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Niseko Freedom Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

This is definitely one of the best hotel we've ever stayed. We were a group of 4 families. We enjoyed the warm welcome and gracious hospitality extended to us by the friendly staff. The rooms were very spacious, clean and with a nice view of the mountains. We also arranged for a pick-up from the airport via mini-bus and we enjoyed the road trip. The lounge area was nice with wood fire, games, books, coffee/tea facilities. There was snow all around the inn. All of us enjoyed playing in the snow just outside the door. They had toboggans, snowball makers etc for the kids. Breakfast was good enough and tasty. Staff were really caring and will always check with us for the dinner. We had many choices including Indian food. Staff would get takeaways for us. The free shuttle was very useful. Hanazono 308 is just 5-10 mins walk from the inn. From Hanazono, we can take free shuttle to Hirafu. Ayuka spent nearly 30 mins with us explaining everything about taking shuttle, skiing classes etc. Everyone of us already want to go back to Niseko Freedom Inn:)

I stayed at the Freedom Inn for a week with my three year old daughter in March 2017 and was delighted with the experience that we had. I had pre-booked our stay by contacting the inn by email and had received some very friendly and informative correspondence. As well as booking the accommodation for us they were also able to book our transfers to and from Sapporo airport and also ski rental, lessons and ski school for my daughter. They also arranged a meal to be prepared for when we arrived which was very welcome when you've just spent 20 hours travelling with a three year old! For the duration of our stay we were made very welcome by the staff and they could not have been more helpful. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them and they were also very friendly to my daughter, particularly on her birthday when she was made to feel very special and one of the lovely staff members unexpectedly cooked her a delicious cheesecake! The staff were also great at suggesting restaurants to visit for dinner and organising to get us to the venues in the minivan. The inn itself had a nice feel to it. We had booked a double room with an ensuite and the room itself was a good size, clean and tidy and with a nice view from the windows towards the mountains. The bathroom was fairly compact but was very clean and certainly adequate for our needs. The lounge area down by reception was cosy with a nice wood fire, board games, guitars, books and tea and coffee facilities. A great place to chat to other guests or staff after a day on the slopes or to play board games with the kids. Downstairs there is a room for skis and boards and a further room for boots and other ski gear. There was also a japanese style bath which we used one night and was great for sore muscles after a solid day of skiing. Outside there was absolutely heaps of snow and the inn provided a selection of toboggans, snowball makers and other toys for the kids to enjoy outdoors which was very well received by my daughter and her new friends at the inn. Breakfast was provided each morning in the dining room which had lovely views across to the mountains. I could even point out to my daughter the slopes she had skied with me the previous day at Hanazono! Breakfast itself was a fairly basic buffet with cereal, bread and toast and then a cooked breakfast (bacon, sausage, scrambled egg, mushrooms) with some fruit on the side. This was the perfect start to the day for us and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Don't expect a super-gourmet breakfast, but what you do get is simple, tasty and a great start to a day of skiing. Overall we were delighted with our stay. It represented great value for money and we found the staff to be very genuine and friendly. The location was terrific for our needs - being just one minute in the van from Hanazono ski resort. If you are after the hustle and bustle of Hirafu then this obviously wouldn't be your choice but for a quiet stay in a beautiful peaceful setting and so close to Hanazono then this represents an excellent location and really great value for money.

Cozy inn that is very near Hanazono 308. They offer free shuttle service to 308 and nearby towns for dinner. They are also extremely friendly and helpful with anything from finding places to eat, nearby sports shops and even onsens. The team speaks english (if you are worried about any language barriers) and are very fun to talk to (I remember Milo the snowboarder and David, who drives the van on Mondays). Will definitely be back, I'm already planning my next stay in Freedom Inn!

My son and I had a fantastic holiday at Niseko Freedom Inn. The surroundings are stunning and very peaceful. It is about a 5 minute walk from the Hana 1 lift, but the hotel shuttle bus will take you there and pick you up during their allocated times. It was lovely to be able to stay away from the craziness of Hirafu, but as there are no restaurants within walking distance, you need to rely on the hotel shuttle bus to take you to and from restaurants in Kutchan and Hirafu, which made dinners very regimented. The staff were amazing, booked all our dinners, takeaways, and even our bus back to the airport. The room was clean and comfortable and the included breakfast was great!

Although we stayed over for a night with the Freedom Inn, we were warmly welcomed by the owner and his team who helped us quickly settle in and provided us with great tips on where to dine and which 'onsen' to enjoy. Not only did the whole crew help us with our luggage on arrival but before we left they had also kindly got our car ready for us to load our luggage and took pictures with us before we left. This is truly a homey and very comfortable place for our stay and we thoroughly enjoyed the great service and attention given to us.

Asahi 305-8, Abuta-gun Kutchan Hokkaido

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Ski-in/ski-out access

Located within a leisurely stroll of Niseko Hanazono Resort, Niseko Freedom Inn is within a few miles (5 km) of White Isle Niseko Snowmobile Park. This 16-room, 3-star pension has ski-in/ski-out access along with free in-room WiFi and a spa tub. Kutchancho Asahigaoka Ski Area and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu are also close to this Kutchan pension.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast offered each morning. Enjoy a bite to eat at the pension's family restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


All 16 rooms feature safes and desks. Flat-screen TVs come with digital channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. In-room massages are available, and other amenities include video-game consoles and free toiletries.

Property features

Ski-in/ski-out access, a spa tub, and free WiFi in public areas are featured at Niseko Freedom Inn. You can take advantage of limited parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for JPY 6000 per person one way. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with concierge services and securing valuables. Other amenities at this ski pension include coffee/tea in a common area, a library, and a terrace.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

97.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 51 reviews