In comparison to the apartments and hotels in Hirafu, we like the serenity and quietude of Niseko Village. And since we are driving, it is relatively easy for us to travel in between Annapuri, Niseko Village and Hirafu, which are all within an easy 15 min drive. If not driving, there is a free shuttle service that takes you to those villages but if you like to be out and about and surrounded by people with a crowded apre-ski scene, Niseko Village is not really for you.
After the recent renovation, we find the new Greenleaf under YTL management to be an excellent and efficient boutique hotel. The interior of the hotel has designs and drawings from a local artist and feels modern and intimate. The room is extremely cozy and intimate, albeit a bit on the small side (but it was fine for two people). The bathroom is also a bit small but is kept very clean and immaculate. Our room is on the 3rd floor facing the slopes and all we see are snow and trees (rather than a slope of people) with an occasion skier passing by. So it's beautiful every night and every morning we open the curtain.
And one of the key highlights is this hotel has an amazing and magical outdoor onsen, surrounded by rocks and pine trees - we drove to a few other onsens in the area and actually think this is one of the most nicely laid out. And it opens 24 hours for hotel guests and nothing beats going into the outdoor onsen late at night with snow falling down on your face while immersed in the hot water!!
And lastly I want to give some kudos to the friendly staff (e.g. Noriko) who has patiently helped me with various things, such as making restaurant reservation - including those that are made far in advance and calling up places to check opening times etc etc.
All in all, this is an excellent ski in / out resort and whilst I have stayed in more upscale apartments in Hirafu (such as Vale), I will highly recommend staying here, especially for a couple rather than a big group of ppl (in which it makes sense to rent a larger cottages or apartments which are commonly found in Hirafu).
We paid quite a bit for my room given we stayed during the peak New Year season, and that's probably one of the reasons I am giving it a 4-star as it's a bit pricey for a small room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the base of Mount Niseko An'nupuri in Hokkaido, Japan, The Green Leaf Niseko Village is contemporarily redesigned to embrace the creative touch of renowned local artists.This 200-room hotel provides ski-in ski-out accommodation at the base of Niseko Village ski area, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel, a spa, authentic onsen, with access to the world's finest powder snow.Each Deluxe King room inter-connects to a Deluxe Twin room, allowing flexibility for families, and features views of ski slopes and Mt. Yotei. Goshiki serves an international and Japanese fusion buffet, local seafood and seasonal Hokkaido produce. Lively and comfortable, Tomioka White Lounge features a signature fireplace and bar to enjoy cocktails. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Green Leaf Niseko Village Hotel Niseko-Cho
- Hilton International Niseko Cho
- Prince Hotel Niseko