Kitsutsuki (the name means woodpecker in Japanese) is a Japanese take on the Alpine chalet style, with a cleaner, sharper aesthetic. The double-height main living area is vast, its sloping wood ceilings and uncluttered styling making it appear even more spacious. The enormous windows which frame the magical, snowy landscape, dotted with hauntingly beautiful Japanese white birch trees, though, provide the real wow factor to this chalet in Niseko.
Despite its size, Kitsutsuki is a very cosy home-from-home. Its circular fireplace brings style and warmth to the living space, and there are lots of comfortable seating areas.
Kitsutsuki's four bedrooms are all wonderfully light and stylish, each with its own streamlined, contemporary bathroom. First floor bedrooms also have access to a veranda, while a larger, ground floor veranda leads directly off the main living area.
Kitsutsuki is an excellent base for exploring all that this popular ski region has to offer. The wide, open, gentle slopes above Annupuri make it especially well suited to beginners and families with young children. Green runs have comforting names like 'Junior', 'Family' and 'Paradise'. Annupuri has its own ski school or you can organise lessons through your concierge. There's plenty for experts and powder hounds too - in fact, this area offers some of the best powder in the world.
Within just a few minutes from this chalet in Niseko are some of the best restaurants in the region, including the best sushi and the best soba noodles. The mountain restaurants are good too, just save room for afternoon tea at Kitsutsuki.
The chalet is roomy, well-equipped, modern and warm. Great base for skiing all the Niseko ski area.
Japan's Niseko ski region owes its success to a combination of geology, geography and the jet stream which produce some of the world's best skiing conditions, with snow-sure slopes between November and May. Add unfailingly polite lift operators, high-quality mountain restaurants and mountain-side lavatories with heated seats, no less, and it's no wonder the region is becoming increasingly popular with Western skiers.