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Hirafu Village, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

Selected as one of the world’s finest ski chalets in the book Life in Style・Mountain Chalets, Chalet Zekkei is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and luxurious properties in the main Hirafu village set over 3 floors.

The chalet is well known in Niseko for its unbeatable views of Mt. Yotei and terraced rice paddies, starting with off-street parking for 6 vehicles and featuring dual access.

Only a short stroll from the center of the village, Zekkei is one of the very few houses in Hirafu village that has a truly secluded and exclusive setting.

The interior is absolutely stunning, featuring vaulted ceilings and vast picture windows overlooking the terraced rice fields of the valley below and Mt Yotei beyond.

The open living and dining area is characterized by the traditional use of Canadian wooden beams blended with modern and sleek interior furnishings and a heated timber floor.

As home entertainment goes, there is a separate media room equipped with state-of-the-art AV gear and a huge flat-panel TV.

The impressive DVD and book library, PS3 and XBOX 360 would keep guests of all ages entertained for quite a while.

Ideal for joint family trips and a big group of friends traveling together, the Zekkei chalet, with a Japanese name that translates into “the absolute view”, has five generously laid out ensuite king bedrooms plus an ensuite kids’ room furnished with double bunks.

Three of the ensuite bathrooms have a Japanese hinoki bathtub for some onsen goodness from the privacy of your own residence.

Zekkei is without a doubt the most impressive chalet in the main village, yet it appeals to the environmentally conscious; it’s fully heated by geothermal heating, surrounded by nature and gives you the unobstructed vision of the mountains beyond in every room.

LOCATION
Hirafu Village, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
BEDROOMS
6 bedrooms in total
4 king bedrooms that can be set up with 2 double beds
1 double bedroom
1 kids’ room with 2 sets of bunk beds and a single bed for 5 children
CAPACITY
15 guests included in your booking
BATHROOMS
6 bathrooms, 3 with Japanese hinoki bathtubs
Rain Head showers with mosaic tiled bathrooms
1 additional toilet
LIVING
Open plan lounge with fireplace
Separate entertainment room with plasma TV, DVD and CD player
Library of books, DVDs and CDs
Professionally equipped kitchen complete with breakfast bar
Oversized handmade Siberian elm wood dining table that seats a big group comfortably
Secure ski storage and drying room
Private garage
TRANSPORT
Complimentary use of a rental 4WD van is included in your booking from 14 December 2019 to 15 March 2020
Both a valid international driving license issued by a signatory to the 1949 Geneva Convention and a valid driving license from your home country is required
CHILDREN
Kid’s bunk room
Entertainment room that doubles as play room
A baby cot, high chair, and baby gate are available on request
PROPERTY AREA
364 sqm

Bedroom 6 – Master – 25 sqm
The grandest room in the house, the sixth bedroom features either 1 king double or 2 single beds according to your needs. The ensuite is a bathroom with shower and two washstands. At the far end of the room is a Japanese style bath with fragrant hinoki wood.
Bedroom 5 – Kids’ Room – 20 sqm
The fifth bedroom is on the third level, next to the fourth. This room is great for kids, with 1 single bed and 2 bunk beds sleeping two guests each. The ensuite is a bathroom with bathtub.
Bedroom 4 – Master – 25 sqm
The fourth bedroom has a split bed that can be arranged as 1 king double or 2 single beds to sleep two guests. There is a closet, a seating suite, an ensuite bathroom with a hinoki wood bathtub and a separate toilet.
Bedroom 3 – 16 sqm
The only one located on the ground floor, this room shares the floor with an expansive living space and entrance. It sleeps two guests in either 1 king double or 2 single beds. Ensuite is a bathroom with toilet and shower.
Bedroom 2 – 17 sqm
On the basement floor, there is a double bed for two guests, a closet storage space, an ensuite bathroom with shower, and views across Lower Hirafu Village.
Bedroom 1 – 18 sqm
On the basement floor, the bed here can be arranged as either 1 king double or 2 single beds. The ensuite bathroom features a bath and toilet. The bedroom hidden behind the downstairs entertainment room.
Located in lower Hirafu village, the chalet is only a short stroll from the center of the village, being one of the very few houses in Hirafu that has a truly secluded setting.
Private transport is well facilitated by the internal-access garage and heated driveway. Two minutes away there are a bunch of restaurants and bars. A convenience store and ski lifts are some 10-15 minutes’ stroll from the house.
Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

A world-class ski destination, Niseko receives 14m of snow per season on average. Offering 38 lifts, 4 developed, inter-linked resorts, 47km of groomed slopes, 1000m of vertical, and the longest run stretching 5600m, Niseko is the largest of Hokkaido’s ski areas, and overall the most well-rounded winter resort on the island.
There is a good mix of groomed runs for all levels, from first-timers through expert powder hounds. There is also a terrain park with half-pipes, table tops, round quarters and rails etc… a variety of terrain to suit boarders of different abilities.
That being said, novices going down the slope for the first time may want to avoid the crowds in peak powder season and consider some of the quieter times (spring).
Features
  • CAR RENTAL INCLUDED
  • JAPANESE BATH/ONSEN
  • NEAR CITY CENTER
Different rates for using
  • 6 bedrooms

DAILY RENTAL STARTING AT

$1,250 $1,188/night

Rates vary according to seasonality. Contact us to discuss your holiday needs.

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In-house ski rental fitting and shopping service
Save a trip to the ski shop and enjoy a custom fitting session in the comfort of your accommodation!
Send us your measurements in advance and a select range of gear, plus accessories such as gloves, goggles and masks will be brought to your home to try on.
Just leave the equipment at home after your stay – we will return it for you.
Catering service
A private chef may be booked in advance for a unique in-house dining experience, or a hamper can be ordered for delivery.
Driving in Japan
It is not possible to drive in Japan with just your driving licence issued in your home country. Japan only recognises International Driving Permits based on the 1949 Geneva Convention. Before arriving in Japan you must obtain your International Driving Permit from the national Automobile Association in the country which issued your licence. If you are unsure if you hold the correct license, please contact your authority for further information.
MINIMUM STAY
Winter: 3 – 5 nights
Chinese New Year: 5 – 7 nights
Christmas & New Year: 7 – 10 nights
Staying with us
  • Travel concierge: We listen to help you plan
  • For big villas and chalets, special rates for smaller groups (reduced occupancy)
  • Limited time deals, exclusive perks
  • The best rates, guaranteed
TRAVEL CONCIERGE
Planning your holiday, we are with you every step along the way.
If the chalet of your choice is already booked, our team is happy to suggest equivalent alternatives and take care of the details. You can expect your vacation to be personalized to suit your tastes.
We make arrangements for these pre-arrival logistics for you:
Airport transfer
The drive is between 2–3 hours from New Chitose Airport to Niseko.
Your driver will meet you at the airport arrival gate and then drive you the 2.5 – 3 hours to Hirafu and drop you at the door of your accommodation. You will be greeted and checked in by a dedicated staff, who be on stand by to provide handy tourist information about the Hirafu ski resort and your chalet. Rates vary depending on group number and vehicle used. Get in touch for details.
– Limousine service
If you are looking for a luxury way of traveling, you can also choose a limousine service. The 6-7 seater vehicle can be likened to a private jet, with luxurious white leather reclining armchairs, full cabin attendance and complimentary refreshments. The passenger area is fully equipped with a toilet, refrigerator, television, CD and DVD.
Dining
Private catered meals in the privacy of the chalet can be arranged, with the choice of:
Japanese/international breakfasts
Japanese dinners featuring sushi and sukiyaki
International dinners
Grocery, sushi and nabe set delivery services available.
We recommend qualified chefs from Niseko Gourmet.
Ski equipment rental
You should definitely book your rentals in advance to ensure your ideal rental equipment is available. Peak season is extremely busy and rentals can sell out quickly.
We recommend ski and snowboard packages from GoSnow, Rhythme Snow Sports and Niseko Base Snowsports, both with rental outlet located conveniently approximate to lifts.
Ski Lessons
We highly recommend booking your lessons before the trip – Lessons book out months in advance for peak season, and even during the quieter periods you should pre-book so that the lesson can fit in smoothly to your holiday schedule.
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