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1-46-1 Minami 11-jo Nishi, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun 044-0045 Hokkaido
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Travelfoodwrtiter wrote a review Jan 2020
Cochrane, Canada166 contributions41 helpful votes
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A brand new hotel in proximity of Niseko ski area. I will give you an overview of my 10 days at First Cabin: first wake up and head to the massive and nutritious breakfast buffet after passing front desk staff that welcome you very morning. Then get in the regular free shuttle to the skis area Grand Hirafu/ Niseko United. Ski all day in the best snow in the world then return to hotel, have a beer from Lawsons in the common are and some incredibly fresh sushi from Max Value while talking with travelers from all over the world. Then take the sore legs into the volcanic hot springs ( Japanese Onsen) and relax before bed or go out to various pubs and restaurants near the hotel in the charming town of Kutchan. You may also get in a hotel shuttle to go night skiing of our in Hirafu for the evening. Stayed in the cabin for $100 Canadian per night, excellent value! The bus drivers were super friendly and front desk became like a welcoming family. I will return.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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79elle1979 wrote a review Jan 2020
Chester, United Kingdom22 contributions12 helpful votes
This place is classed as a hostel as it has shared facilities but it couldn’t be further from the truth! The whole hotel was immaculate, the staff were warm, friendly and very helpful. The bedrooms were very comfortable and well equipped. This place would have 5 stars if it weren’t for the terrible in house restaurant. Breakfast was very average and didn’t end up being fed at night as we were kept waiting well over an hour after placing a food order to the point we had to walk out and get something from the supermarket next door.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Phi Somchai wrote a review Jan 2020
Bangkok, Thailand3590 contributions1003 helpful votes
I am very satisfied with my stay here as everything is well thought off, especially for skiers and snow borders. The hotel had a modern lodge styled lobby, which was very welcoming. The check in was very easy as the employees were very helpful and professional. Our room was very clean and cosy. All the rooms do not have toilet or shower facilities; only a washing basin. The common bath area was very clean and not crowded. An indoor natural onsen was available too. The onsen was very therapeutic after a day of skiing. The buffet breakfast had a decent selections of warm food plus salad and fruits. We had dinner in the restaurant and the food was very good too. I loved the grilled pork on rice. You can also find a 24 hour Lawson convenience store in the car park in front. The Max Valu super market is next door. There were also a few ramen shop and restaurants within a 10 minute walk. Kutchan downtown is about 20 minites walk. They offered free bus service hourly catering for skiers to Hirafu Niseko and Kutchan JR train station. In the lobby, they provided lockers for each room guest, so that they can store their ski equipment overnight. They also provided additional luggage storage for free.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Emma C wrote a review Dec 2019
Innaloo, Australia24 contributions10 helpful votes
Stayed at First Cabin for 8 nights over Christmas and New Year. Really nice modern rooms and facilities. The spa/onsen was well stocked with toiletries for an apres-ski pamper. Very well situated close to Kutchan which has lots of bars and restaurants that are more a lot more reasonably priced than Hirafu. Also has a large supermarket next door for anything you might need. The only improvement suggestions I would have would be more variety at breakfast (it was scrambled eggs for 8 days straight), later shuttles back from Kutchan/Hirafu and more stops on the First Cabin - Hirafu such as somewhere on the Main Street.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lauradezil wrote a review Feb 2019
Hong Kong, China482 contributions105 helpful votes
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Stayed for a few weeks for work during the high winter season and loved it. Great formula. Very convenient, clean, well designed. I had a premium room so all like a hotel except the bathroom is outside the room but close by in corridor. Good food at the restaurant and fab onsen. Staff is super friendly and helpful. Has a Lawson nearby also. Has direct free shuttles to ski areas. Will be back for sure!
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled on business
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kickboxmama wrote a review Jan 2019
Herndon, Virginia180 contributions87 helpful votes
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First Cabin Niseko Pon no Yu Premium Class Cabin (1-5 people). Stayed at a room with 2 bunk beds with sofa bed. Everything in this hotel is simplified and yet very convenient to the hotel guests. Concept of this hotel is unique. We are very happy to stay here many nights. Some recommendations for guests who are not used to Japanese customs are listed at the end of this review. Premium Cabin rooms (1 to 5 people): Pro: 1. Amenities – a wash basin, many plug in sockets, towels, 2 trash bins, a tissue box, a hair dryer, a mini fridge, an electric kettle, coffee, cups and glasses, cotton pads, some hangers, in hotel use Crocs sandals, pre prepared plastic bags of in hotel clothing – no need to bring your pajama, a bath towel, a hand towel, a wash cloth, and one time use slippers (you can take this packet to the shower and bath), a large TV, and a humidifier. A small safe is also provided. A table, a love seat size sofa bed, 2 cushion seats. 2. Room has wall mounted drying panel/heater (adjustable temperature) for ski attire, towels or anything that is wet. 3. If you come with 4 or 5 people, you can move some furniture to make rooms for your luggage. You can also store things under the bunk beds. 4. Plenty of electric outlet that you can charge. I see 6 so far, but if you want more, bring your electric outlet bar that you can plug in multiple devices at once. 5. Extremely clean and comfortable. Con: 1. Room could use more hanging hooks. 2. I wish the temperature can be adjusted easily but you can open your window for a while to let cold air in or turn off the panel heater. 3. This room lacks information in English (as of Dec.2018) on switches, and TV (which has BS channels that air Korean, Chinese, English, and Japanese programs, and 地上 has Japanese channels). TV controller also needs explanation in English – Language switch is shown as 音声切り替え. Hotel itself: 1. Located right next to the Lawson – convenient store that has a small eat in area, and Max Value supermarket, a drug store, a 100-yen store, a coin laundry, local bus station, some restaurants, Karaoke place, ATM machines, etc. 2. It has a communal bath – the water is supposed to ease muscle pains, arthritis, joint pains, etc. There are 3 individual shower rooms attached to it. 3. Restaurant is on site – breakfast and dinner only (as of Dec 2018). Breakfast buffet seems to be fine – 1500 yen per breakfast per adult. Dinner selection may not be great (Grilled fish, Pork Cutlet Curry, Pork Cutlet and Spaghetti, all you can eat Shabu Shabu for 2 hours, etc.), but for the price, the quantity is huge, so we thought dinner was good deal. Dinner set menu also came with all you can drink non-alcoholic drink bar which included milk. The set also came with miso soup and rice (self-serve). 4. Community gathering area has a TV, English books, tables, chairs and sofas. This could get quite busy and noisy till late at night. (Maybe the hotel can set up to have quiet hours between 10:30 pm to 6:30 am??) 5. Non-single rooms have card keys for their rooms. Less noise and more secure in my opinion. 6. Single rooms do not have keys but have a large locker underneath the bed. The size will be shown in pictures. 7. Key access to accommodation area and special keys to lady’s bath and cabins/rooms so very safe. 8. There is a microwave, blanket, vending machines near the common area. 9. Locker for skis and boards. 10. Coin operated laundry is on the site. 11. Non-Smoking throughout the hotel except for a designated smoking room. 12. Very nice staffs. 13. Strong Wifi throughout the hotel and able to do Downloading, streaming, or whatever you would like to do. 14. Wheel chair accessible toilet on the ground floor. The female bath area has three stairs to go into, but single use cabin/room seems like wheel chair friendly. I am not sure the doors of Premium cabin is wide enough but inside will be. There is an elevator to the 2nd floor. Check detail with the hotel. Overall, they have just what you need to stay comfortably. Note: Single cabin/room may hear noise coming from other rooms. Their door is accordion style. It has opening on top front for air circulation. Transportation: 1. Bus service to Niseko Hirafu Welcome Center, Kutchan Station are very convenient. There is a local bus stop in front of the hotel. 2. If you would like, you can walk to Kutchan station are within 30 min. I loved walking, peeking into some shops here and there. Eating options: 1. Dinner at the hotel. Note: Cash Only (Good deal in my opinion) 2. A couple of Ramen restaurants are nearby. 3. A Sushi Restaurant, Yotei Maru is walking distance. It is belt conveyer sushi restaurant that you can also place order to the sushi chef. They have fresh fish of the day listed on papers that hangs from the ceiling only in Japanese, but you can also ask for them. Water is self-service by a Game/toy machine. It can be easy to spend more than $100 equivalent for family of 4. Note: Cash Only 4. A lady at the information center told me that Ramen Nakama is quite well known in this town. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1025639-d7598338-r462892453-Nakama_Ramen_Shop-Kutchan_cho_Abuta_gun_Hokkaido.html 5. I liked Shunsai near the train station. It offers casual French style cuisine without big price. They offer deer, rabbit, as well as beef, chicken, fish, pork, with selection of drinks, pasta, pizza, sandwich, etc. 6. Pizza – no major chains such as Domino, Pizza Hut. There is no pizza delivery in Kutchan, but if you miss Pizza, Shunsai, Vida Café at the Tsutaya bookstore (10 am to 7 pm), and one other place had some. Or do take out in Hirafu. Max Value bakeries have pizza bread and a small pre-made pizza. 7. Near Kutchan train station has a lot more selections of restaurants. 8. Lawson Convenient store and Max Value has ready-made meals, deli, frozen foods, and snacks. If you are adventurous, try Onigiri rice balls with different ingredients, Oden, steamed buns with different fillings, and such. Enjoy Japan’s foods! How to get here and out: 1. Check the hotel site. Moiwa bus runs from Sapporo Chitose Airport. You can also take other buses like White liner and get off at Niseko Welcome Center and then get on the First Cabin Bus. You can also take JR to Kutchan Station and get on First Cabin Bus, take a taxi, or take public bus. Stop is Lerch (Lay roo he) *Some useful written (see the signs in the hotel) and unspoken etiquette while you stay at this hotel which applies to staying in hotels in Japan. At the communal bath/hot springs/Onsen: 1. Wash yourself completely before going into hot springs/communal bath. This will keep the water clean and sanitary as possible for everyone to enjoy. 2. Do not put any towels in the bath water. 3. Put your long hair up before going into the bath. 4. When going into the bath area, you will see shoe rack and bare foot sign. That means you need to take off your crocs there and store them. Do not walk into the changing area with your crocs. 5. Clean and tidy up after you use all the amenities in the changing area. Bathrooms/Toilets 1. Bathroom slippers are provided so switch your crocs sandals to bathroom slippers. This will help to avoid cross contamination in the hotel. Do not walk in to the bathroom with your crocs either. 2. Take off your slippers toe towards the bathroom so that next person will be able to wear them easily. Communal gathering area: 1. If you are gathering till late at night, please refrain from talking loudly. Others may be resting at nearby rooms. 2. Clean after you eat, drink, and party. These are some manners that were ignored or unaware by some hotel guests while I was there. I hope all the guests enjoy their stay there. When shopping: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle If you can bring your bags or plastic bags to stores, please do. Japan’s convenience stores are very useful but all the individual packaged food, chopsticks, plastic utensils, plastic bags are contributing environmental problems. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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globetrotterCKY wrote a review Jan 2019
Singapore, Singapore371 contributions72 helpful votes
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Accessible by Niseko united bus headed towards Kutchan, drop off at Reruhi park stop which is shown on bus LCd screen (or Lerch park - based on google map). Lawson right outside the property, huge super market Aeon, daiso, pharmacy, ramen joint next door. Shuttle bus to the slopes every morning, take the niseko bus back if u stay out for dinner in the evening. Modern lounge with vending machines to chill out, in house onsen (note the additional mandatory 150¥ a person a nivht bathing tax here), dry room and individual free lockers for ski gear. As the cabins are without solid walls segregation, one might enjoy better rest with ear plugs and eye masks. Aside from this, everything else was a great experience and I'm hoping the price remains at 7200¥ a night the next season!
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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US$42 - US$61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanHokkaidoAbuta-gunKutchan-cho
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Frequently Asked Questions about First Cabin Niseko · Pon no Yu
Which popular attractions are close to First Cabin Niseko · Pon no Yu?
Nearby attractions include Lieutenant Lerch Statue (0.2 km) and Lerch Memorial Park (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at First Cabin Niseko · Pon no Yu?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a hot tub, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at First Cabin Niseko · Pon no Yu?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to First Cabin Niseko · Pon no Yu?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bcc White Rock, Sapporo Ramen Daishin Niseko, and Vatten Ramen.