Winter is coming! And what better way than to spend it at Asia’s #1 ski destination, Niseko, Japan!
I have barely experienced winter. I’ve been to Paris during winter once, but it didn’t snow. After all these years, I have yet to see SNOW! The one thing that makes you think of winter, of Christmas, of the chance for me to sing Disney’s Frozen ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman’ to someone as annoyingly as possible until they give in. *acts as dramatically as possible*
Source: Japan Experience
Located in the southwest corner of Hokkaido, Japan, Niseko is referred to as a ‘winter wonderland’ and is a ski destination hotspot. It’s one of the perfect places for winter sport enthusiasts. If you don’t have much skiing experience, no problem! You can learn to ski and snowboard with a professional instructor at the many ski schools located throughout Niseko. After a fun-filled day of a winter adventure, immerse yourself in Japanese culture by going for a dip in the ever popular hot springs. A must-have experience while in Japan.
The best time to visit Niseko depends on how you want to spend your time in the snow. There are three different seasons you can choose from.
It is mostly quiet during this time and is relatively easy to get great deals on accommodation until Christmas arrives. But there is also the risk that you would need to wait for the snow so it can be a hit and miss. This season is ideal if you’re after a fun snow time on the trails if there isn’t enough snow for skiing or snowboarding.
Mid-Season (January and February)
January and February are considered the peak powder season because there would be a chance of fresh snowfall almost every day. Do note that this is the busiest time of the year, so be sure to book your accommodations early. This season is perfect for skiers and snowboarders.
Late-Season (March and April)
If you’re not into large amounts of snow, this season would be more suitable as the sun tends to come out a little more compared to the others, and you would still get decent snowfalls.
With that being said, you would still have an amazing adventure in Niseko no matter which winter season you choose.
Here are 5 of the coolest ski destinations in Niseko, you’ll want to stay at forever.
5. Glasshouse (Lower Hirafu)
Able to accommodate 10 people, this villa is great for a group of friends of large families.
4. Sekka Kan (Middle Hirafu)
If you’re a stylista looking for a chic and artistic mountain retreat, look no further. Sekka Kan was awarded “Japan’s Best Ski Chalet” at the 2015 World Ski Awards.
You’ll love the spacious and comfortable living and dining areas.
There’s even an indoor jacuzzi/jet bath overlooking the forest.
3. The Vale Niseko (Upper Hirafu)
One of the most exclusive ski retreats, it was awarded the “World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel” at the 2015 World Ski Awards.
2. Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse (Annupuri)
If you’re looking for something that emobodies an authentic Japanese charm with a contemporary elegance, this luxurious and cosy hideaway is just for you.
Each townhouse is stylishly designed over two floors and can accommodate up to six persons.
1. Ki Niseko (Upper Hirafu, Abuta-gun)
Saving the best for last, this is our favourite.
Ki Niseko was nominated for the 2015 World’s Best New Ski Hotel and is the work of renowned Hokkaido architect – Koichi Ishiguro.
Each level has a stunning view of Mount Yotei.
Enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub while enjoying the view.
So these are what we think are the 5 coolest places to stay at Niseko. If I get a chance to travel to Niseko, it had better be prepared for an army of snowmen built by yours truly! Come my minions! Rise for your master! *insert evil laugh*
Source: World For Travel
Heads up wanderers! The Luxe Nomad is giving everyone a chance to win a 3D2N stay at Ki Niseko stay plus GoSnow ski lessons for 2. How to enter the contest?
1. All you have to do is write a creative blogpost (min 500 words) about the “5 Coolest Places to stay at in Niseko” (with places selected from TheLuxeNomad.com) and link back to the properties on their site and https://www.theluxenomad.com/niseko/villas.
2. Repost this photo on Instagram tagging @theluxenomad and hashtag #TLNNiseko.
3. Make sure that you link your blog post on your Instagram profile so that The Luxe Nomad can see your post!
Contest Ends 30th November 2015.
Good luck to everyone! We’ve got our fingers crossed too.
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