wrote a review Nov 2023
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Beautifully renovated ski chalet. I had stayed before the renovations but now this place is next level. I would not stay anywhere else. It is perfect for a large group wanting a private chalet, the open plan living and kitchen area made sure we could easily socialise and be apart of it all. The free parking was great we had 3 cars which enabled us to discover all of the surrounding ski areas and places of interest. There is a bus stop 100 or so meters from the chalet which gives you access to Hirafu ,Annapurri and the onsens. We discovered a few restaurants in the area which had fab food. Beautiful area away from the crazy crowds of a Hirafu but yet close enough if you want to go and get amongst it all. 5 out of 5 we will be back
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Date of stay: December 2022
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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
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kmines wrote a review Feb 2020
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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
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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
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Brad wrote a review Jan 2020
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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
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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 Hagerty Stach wrote a review Feb 2019
Spokane, Washington15 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
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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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
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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 😂 🇯🇵🤘⭐️ P
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Hamish H wrote a review Feb 2018
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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
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Leighroyaus wrote a review Jan 2018
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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
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Nikki D wrote a review Oct 2017
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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
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AU$998 - AU$1,222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanHokkaidoAbuta-gunNiseko-choNiseko Onsen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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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 Niseko Kotobuki (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hooting Owl Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, free internet access, and self serve laundry.
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 barbeque facilities, 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.