YTL Hotels’ Niseko Village on the island of Hokkaido in the north-east of Japan, is gearing up for a thriving winter season with the December launch of significant ski infrastructure, including new lifts and gondolas and the hiring of 90 international staff across the resort.
As part of Niseko United, voted Japan’s Best Ski Resort in the World Ski Awards three years running, Niseko Village has seen its visitor numbers increase steadily from 209,700 in 2009 to 484,330 room nights in 2015. To support the growing visitation of the resort, YTL Hotels has invested in two allseason lifts
The state-of-the-art Village Express and Upper Village Gondola are both unprecedented construction designs for a major ski resort in Japan and in another move to cater for Niseko Village’s growing popularity; a new ski run will also open ensuring the slopes remain as uncrowded as ever.
For YTL Hotels, these developments and the recruitment of international and Japanese staff are part of an ongoing strategy to provide a world class ski destination with an authentic Japanese flavour, giving guests access to the best facilities and multi-lingual staff with service experience at global industry standard.
The growth of cafes, restaurants, bars, retail outlets, on and off piste experiences, together with a wide array of accommodation options sees Niseko comparable to some of the best global ski resorts, with YTL Hotels’ Niseko Village offering a luxurious and integrated alpine village experience.
The increase in visitor numbers to Niseko Village also supports recent reports of the wider Niseko area defying the country’s trend of a shrinking population, with the local economy booming, attracting residents, workers and travellers from around the world.
New Lifts, Gondola, and Run
The Village Express is an 816-metre long, high-speed detachable lift, comprising of six-person chairs and eight-person gondolas on the same line for ultimate comfort. A mid-point station has been built beside the main village hub for easy accessibility to shopping, entertainment and dining outlets.
Constructed by Nippon Cable, the Village Express is the first gondola and chair mixed lift in Japan, the only lift with a single gondola cabin with a glass bottom and the first six-person chair within a major ski resort in Japan.
The Upper Village Gondola, a new 250-metre pulsed gondola, allows guests from Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse and The Green Leaf Niseko Village properties to access a beginner’s ski area on The Green Leaf Niseko Village mountainside. It also provides access to the top of the Village Express lift for easy connectivity around the central village, restaurants, shopping and hotels.
In addition to the new lifts, a completely new 1.2-kilometre ski run has been created running from The Green Leaf Niseko Village and Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse down the fall line of the mountain. It will run alongside the central village retail and dining area, traversing by a ski-over bridge across the road that accesses Hilton Niseko Village with no impact to the current road system.
Travellers looking at booking an early season stay can take advantage of the Powder Promise offer at Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse. Family or friends travelling together can book for up to six people and receive complimentary inclusions such as two hours ski or snowboard lessons per night of stay, ski or snowboard gear and lift passes during lessons. Advanced skiers and snowboarders will also receive a one hour complimentary Mountain Guide
For reservations and enquiries, call + 81 136 44 3311 or book online at http://www.kasara.com/nisekovillage/