Photo courtesy of Grandpapa Lodge
Grandpapa Lodge Niseko
Niseko may be known as the Aspen of the East, but the Grandpapa Lodge feels decidedly Alpine, with a gingerbread exterior, Swiss fondue restaurant, and pension-style friendliness. Modest rooms are cozy and sparse (some with a shared bath), but so are the rates: prices are generally well lower than the big resorts and include a hot breakfast. The family-run lodge’s lounge has a fireplace and games for socializing with the international mix of guests, and the Yukoro public onsen is next door (admission is 600 yen per adult). The village has a free bus to the ski lifts and restaurants.
By Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert
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Yamada163, 山田 Kutchan, Abuta District, 虻田郡 Hokkaido 044-0081, Japan
Sun - Sat 3pm - 10am