Avid skiers who make their yearly powder pilgrimage in Niseko are no stranger to staying at the abundance of new hotels and chalets popping up around the slopes, but nothing beats having your own home base with all the creature comforts of home. If you’re in the market for your dream winter home, look to these exceptional new properties in Niseko.
Located above the popular area of Hirafu village within the Hokkaido National Park in Niseko, Skye Niseko is a privately owned luxury condominium-hotel ski resort that allows for ski-in ski-out access. Designed by global design firm Wilson Associates, the modern, minimalist property features two L-shaped interlocking buildings so that all living rooms and bedrooms have external views of the mountains. Skye Niseko is ideal for those looking for serviced luxuries during their stay but want a private home base. One- to three-bedroom apartments are currently available for investment, each fitted with state-of-the-art kitchens, heated outdoor balconies, open fireplaces and Rotenburo onsens. After a day out on the slopes, unwind at Ryoko Spa, or check out soothing Hokkaido fare at several onsite dining options.
Skye Niseko, 204-7 Yamada, Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0081, Japan
The Pavilions Ginto Residences Niseko
Located just a hop and a skip away from Hirafu, Ginto is a brand new developed area just 800 metres from the most sought after ski lifts in the area. Part of The Pavilions Hotels and Resorts portfolio, The Ginto Residences gives you the chance to design your own luxury ski home or invest in one of the existing well-appointed villas, while expecting plush furnishings and picturesque views of Mount Yotei, private onsen baths, and all the spoils of a five-star resort in your own home. Owners also get preferential rates at The Pavilions Niseko Hotel & Resort, slated to complete by autumn 2020. Currently, Phase II of The Ginto Residences is releasing this November, with five new villas set to complete while four more villas are set to break ground next summer.
Visit pavilionsginto.com for more information.
Hana Ridge Niseko
For a long time visiting the popular Hirafu slopes meant well over two hours’ travel from the nearest Chitose international airport. A newly developed airport expressway is currently being built, shrinking driving time to an hour and 45 minutes, while a brand new bullet train station in Kutchan is also in the works. At the epicentre of this development is Hana Ridge, Niseko’s first luxury chalet and land development with ski-in access from Hanazono ski resort and just around the corner from the Park Hyatt. All 12 plots have natural hot spring connections, uninterrupted views of Mount Yotei, and privacy in the midst of a lush silver birch forest.
Hana Ridge Niseko, 267-4 Aza Iwaobetu, Kutchan-Cho, Abutagun, Hokkaido 044-0084, Japan
Part of the Zekkei Properties portfolio, Intuition Niseko is an estate located just several minutes’ walk from some of Hirafu’s most popular restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets. Conveniently close to ski lifts yet quietly nestled in a forest setting, Intuition was developed with Tokyo-based ALA Inc., which was founded by Ryuya Umezawa — a veteran project manager who has worked with renowned studio Kengo Kuma & Associates for over a decade.
Visit intuitionniseko.com for more information.
If you’re looking for the ultimate alpine home, HakuVillas’ ultra-luxe Upper Hirafu penthouses are on the market. Just 200 metres from the Hirafu gondolas, HakuVillas boasts itself as the first luxury condominium development featuring in-house staff, including a personal butler, chauffeur and chef. Managed under the HakuLife brand, the development’s sister property Hakuchozan features holiday rentals for US$15,000 a night and a 7-night minimum during the wintertime — now you can invest in your very own for a VVIP experience every time.
Visit HakuVillas for more information.