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305-8 Asahi, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun 044-0083 Hokkaido
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#9 of 72 B&Bs / Inns in Kutchan-cho
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The Niseko Freedom Inn is a 16-room Georgian-style boutique hotel located on the exclusive Hanazono side of Niseko, just 200 meters above the Hanazono 308 Ski Center and lifts --- and next to the 18-hole Tokyu Golf Course. Personal service and attention to our guests' needs is by now quite famous. Just tell us what you want. Free shuttle to your favourite restaurants and onsens? Or a special shabu shabu dinner with us at the Freedom Inn? Special diet request? Apres-ski party in our lounge with a real Vermont-style wood-fired stove. Free booking in our private bath? We'll deliver.
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Free breakfast
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Vincent C wrote a review Jan 2020
Shinjuku, Japan45 contributions51 helpful votes
Very nice and friendly staff that made my stay better. They provide shuttle to drive you around for dinner and also can help you plan your day. I liked the location. Its off on its own in a nice forest. But a 2 minutes shuttle (10 minutes walk) to the Hanazono lift. I found it very relaxing. They can also shuttle you around if you want to get out. Room is nice, I got a room with private bed room. Small but comfortable. Breakfast is ok, think of it more as complementary rather then a full breakfast. Sound insulation is not great, you can hear it when people and walking down the hallway.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Melsa85 wrote a review Jan 2020
Canberra, Australia529 contributions160 helpful votes
We stayed here 6 years ago and it was a really positive experience so we decided to stay again. The service is excellent, all the staff go above and beyond to help you out with all things snow and non-snow related. We stayed in a western room with two king singles pushed together and a lovely outside view. The room and en-suite are quite basic but still useable. The only issue I had was the rock solid bed but that’s very common in japan. For location, they are a 10 min walk from Hanazono lifts and they run a bus back and forth each morning and afternoon. They also drive you to a local onsen in the evenings if you book in and out to different places in Kutchan-Cho and Hirafu for dinner. They had some excellent recommendations for food. So why only 4 stars? Two reasons. 1. When we booked, the email communication was excellent but they advised us due to the timing of the shuttle from Hirafu back to Sapporo (8am) drop off would be during their breakfast time so they could not do it. We were given the option of them calling us a taxi in the morning (taxis can often just not come) or a private transfer at $450 AUD. We took the private transfer given we are connecting to an international flight but when we arrived here staff advised they could do a breakfast time drop off....it would just cost us an extra ¥6000. I would have appreciated knowing about that beforehand to save myself a bunch of money on the private transfer. 2. Since the last time we stayed they have started running a service for xtravel groups from Sweden. I can see why they offer the service as it clearly works for their sort of accomodation but while we were here two different groups stayed and the second lot were jerks. Loud, inconsiderate, yelling in the hallways at 6am, staying up late and yelling good night in the hallways jerks. We choose this accomodation because it doesn’t have that element of drunken moron so commonly found in Hirafu and this was unfortunately a bit of a downside for us.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Geoffrey wrote a review Jan 2020
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We stayed with 3 families and some extras for a couple of weeks and skied Niseko. The staff were very helpful and willing to be flexible for us. Breakfast is included as are minibus trips around the area. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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JWH3228 wrote a review Jan 2019
Torquay54 contributions23 helpful votes
I visited the Freedom Inn with my 5 year old daughter in mid-January 2019. We had previously visited in 2017 and found it to be great value with friendly staff and easy access to the Hanazono Resort. Nothing has changed and we found it to be a terrific stay once again with very friendly staff, a good breakfast, clean and tidy rooms and just a two minute van ride to the Hanazono slopes and 308 building. The snow was excellent this year and with the drop-off and pick-up service from the Freedom Inn we were able to maximise our time in the snow, starting out at Hanazono each morning and being able to move across the various Niseko resorts through the day. In the evening it was great to soak in the large hot bath downstairs and venture into town to get food or do night skiing. Again, we found the staff very pleasant and only too keen to help us out with queries, bookings and general information. We would highly recommend Freedom Inn as a place to stay and hope to stay again in the future.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Response from Niseko-Hanazono, Owner at Niseko Freedom Inn
Responded 26 Jan 2019
Thank you for returning. We are so pleased that your expectations have been met and look forward to seeing you again.
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WBeryl wrote a review Dec 2018
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
Had a wonderful 2 nights stay at freedom Inn. Jai and team were really helpful with the booking and the stay itself. It is a great place for kids as there is a small area just outside and props provided where the kids could slide and play with snow. It was no trouble for them to help arrange for free shuttle to kutchan for our meals. A very homely and comfortable stay for us all.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Niseko-Hanazono, Owner at Niseko Freedom Inn
Responded 26 Jan 2019
We are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Tuan N wrote a review Feb 2018
70 contributions51 helpful votes
We had a fantastic 4 night stay at the Freedom Inn. Jai and the team were extremely helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble for them, from booking restaurants to arranging transfers to the station. The hotel itself is only a few minutes drive to Hanazono 308, and they offer free shuttle buses to and from there every morning and afternoon. There aren't any restaurants within walking distance, so they recommended we eat at nearby Kutchan, away from the super-busy and more expensive Hirafu. And wow - we had some of our best meals in Japan there! Rooms were huge by Japanese standards and had everything we needed. A basic but nourishing breakfast is included in the room rate. If you don't really enjoy touristy party towns, and just want a quiet small hotel (only 16 rooms) with fantastic warm service, then the Freedom Inn is highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Niseko-Hanazono, Owner at Niseko Freedom Inn
Responded 25 Feb 2018
Hi, Tuan, We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. The no restaurants within walking distance "issue" will change from December 2019 when the new Park Hyatt opens a few hundred meters away and Freedom Inn is planning its own soup, stew and hotpot restaurant to service our guests, their guests and the locally growing community. We will also encourage our guests to continue to enjoy the local wonders in Kutchan and even the resort-y wonders in Hirafu. 2018-2019 will be probably the last season to enjoy the true seclusion to which our little Inn is currently privileged. We hope to see you back again! Best regards, Cliff
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Kenneth_0526 wrote a review Jan 2018
Jakarta, Indonesia99 contributions35 helpful votes
I came here with my family for a 3-day ski trip. The staff were extremely friendly and quickly helped us settle in. Even though most of the staff are people from Europe like Ireland and England, they can communicate with Japanese tourists well. This cozy little inn was in fact converted from a bungalow and I spent my free time shoveling out the front porch. Freedom Inn was located just a 5 minute walk away from Hanazono 308 skiing slope. There are shuttle vans everyday from 8:30-9:30am to Hanazono and 4:00-5:00pm back to the hotel. In the evenings when you need to enjoy, just hop along to Weiss Hotel (again, by the shuttle) to enjoy the Japanese Onsen. Furthermore, you get half price once you tell the front desk that you stay in Freedom Inn! Cliff, the owner, always has recommendations of dinner for you! He mostly recommends small restaurants in the local town of Kutchan which are cheaper and better than the more expensive restaurants in the touristy Hirafu. In the mornings when you wake up, once you glance outside the window, there'll be snow everywhere for you to see, on the trees, the windows, the front porch and the roads. I'll definitely come back next winter to stay again in this lovely inn. Also, I told Cliff that I'll come back when I'm 18 to shovel out the front porch!
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The rooms facing the front porch have better views of the snow.
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ErChoong wrote a review Dec 2017
Australia24 contributions42 helpful votes
Came here with my three kids. Great place for skiing. Best powder snow in the world. Hotel is clean and staff are super helpful - from fetching you to ski lift (hanazono is just 10’mim walk away) to arranging dinner booking and transportation . Highly recommended to all and would come again.
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Niseko-Hanazono, Owner at Niseko Freedom Inn
Responded 28 Dec 2017
We are so happy you enjoyed your holiday. The best snow in 6 years certainly helps, even though we can not take credit. We look forward to welcoming your family back! The Freedom Inn Team
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davekiat wrote a review Dec 2017
Singapore, Singapore82 contributions10 helpful votes
I came here for a 6 days ski trip and we were deciding to stay at Hirafu or choose a quieter inn like freedom. I am very happy I choose Freedom Inn. Jai and his wife run this inn during winter and they really made us feel at home. They took care of my parents when they need to make their way to Hirafu for the bus to Sapporro. There’s a place to store your ski boots and it is usually dry in the morning. You can ski out to Hanazono but not ski in as it’s uphill from Hanazono. The room is perfect and the hot pool in the basement is a welcome relief after a day in the mountains. Jai always have recommendations for dinner. He recommended Kutchan which is cheaper compared to the touristy Hirafu. They provide free transfer for dinner and to the ski resort. This made up for its location. If you like a quiet place with excellent hospitality and view, go for freedom inn. We woke up to a beautiful view of the mountains and the snow capped trees. It was a relaxing holiday for us. My wife and I really can’t bear to leave this place. We are already planning to come back again this or next winter. PS: I made a mistake during check out and paid additional cash. Jai was honest enough to return it to me. He’s a very honest person!
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Niseko-Hanazono, Owner at Niseko Freedom Inn
Responded 26 Dec 2017
Thank so much for the great words. We could not be more pleased that you are planning to return and look forward to providing an even better experience next time. The Freedom Inn Team
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Mels Travels wrote a review Apr 2017
51 contributions3 helpful votes
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Hubby and I had the most amazing experience at Freedom Inn. Such awesome scenery, you couldn't help but love this location. The upstairs room was clean and incredibly spacious and had a private bathroom. The shared lounge areas were warm and cosy with a fireplace. The home cooked brekky in the morning was delicious and the staff were welcoming and friendly.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$166 - US$235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanHokkaidoAbuta-gunKutchan-cho
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Niseko Freedom Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Niseko Freedom Inn?
Nearby attractions include Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU (3.5 km), Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (4.7 km), and Niseko Hanazono Resort (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Niseko Freedom Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Niseko Freedom Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Niseko Freedom Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Niseko Freedom Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bombay Sizzlers Niseko, Bar Gyu, and Kamimura Restaurant.
Does Niseko Freedom Inn have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Niseko Freedom Inn offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Niseko Freedom Inn have airport transportation?
Yes, Niseko Freedom Inn offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Niseko Freedom Inn?
Yes, dry cleaning and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Niseko Freedom Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Niseko Freedom Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese.