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Winter in Hokkaido: As Niseko’s popularity rises, what is the current state of accommodations?

Winter in Hokkaido: As Niseko’s popularity rises, what is the current state of accommodations?

Date published: 22 January 2019
Last updated: 15 February 2019

Niseko boasts some of the world's best powdered snow, and as such, has drawn the interest from people around the world. In the past Niseko was a place speckled with inns and B&Bs but as wealthier customers make the area their destination for winter fun, Niseko is now seeing a rise in the number of prestigious hotels and luxury condominiums. Let`s take a look at what kind of accommodations have come to Niseko.

■ World-class luxury hotels continue to open

■ World-class luxury hotels continue to open

Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono Residences, scheduled to open in December 2019, is under construction in the `garden area` that is known for its calm atmosphere. While there will be a general hotel that operates like other hotels, property owners all over the world are paying attention as the purchase of villas and other investments are also available. There is even plans for The Ritz-Carlton to open in Niseko Village in 2020. As there is already a Hilton hotel, this is all good news for those who want to enjoy the world's best powder while receiving the services of high-class luxury hotels.

■ Condominiums suitable for long-term stay with family and friends

■ Condominiums suitable for long-term stay with family and friends

Many sophisticated condos are found in the Niseko Hirafu area. These condos have spacious living rooms and well-equipped kitchens that allow for a long-term stay with friends and family. This style of condominium is increasing as its popularity is growing with visitors from abroad coming in for a fun and long vacation.

At first glance Niseko may look like less like a typical Japanese ski resort town as there are many stylish exterior condos handled by foreign-affiliated companies. There are a wide ride of condominiums ranging from small low-priced rooms up to luxury condominiums that cost hundreds of thousands of yen per night.

■ Popular Guesthouses for those who wish to meet new people

■ Popular Guesthouses for those who wish to meet new people

Condominiums are not the only option for a long stay. A guest house is also a popular option as you can spend time while deepening friendships with other tourists. The rooms are similar to a dormitory where you can enjoy a private room or shared room, with the living room, and bathrooms shared among the guests.

Guest house owners tend to be quite friendly, and, along with the other guests, often hope to communicate with others. This open atmosphere leads to many fun memories to be had. Here, the exchange of information creates a more fulfilling experience in Niseko. Moreover, the cost of lodging is comparatively lower than hotels and condominiums.

■ Resorts, hotels, and B&Bs with pleasant prices

■ Resorts, hotels, and B&Bs with pleasant prices

While Niseko is becoming a first-class resort, don’t worry, as there are still many resorts, hotels, and B&Bs in Niseko. Niseko also features some of the best hot springs in Hokkaido, so we recommend hotels with hot spring facilities. The hot spring hotels that connect directly to the slopes and are particularly popular.

Be sure to make good use of the home-style B&Bs where the owner puts their effort into hospitality and homemade meals. Here, in this warm environment many good memories can be made.

■ Hot tip: Be sure to secure your accommodation early

■ Hot tip: Be sure to secure your accommodation early

Popular accommodations in the ski season fill up quickly. Especially around Christmas and The New Year where foreign tourists increase. Chinese New Year’s and other holidays may fill up months in advance. Once the schedule for visiting Niseko is decided, secure accommodations as soon as possible.

  • Vacation Niseko
    バケーションニセコ
    • Address 〒044-0081 北海道虻田郡倶知安町字山田179番地8 タンチョウセンター2F/Abuta-gun, Kutchan-cho, Aza-Iwaobetsu 328-1, Hokkaido 044-0082
  • Hilton Niseko Village
    ヒルトンニセコビレッジ
    • Address 〒048-1592 北海道虻田郡ニセコ町東山温泉/Abuta-Gun, Niseko-Cho, Higashiyama Onsen, Hokkaido 048-1592
  • Hotel Niseko Alpen
    ホテルニセコアルペン
    • Address 〒044-0081 北海道虻田郡倶知安町山田204/204 Aza-Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 044-0081
  • Niseko Kashinoya
    ニセコカシノヤ
    • Address 〒044-0078 北海道虻田郡倶知安町字樺山58-32/Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Kabayama 58-3, Hokkaido 044-0078
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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