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19-1 Higashiyama, Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun 048-1521 Hokkaido
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#2 of 42 Specialty lodging in Niseko-cho
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Brand new for the 2016/17 winter season, opening in January 2017, Snow Dog is a modern apartment sanctuary nestled in Higashiyama, close to Niseko Village Resort. Comfortable and fresh design with modern furnishings, fittings and appliances. Suited for couples and small families in an affordable price range with a choice of apartment options from studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free shuttle or taxi services
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Grade: 58 out of 100
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CWRG wrote a review Feb 2020
Warwickshire, United Kingdom132 contributions82 helpful votes
The rooms are compact, but incredibly well equipped and immaculately clean. The rooms have absolutely everything you need on your ski holiday: a fully equipped kitchen, a washer / dryer, quality linens on a comfortable bed and a great bathroom. The very best part of the Snow Dog Niseko is the reception staff, who are absolute stars: Knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. The location is absolutely perfect: Not too far from the lifts and close to the Black Diamond Lodge. I look forward to going back one day!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded 26 Feb 2020
Dear CWRG, Thank you very much for taking the time to submit a review of our accommodation, we greatly appreciate it. We are happy to hear you had a pleasant stay with us and enjoyed the service from our staff. As you mentioned Snow Dog Niseko has well equipped and comfortable apartments that come fully self contained with all the necessities you require on a ski holiday. Yet again, thank you for your review of our accommodation and we look forward to seeing you here again soon! Kind Regards, David
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Svitlanka Sergiichuk wrote a review Feb 2020
Kyiv, Ukraine288 contributions86 helpful votes
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We were looking for a comfy place to stay during a snowboarding trip to Niseko, finally selected Snow Dog and did not regret at all. We were renting a 2-bedroom apartment. Firstly, the apartment was stuffed with very modern consumer electronics: washing machine with a dryer (very handy after a snowboarding day!), dishwasher, toaster, baker, modern Japanese washlet, brand new and big Hitachi fridge. It was possible to regulate the heating in every room. Free shuttle service was handy too with an option of going to either Hilton (where the gondola lift to slopes is located) or Hirafu (the largest and central part of the Niseko resort) for free. It tales about 10 mins to get to Hilton lifts by shuttle, and the morning bus at 7-50 brings you to be the first one in the gondola queue. Also, it was good to have a cleaning service every 2 days. Usually apartment rentals do not offer such a service. The buildings are in the forest, and every morning we had a cute fox coming to our windows asking for food :) attached her photo. Karabina restaurant on the hotel’s area was great for dining, baked salmon set and Choya plum wine is recommended. As for shopping food, this has to be done in Hirafu - so remember to shop before going back to Snow Dog. Also, the staff was really helpful and offered a free transfer to the train station, even though we needed it really early - at 5.45 am. Thank you! In general, it was a great stay. Would come again!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from DavidS23907, Guest Relations Manager at Snow Dog Niseko
Responded 9 Feb 2020
Dear svitloshodu, Thank you very much for taking the time to submit a review of our accommodation, we greatly appreciate it. We are happy to hear you had a pleasant stay with us and enjoyed the service from staff. As you mentioned Snow Dog Niseko is well appointed property that offers spacious and comfortable fully self contained apartments. As you explained, the property has easy access to the nearby ski lifts via the shuttle service and even has its own restaurant on site. Yet again, thank you for your review of our accommodation and we look forward to seeing you here again soon! Kind Regards, David
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Stevie G wrote a review Feb 2020
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Overall very good. Could have had some additional room for ski and boot storage (drying room perhaps?). Also missed the lovely Japanese hospitality, the staff were friendly and the room was spotless however we felt that we were "welcomed" by a list of rules (rather than lovely hospitality we had received elsewhere). The in room facilities were great.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Responded 8 Feb 2020
Dear Stevie G, Thank you very much for taking the time to submit a review of our accommodation, we greatly appreciate it. We are happy to hear you had a pleasant stay with us . As you mentioned Snow Dog Niseko has well equipped and comfortable apartments that come fully self contained with all the necessities you require on a ski holiday. Thank you for your review regarding hospitality as it is important to continually improve the services offered. Yet again, thank you for your review of our accommodation and we look forward to seeing you here again soon! Kind Regards, David
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Highmarker wrote a review Feb 2020
Wenatchee, Washington27 contributions9 helpful votes
We spent 11 days at Snow Dog in Jan-Feb of this year, and although we didn't get any fresh snow, I can't imagine a better place to stay. It was quiet and comfortable, relatively spacious, and the kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to make meals there if we wanted. Having a washer and dryer was awesome, and the beds were great. The hourly shuttle was very convenient (with super friendly drivers), and the skijapan staff onsite were able to answer any questions we had and were helpful in every way. Although we were very disappointed that we didn't get any snow while we were there, everyone in our group agreed that the accommodations were a major reason why the trip wasn't a total failure. I would stay there again.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Responded 8 Feb 2020
Dear Highmarker, Thank you very much for taking the time to submit a review of our accommodation, we greatly appreciate it. We are happy to hear you had a pleasant stay with us and enjoyed the service from staff. . As you mentioned Snow Dog Niseko has well equipped and comfortable apartments that come fully self contained with all the necessities you require on a ski holiday. As you explained, we also provide a complimentary shuttle to the various locations within the Niseko area. Yet again, thank you for your review of our accommodation and we look forward to seeing you here again soon! Kind Regards, David
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alanxchen wrote a review Jan 2020
Hong Kong, China1 contribution
A great place with spacious rooms and nice furniture. Very convenient shuttle bus too. The staff are super nice and helpful. My family and I enjoyed our stay very much. Pre-arrival was frequent and in details.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 21 Jan 2020
Dear alanxchen, Thank you very much for taking the time to submit a review of our accommodation, we greatly appreciate it. We are happy to hear you had a pleasant stay with us and enjoyed the service from our staff. As you mentioned Snow Dog Niseko has well equipped and comfortable apartments that come fully self contained with all the necessities you require on a ski holiday. Yet again, thank you for your review of our accommodation and we look forward to seeing you here again soon! Kind Regards, David
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JTGLS wrote a review Jan 2020
Perth, Australia11 contributions1 helpful vote
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So many things I have loved about this accommodation. We traveled here as a family of 5 (3 kids 18yo, 10yo & 5yo). Booked a two bedroom with loft. Have not needed to use the loft as there is enough space. Kitchen is fantastic with all the facilities you need. Laundry/shower and toilet is clean and really big in Japanese standards. Beds and pillows are comfortable. There is space downstairs to leave your skis and boots. HEAPS of storage space and cupboards to put clothes etc. The accommodation is new (opened in 2017) so I found that everything is so new, clean and well looked after. These are the things that I absolutely loved about this place. 1. The washing / dryer machine. Had I realised how fantastic this appliance was going to be I wouldn’t have packed quite as many clothes for my kids. I have been able to wash all our thermals & socks each night and know they would be dry ready to wear the next day. 2. The Snow Dog free shuttle bus. This come on the hour every hour all day until 11pm at night. We were able to easily plan to get to the ski slopes with ease, come hone with ease and head out for dinner to Hirafu each night (eat and come home) with ease. You could take you ski gear on the bus and it stops right at the accommodation. 3 Location - being our first time skiing in Niseko I was completely overwhelmed when trying to pick accommodation and where to stay. Initially this spot felt a little bit in the middle of nowhere as I thought staying in a Hirafu was the only way to go. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Definitely Hirafu offers the nightlife and restaurants and we would go there each night for dinner but as mentioned above Snow Dog made it so easy to get to and from there. So while it’s not actually within walking distance to Hirafu or restaurants it’s perfectly located near Niseko Village (Hilton slopes) and Annupuri. We could get either the shuttle bus or the Niseko United Bus to either of these areas. These areas offered beginner slopes for our 5 year old / intermediate slopes for my older children and if we used the Niseko Gondola we could end up at any area we wanted. We did buy bread, milk, butter etc so my kids would eat breakfast in the room before we went out for the day. Once on the slopes there was plenty of options for food if we wanted. 4. Excellent wifi. At the end of the day my kids were exhausted and all they would want to do is come home and sit in their iPad or phone for a while. The wifi is really fast. Would definitely come back and stay here again and would definitely recommend this to families looking for excellent, clean and well sized accommodation but wanting a cheaper option than the pricey accommodation in Hirafu.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 11 Jan 2020
Dear JTGLS, Thank you very much for taking the time to submit a review of our accommodation, we greatly appreciate it. We are happy to hear you had a pleasant stay with us . As you mentioned Snow Dog Niseko is well appointed property that offers spacious and comfortable fully self contained apartments perfect for a ski holiday. As you explained, the property has easy access to the nearby Hirafu and Niseko village with its very own shuttle bus for guests. Yet again, thank you for your review of our accommodation and we look forward to seeing you here again soon! Kind Regards, David
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JJ Hutch wrote a review Jan 2020
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Great relaxing place to stay if you prefer to be away from the crowds and larger hotels in Hirafu. Snow Dog shuttle bus convenient to get you to the ski lifts (5 minutes) near the Niseko Hilton and to the resort/shopping section of Hirafu (15 minutes). Very new facility with nice amenities and close to several restaurants for options other than Hirafu dinning. Staff was excellent both on arrival as well as departure to personally greet and get us to where we needed to be and provided the extra effort to assist with getting rental equipment. Recommend pre-booking transportation to/from airport and pre-booking rental equipment. Overall superb value for expensive Niseko Resort!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: Best views with units on second floor with lofts.
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Response from DavidS23907, Guest Relations Manager at Snow Dog Niseko
Responded 7 Jan 2020
Dear jjhutchsing Thank you very much for taking the time to submit a review of our accommodation, we greatly appreciate it. We are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable stay with us. As you mentioned Snow Dog Niseko has everything you want; comfortable apartment in a peaceful setting that comes fully self contained with all the necessities you require on a ski holiday including a shuttle to nearby restaurants and ski areas. Yet again, thank you for your review of our accommodation and we look forward to seeing you here again soon! Kind Regards, David
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Vacationer548945 wrote a review Jan 2020
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This is a good choice for family trip, parking provided, kitchen available, spacious and clean, shuttle bus also available to different parts of Niseko. Staff are nice and friendly. Will come again! Good experience!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 4 Jan 2020
Dear Vacationer548945, Thank you very much for taking the time to submit a review of our accommodation, we greatly appreciate it. We are happy to hear you had a pleasant stay with us . As you mentioned Snow Dog Niseko has well equipped and comfortable apartments that come fully self contained with all the necessities you require on a ski holiday. As you explained, we also provide a complimentary shuttle to the various locations within the Niseko area. Yet again, thank you for your review of our accommodation and we look forward to seeing you here again soon! Kind Regards, David
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raaiman2020 wrote a review Jan 2020
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Between Hirafu and Hilton, best of both worlds. Great view on the mountains, walking distance from milk kobo, but you can always ask the frontdesk to take you there. Shuttle buses are 1hrs apart, or just walk to the mainroad and take the normal buses to hirafu. Recommended to get your own transport.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: bed is abit soft, so better arrange for harder bed.
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Responded 4 Jan 2020
Dear Raaiman2020, Thank you very much for taking the time to submit a review of our accommodation, we greatly appreciate it. We are happy to hear you had a pleasant stay with us . As you mentioned Snow Dog Niseko is located in a perfect position close to the ski lifts and nearby restaurants and the property offers its very own courtesy shuttle to nearby locations . Yet again, thank you for your review of our accommodation and we look forward to seeing you here again soon! Kind Regards, David
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AI AI HK wrote a review Jan 2020
Hong Kong, China12 contributions9 helpful votes
Given getting a taxi is extremely difficult during high season in Niseko, renting a car to drive around is a smart thing to do, As such, there’s no need to stay in a ski-in ski-out accommodation which are also incredibly and excessively expensive. SNOWDOG is a very good value for money adn well-appointed alternative, it has easy access and is short distance from all parts of the village, plenty of parking and even a nice restaurant right underneath the building. Definitely a place I‘ll go back to next time.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: Ground floor units have easy access to Carpark outside
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Responded 4 Jan 2020
Dear AIAIHK, Thank you very much for taking the time to submit a review of our accommodation, we greatly appreciate it. We are happy to hear you had a pleasant stay with us . As you mentioned Snow Dog Niseko is well appointed property that offers great value for money. As you explained, the property has easy access to nearby restaurants and ski slopes . Yet again, thank you for your review of our accommodation and we look forward to seeing you here again soon! Kind Regards, David
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US$86 - US$197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanHokkaidoAbuta-gunNiseko-cho
NUMBER OF ROOMS
26
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Frequently Asked Questions about Snow Dog Niseko
Which popular attractions are close to Snow Dog Niseko?
Nearby attractions include Niseko Village Ski Resort (1.2 km), The Village (1.1 km), and Niseko Kotobuki (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Snow Dog Niseko?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Snow Dog Niseko?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Snow Dog Niseko?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Snow Dog Niseko?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Snow Dog Niseko?
Conveniently located restaurants include Takahashi Farm Milk Kobo, Prativo, and Mandriano.
Does Snow Dog Niseko have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Snow Dog Niseko offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Snow Dog Niseko have airport transportation?
Yes, Snow Dog Niseko offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Snow Dog Niseko?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.