White Season at Niseko Village, Japan, Reopens
While glittering boutiques, world-class restaurants and lavish hotels line the town square of Niseko Village, the gently undulating slopes above it provide an internationally acclaimed ski mecca famed for its powdery snow with phenomenal backcountry pistes.
When it comes to après-ski, itdoesn’t get more luxurious than having a private onsen right at your backyard. Indulge in the centuries-old tradition of generations of Japanese men and women who have practiced the ritual of bathing in mineral-rich onsens for purposes ranging from beautification to stress relief. Fed by geothermal waters that are believed to impart a myriad of health benefits, the Niseko Village Onsens are the pinnacle of the onsen experience. There is nothing quite like soaking in a remote onsen in the middle of the snowy mountain.
Fortunately for foodie skiers, the gastronomical choices in Niseko Village are endless. From traditional Japanese favourites using the freshest Hokkaido produce such as the ubiquitous, belly-warming soupy ramen and udon, to incredibly fresh sashimi, world-renowned Hokkaido seafood, yakitori, the village is a burgeoning culinary destination.
Offering a seamless ski-in, ski-out access, après-skis are best spent at Two Sticks, the fast-paced dining outlet in the heart of Niseko Village serving up beloved Asian and Japanese classics. Be enthralled by the culinary flair of our chefs at Pirka, a Teppanyaki Grill where the finest quality beef, seafood and vegetables are sliced, diced and grilled on a theatrical open grill.
Redefine your winter getaway with a stay in Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse – a collection of townhouses that embody authentic Japanese charm with contemporary elegance in the heart of the village. Set in Niseko’s luxurious enclave, each townhouse embraces design principles of shibumi, a simple, subtle and unobtrusive aesthetic. Residents of the townhouse can also take advantage of the priority privileges from a personal resident concierge, on-hand to assist with winter activities and restaurant reservations; making fresh tracks on a guided Niseko Village mountain orientation to complimentary onsen and gym usage. A myriad of personalised services, including a personal ski and snowboard locker complete with warmers for ski apparel and in-residence ski and snowboard fittings are also available.
For those looking for the ultimate thrill, ‘Mizuno no Sawa’ provides some of the steepest runs and deepest powder in Hokkaido with its specially controlled terrain. Novice skiers will also be able to get in on the action thanks to Ageimo – the new 1.2km beginners ski run cutting past restaurants, cafes and retail outlets. Access to the courses are made easier thanks to the improved all-season lift system, opened in White Season 2016.
Seven years on, Niseko Village has evolved into a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, culture vultures and gourmet travellers. The juxtaposition between modern, adventurous activities and peaceful onsens as well as the luxurious hospitality of the village have been woven into the tapestry of each traveller’s lives, transforming Niseko Village into the quintessential luxury holiday destination.