Hinode Hills, Niseko Village, Japan
Sitting at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri, Hinode Hills enjoys an enviable position at the centre of Niseko Village with striking Mount Yotei views and ski-in, ski-out access. The elegant and custom-furnished boutique apartments fuse warm contemporary style with authentic Japanese aesthetics, complemented with luxury hotel services and amenities.
Victoria Noakes takes a closer look…
Hinode Hills Niseko Village, named to pay homage to the rising sun, is the much-anticipated luxury property joining the YTL Hotels collection, incorporating 79 luxury rooms and suites. It will sit alongside YTL’s other properties in the area, including The Green Leaf Niseko Village, Hilton Niseko Village, and Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse. With each new project it creates, YTL Hotels strives to embrace and highlight the natural essence of culture, character and tradition of its surroundings, which is no different at Hinode Hills.
Located on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, Niseko Village has become known as the best ski spot in the country. Nestled at the south base of the 1308m Mount Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Village is often compared to world-class ski resorts like Aspen, Colorado and St. Moritz in Switzerland. Not only is Niseko Village a world-class resort for winter ski getaways with breathtaking natural beauty, deluxe amenities and entertainment, it is also an adventure-filled summer destination with festivals, cultural arts, gastronomy and exhilarating outdoor recreation for the whole family, making the hotel ideally situated.
The tastefully-designed Hinode Hills Niseko Village has been created with a wabi-sabi aesthetic, defined as beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. The property’s charm lies in its authenticity, use of natural forms and appreciation for nature. With the rooms making use of a mix of traditional Japanese style and more modern features, guests can choose from a range of options, from multiple room and suite configurations up to three bedrooms, offering the possibility for a variety of types of travel. Suites are spacious and inviting, with luxuriously-appointed living and dining areas, including a fully-equipped kitchen. Most rooms also enjoy impressive views of nearby Mount Yotei or Mount Annupuri.
Services and amenities at Hinode Hills meet the high standard set by YTL Hotels, with the property offering an in-house onsen for rejuvenation in naturally sodium-rich waters, a plush lobby lounge for relaxation around a feature fireplace and an array of ski services. The hotel’s casual dining restaurant serves world cuisine and some of the freshest produce of the region presented with flair. In addition, guests can make use of concierge facilities and priority privileges at their doorstep.
The hotel is strategically located adjacent to the Upper Village Gondola, which provides guests with the convenience of mobility around the mountain with easy lift access replacing the need to walk, drive or take a shuttle bus. As the hotel is part of an integrated resort managed by Niseko Village, all mountain operations and experiences are designed to be seamless, plus guests have a vast choice of social settings across diverse dining and retail venues, world-class facilities and indoor and outdoor attractions.
According to Luke Hurford, Senior Vice President of Strategy at YTL Hotels, Hinode Hills raises the bar for luxury developments in Niseko and is committed to providing guests with a truly integrated and seamless experience, reflective of Japan’s focus on providing outstanding service and attention to detail. It aims to keep up with sister hotel Hilton Niseko Village, which was voted ‘Best Ski Resort Hotel in Japan’ by the World Ski Awards 2013, 2014 and 2015.