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Thank you to the many wonderful guests who have stayed with us so far. It never fails to bring a smile to our faces when we see our guests marvel at the incredible powder Niseko has to offer, or hear stories from guests who were totally satisfied with the service and luxury we provide. Below are just some of the comments we have received from guests who have stayed with us in Niseko and Furano. We hope to have the pleasure of having adding many more wonderful memories for many years to come.

The Hamiltons - January 2009

After spending 3 years skiing in Niseko every winter, Will, Colleen, Sam, Will junior, Tony, the boy have settled on Furano. They love Furano so much they have been back twice and rumour has it are now land owners. The backcountry tours with Chuck were a favourite with the Hamiltons last year.

The Tam Family- July 2008

"We really enjoyed our stay and will most definitely return again! I really liked the PS3 and it was great fun. The room was very nice as well!"

Hiromi Suzuki -July 2008

"お部屋もスイートクラスで大満足でした。家具やキッチンもすごくオシャレでした☆ 来年も富良野に来る予定なので絶対また利用します!スタッフの方も丁寧に対応していただいて有難うございました。思い出に残るたびの一つになりました。 The suite was top class, we were very satisfied! The furnishings and kitchen were particularly stylish. We plan to come to Furano again next year, so we’ll definitely stay here! The staff were very helpful and thorough in their assistance – thank you so much. We’ll not forget this trip."

Andy & Wendy- June 2008

"This is such a wonderful place, definitely much more than we had expected. The room gave us warm at-home feelings which were very important to our baby Nicole (10 months old). It’s a great experience to stay at Furano Fresh Powder, and we would love to come again during the ski season. Thank you to all the staff who have been extremely helpful and friendly. All the best."

Mr. Boonyongratanakool- June 2008

"We have had a nice stay. Hope to come back to see the full bloom of lavender. The apartment is well equipped, we had a great time. Thanks!" Thailand

Maho Komaeda - June 2008

"想像以上にきれいで、とても心地よく過ごせました。初めての富良野がとてもいい思い出になりました。有難うございました! The apartments were even more beautiful than we imagined. We had a very comfortable stay. Our first ever visit to Furano has become a wonderful memory. Thank you so much!"

Emily and Kenneth- June 2008

"It is a good place for staying – very comfortable, cozy, and we liked staying here very much. We will stay here again next time we come to Furano."

Yuu - June 2008

"お部屋はきれいだし、広いし、置いてある電化製品や食器なんかも全ておしゃれだし、スタッフの方も親切で、感じが良く、大満足です。小さい子供を連れていたのですが、ダイニングテーブル用の子供イスも初めから用意されていて、うれしかったです。今回は、両親と私たち夫婦と乳幼児3人での宿泊でしたが、みんな一泊で帰るのがもったいない!と言っていました。コンドミニアムタイプは初めてでしたが、少々騒いでも周りに気兼ねしなくて良いので、子供連れには最高だと思います。今度は姉妹も誘ってぜひまた利用したいです!! "The rooms are beautiful, spacious, and appointed with fashionable appliances and tableware. The staff were very friendly and sensitive. We were very satisfied. Everyone felt it was a shame to stay just one night! We traveled with a small child, and they even thought to set up a high chair in our suite before our arrival. This was our first time to stay in a condominium style accommodation. We really enjoyed the feeling of being able to relax and let our child play a little bit without bothering other people. I’d highly recommend it for families with small children. …….."

Ponta - June 2008

とても快適でした。スタッフさん達も良い方達ばかりでした。 同行の小学3年生はホテル宿しか経験がなかったらしく、母親が目を見張るほどテキハ゜キと働いてくれました。 "We were very comfortable. All of the staff were so wonderful. The 8 year old traveling with our group has only stayed in hotels before, and helped us out with cooking under the watchful eye of her parents!"

Hama-chan - June 2008

広い部屋に、きれいなフルキッチンセット、スタッフも地域の情報などとても親切! 好感度100%。滞在型の人にはお勧めです。 "The spacious suite was decked out with a full kitchen. On top of that the staff were very knowledgeable about the area and extremely helpful! 100% satisfaction. Highly recommended for anyone who plans to spend a few nights in the area."

Jorgen, Elisabeth, John, Fredrika, Olle Andersson - March 2008

We had a wonderful stay here in Furano! All three kids went to ski school, and they REALLY learned to how to ski! Thanks to our great teachers, Mighty Meg and Chiba-sensei. The snow here is fantastic, and we are amazed that the slopes are not more busy. The apartment was perfect for our family, the kids really enjoyed a bubble bath every evening. Thank you so much Tim for arranging transport to the ski lessons, and recommending good restaurants. The kids especially liked Tirol Lamb BBQ and the Tirol Cafe (second floor). We would really like to come back to Furano! - From Sweden (via South Korea)

Angel & Godwin – March 2008

"Nice to meet you! It was such a wonderful holiday for us, and you have helped us with that. Thank you so much for all the arrangements, what a pleasure to stay here! Will definitely come back. Take care and hope to visit during the summer." - Hong Kong

Broome- March 2008

"Spur of the moment booking – handled exceptionally well by Tim! Furano was much better than Niseko. Fresh Powder is #1! Many, many thanks." - Fred, Juliet and Hugo (Broome / London)

Guan Liu and Wah Hiam-March 2008

"Probably the best skiing experience of my life! Excellent snow conditions and staying at Fresh Powder was a bonus. The apartment is in immaculate condition and perfectly located, just 25 m from the gondola station. Friendly locals are very hospitable and patient with foreigners. And food… must try the Shabu Shabu at Sen Nari and the hot sake at Robata." Singapore

Prue & John-March 2008

Fabulous time… we love Furano! Very comfortable apartment and great service from Tim. We will definitely come back and bring some friends as well. Please don’t tell anyone else about the great skiing, terrific sushi restaurants, and great sake! Port Douglas, Australia

Rob & Jan-March 2008

A fantastic week of skiing. Really enjoyed the experience of being "Lost in Translation" … but smiles & gestures go a long way. Great spot (we don’t want too many others knowing about it please!) Great restaurants, friendly people. Accommodation was fantastic – Tim was very helpful

Carla & Stephen- March 2008

We had a ball. A great apartment that has been furnished fantastically. Great management who were very helpful. Awesome skiing/ snowboarding, even for first timers. Thanks to our great instructors Bailey and Masashi. Great places to check out in Furano –Sanjin (Hot Pot & Japanese dining), Lamb BBQ Tirol, Kumagera (downtown Furano). Thanks! Perth

The Brands & Claphams- March 2008

Great apartment. Tim the Meister! Good food and good snow – excellent spring skiing. Thanks Fresh Powder, we plan to be back! Cairns, Australia

Mike, Robyn, Charli, and Jack Haddican-March 2008

First time skiing in Japan. We had a great time on the slopes. Accommodation was great, very impressed! Great location close to the lifts. Added bonus of being entertained by the owners!! Thanks Tim for all your help, outstanding!

Ben, Carola & Jasmin- March 2008

What a fantastic holiday, a real "home away from home"… a bit of a shame that we missed out on the some of the snow from the previous weeks, but the outstanding service, smiles, and hospitality more than made up for it! The staff at the local hospital were brilliant, we couldn’t have asked for better care for our accident-prone little Jasmin. Many thanks for a wonderful time. Cairns, Australia

Peter, Angela, Lachlan (7), and Nathan (5) - March 2008

We have had a fantastic time in Furano! Fresh Powder Apartments have been very comfortable and Tim has been extremely helpful and friendly. It was the first time for Lachlan and Nathan to ever ski, and they love it. The slopes were great to learn on, and the instructors were very patient. My favourite place for coffee is the Soto Café (open at 11 am) and favourite western restaurant was Bakushu (just past 7-11). We also enjoyed a great dinner at the Furano Prince Hotel. There are still many things we didn’t get to do, so we are very keen to return. Many thanks! - Peter, Angela, Lachlan (7), and Nathan (5)

Richard and Andrew - March 2008

Great apartment. Well set up and great location. Tim, you were very helpful and attentive to your guests’ needs. The French Restaurant [Le Chemin] was great. A pity about the early spring, but we will be back (just a bit earlier!) Cheers, Richard and Andrew

Clay & Tom- March 2008

Thanks so much for a fantastic long weekend. The apartment was a very welcome change from the tired accommodation in other smaller towns. You have done an amazing job with the décor, the size and the furnishings. And the fireplace was an absolute treat after a day on the slopes. Special thanks to Tim for all his help in planning our trip, getting us organized when we arrived and for providing some great recommendations in the local area. You are a star! We’ll definitely be coming back with friends in 2009. Until then, all our best…

Steven, Cate and Jordan Collett- March 2008

"Kind thanks for an exceptional holiday. The skiing & boarding was the best we have ever had. Great dining out and lovely locals. The accommodation is 6 star. Perfect. We have already booked to come back next January. Thanks Tim for the best ever holiday."

Andrew and Robert Mellor - Feb 2008

"First time in Japan. My dad and I had an awesome time. Spent the week here in Furano after a week in Niseko. Loved the culture, the food, and the hospitable, friendly and fun locals. Thanks Tim for being a great host at Fresh Powder. We had a lovely stay here, and the accommodation was top rate. I think I’d like to check out Furano in the summer, looks beautiful – maybe a good place to bring my wife if I get married some day!! God bless, thanks again for all your help and hospitality."

David, Anne, Julia, and James - Feb 2008

"The accommodation & facilities at Furano Fresh Powder Apartments were excellent. Being directly opposite the ski lift was a handy bonus. Also, not being in the center of a ski area “après” life is also a benefit. Notwithstanding, there are plenty of restaurants in walking distance, and the shuttle bus right out front was very convenient. Tim was very helpful right from the outset when our booking was made, to our arrival and stay. The fact that he will make sure we catch our plane tomorrow is very reassuring! All the best for the future. Our daughter is already checking your vacancies for next season!!" Perth, Australia

Dennis & Margaret - Feb 2008

"Furano Fresh Powder Apartments was just great – great location, and great management team. For a retired couple, the Furano facilities are to be commended. Access to the supermarket, convenience store, and many fine dining options couldn’t be easier. To have an apartment with full kitchen facilities makes a long holiday that much more enjoyable and affordable. Furano Fresh Powder Apartments met and exceeded our expectations and are on par with facilities you would find in North America or Europe. The drying and ski store facilities are just great….."- Canberra, Australia.

Rachel and Gerard - Feb 2008

"To all at Furano Fresh Powder Apartments - thanks for making our first visit to Japan a fantastic holiday! It felt more like you were welcoming us into your home than staying at an apartment. The attention to personal detail was amazing – as was the eagerness to help with booking taxis, restaurants, and in our case even taking us to the dentist to fix a broken tooth (Thanks Hiro & Tim!!) We loved being able to walk across the road to the ski field, and then it was great to come home in the evening and enjoy a home-cooked meal in our own kitchen, put up our feet in front of the big-screen TV – or even better rest our muscles in the deep soak Japanese bath…mmmmmm! We will definitely be back. Everything was perfect, thank you!" - Tamworth, Australia

Keith, Ladcha, and Lauren Yates - Feb 2008

"We had a most wonderful time in Furano, and staying at Fresh Powder Apartments made it all the more enjoyable. The apartment was very comfortable and well fit out – just like being at home. Thank you Tim, for being such a welcoming and helpful host. We tried all the restaurants you recommended, and enjoyed every one! The skiing was fabulous, and for our one non-skier, the view from the apartment was almost as good as being on the slopes! I could watch all the action from the warmth of the apartment. We will definitely come back. Many thanks for all your wonderful hospitality." - Sydney, Australia & Miki Sakuma from Tokyo.

Michelle– Feb 2008

"Hey – We had a great time! Love the convenience of the facility to the hill – very wonderful especially with small children. We could walk to the slope with no hassle. Rental of the skis next door was great too. We found getting 2 small children to the beginner slopes a bit tiresome (3 and 4) – but hey no problem! Tim was wonderful. He picked us up at the train station and our very first stop was a cultural event that night. He was a great help with everything from taxis to pizza delivery, what to see, etc. We appreciate his hospitality! Thanks for a good stay at Furano. Enjoy"

Tim, Catherine, and Nicholas Madden - Feb 2008

"Very enjoyable stay. Most comfortable apartment and very well fitted out. A common area with an open fire for skiers to gather après is still to come to the Furano experience. But, hey – hard to improve on something that’s already so good." Kind regards from Sydney, Australia

Jane & Nicola - Feb 2008

"Tim, Nicola and I thank you for making our stay such a delightful one! We have been made to feel welcome, and comfortable, and you have done everything to meet all our needs – for which we are grateful. You know we could have spent 3 hours with you at the supermarket!! We look forward to our next visit."-Lennox Head, Australia

Daniel, Jason, & Mindy - Feb 2008

"Thank you for a fantastic time here at the Fresh Powder Apartments!! From the word go – Graeme & Tim have been SO helpful from the booking to our stay. The apartments were so comfortable and luxurious – felt just like being at home. Tim was full of info and made our stay even better. We will be back FOR SURE. Thank you once again. PS. Hidden Gems: Asahidake ski hill – powder, powder, powder! Tomi Sushi down the street by 7-11 (great for lunch too!) Shojiki Mura Ramen noodle shop Herbal Massage place in Kitanomine Follow the powder pied piper!"

Chris and Nicola - Feb 2008

"What an excellent location, close to the ski slope. Quality of the apartment and facilities is great. Tim has been very attentive to our needs and ready to assist with any of our queries. The grocery shopping expeditions were very good." - Sydney, Australia

Kate & Norman Saunders

"The apartment is wonderful, the staff (Tim and Asuka) most helpful. We have enjoyed our stay and appreciated what Furano had to offer. Definitely will return one day." - Feb 2008

Richard, Helen, & little James - Feb 2008

"The apartment was fantastic in terms of quality and setup – could not have been better. And… the location was out of this world! Being so close to the slopes and the great skiing. We cannot believe that more people do not know about this place! The help we got from Tim and team made life very easy, helping to overcome any slight communication issues which could have otherwise become an issue. Overall a fantastic place, fantastic holiday, and looking forward to coming back!" - Hong Kong / UK

Mark & Emma – Feb 2008

"What a location…wow! Waking up every morning to a view of the ski slopes was the best way to whet our appetite for the fantastic skiing that Furano had to offer. And what a treat with the accommodation. Top class facilities, really well laid out and serviced. Many thanks to Tim for all his hard work and for making our stay so comfortable. Can’t wait to come back for more!" - Hong Kong / UK

Vanessa & Eric - Feb 2008

"We had a fantastic time in Furano. We loved the town, the slopes, the food, the people and the apartment. Thank you for welcoming us here and we look forward to visiting again in the near future!" - New York, USA

Eileen & Konrad Chan - Feb 2008

"We loved the friendly and well-arranged service from Tim, who was able to get access to almost anything we needed. Kei, our ski instructor, was also great! We really enjoyed the shabu-shabu restaurant, and also the cakes at Delice. It’s a must-try tea place for everyone… Hong Kong."

The Bolden Family - Feb 2008

"We have had the greatest time in Furano, even Tammy who cannot ski!! The accommodation was perfect for a family, beautifully self-contained and had all the things required to be self-sufficient. Having said that, we found Furano excellent value to eat out. Tim was the perfect host, answering all our "stupid" questions. We will be back." - Cairns, Australia

Shane, Tanya, Tayla, and Matty - Feb 2008

"Wow! Awesome location, we have all had a ball. The snow and slopes have been the best I have experienced, better than what I was looking forward to. Tim, your courteous service was much appreciated. You made our stay so much easier, from the booking of the apartments to helping arrange ski lessons. Thank you. The apartments at Fresh Powder were truly excellent - very well appointed, great location, great for a family!" - Cairns, Australia

Changers

"Tim it’s been a pleasure being back at Fresh Powder. Thank you for all your help and many arrangements made on our behalf. Looking forward to more Fresh Powders in different parts of Japan! See you again soon, cause we’ll be back." - "Changers"

Jason & Ingrid-Feb 2008

"It’s been a pleasure staying in Furano and Tim has been the perfect host. We’d love to come back and look forward to more fantastic skiing!" - Sydney, Australia

Carolyn and Desmond - January 2008

"Furano Fresh Powder is fantastic, child and family friendly accommodation. It is a great opportunity to be able to shop in Japanese supermarkets and cook the amazingly fresh food available. The PS3 is also a great idea. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. We will certainly remember this trip. And the snow… lots of powder, groomed runs, moguls, and the occasional tree run. Our only regret was not being able to ski the “Kumaotoshi”. Canberra, Australia."

Jacqui, Michael and Jarrett,

"Many thanks for a great time at Furano. The accommodation and facilities are the best our family has ever stayed in, in our many years of skiing. Thanks for all the assistance in arranging visits to onsens and the chance to powder ski – it made our trip very special. Your assistance and help has made Furano a must return destination for our family. Our only regret is that the time passed too quickly!"

Peter, Jill, Sam & Yvonne- January 2008

"We arrived here 9 days ago, and each day since has been enjoyed in different ways. This is a place that has all the comforts of home plus more. Each night we enjoyed eating out at the various restaurants, but we also enjoyed using the private kitchen facilities for other meals, which was very special. Fresh Powder has a wonderful location, and the cool, calm, and reliable manner of Tim Borreson the manager has put any little problem to rest. Thank you for a wonderful stay & if at all possible we would love to return."- Sydney, Australia.

The Philips & Blair Families- Jan 2008

"To everyone at Fresh Powder Furano; We had a fantastic time here in Furano and packed our 10 days with excitement and activity. Highlights were the skiing, our course at the ski hill but also the backcountry powder skiing with Hokkaido Powder Guides at Asahidake. We will also remember the zoo at Asahikawa and restaurants such as Panier, Tyrol, and Rag Doll. The views over the town and valley from our apartment are wonderful, and we loved the warmth and comfort. Thanks to Tim for looking after us so well, he made our stay very easy & pleasant. ….."- Erik, Susy, Mandy & Kip

The Van Sant Family –January 2008

"Seven nights in a winter paradise! Fantastic place to improve our snowboarding skills. Topped off with perfect luxurious accommodation at Fresh Powder Apartments. Amazing position across the street from the ski slopes, and lovely views of the mountain. Then there is the PS3, the spa, the warmth, the modern décor, the comfortable beds, the dishwasher…We LOVED the powder snow, the lovely scenery, the restaurants we went to ……… A FANTASTIC week as a family that exceeded the expectations of parents, teen-age boys, and an 11-year-old. Thank you TIM for advice on restaurants, ski hire, wine AND for assisting with a visit to the doctor. THANK YOU! "– John, Linda

James, Kerry and Kiera-February 2007

James and Kerry Darbyshire from Hong Kong visited in February 2007 with their beautiful 10 month old daughter Kiera. Kerry, new to the slopes took to skiing with a real vest whilst James could be seen trying to jump off every boulder he could find. Little Kiera was kept company by the other 3 young infants staying with us at the time. Harvey, Sienna and Isabella were a delight and a very big hit with the locals. Kerry "absolutely loved Furano and the lodge"

Bamba-Jin Champions!!! (or runners up anyway) – February 2007

In February 2007 Fresh Powder entered several of the first foreign teams in the annual Bumba jin festival held in the first week of February each year. Our mens team appropriately named “Deibu Geijin” or “fat foreigners” was a runaway success. After trouncing teams in the preliminary heats, including the highly fancied Furano Rugby team, they made it through to the final. However the final proved too much as they were comfortably beaten by a group of 11 year olds from the local school. The runner up prize, dinner at the local Sushi restaurant was a welcome finish for an incredible day. The crew even featured on the Australian Lifestyle show the Great Outdoors.

The Mendoca’s – February 2007

"So much powder snow, it is insane", avid skier and part time footballer Nigel Mendoca commented after his first day on the slopes. Nigel arrived from Hong Kong with his wife Felicity and two year old son Harvey, to be blown away by the wonderful ski conditions in Furano. Felicity’s high school studies came in handy as she navigated her way around town with excellent Japanese and a great appreciation of the culture. We are looking forward to seeing Harvey on the slopes in Niseko 2009 and the following years to come as he follows in his mum and dad’s footsteps.

The Bedsers and Fitzpatricks – January 2007

Cliff and Annie Bedser visited Furano from the Gold Coast, Australia in January 2007. They bought three of their four teenage daughters away on a skiing holiday and were amazed by the snow. Cliff and Annies timing was perfect as Trevor and Christine Fitzpatrick from Brisbane bought along their two teenage boys, so an instant party was created. Maki our manager needed a rest after trying to keep up with the families on the slopes during the day and in village at night.

The Ongs– December 2006

Our manager Maki extended a big thank you to the Ong family, from Singapore, for their generosity and easy going nature. Being one of our first guests Maki was a little nervous to ensure that their stay went well, but as you can see by the photo it was a huge success. The Ong’s especially seemed to enjoy the lovely breakfast Maki cooked for our guests every morning, in particular the freshly brewed coffee and locally baked fresh bread was a big hit.

Furano Office Furano Apartments & Chalet Direct Phone No:
Address: 14-26 Kitanomine, Furano, Apt #1: 1 BR Japanese Bath +81 (0) 167 23 6481
  Hokkaido, Japan, 076-0034 Apt #2: 2 BR Mid Floor (Kitanomine) +81 (0) 167 23 6482
Telephone: +81 (0) 167 23 4738 Apt #3: Studio Mid Floor +81 (0) 167 23 6483
Fax: +81 (0) 167 22 1089 Apt #4: Studio Fire Place +81 (0) 167 23 6484
Email: furano@freshpowder.com Apt #6: 2 BR Top Floor (Tokachidake) +81 (0) 167 23 6486
Web: www.furanofreshpowder.com Chalet: 5 BR Parkside +81 (0) 167 23 5624
 
Niseko Office Niseko Apartments Direct Phone No:
Address: 183-38, Aza Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Apt #1: 3 BR Creek Side +81 (0) 136 22 3687
  Niseko Hirafu, Hokkaido, Japan 044-0081 Apt #2: 3 BR Mountain view +81 (0) 136 22 3707
Telephone: +81 (0) 136 22 3807 Apt #3: 2 BR Top Floor +81 (0) 136 22 3763
Fax: +81 (0) 167 22 1089 Apt #4: Studio Top Floor +81 (0) 136 22 3801
Email: bookings@freshpowder.com Apt #5: 1 BR Top Floor +81 (0) 136 22 3806
Web: www.nisekofreshpowder.com Office: Downstairs +81 (0) 136 22 3807
 
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Telephone: +81 (0) 167 23 4738 Mobile #1: +81-90-6212-6913  
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