When it comes to Niseko luxury accommodation, there has never been so much choice. Exquisite properties have been a feature of Niseko Hirafu Village for some time, with The Vale having won the World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel at The World Ski Awards for the past 4 consecutive years. But now you can find truly indulgent offerings all around the mountain.
If the central Hirafu Village location offered by The Vale is too much of a draw to look elsewhere, the good news is you don’t have to. AYA Niseko not only offers the same unbeatable ski in ski out location at the bottom of the Ace Family lift, but also vies with The Vale in terms of luxury. With an emphasis on contemporary Japanese design and a plethora of natural hot-springs, both public and private, it is hard to beat AYA for pure indulgence.
Since it opened its doors in 2013 Shiki Niseko has been the talk of the town with its massive lobby, boutique shops and very own in house michelin star restaurant, Kamimura, which serves signature French cuisine using the best local Hokkaido produce. Also a central Hirafu property, Shiki is a 5 minute walk from the slopes, but also offers private shuttles to and from the Hirafu Gondola guaranteeing easy access to the slopes.
But Niseko luxury can be found further than Hirafu Village. The Hilton Niseko Village has offered a special experience for its guests since The Hilton brought this prestigious hotel from the Prince Hotels Group 10 years ago when this part of the mountain was known as Higashiyama. With ski in ski out mountain access and a wide range of high end facilities including some excellent restaurants and a sublime onsen under a single roof, it is hard to beat The Hilton Niseko Village for convenience. The onsen is hard to beat too with spectacular views of Mount Youtei from its iconic rotenburo.
Hilton Niseko Village
Since then Green Leaf Hotel has followed offering a second superb hotel option in Niseko Village. An emphasis on nature throughout its decor provides a relaxing ambiance in this stylish ski in ski out property.
Niseko Village shopping centre brought a whole new level of appeal to this part of the mountain, inspired by traditional Japanese machiya architecture, you feel you have travelled back in time while shopping for the latest designer brands, or browsing the intriguing specialty stores. A huge range of restaurants opened offering a choice of excellent Japanese and international cuisine, meaning guests at Niseko Village could benefit from a whole new level of experiences and Niseko Village could provide a real alternative to Hirafu for an all round Niseko resort base.
The Kamui Niseko
More recently even the quieter resort area of Niseko Annupuri has its very own 5 star offering with the opening of The Kamui Niseko, a stunning property that prides itself on harmonising with the beauty of Hokkaido while providing exceptional views from each apartment, which range from studios to 4 bedrooms. With the emergence of Niseko Annupuri Residences as well, this area of the mountain is taking huge steps towards offering a choice of luxury indulgences, and given the great skiing on offer in Annupuri, it is about time.