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New Ski Developments Set to Open at Niseko Village

Ski Developments
Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse – an ode to Japan’s heritage townhouses

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.

Ski Developments
The central pulse of Niseko Village offering a unique shopping and dining experience

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.

Ski Developments
Hilton Niseko Village Onsen with panoramic views

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

  1. Rolf Erklend

    November 2, 2016 10:39 am

    The quality of the personal service they offer here is quite simply superb – definitely need to visit Niseko Village again soon

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 8, 2016 2:29 am

      Thank you for your input, Rolf! Let us know how you like them when you come back!

  2. Bruce Miller

    November 2, 2016 11:43 am

    my wife would love this… looks like we know where we’re headed for the holidays!

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 8, 2016 2:30 am

      Say hi to her from us! Update us how your holidays go.

  3. Mark.Atkinson

    November 2, 2016 12:20 pm


    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 8, 2016 2:30 am

      Same reaction here!

  4. Tricia J.

    November 2, 2016 12:21 pm

    I can just imagine soaking in that hot spring with that view

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 8, 2016 2:32 am

      Taking an onsen bath as the frigid winter air kisses your face – perfect, right?

  5. Avamiller82

    November 2, 2016 12:41 pm

    visited Hokkaido in summer and ddnt know it looks this good in winter!

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 8, 2016 2:32 am

      I guess, that’s Hokkaido’s charm. It’s beautiful amidst flowers, but enchanting amidst the snow!

  6. Dominic Yiu

    November 2, 2016 12:56 pm

    Going in a few weeks and cant wait to see that wooden bath! interesting twist to the normal ones.

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 8, 2016 2:33 am

      Excited for you, as well, Dominic! Let us know how comfy you find them!

  7. krissychentravels

    November 2, 2016 1:02 pm

    looks like a must visit place

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 8, 2016 2:34 am

      Seems like it, right?!

  8. Sharmila Vibhabv

    November 2, 2016 1:08 pm

    Very nice I didn’t know YTL owns niseko village

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 8, 2016 2:35 am

      They own a handful of properties outside Malaysia. Thanks for dropping by, Sharmila!

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