Ski Chalet | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
This property is a luxury style built-to-own log house. It was designed and built by a talented Japanese builder who spent over ten years in Canada. High-quality natural building materials were chosen through-out.
The house boasts the following amenities:
• 5 bedrooms
+ one master bedroom (queen size bed, en-suite toilet, large living area, computer area)
+ two guest rooms (with two queen size beds in each)
+ one tatami room with a queen size futon
+ one loft room (with a queen size futon), great for kids 10yrs old and up
• 2 full bathrooms
+ Each with bath and shower
+ Including a real Japanese Hinoki wooden bathtub
• 3 half-bathrooms (toilet & sink)
• Floor heating
• Large and well-equipped Kitchen with dining table seating 8-10 people
• Large Living Room with 3 leather sofas
• 42” LCD TV and high-end stereo system with Wifi streaming.
• Free broadband Internet and Wifi
• Beautiful Finnish masonry stove and fireplace (great for cooking pizza/bread and for drying boots and skiwear)
• Entrance with ski racks
• Washing machine and lots of space to dry clothes
• An upright Yamaha piano
The massive logs and fireplace make the house warm and cozy and it's great to hang out and watch the snow fall through the huge south-facing windows after a hard day on the slopes. In summer it's great to sit out on the deck or enjoy a barbeque.
The location is secluded and exclusive, yet only a 3 minute drive/15 minute walk to both Annupuri and Niseko Village Ski Resorts (a car or taxis are recommended in winter as walking along the roads at night can be dangerous). We offer the use of a car (Toyota Prius with a ski rack) for a modest premium, please enquire when you book.
It is possible to walk to Annupuri or Niseko Village Ski resorts in winter and then ski back to the house from Annupuri. The walk takes about 12-15 minutes, but we do not recommend you ski back unless you are an accomplished boarder/skier and are well familiar with the (off-piste) route.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (6), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Hokkaido region
Hokkaido is the northern-most Japanese island and is renowned for its clean air and great outdoors.
Niseko is Japan's premium international ski resort.
- Powder snow: an average of 15 meters of fresh and dry powder falls here every year. You have to experience it to believe it.
- Fantastic back-country skiing: Niseko offers lift access to some of the most extensive and fun off-piste skiing in Japan
- Restaurants: there are numerous high quality Japanese and International restaurants in the area (several with one or more Michelin stars) for all tastes and budgets. Our favorites close to the house are: Del Sole Pizzeria (best pizza I've ever tasted, and I'm Italian!) and Raku-ichi (traditional hand-made soba noodles and kaiseki dinner).
- Japanese Hot-Springs: there are great Japanese hot springs (9 within a 10-20 minute drive from the house) where you can quietly sip a beer while relaxing your muscles in the warm mineral water
- Apres-ski: lots of bars and cafes with a distinct mix of Japanese and International flavours make for a great apres-ski scene.
- Night skiing: Niseko offers the most extensive night skiing terrain of any resort in the world.
- Winter Activities: Snow mobile-ing, Cat Skiing, Snow shoeing, Sapporo Snow Festival
The Niseko Ski Resort
The Niseko Ski Resort is composed of four resorts (Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hirafu and Hanazono) which are connected via chairlifts on the mountain and also via a regular bus service.
The chalet itself is located on a back road that joins Annupuri and Niseko Village resorts. It's a 3 minute drive/15 minute walk to both Annupuri ski resort and Niseko Village ski resort. Both of these resorts are connected to the Hirafu and Hanazono areas via ski-lifts.
Niseko offers lift access to some of the most exciting and fun off-piste skiing in Japan. There are other resorts near-by (Moiwa and Chissenupuri, only a 5-10 min drive from the house) which offer lesser known off-the-beaten track alternatives as well as easy and uncrowded slopes for kids. You can also book tours to climb and ski/board down Yotei, Chisse or Iwao mountains.
Other Ski resorts
Moiwa and Chissenupuri
If you have kids/beginners in your group, we can also recommend the Moiwa ski resort (a 5 minute drive), which is uncrowded and has nice easy slopes. Moiwa and also Chissenupuri has also great backcountry (which is definitely not for kids) and can be reached from the backcountry adjacent to Annupuri.
Rusutsu and Kiroro
Rusutsu and Kiroro ski resorts offer great pistes and a nice change of scenery – they are only a 40 min drive away.
Hirafu is where most of the accommodation, restaurants and night life are located. It is quite densely built up and has lots of bars and restaurants closely packed together. It's a fun place but it can get a bit rowdy and feels distinctly un-Japanese in the peak season.
The other three resorts (Annupuri, Niseko Village and Hanazono) are quieter. We like Annupuri for its large and spaced out houses, it's uncrowded slopes, it's nine onsens, the friendly family atmosphere and a distinctly more Japanese feeling. You'll find some excellent restaurants (booking is highly recommended in the peak season as these places are small): Del Sole, Raku-ichi, Karabina, Café Grove, the Hilton teppan-yaki. There are bars in the Annupuri Lodge, the Green Leaf Hotel and the Hilton.
Groceries and Shopping
There are no grocery shops in Annupuri itself. A limited selection of alcoholic and soft drinks can be bought at the shop in the Northern Resort Hotel and there is also a local liquor shop down by the Grand Hotel. There is a 7-11 convenience store (5 min drive) on the way to Niseko town (7 minute drive) where there are several small grocers/supermarkets in Niseko town itself. Some more shops (including a wine shop) can be found in Hirafu (15 min drive), but for large supermarkets you'll need to go into Kutchan (25 min drive), where you can also buy ski gear and souvenirs.
You can rent skis, board and wear, and the local rental outfits will deliver and pickup rental gear direct to the house if you call them up. You can also book ski/snowboard lessons there. Niseko Fine: 0136 58-3568.
There is also a Power Company outlet at the bottom of the Annupuri slopes where you can trial Gentem snowboards and other specialized backcountry equipment. Powder Company Annupuri. Tel 0136-54-2820
There are 9 local hot springs which we encourage you to explore and enjoy… it's the best way to relax after a hard day of physical exercise. Most of the hotsprings are on this side of the mountain, only a 5-20 minute drive away.
In summer you can enjoy a range of outdoor sports (climbing, golfing, rafting, cycling, swimming, surfing). There are golf courses and 9 beautiful Japanese hot springs within a 10-20 minute drive where you can relax both in winter and in summer. Lake Toya and spectacular volcanic scenery are only a 40 minute drive from here. (On your way there, make sure you stop at Boulangerie Jin, a pastry shop by a little brook in the middle of nowhere which makes French pastry which is as good if not better than what you can get in Paris).
Great surfing is available at Fugoppe (close to Otaru), approx. 1 hour drive.
We offer the use of a car (Toyota Prius with a ski rack) for the duration of your stay for a modest premium (you'll most likely need a 1949 convention International Driving Permit if you want to drive in Japan). We recommend you have the use of a car or use a taxi service if you plan to go out in the evenings in winter. It can be cold, slippery and dangerous to walk along the roads at night.
Getting to the House from Chitose Airport
You have five options to get to the house from Chitose Airport:
- book a Skybus or other personalized shuttle service (2 hrs)
- take a taxi (1.5hrs)
- take the direct bus to Niseko Village Hilton Hotel (2.5hrs) and then take a 5 min taxi ride
- take the train to Niseko (either direct or change in Sapporo/Otaru) (2.5 hours) and then take a 10 min taxi ride
- rent a car in Chitose Airport and drive (1.5 hours)
If you decide to take the bus/train, we have a car available (Toyota Prius with ski rack) and you can rent it for a modest premium (it'll be cheaper than renting in Chitose).
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