Beautiful luxury log house which sleeps 17 people.
This house is built out of massive local Karamatsu logs and is located in a secluded lane between Annupuri and Niseko Village ski slopes (3 min drive to each). It is also 5 min to Moiwa, 15 min to Hirafu (Ace and Gondola) and 25 min to Hanazono, all this while being secluded and immersed in the natural beauty of Hokkaido. The house has appeared in magazines and a video is available on YouTube (search for “Okiny model house”).
The house boasts the following amenities laid out on three levels:
Ground (entrance) floor:
a) one Japanese-style tatami room with two semi-double size (120x215cm, 47x85") futons. Sleeps 2 adults plus one child.
b) one huge master bedroom with one queen size (160x210cm,63x83") bed, en-suite toilet, large living area, computer area). Two or three futons can be added to bring the sleeping capacity up to 5.
c&d;) two large guest rooms with two double size (140x210cm, 55x83") beds in each. Sleeping capacity 2-4 pax each.Second (Loft) Floor:
e) one loft room with a queen size mattress, sleeps 2. Access is via fold-down stairs so its not suitable for very young or very old people.
Total 5 bedrooms with a sleeping capacity of 17 people.
a) 2 full bathrooms - Each with bath and separate open shower area - Main bath includes a real Japanese Hinoki wooden bathtubb) 3 half-bathrooms (toilet & sink)
Beautiful Finnish masonry stove/fireplace (safe as it is totally enclosed, great for cooking pizza/bread and for drying boots and skiwear)
Floor heating •
Large and well-equipped Kitchen with dining table seating 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•
Entrance with ski racks•
Washing machine and lots of space to dry clothes•
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 the deck is a great place to sit out or enjoy a barbeque. The location is secluded and exclusive, yet only a 3 minute drive to both Annupuri and Niseko Village Ski Resorts (a car or the use of a taxi is recommended in winter as walking along the roads at night can be dangerous). We offer a car (Toyota Prius with a ski rack) for $100 plus $80 per night's stay (payment will be separate from the house).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.
Although you are welcome to enjoy the chalet on a self-catering basis, we also partner up with an in-house dining and cleaning service - please enquire about the rates - we will be happy to put you in touch with the right company and do not take apply any kind of markup.
Indicative prices (please double check as these are subject to change):
Full-breakfast ~ JPY 5,500 per day (Japanese or Amercian, or alternating), including kitchen and dining area cleanup for a minimum of 6 people.
Dinner starts at JPY 8,000 per person (min 6 pax), and choices include:
a) Hokkaido Premium Shabu-shabu Dinner ¥10,000
b) Hokkaido Premium Assorted Grill with Wagyu ¥10,000
c) French 5 course meal ¥11,000
Concierge, Restaurant bookings, Shuttle service: rates vary.
Niseko is Japan's premium international ski resort and the house is a 3 minute drive from two of the four Niseko resorts: Annupuri and Niseko Village. It is also 5 minutes to Moiwa, 15 minute to Hirafu (Ace and Gondola) and a 25 minutes to Hanazono.
- 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 are Del Sole Pizzeria and Raku-ichi (traditional hand-made soba noodles and kaiseki dinner), both only a 2 minute drive from the house.
- Japanese Hot-Springs: there are great Japanese hot springs (there are nine different ones 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
- Après-ski: lots of bars and cafes with a distinct mix of Japanese and International flavors make for a great après-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 got a great buzz 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 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 hot springs are within a 5 minute drive.
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, or at Itanki (Muroran), approx. 75 minutes 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 and slippery and some roads are unlit 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 (2hrs)
- 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 yourself (1.5-2 hours)
If you decide to take the bus/train, we have a car available (Toyota Prius with ski rack and stud less tires) and you can rent it for a modest premium (it'll be cheaper than renting in Chitose).