To most Europeans, the idea of a Japanese ski getaway is a surprising one, and yet Niseko, located in the most northern regions of Japan, is known to be one of the best. The wide-spanning area is home to a premium selection of 5-star accommodation and is comprised of four interlinked ski resorts: Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, An’nupuri and Niseko Village, all of which are accessible under the same ski pass.
Famous for its high-quality powder snow, which averages 15m+ each season, Niseko is also desirable for its friendly locals, excellent slope staff, and varied choice of food. The Green Leaf in Niseko Village, for example, is a chic and contemporary hotel with an array of food and drink options from Asia and the West.
For family trips, the most recommended hotels are as follows:
Great for groups, Aspect Niseko is a cluster of luxury apartments in the middle of the stunning mountain range. Its ideal location means that this hotel is in the heart of what Niseko has to offer when it comes to slopes and restaurants. If staying at Aspect Niseko, be sure to visit the Japanese hot springs known as onsen, in which bathing is a Japanese tradition.
The Hakuchozan is in the fantastic location of Hirafu Village, a social hub for locals and tourists alike. The luxury chalet can accommodate up to 16 guests and includes a personal butler, driver and chef for that extra attention to detail.
The Kasara Townhouses are a group of stylish and comfortable homes found at the base of Mount An’nupuri. Your stay at one of these homes will include a complementary one-hour guided tour around Niseko Village so that you feel familiar and confident from the very beginning of your holiday.
With a private onsen on site, and an enviable convenient ski-in-ski out location, Ki Niseko places great value in intimacy and warmth. The boutique-style hotel offers its guests an efficient, no-fuss and friendly service that is sure to make the holiday-goer feel at home.
Ultra-glossy and contemporary, Muse Niseko was designed by architect Riccardo Tossani in an effort to mimic the freshness and glow of the surrounding mountains. With an emphasis on art, the interior is enough to make any guest feel both comfortable and sophisticated. A true luxury experience.
Winner of the World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel in 2014 and 2015, The Vale Niseko property offers a first-class selection of fully equipped apartments and penthouses. With an outdoor swimming pool and nearby onsen, The Vale has superb on-site amenities and activities.