Where to stay in Niseko for your next ski trip? Here are The Luxe Nomad’s new picks!
It’s been a minute since anyone’s spent the ski-son in Niseko! With the brr months fast approaching, there’s no better time to draw up plans than…right about now. Don’t know where to start for accommodations? Let’s remedy that with 6 new Niseko properties that are sure to charm your socks (well, skis!) off.
Where it is: Ginto Village
What you’ll get: A brand new vacation home with 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, a large living space, fully-equipped kitchen and dining, plus climate control in all rooms. It also comes with ski storage and lockers with enough room for all your gear.
What you’ll love:The Japanese-style bathing room with a soaking tub, perfect for winding down after a long day of skiing or exploring local fanfare.
What to do: Soak up the neighborhood! Situated in Yotei Village, ski lifts are just a short drive away from the property, as are cafés and restaurants, so you won’t run out of things to try.
Where it is: Upper Hirafu
What you’ll get: A choice between 78 spacious studios, suites, and penthouses with configurations ranging from 1-3 bedrooms with 1-3 bathrooms. These are located within the Shiki Niseko building, that gives guests a stunning view of the Grand Hirafu slopes.
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What you’ll love: Kamimura, Hirafu’s only Michelin star restaurant, is right at the lobby!
What to do: Skiing in the winter (the nearest lift is a quick 8-minute walk away), or hiking any other time of the year. Insider tip: the Shinsennuma Trail is good for beginners or groups with children, while Niseko-Annupuri or Iwaonupuri have scenic half-day trails, and Mt. Yotei poses a fun challenge for more experienced, athletic types.
Where it is: Lower Hirafu
What you’ll get: Choose between twelve contemporary 2 to 4-bedroom residences, with floor-to-ceiling windows that give you breathtaking views of Mt. Yotei, Mt. Annupuri, and the surrounding forest. These vacation homes are also furnished with pieces that showcase Japanese craftsmanship, with woodworks locally made in Hokkaido.
What you’ll love: Private onsens! Each unit has its own, while penthouse units also have a private sauna.
What to do: Hop from cafés, restaurants, bars, parks, and ski resorts. The property’s prime location makes this easy to do, and their concierge team is more than ready to assist guests with necessary arrangements.
Where it is: Kabayama Village
What you’ll get: Newly-renovated ski chalet with 3-4 bedrooms and 3-4 bathrooms. Spread out across 3 storeys are a modern open plan living-dining, complete with a fireplace, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a cozy media room.
What you’ll love: Lots of space, including a bedroom with bunk beds for 6. Did someone say winter holiday with the kids?
What to do: Practice your skiing! The chalet is just minutes away from the Grand Hirafu Ski Resort, plus it also comes with a complimentary ski lift, a ski dry room, and boot heaters.
Where it is: Upper Hirafu
What you’ll get: A room at a new and luxurious condotel, with 190 rooms and suites ranging from 1-5 bedrooms and 1-5.5 bathrooms. On top of that, there are 7 in-house dining options, indoor and outdoor onsens (plus private onsens for select units), as well as a wellness center, and gym.
What you’ll love: Form meets function at this stunning property. The building was thoughtfully designed to capture Niseko’s natural beauty all throughout the year, from warm summers to chilly winters. It also stands at a strategic location and offers complimentary shuttle service, ski concierge, lockers, and an on-site ski rental store.
What to do: It’s a tough choice between staying in (and making the most out of the top-of-the-line amenities) or heading out (with cafés, restaurants, and ski lifts only minutes away on foot).
Where it is: Middle Hirafu
What you’ll get: A grand 3-storey chalet with 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, an entertainment room with a projector and Sonos sound system, two expansive living areas, and a fully-functioning kitchen. Outside, there’s a spacious terrace with a Weber BBQ set-up and a view of Mt. Yotei, plus a mini bar, jacuzzi with jets and waterproof TV, and sauna.
What you’ll love: Space! This chalet can sleep up to 18 guests, a great choice for big families or groups of friends.
What to do: Hop on the free village shuttle (just a few meters from the property) and explore the neighborhood: several cafés, restaurants, bars, and shops are a convenient distance away.