What We Love
- A boutique mountain retreat in Hokkaido, with breakfast and a private hot-spring bathThe picturesque town and the lovely cycling and hiking trails around it
- Spending a couple of hours in the evening in the natural onsen
- Enjoying a date night at Snow Castle for an exquisite omakase
What To Know
- There is free shuttle service between the resort and Niseko Mountain Grand Hirafu
- The NAC Niseko Adventure Center is just a few minutes away—head there to arrange activities like rafting
- Free WiFi works well
There’s a sense of otherworldly charm in the mountain town of Niseko (known as the Tuscany of Asia). It could be due to the presence of the towering Mount Yotei, a behemoth that watches silently over its surrounding Hokkaido countryside, bursting with color from flowers and greenery in the summer. Popular among adventure-seekers, honeymooners and those seeking an idyllic escape from the city, the town boasts many charms impossible to describe in totality. They have to be experienced.
On the foothills of the mountain, you’ll be able to view the Mount Yotei in all its glory from your room. It’s the perfect base for exploring Niseko’s range of activities, free from touristy buzz. Take the time to hike through Niseko’s many picturesque trails, go golfing, visit local farms, go horseback riding, take a hot-air-balloon ride or pick up some Japanese cooking skills from the locals. There’s an endless array of things to do.
In your downtime, you’ll be pampered by traditional Japanese hospitality and spoiled by luxury amenities, stylish accommodations and panoramic views from your room. The boutique hotel, elegantly appointed, is all class and understated glamour. Warm up in its spectacular natural hot spring, or “onsen”. Just for hotel guests, it has an indoor and outdoor area. For those a little shy about sharing the onsen, the hotel also has a private onsen that can be booked.
How to Get There
Stunning rooms with lovely room service. Breathtaking Mountain View to wake up to in the room I stayed in with pleasant hotel additions. Excellent in hotel restaurant menu with delicious buffet breakfast assortment. Hotel shuttle bus to and from ski slopes was more than convenient and very friendly drivers which really topped off my trip to Niseko. Ski locker room service and amicable staff were also a lovely addition to the hotel.
Went over Easter 2018 near the end of the ski season. Overall excellent with little to fault. Let's start with the good stuff and end with the areas for improvement.
1. Good location, near dot base;
2. The hotel driver would be able to spot you when you finish at dot base miraculously then drive over to pick you up within 2 minutes max (the fatest I experienced was about 30 seconds);
3. Cosy onsen;
4. Good size ski locker - better and cleaner than the one I had in Feb at another resort; and
5 Free self-operate laundry.
I can't really think of anything they need to improve on. Si well done and I am wanting to return next year.
Knowing this hotel is located at Hirafu ski area but we went there in June due to the rate was very attractive and it's in the mid way to Shakotan Peninsula.
The quest rooms are cozy and spacious with balconies surrounded by beautiful sceneries. Beddings are nice and clean with high end amenities.
Breakfasts are very tasteful too.
my mum and i spent 6 nights at chalet ivy and had the most wonderful stay. the staff at the front desk were welcoming and very efficient in helping us with dinner reservations at various restaurants, as well as taking care of our transport to the welcome centre on the last day, which is where the bus to sapporo departs from. the rooms were spacious and pleasant, with full length windows allowing loads of natural light to shine in. special mention must be made of the daily breakfast buffet: unlike the usual continental breakfast, we were treated to a spread of local cuisine - a salad bar including unconventional dishes such as pumpkin, wakame seaweed, chinmi (japanese delicacies), tamago, and bamboo shoot / udon or soba on alternate mornings / a ramen bar / miso soup and corn soup / cold tofu / soft boiled eggs / salmon roe / and more. of course though, if you would prefer a more typical menu, they do also serve cereals (and milk), juices, toast, croissants, muffins, fried eggs, potatoes, waffles, yogurt, fruit, and the like. we looked forward to breakfast every morning, truly a satisfying start to the day. our compliments to the chef!
although the slopes are a bit of a trudge away (about a 10-15 mins walk from chalet ivy to the base of the ace family quad lift / near the nbs store where we rented our ski gear), we like to believe it was a good warmup before each day of skiing. to make up for it, chalet ivy is right on the street where many of the restaurants are - abucha, bang bang, the alpinist etc. you even have a drug store (hirafu188) just 2 mins away where you can get snacks and small bites.
we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back!
We stayed in this hotel during our ski trip and had an excellent stay there. It is very close to the grand hirafu ski lift, just walking distance carrying our gears. Kids are loving it with the fire place. Will definitely come back there to stay next season.