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    Moku No Sho ryokan

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.

Moku No Sho is a rather exceptional ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn). It's quite unlike anywhere you've stayed before. Yes - you have a private ensuite bedroom (with Western bed or futon on tatami mats), there is a front desk and a gift shop, restaurant, bar, lounge and lobby - indeed, all the trappings of a international five star hotel. But this is where the similarities end.

Upmarket ryokans, of which Moku No Sho is a fine example, precisely execute the art of hospitality, wrapped in Japanese etiquette and tradition. The staff will aim to ensure you feel like the only guests, be it during the kaiseki dinner (Japanese haute cuisine) or when visiting the outdoor hot springs for which this ryokan is famous. If you want to experience the famous tea ceremony, then we can imagine no better place.

There are a variety of guest rooms, each with modern conveniences tucked discretely away, and some with their own open-air baths overlooking the river. Service is impeccable, though we found that English is not spoken or understood by all staff. 

Staying here for the entire week may be a bit much, even for the most seasoned Japan'o'phile. However, Moku No Sho is well worth a night or two,  as you break away from cosmopolitan Hirafu village for a quintessentially Japanese experience. 

  • Balcony
  • Bath Tub
  • Drying Room
  • Fireplace
  • Front Desk
  • Concierge Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Service (valet)
  • Onsen
  • Parking
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Ski Lockers
  • WiFi (free)

Moku No Sho is set apart, alone in the Hokkaido countryside. To reach the ryokan you take the road to just beyond Moiwa. There is a complimentary shuttle bus from Hirafu, which takes 45 minutes. From the ryolkan you can still ski each day, the nearest slopes being Moiwa (five minutes on the shuttle) or Annupuri (10 minutes), which in-turn connects in to Niseko United ski area.

Distances to:

Ski Lifts: 3 kilometres

Included in the cost of a night at Moku No Sho is breakfast and a kaiseki dinner. There are a wide variety of rooms to choose from, differing in size, view and amenities. Indicative prices range from ¥44,000 (£255) per night during low season for a room with western beds and overlooking the river, to ¥96,000 (£555) for a larger ‘Especially Room’ during a peak period, which comes complete with a traditional Japanese hinoki bath.

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  • Balcony
  • Bath Tub
  • Drying Room
  • Fireplace
  • Front Desk
  • Concierge Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Service (valet)
  • Onsen
  • Parking
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Ski Lockers
  • WiFi (free)

Moku No Sho is set apart, alone in the Hokkaido countryside. To reach the ryokan you take the road to just beyond Moiwa. There is a complimentary shuttle bus from Hirafu, which takes 45 minutes. From the ryolkan you can still ski each day, the nearest slopes being Moiwa (five minutes on the shuttle) or Annupuri (10 minutes), which in-turn connects in to Niseko United ski area.

Distances to:

Ski Lifts: 3 kilometres

Included in the cost of a night at Moku No Sho is breakfast and a kaiseki dinner. There are a wide variety of rooms to choose from, differing in size, view and amenities. Indicative prices range from ¥44,000 (£255) per night during low season for a room with western beds and overlooking the river, to ¥96,000 (£555) for a larger ‘Especially Room’ during a peak period, which comes complete with a traditional Japanese hinoki bath.

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.