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    Freedom Inn, with Mount Yotei as the backdrop

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.

More serene and homely than vibrant and central, Hanazono’s Freedom Inn is the only hotel within walking distance of the Hanazono ski lifts, surrounded by inviting mountains, forests and streams – with little competition for fresh tracks every morning. Here you’ll feel more like you’re staying with friends, well away from Hirafu village.

There are just 16 rooms in a variety of configurations – including a good single and family rooms, some with en-suites - and a roaring fire in the living room. A shuttle service is offered to the lifts in the morning and to Kutchan and Hirafu for evenings out, although Freedom Inn offers sukiyaki (Japanese hot pot) or shabu-shabu (sliced meat and vegetables with dipping sauces) on request. There’s also a traditional ofuro (communal bathing area) to warm you up after a day outdoors.

You would choose to stay at Freedom Inn for the fantastic skiing and forst tracks in Hanazono, the cosy atmosphere and affordable prices. Those who do, love it. 

  • Bath Tub
  • Drying Room
  • Fireplace
  • Front Desk
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Onsen
  • Panoramic Views
  • Parking
  • Ski Lockers
  • Television
  • Washing Machine
  • WiFi (free)

On a small, quiet forest road in Hanazono - its only a short distance to the lifts and then you have Hanazono all to yourself, before everyone else makes their way over from Hirafu or Niseko Village. Indeed, the locals tend to head to Hanazono car park for this very reason - the lifts opens at 8.30 am so you can enjoy the virgin powder on Strawberry or Blueberry fields before anyone else arrives.The regular shuttle bus to Hirafu takes about 20 minutes and the Freedom Inn offers guests complimentary transportation to the lifts in the morning and also their own shuttle service into either Hirafu or equally near (and larger) Kutchan for evening meals and nightlife.

Distances to:

Ski Lifts: 150 metres

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  • Bath Tub
  • Drying Room
  • Fireplace
  • Front Desk
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Onsen
  • Panoramic Views
  • Parking
  • Ski Lockers
  • Television
  • Washing Machine
  • WiFi (free)

On a small, quiet forest road in Hanazono - its only a short distance to the lifts and then you have Hanazono all to yourself, before everyone else makes their way over from Hirafu or Niseko Village. Indeed, the locals tend to head to Hanazono car park for this very reason - the lifts opens at 8.30 am so you can enjoy the virgin powder on Strawberry or Blueberry fields before anyone else arrives.The regular shuttle bus to Hirafu takes about 20 minutes and the Freedom Inn offers guests complimentary transportation to the lifts in the morning and also their own shuttle service into either Hirafu or equally near (and larger) Kutchan for evening meals and nightlife.

Distances to:

Ski Lifts: 150 metres

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.