Category: Travel

What’s new in Niseko this year 2021-2022

Niseko Hanazono Resort is all set to welcome guests with beefed-up infrastructure and brand-new experience beginning Dec 4, 2021 As Japan has started to ease border restrictions for visitors such as vaccinated business travellers shortening quarantine from 10 days to three and to reissue visas for long and short-term stays that mainly affect international students [...]
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Top 3 Hiking Routes to enjoy Autumn Foliage you should never miss in Hakuba

Japan possesses magnificent geographical and natural resources for nature lovers. Mountains, beautiful seas, national parks, thermal baths (onsen) offer a great opportunity for travellers to see the country from a richer perspective.   Located in Nagano Prefecture, in the Northern Alps of Japan, Hakuba is known as one of the popular and frequently visited ski [...]
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Day trip in Furano : Stop and Smell the Flowers and Summer Hotspots

From seaside scapes dotted with horses grazing by the coast of Hidaka to the wildlife-rich and rugged beauty of Shiretoko, Hokkaido is an incredibly photogenic prefecture. It is no surprise that Furano in central Hokkaido would host an abundance of hotspots perfect for daytrips. Find out why Furano is considered a summer eden. Let your [...]
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Interview with a local craftsman in Niseko – Damian “Hippy” Keyte

Damian “Hippy” Keyte is a local craftsman, metalworker, custom furniture builder, and designer living in the Hanazono area of Niseko.   Damian “Hippy” Keyte has created numerous custom pieces for private collections throughout the area. One of his most recent commissioned projects was for Intuition Niseko, Niseko’s newest luxury onsen estate. He custom built two [...]
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THE JEWEL OF NISEKO

ZEKKEI’S NEW FLAGSHIP DEVELOPMENT IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN ON DEC 1 2021 Encounter a kaleidoscope of wonder at Intuition, Niseko's premier mixed luxury condo-hotel and villa concept, where carefully curated luxury furnishings coexist with the latest technology to create a hotel experience unlike any other. Nestled in a tranquil forest overlooking the magnificent Mount Yotei, [...]
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Dreaming of a white winter? Book your next Japow Holiday & Save

With an epic season of endless snowfall coming to a close, now is the time to book your next JAPOW winter vacation.   True powderhounds know that early birds get first tracks. Right now Zekkei Collection members can enjoy up to 30% off Early Bird specials toward an unforgettable luxury stay in powder paradise. Book your [...]
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Hidden Gems : 5 Restaurants you need to discover in Niseko

Niseko first caught the eye of International tourists as a destination unrivalled for the quality and quantity of its snowfall. However, as visitors returned to their own countries their tales of bottomless powder runs were also sprinkled with stories of the almost as endless après ski dining options and slowly, but very rightfully so, the [...]
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MATSUMOTO: CITY OF HISTORY & CULTURE

Less than two hours from Hakuba is Matsumoto City, a prominent castle town with rich history dating back to the 16th century.  Here are some of our recommended sights and experiences to make the most of your day in the city. Matsumoto Castle (AKA Matsumoto-jo or Crow Castle) Considered one of Japan’s National Treasures, Matsumoto [...]
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The Ultimate Guide to Hakuba Backcountry

Hakuba area (Ushiro-Tateyama mountain range) is one of the most famous backcountry destinations in Japan. Located on the western end of Japan’s main island of Honshu, Hakuba is a picturesque valley in the heart of the Japanese Alps. Its close proximity to the Sea of Japan means the area is blessed with plenty of fresh [...]
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The Ski Project Presents: Winter Edits

The Ski Project embodies style, chic and comfort throughout their ski-set lifestyle brand which transitions seamlessly on and off the slopes. Their most popular ski-suits, the Cordova and Goldbergh, are slim fit and figure-flattering while providing warmth and comfort for you whole body. No worries of snow getting trapped under your jumper or inside your [...]
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Niseko enjoying a truly epic season

Season after season, Niseko is inundated by light and fluffy powder snow. The sheer volume of Niseko’s #japow is what separates one season from the last. It is safe to say that this season’s snowfall has been epic. The monthly-observed snowfall for December 2020 was 348 cm - over 11 feet!  Driving through streets in [...]
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Top 5 Onsen Escapes in Hokkaido

SOAK IN RUSTIC, HEALING HOT SPRINGS SURROUNDED BY NATURE: TOP 5 ONSEN ESCAPES IN THE GREATER NISEKO AREA The volcanic landscape of Hokkaido makes for incredible geo-thermal oases with hot springs dotting the island. Fortunately, large concentrations of mineral-rich hot springs are bountiful in Niseko and just beyond. Whether you are sore from a long day [...]
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Where to eat in Furano? Top restaurants to try in 2021

If you were wondering where to spend your time in Furano for the food, here is a guide that should give you a fair selection to work with. There are plenty of great options scattered throughout the region, but here are our picks of the best restaurants in Furano. From legendary local eateries, to fine [...]
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Fun Activities for Non-Skiers in Furano

The beautiful area of Furano is home to many large-scale activities that make use of its expansive spaces. Diversify your days in Furano by choosing from these activities on offer in scenic Furano.  Make sure to connect with Zekkei Concierge specialists to book any of these activities for your during your stay with us. From [...]
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Where to eat in Niseko: new restaurants to try this season

Featuring exciting newcomers and a few gems that are returning for the second season to Niseko's vibrant dining scene. Park Hyatt NisekoHanazono The most exciting opening in town is no doubt the massive Park Hyatt Hanazono, which includes a ski-in-ski-out hotel and residences that overlook the Annupuri ranges and Mount Yotei, with an array of [...]
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Zekkei’s guide to Niseko 2020

This winter is poised to be the most happening in Niseko yet. With a variety of new vacation rentals welcoming their first guests, exciting expansions of visitor facilities and recent enhancement of premium services, here we take a closer look at what to expect the next time you step foot on Hokkaido‘s alpine wonderland. Hirafu main street power lines gone [...]
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Building your own wellness retreat to Ubud, Bali? We round up a few must-dos

In the center of Bali is a popular art village that is Ubud, a scenic tourist charmer that health nuts and luxury seekers alike come to relax, cleanse and heal. Just an hour away from the party central down south, Ubud offers a different type of travel, one that doesn’t rush you through all the [...]
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Nozawaonsen is the up-and-coming Japan destination you should check out soon

On our ever-growing list of must-visit travel destinations, Niseko and Koh Samui are among the tried and true gems, while there are always new, lesser-known hotspots emerging. 21 years since the 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano has secured its reputation as a premier winter sports destination. While Hakuba is already firmly on our radar for a [...]
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9 beautiful day trip destinations in Hokkaido

Visitng Hokkaido this summer? The largest and northernmost prefecture in Japan offers a rich variety of landscapes. It takes time to get to these beautiful places — but the payoff is well worth it. Based in Furano Tokachi Millennium Forest Forest Garden If there is one place you really get to know in Hokkaido, it [...]
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7 wellness retreats for every type of self-care vacation

Time to let go of our daily stressors… Travel is as much self-indulgence as it is self-care. Away from routines and buzzing phones, a few days of nap-inducing massage, physical exercise, plenaty of sun and healthy eating is just what the doctor ordered. Start packing and book the ultimate health and wellness vacation to rejuvenate [...]
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