Hanazono, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

Amidst the encompassing beauty of its natural surroundings, Zaborin (坐忘林) combines all the best of Japanese tradition, nature, cuisine and contemporary style, creating a refuge of simplicity and serenity.

A place amongst the trees to sit and to forget. Zaborin is an intimate ryokan of only 15 villas that reveres tranquility and privacy.

Zaborin is nestled in the quiet of a private forest in Hanazono, and surrounded by a pristine expanse of Hokkaido landscape, feels remote despite its easy access to the resorts nearby.

The ryokan has 15 guest villas situated directly above the Zabo natural spring. Each villa has all the modern amenities as well as its own private indoor and outdoor onsens of hot, natural, spring water – with all the beauty of unobstructed views.

Villa sleeping arrangements vary with a choice of ‘Washitsu‘ (tatami with Japanese futon) or ‘Yoshitsu‘ (western style beds). Some villas also feature an additional 12 sqm tatami mat room, which can be used as a second smaller room with the traditional futon arrangement.

The villas at Zaborin have each been assigned a snowflake ‘kamon‘ (crest) representing the various different types of snow.

Hanazono, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
15 Individual villas with 2-4 people to share
Selection of western style and tatami style bedding
Each villa comes with 2 onsen baths (one inside, one out) fed with mineral-rich volcanic spring water
Free WiFi throughout
Spring-water onsen baths
Apple TV
iPod dock
Bose sound system
Nespresso machine
Locally made bath products
Underfloor heating
Breakfast and kaiseki dinner is included in your booking
Main restaurant specializes in kita kaiseki meal
Bar comes with candlelit library and lounge serving pudding and tea post dinner
Cots can be provided on request
Villas can accommodate children at an additional fee with half board packages available

Located in the woods of Hanazono, Niseko, Zaborin is approximately two hours’ drive from both New Chitose Airport and Sapporo. Kutchan is the closest town to Niseko resort, and is 15 minutes from Zaborin. Trains between Sapporo and Kutchan run via the coastal town Otaru. We would be delighted to help arrange a car pickup, minibus or coach for your airport transfers.
Amenities for guests' exclusive use
• Japanese fine dining – Zaborin Restaurant (with private rooms)
• Teppanyaki
• Irori traditional room
• Chanoza (茶の坐) Alcove
• Bar
• Cigar Lounge
• Library
• Living room & reception lounge with log fires
• Shop
• Gallery
• Massage room
• Individual ski/ golf lockers
• Valet Service
• Zaborin Shuttle Bus
• Road Heating Carpark

The main dining area in Zaborin is divided into smaller rooms to offer varying views and experiences: from our private rooms of varying sizes to our tatami room (with horikotasu seating). From floor to ceiling sizes to smaller, stratgically architectural windows, you can view beautiful wildwoods, the small lake and Mt.Yotei in the distance.

Traditional green tea (‘matcha’) and Japanese sweets are served after check-in.

Zaborin’s traditional Japanese breakfast is abundant with Hokkaido delicacies, set in the fresh air of its natural surroundings.

Private kaiseki dinners prepared by Hokkaido chef Yoshihiro Seno, center around locally sourced vegetables, fish, and shellfish. In addition to our Kita-kaiseki dining, they have Chef’s Table Teppan. These limited seats offer a ‘teppan kaiseki‘ dinner with the intimacy of a Chef’s Table.

Zaborin has 15 guest villas situated directly above the Zabo natural spring. Each villa has the modern amenities as well as its own private indoor and outdoor onsens of hot, natural, spring water – with all the beauty of unobstructed views.

• Room plans include dinner and breakfast
• Natural onsen kakenagashi indoor and outdoor private baths
• Flatscreen TVs and DVD players
• Bluetooth sound systems with iPod connectivity
• Satellite/cable television
• High-speed wireless internet connections
• Zaborin’s personalised Hokkaido pine shampoo and conditioner
• Zaborin ‘samue’ (Japanese traditional casual wear)
• Zaborin ‘hanten’ (Japanese traditional outer layer, casual)
• Zaborin pyjamas
• Complimentary teas and local Hokkaido juice, snacks, Nespresso coffee and machine
• Mini Bar

These villas have tatami floor for the bedroom and extra thick futon mattress for sleeping Japanese style. They also feature an additional side room of 12㎡, also with tatami flooring, that can be used simply as a spare room for relaxing or accommodating futon sleeping arrangements for the family.

There are two rooms with this configuration.

The rooms look out onto the Hanazono Bokujo and the expanse around it, with a view to a range of mountains afar. Enjoy and unwind in the Hinoki outdoor bath.


These two further villas offer a quieter sense of calmness and unity with woods with views to Annupri and Waisuhorun. The indoor and outdoor baths in these villas are a combination of tile and hinoki rim or from a large natural stone.


These villas have tatami floor for the bedroom and extra thick futon mattress for sleeping Japanese style.

The bedroom and living room are surrounded by beautiful white birch woods, with views of Hanazono Bokujo and the expanse around it, and Mt. Yotei.


The villa is a suite including bedroom, living room and bathroom including private indoor and outdoor onsen. There are two villas in this style which are surrounded by beautiful white birch woods, with views of Hanazono Bokujo and Mt. Yotei which you can see from the luxurious outdoor baths.

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).
Different rates for using
  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 bedrooms


$850 $680/night

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


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.
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.
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
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.
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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