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“Cozy and comfortable boutique ski in/out”

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The Green Leaf Niseko Village
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Hong Kong, China
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“Cozy and comfortable boutique ski in/out”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

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.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Everything about the green leaf was incredible from the easy friendly check in to the incredible views from our room and delicious breakfast :) we had the most incredible time here with everything well designed and at guests convieniece. Ski lockers close to the run and onsen inside all included in room price. We absolutely loved our stay even though it wasn't that close to many restaurants a lot of places did free pickup and drop off if needed.

Room Tip: Either side is great, we had the lower side and it overlooked mount yotei and the valley.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Beautiful ski in and out hotel. It is part of Niseko village, which is a small resort, however Hirafu was a short bus trip away. The onsen was extremely pretty and the breakfast had a large variety both Japanese and western foods. We visited in peak season however was both the hotel and slopes were not over crowed. A very peaceful place for a couple. Hope to return soon!

Room Tip: We picked a room with a view towards the slopes so we could watch people ski past. Loved it, but was...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

WE visited the Green Leaf in winter and it was magical.We looked out on the snow, birch trees and a distant mountain which was usually wreathed in cloud so were excited when actually able to see it. The hotel is beautiful, from the painted feature walls on arrival,the lobby and bar are extremely comfortable with plenty of deep sofas to relax in. Our room was classy, with lovely Kimonos to wear down to the Onsen. What an experience! After the first time when you are able to see the rules of etiquette and adjust to baring your all before entering the hot pools , it is a wonderful experience and sitting in the outdoors onsen in the steamy hot water in the softly falling snow after a hard days sking is just heaven. Following this with a massage and facial is just paradise on earth.
The Goshiki restaurant was first class with wonderful snowy views and the breakfast menu was unbelievably varied.I tried all of the Japanese dishes, and following the examp;e of other diners wrapped gelitine and seafood strips around chopsticks and scooped up the sticky bean dish one morning, as well as the usual european breakfast. It is a very pleasurable culture shock , to try the food and also to communicate with the wonderfully patient hotel staff. All in all a very special place to stay.

Room Tip: All rooms have snowy views, with the front rooms looking up the mountain and the other aspect had vi...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

We stayed at the Green Leaf in March 2012. Great snow and right at base of mountain. Very easy for skiing in/out and very clean. Food was decent and location was no problem. You can take a bus to other base lodges. This is Japanese skiing so you will not find a super high class resort with apres-ski life as in developed mountains in US or Europe. This is for pure skiing from open to close of lifts. If you want a social ski experience this is not for you.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Hong Kong
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

This hotel was a bit further away from the main town of Hirafu and was in the smaller Niseko Village. However, it was easy to get the bus between resorts, which was particularly useful for us as we had friends staying in Hirafu. It was a lovely hotel that has very recently been refurbished to a high standard, taking the best bits of local art and reflecting the scenery inside i.e. lots of wood and glass plus the iconic animals on every hotel door. The bed was huge and extremely comfortable, I am not sure if the bathrooms had been updated but they were extremely clean and functional despite looking a bit outdated.

We booked a package through the hotel which included ski passes, however, the pass was for Niseko Village only which meant we could not get up the lifts at Hirafu and Anni'puri. We were able to buy a 12 point pass but had we known we wouldn't have gone for the package with passes and got our own 'all mountain' passes when we arrived.

A very comfortable hotel for a lovely skiing resort.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

We stayed in Green Leaf in Feb 12 and really liked it. The hotel is very modern, well furnished, especially liked the hotel lobby bar. The rooms are ok in size, not too big but not too small either. The hotel has a restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we tried both breakfast and dinner buffet and the food was excellent. Cater for both western and eastern visitors so you have a good choice.
Location of the hotel is great for ski in - ski out but it is not great for night life or going out to different restaurants. To get to the village (Hirafu) you'd have to get a bus during the day or cab in the evening. There is not many restaurants walkind distance from the hotel.
The hotel has an Onsen (aparently one of the nicer ones in the area), it was very pretty when outside surrounded with piles of snow.
I would definately come back (if I am lucky enough) and would definately select this hotel over Hilton Niseko as it has better atmosphere.

Room Tip: Make sure you request non-smoking as we did not and were given smoking room.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Green Leaf Niseko Village
Address: Higashiyama Onsen | Niseko-Cho, Abuta-Gun, Abuta-gun, Niseko-cho 048-1592, Hokkaido
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Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Abuta-gun > Niseko-cho > Niseko Onsen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Niseko-cho
#2 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Niseko-cho
#3 Luxury Hotel in Niseko-cho
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Green Leaf Niseko Village 4*
Number of rooms: 200
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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