Niseko is the most famous ski resort in Japan, known for having tons of light powder snow, spectacular backcountry and a large number of foreigners. As a result, Niseko’s resorts are very accessible and welcoming to foreign visitors, which they keep busy with plenty of vast, long ski runs, endless powder, and a growing number of after-ski activities.
Niseko’s ski resorts are all located on Mount Niseko-Annupuri. Three major resorts, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri, cover most of the southeastern half of the mountain while a few smaller resorts dot their perimeter. The big three are joined together with each other at the top of the mountain, and it is possible to ski between them, while shuttle buses connect them at their bases.
Grand Hirafu is the largest of the resorts with over a dozen lifts and a secondary base at Hanazono on the east side of the mountain. Grand Hirafu is the only of the three resorts that has a sizable town area around its main base, Hirafu Town, which is packed with a variety of hotels, pensions, and holiday homes. The town also offers an interesting range of restaurants and bars with an active nightlife.
Niseko Village is well served by the New Chitose Airport, the largest commercial airport in Hokkaido, operating a large number of both domestic and international flights on a daily basis. There is a wide selection of transportation choices to access Niseko Village ranging from trains, coaches, taxis, chartered limousines or rented vehicles.
Distance: From Sapporo to Niseko Village via National Highway 230 – approximately 97km
Distance: From New Chitose Airport to Niseko Village via National Highway 276 – approximately 110km
The average traveling time for both routes is 120 minutes and will vary depending on weather conditions.
I recently visited the majestic Niseko and spent a few days at the luxurious Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse.
Situated at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri, Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse occupies a unique position at the heart of Niseko Village, moments from The Green Leaf Niseko Village, Hilton Niseko Village, and the village. Eight exclusive townhouses mark the first highly anticipated phase of YTL Hotels’ redefinition of alpine living at Niseko Village with ski runs and lifts a mere heartbeat away. Embodying authentic Japanese charm with contemporary elegance and sensitivity towards nature, the dwellings are an ode to Japan’s heritage townhouses that were inhabited by craftsmen and wealthy merchants toward the end of the Edo period.
Together with YTL Hotels, the award-winning studio, Design Intervention, has created bespoke interiors with key Japanese design principles in mind; each townhouse embraces shibumi and its key principles, crafted with a sense of calm and a touch of richness, through contemporary furnishings that brings an undercurrent of glamour and warmth.
The breakthrough moment of inspiration for Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse came when two distinctly different cultures, East and West, were united in a common approach. It was a shibumi moment.
Shibumi is a Japanese word with roots in the Zen aesthetic ideals of art, architecture and landscaping; to denote great refinement with underlying commonplace appearances. The pursuit of shibumi is guided by seven key principles that is embraced through all aspects at Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse flowing from its architecture and design through to its activities and experiences.
- Three luxurious bedrooms with designer bathrooms, tastefully crafted over two spacious floors
- Fully equipped designer kitchen with appliances, cookware and utensils
- Lounge area with custom designed furnishings
- Dining area with flexibility to convert into an additional bedroom
- Laundry facilities with washing machine and tumble dryer
- Secure ski/snowboard rack
- Heated ski gear storage room
- Insulated glazed windows
- Individual climate control
- Single vehicle covered garage
Facilities and Amenities
- Complimentary wireless internet
- Flat screen cable TV with DVD player
- Collection of DVD titles
- Branded bath amenities and essentials
- Complimentary tea and coffee making facilities
- Iron and ironing board
- Safe boxes
Personalized service standards and amenities inherent to a destination hotel with priority privileges makes Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse an ultimate place for skiers and discerning world travellers. A personal residence concierge assisted by a dedicated team is always at hand, attending to guest needs from the arrivals gate until the day of departure to ensure a memorable stay with their intuitive standard of service. Inspired by the Japanese saying, ichi-go ichi-e, which signifies that every moment is singular and unique, every encounter at Kasara is just timeless.
More information: http://www.kasara.com/nisekovillage/index.html
Check out for my next post, where I touch on activities, shopping and dining options at Niseko Village!
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