Town of Rankoshi Tourism Association starts operating cottages with panoramic view of Mount Yotei

A "Fureai no Sato Hinode" cabin with a panoramic view of Mount Yotei

The Town of Rankoshi Tourism Association in Central Hokkaido’s Niseko region started operating eight cottages in Rankoshi in April. Functioning as individual house lodging facilities that allow users to avoid coming into contact with other guests, the project aims at satisfying tourism demands during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. After first setting up this lodging business on its own, the Association next wants to dive into plans for providing tours that let visitors enjoy visiting different areas in Rankoshi while staying overnight there.

The available cottages are the “Fureai no Sato Hinode” location in the Yunosato area of Rankoshi (3 cottages) and the “Fureai no Sato Tomioka” location in the Tomioka area of Rankoshi (5 cottages). All cottages are two-story wooden structures with a guest limit of four to eight guests. They are choicely located with close views of Mount Yotei and Mount Niseko Annupuri, and though they do not provide meals, they are equipped with kitchens and cooking tools.

Each cabin is its own separate building, which reduces the chances of coming into contact with other guests. Underscoring this, an Association contact reported, “With the coronavirus keeping people indoors, we want families to feel safe about coming here to thoroughly enjoy the nature of Rankoshi.”

In July of last year, the Association also registered as a “regional travel agency”, which makes it eligible to sell travel plans. It is also considering developing travel packages combining the region’s core industry of agriculture and its abundant hot spring resources with lodging at facilities.

The price for one night at one cottage starts at 12,780 yen, and additional charges apply for groups of five or more.


Fureai no Sato Hinode