Niseko Woody Note Hirafu

Essential Information for Your Stay at Pension Woody Note

Pension Woody Note is a family owned and family run Japanese Pension.  Pensions are not hotels.  The services provided by Japanese Pensions are well understood by their Japanese guests but less so by foreign guests.  An understanding of this essential information prior to arrival will make your stay all the more enjoyable.   

Essential Information for your stay at Pension Woody Note

Check-In:  15:00 to 22:00 (Bag drop prior to 15:00 and you can change into ski/snowboard clothes)

Check-Out:  10:00 (Bag storage and you can change out of ski/snowboard clothes)

Free Transfers from the Hirafu Welcome Center to 21:45

Breakfast 07:30 to 08:30

Coin operated washing machine Yen 200 per wash includes liquid detergent

Japanese Pensions do not provide towels, however towels are available for Yen 100 per towel and Yen 50 per face towel

Free transport to the Hirafu Lifts each morning:  08:15 First Tracks Bus; 08:45 Early Rush Is Over Bus; and 09:30 Hurry Slowly Bus

Free transport from the Hirafu Welcome Center each afternoon at 17:00 Beer Time Bus

The Grand Hirafu Pension Shuttle will stop at the Woody Note front door during the 2021/22 Season

Access in minutes to some of the best skiing in the world

Mobile (Cell) Phone Coverage

Mobile (Cell) phone coverage is excellent in Hirafu. However it does depend upon your service provider. The coverage in the mountains is less reliable. In order of preference for coverage the three main telcos in Hirafu are:

  • AU
  • Docomo
  • SoftBank

Mobile (Cell) Phones for non-residents

It is illegal for Japanese Telcos to contract with non-residents. However mobile phones may be rented from, and disposable SIM cards may be purchased from other companies online. At the time of writing the best seems to be: eConnect Japan, but because it is Japan Data SIM Cards can be purchased at the local Covenie (Convenience Store)

Free Resort Shuttle Bus (The Red Bus)

The Free Resort Shuttle Bus is now operating. All the information you need can be found here: