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Known for its Japanese flair, exquisite hospitality and world-class dining, Hirafu Village has developed a stellar reputation for outdoor pursuits while drawing in an increasingly international crowd.
And speaking of flair, we can’t think of a more glamorous place to experience Hirafu’s winter or summer than the stunning five-bedroom Chalet Seshu.
Sustainably designed using natural building materials, Chalet Seshu dazzles with stylish interiors and truly spectacular views of Mount Yotei and Mount Annupuri. Set across three floors, this is a vast yet delightfully cosy home to return to after spending a day hiking, skiing, playing golf – or indeed taking part in any of Hirafu’s other endless nature activities.
Chalet Seshu has two spacious master bedrooms and two identical guest rooms, each appointed with split king-size beds, chic designer furniture and sumptuous ensuite bathrooms. The fifth bedroom can be set up with twin beds, or as a charming Japanese-style tatami room, with access to a separate toilet and shower.
After a long day on the slopes, you will love returning to Chalet Seshu’s warm embrace and soaking in the soothing outdoor jacuzzi. Accommodating up to eight people, the jacuzzi is one of the highlights of this mountain mansion, making it a preferred stay option for many.
Meals are a social affair at Chalet Seshu, gathered around the contemporary, open-plan kitchen or dining space that can easily seat twelve people. For some fresh air, you can enjoy barbecues on the extensive first-floor terrace during summertime or impromptu alfresco dining with a view.
The chalet’s three lounge areas are particularly cosy in the evening, thanks to their tasteful, soft lighting, while the modern fireplace’s warm and relaxing glow serves as an ongoing invitation for sharing each other’s outdoor adventure tales.
With its gorgeous design, excellent amenities and central location, Chalet Seshu represents mountain living at its swankiest – whatever the season may be.
Large open-plan kitchen
Gorgeous traditional tatami room
8-seater outdoor jacuzzi
"A big thank you for your hospitality . We enjoyed our 6 night stay here and everything was well equipped. It was very thoughtful on every single detail. My mother enjoyed the fireplace so much and so did the kids. Lovely house, thank you for hosting us, we Love Niseko!
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This chalet features
- Contemporary interiors and living spaces spread across three levels
- Stylish furnishings, high wood beam ceilings and blonde wood floors
- Spectacular mountain views through floor-to-ceiling windows
- Modern open-plan kitchen with a large, separate kitchen worktop and bar stools
- Split dining table that seats twelve people
- Plenty of natural light and space for the entire group
- Flat-screen TV, Playstation, Apple TV and a modern fireplaces in the living room
- A special outdoor jacuzzi for eight people
- Expansive terrace on the first floor for summer barbecues
- Secure and heated dry room for skis and other sports equipment
- Indoor garage with space for one car and outdoor parking for two cars
- Daily housekeeping services from Monday to Saturday
- On-call driver to and from locations within the village and the Grand Hirafu Ski Gondola
Master Bedrooms 1 & 2
- Two spacious bedrooms
- Ensuite bathrooms with bathtubs
- Comfortable split king-size beds
- Sofas and lounge chairs for curling up with a book
- Large windows framing mountain views
- One with a private terrace and casual seating (first floor)
Guest Bedrooms 1 & 2
- Two identical bedrooms with split king-size beds
- Ensuite bathrooms with a shower
- Access to a shared terrace with casual seating
- Sofas for conversations and quiet moments
Guest Bedroom 3
- A tatami-style room for a glimpse of authentic Japanese living
- Access to a separate toilet and shower
- Can be converted into a twin bedroom, to sleep 2 guests
- Extra person can be accommodated at an additional cost
Located on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido and overlooking the active volcano of Mount Yotei – a smaller version of Mount Fuji – Hirafu, one of Niseko’s four separate but interconnected ski resorts, is blessed with some of the driest, lightest and most abundant snow on Earth.
Despite an average yearly snowfall of 15 metres, Hirafu also enjoys comfortable summers. Its untamed volcanic landscape, excellent hiking trails and increasing reputation as a wellness haven, make it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts all year-round.
Chalet Seshu is conveniently located on a quiet edge of Hirafu’s middle village, close to many of its most popular restaurants and entertainment venues. It is a mere ten-minute walk from the Grand Hirafu Ski Gondola.
An on-call driver will be happy to drive you to and from the gondola and any other locations within Hirafu village. There are also free shuttle buses that will take you to any of the other Niseko resorts.
Things to do
Our Concierge team is always on hand to provide you information about all the places of interest in Hirafu and the wider Niseko area. They can also assist in equipment rental, transport arrangement and other requests that you may have. Do ask them about the closest ‘onsen’ you should visit, it is the best way to immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Whether you visit Niseko for its powder snow or to appreciate the blooming valley in summer, here are some of our favourite things to do in the region:All year-round
- Hokkaido’s produce is renowned throughout the world and thus it is no wonder that Niseko has a thriving food scene. Meat lovers will appreciate the rare Kobe beef at Steak Rosso Rosso, and if you prefer seafood, we suggest trying out some of Hokkaido’s freshest catch at Ezo’s. Hirafu has not one but two Michelin-star restaurants – Kamimura and Ichimura, both serving exceptional fine Japanese dining.
- Japan’s volcanic hot springs or ‘onsen’ not only soothe your aching muscles after a long day, but they are also known for their health and wellness benefits. Ask the Concierge team for the best onsen in the region and also some of the dos and don’ts in terms of attire and behaviour.
- There are several art galleries in Niseko which are definitely worth a visit. Kiyoe gallery in Hirafu village showcases some of Hokkaido best artists, while Somoza gallery in nearby Hanazono also offers a beautiful place in which to relax. Our favourite remains Galerie Ram in Niseko Village, with its exciting collection of steel sculpture and woodwork. Inside the gallery, you’ll also find ‘La Cave’, a cellar with a great selection of imported wines. Now you understand why we love it, don’t you?
- A little further afield, we can recommend a daytrip to the attractive seaside city of Otaru any time of the year. Less than two hours away by car from Hirafu, it is best-known for its hairy crab and seafood delicatessen, fish markets and historic buildings.
- For a more urban experience, you can also visit Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital and central transportation hub. As a relatively recent city, it somewhat lacks the alluring architecture you might find in other Japanese cities. Yet, Sapporo is a vibrant and pleasant metropolitan with lovely tree-lined boulevards, excellent shopping and varied cultural activities, including the world-famous annual snow sculpture competition in February.
- Experience some of the typically Japanese matsuri festivals any time of the year. The ‘Potato Festival’ in nearby Kutchan town and the Niseko Fireworks Festival are two of our favourites.
Known for its ‘champagne powder’, unparalleled infrastructure, sophisticated dining and varied nightlife, Hirafu has been the driving force behind Niseko’s stellar rise as one of the world’s most phenomenal ski areas. With an average snowfall of 15 metres, Hirafu is known as the world’s second snowiest ski resort with flakes so large that locals jokingly refer to them as ‘chicken feathers’. Here’s how to make most of your winter holiday:
- Chalet Seshu is only one kilometre away from the Grand Hirafu Gondola which provides access to some of the area’s steepest slopes, as well as several great runs for beginners.
- Whether you’re a first-timer trying to familiarise yourself with a pair of skis or an accomplished snowboarder aiming to perfect your turns, the Niseko Grand Hirafu Snow School has a wide range of lessons and programmes available which cater to all levels.
- Part of four interconnected ski resorts, Hirafu and the neighbouring resort of Niseko Village boast of some of the steepest slopes in the region, with those in nearby Hanazono offering slightly easier terrain for beginners. Meanwhile, the Annupuri Resort is well-known for its backcountry gates, popular with accomplished skiers and snowboarders eager to access some of the area’s deep snow on off-piste trails – something we don’t recommend doing without necessary training.
- Whether it is tobogganning or snowmobiling that gets your adrenaline pumping, what better place to slide down the slopes than Niseko? Our Concierge can help rent a snowmobile for your use or guide you on the best places to go to.
From white water rafting on the Shiribetsu river or stand-up paddling at nearby Lake Toya to mountain biking down volcanic slopes or playing golf at the 18-hole Niseko Golf Course, there are plenty of ways to entertain yourself during the warmer months.
- With its elevated rope courses, zip-lines, free-fall platforms, bouncy slides and horse rides, the recreational park PURE provides a wonderful day out for the whole family.
- Come spring, the snowmelt raises the water levels of the Shiribetsu River by almost two metres, making it ideal for white water rafting. A 12 km-long course runs from Hirafu Station to Niseko Station across what is known to be Japan’s cleanest river. Although it will take you past several exciting challenges, the course is easy enough to navigate while enjoying the valley’s stunning beauty.
- The 18-hole, 73 par Niseko Village Golf Course is seen as the jewel in the crown of Hokkaido’s golf scene, thanks to its excellent facilities and the area’s dry and pleasant summer. With the photogenic Mount Yotei in the background, we really can’t think of a better place for practising your shots and improving your handicap.
- Indeed, regularly hosting Japan’s largest cycling race, the ‘Tour de Hokkaido’, Hirafu is a much-loved cycling destination thanks to its stunning landscape, comfortable summers and a massive variety of cycling trails.
- Looking at its well-developed infrastructure and the sheer number of international visitors, it might be hard to believe that the wider Niseko area was once better known for its potatoes than for its powder. Relive its starchy past by hiring a scooter and driving through some of its vast rice paddies and buckwheat farmlands. Close your eyes and feel the wind in your hair. Be sure to visit one of the many farmers’ markets on the way and sample delicious fresh local produce.
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