The Glasshouse Niseko, Japan Sleeps 10
The powder snow mecca of the world a ski resort quite unlike any other, Niseko is Japan’s most famous winter wonderland. Located on the northernmost island of Hokkaido, just over an hour’s flight from Tokyo, this was once a sleepy rural backwater with volcanic slopes surrounded by rice paddies and farms. Over the past ten years it has been transformed into Asia’s best ski resort, an eclectic and sophisticated range of luxury accommodation choices, fantastic après ski scene and most importantly incredible snow.
With four interlinked resorts Hanazono, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri there are more than enough wide open meticulously groomed pistes, powder bowls, tree runs, half-pipes and mogul fields to keep everyone occupied. On top of that, we can organise day-trips to equally impressive nearby resorts such as Rusutsu, Moiwa and Kiroro and also arrange backcountry guides, ski touring and cat skiing excursions.
A typical day in Niseko? Fresh coffee from a barista in the village with breakfast, mythical-level powder skiing all day, a relaxing soak in the onsen when you eventually take your ski boots off (though do remember the most extensive night skiing offering in the world!), then head out for ramen, sushi, beer and sake in the evening. Hirafu village has Michelin-rated restaurants, cheap noodle joints, plenty of Western options, authentic Japanese izakayas, funky nightspots and cosy après ski bars. From stylish boutique hotels, to designer apartments and expansive chalets, whether ski in / ski out, or a further drive from the slopes, there are accommodation options to suit all tastes.