If you have a car the day trips are no real hardship. We found them fun.Any ideas of accommodation that I don't need to sell a kidney for? Only need one or two nights at each to break up the trip, rest of the time will be at Niseko.
If you were staying in Rusutsu for any period of time (not a night or two when tripping from Hirafu) then I’d go with a pension option. Staying at the hotel for more than a night would do my head in. It’s like a freaky Disneyland
I'd still recommend the pensions down the road but its another option.
Please take into account even if the pension appears booked out on the internet sites they may still have rooms available.Any tips on where these pensions are? I’ve found a couple, unfortunately with no availability for the time I’ll be there. But I want to make sure I’m covering all the cheaper options before spending big money.
Please take into account even if the pension appears booked out on the internet sites they may still have rooms available.
Pension Lila Huset http://rusutsulodges.com/ can take bookings via a direct email. Pension Yamada http://pension-yamada.jp/doesn't take bookings via email, but you can make a booking with them over the phone, if you have any friends that can speak Japanese! We did that one year. That's the preferred method for booking for many of the pension owners, many of whom are elderly.
Lila Huset also places rooms on Jalan. Try the Japanese version of Jalan and use translate.
We stayed in Pension Yamada. Great food.