The location and getting there.

Guests have exclusive access to the entire lodge during their stay. You will be supplied a code for the digital lock on the front door and the lodge information booklet contains detailed information about the lodge and the nearby area. We also live nearby in Hirafu over winter so can assist quickly in case of an emergency or general queries. We can be contacted for general inquiries on the phone or emailed between the hours of 8am – 8pm and outside of this for emergencies.

Yama HQ is located in Rankoshi, Isoya District, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan. A rental car is a must due to lack of public transport options in the area. There are no public transport options at our house and it is not walking distance from the resorts.Please let us know if you need help booking a rental car and we can introduce you to some local rental companies. We have a big car park that can fit up to 3 cars if needed.

The house is 5 mins drive to the Moiwa and Niseko Annupuri ski resorts, 15 mins to Higashiyama, 20 mins to Grand Hirafu, 30 minutes to Hanazono, 35 mins to Rusutsu, 50 mins to Kiroro and 2 hours to Sapporo. It is also just 10 minutes drive from some of the best backcountry terrain in Hokkaido. (Please note these times are dependent on road and weather conditions).

If you are looking for culture, Yama HQ is also centrally located in the hot spring area with a plethora of nearby onsens to choose from and great local restaurants. We will leave a range of recommendations for you in our house information booklet. We will also supply a couple of toboggans so kids and adults alike can have a play on our backyard hill.




House Rules

  • No smoking

  • Not suitable for pets

  • No parties or events

  • Check-in is anytime after 3PM

  • Check out by 10AM

  • Self check-in with keypad

  • No shoes on inside the house

  • Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to ¥ 30000



Other important information.



The house will be cleaned only once when you leave. You can request additional cleaning services but this will be an additional ¥25,000 per clean. Please let us know on booking if you would like an additional cleaning service.


You need to take your rubbish to the communal outdoor cages (30 metres up the road) regularly during your stay. We will explain how to do this in the house information booklet. Please read carefully as Japan is very strict about rubbish management.

Snow clearing

You must snow clear the driveway yourself at least daily and on 30cm + days often twice. We will clear the rest of the house approximately once per week (depending on snowfall) but you must maintain the driveway with the shovels provided.