Tank Lodge, Niseko Photo by Carole Whitehead


Tanuki Lodge is our own home-away-from-home and we love sharing it with friends, friends-of-friends and family. We want to keep it as affordable as possible to share our excitement about Niseko, Hokkaido with you, so we ask all guests to treat Tanuki Lodge as their own home, be courteous towards other guests and help keep shared areas clean.


Basic condiments such as tea, coffee, etc. and whatever previous guests have left behind are available in the house. For everything else guests are responsible themselves. You will organise your own shopping and meals, keeping in mind, that there are many excellent local opportunities for eating out.

Tanuki has a full kitchen and all manner of groceries and fresh food can be purchased at local stores or the Kutchan supermarket (for details, visit our Local Services page). For those who like to eat out there are many great local resturants as well as those in Hirafu. Check out our Eat page for lots of info.

Tanuki Lodge, Niseko Photo by Carole Whitehead

Photo by Carole Whitehead


Bedrooms are a mix of Western and Tatami style.  All rooms have two western beds, and each bed has pillows, doonas (with covers) and blankets. We’ll provide the bed linen if you bring your own towels. (You’ll need at least two, a separate towel for the local onsens)


Tanuki Lodge, Niseko Photo by Carole Whitehead

Photo by Carole Whitehead


Living areas at Tanuki Lodge are shared between all guests.  Tanuki Lodge has 2 living areas, one upstairs with the open plan kitchen and dining area and another, downstairs, with a large screen TV (with Japanese TV), Chromecast, multi-region DVD player and iPod stereo, and Wi-Fi internet access throughout. Hydronic heating panels are fitted throughout the house.


All bathrooms at Tanuki Lodge are shared. There are three bathrooms:

  • a western style bathroom with shower and toilet.
  • a Japanese style private bathroom with separate bath and hand shower
  • one Japanese style Onsen bathroom with three wash stations (hand-held showers) and a four person tub.
  • There are also 3 separate western-style toilets and one male urinal.

Shampoo, conditioner, body soap and hairdryer are provided.

Tanuki Lodge, Niseko Photo by Carole Whitehead

Photo by Carole Whitehead


In real ‘club lodge’ style, cleaning during and at the end of your stay is your responsibility. Please make sure you leave the lodge as clean or cleaner than when you arrived, clean up after yourselves, and be courteous to other guests.

Tanuki Lodge also has a washing machine,and iron which guests are welcome to use.


  • In true Japanese style, shoes are never worn inside. Bring your own slippers or select from the random collection of slide-ons in the entry foyer, but please leave your shoes at the door. Cycling shoes, ski and snowboard boots must never, ever, ever, be worn inside the house.
  • Please keep noise to a minimum, especially at night, and be considerate and courteous to other guests.

What to Bring

  • A car! See Getting Here for details on renting one.
  • Towels – Bath towel and handtowels per your preference, and a small towel for onsen.
  • Slippers for inside the house.
  • Powerpoint/Plug adaptors.
  • Your bike, skis or snowboard.

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