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Yamabiko, Hirafu, Niseko
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Yamabiko is a three-bedroom chalet in Hirafu Village, Niseko enjoying stunning vistas of snow-capped Mount Yotei. Polished wood floors with underfloor heating, sleek sofas, an eight-seater dining table, bright living spaces and a well-equipped kitchen make up the suave interiors of the property. The chalet has three comfortable bedrooms, which  can be set up as doubles or singles, and two generous bathrooms, one with a large bathtub. With its central location, superb amenities, daily housekeeping and chic design, Chalet Yamabiko is ideal for a family or a group of friends wanting to experience Hirafu in winter or summer.
Upon your arrival, our staff will be happy to provide you with information about all the places of interest in the Hirafu and the wider Niseko area.

Here's a quick overview of some of the varied activities on offer within easy reach of the chalet.

  • The property is located one kilometre from the Grand Hirafu Gondola which gives you access to some of the area's steepest slopes, as well as some great beginner runs. Simply ask one of our on-call drivers to take you there. From the gondola, there are also free shuttle buses that will take you to any of the other Niseko resorts.
  • Whether you're a first-timer trying to familiarise yourself with a pair of skis or an accomplished snowboarder trying to perfect your turns, the Niseko Grand Hirafu Snow School has a wide range of lessons and programmes available which cater to all levels.
  • Driving a snow mobile is an exhilarating way to explore Hirafu's incredible scenery. From adventurous guided tours speeding down forested trails, to skidding along the snow on a banana boat, there are plenty of options available for safe and exciting family fun.
  • For those slightly more adventurous we can recommend Niseko's specialist mountain guides. Highly trained in rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and off-piste skiing, their incredible knowledge and understanding of the local terrain will provide you with an unforgettable experience of the area's wild backcountry in the safest possible way.

  • 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, excellent cycling facilities and wide variety of cycling trails which cater to all abilities.
  • 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 Japan's cleanest river. Although it will take you past a number of exciting challenges, the course is easy enough to navigate while enjoying the valley's stunning beauty.
  • 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 children and adults of all ages.
  • The 18-hole, 73 par Niseko Village Golf Course is considered the jewel in the crown of Hokkaido's golf scene, thanks to its excellent facilities and the area's dry and pleasant summers. With the photogenic Mount Yotei in the background, we really can't think of a better place for practising your shots or improving your handicap.

Any time of the year
  • The village of Hirafu is at the centre of a flourishing food scene, so you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. 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 Ichumura – both serving exceptionally fine Japanese dining.
  • For a night out on the town, we suggest sampling the rare Japanese whiskies at Bar Gyu or the awesome selection of Japanese craft beers at Mick's. If you still have energy left, be sure to check out Wild Bill's for live music and late-night DJ sets. 
  • Hirafu has steadily built a reputation as one of Hokkaido's prime health and wellness resorts. Relax those sore muscles in Hotel Niseko Alpen's volcanic hot spring (or 'onsen') – a very popular choice because of its stunning mountain views, 25-metre pool and high-tech infrared light stone sauna. Be prepared to follow Japanese custom by getting naked alongside other visitors of the same gender. 
  • Explore some of the area's local museums on a rainy afternoon. The architecturally striking Shu Ogawara Museum of Art in nearby Kutchan is an ode to one of Hokkaido's most famous painters. With its display of colourful art pieces by the artist himself, as well as its seasonal exhibits and regular classical concerts, it is well-worth a visit any time of the year. Located right opposite the Museum of Art is the Kutchan Natural History Museum which hosts fascinating exhibits about the local fauna and the area's rich local history.
Period Price per night (USD) 10+ Nights (USD) Min stay Inclusions
02 Mar 2019 to 07 Apr 2019 454 ++ 0 ++ 1 night(s)
  • Wifi Internet access
  • Welcome pack
  • Daily shuttle service within Hirafu area from 8am to 6pm
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Exclusive use of the whole chalet and listed facilities
  • 08 Apr 2019 to 30 Sep 2019 414 ++ 0 ++ 1 night(s)
    01 Oct 2019 to 31 Oct 2019 423 ++ 0 ++ 1 night(s)
    01 Nov 2019 to 22 Nov 2019 427 ++ 0 ++ 1 night(s)
    23 Nov 2019 to 13 Dec 2019 408 ++ 0 ++ 1 night(s)
    14 Dec 2019 to 20 Dec 2019 477 ++ 0 ++ 1 night(s)
    21 Dec 2019 to 05 Jan 2020 789 ++ 0 ++ 1 night(s)
  • Wifi Internet access
  • Welcome pack
  • Daily shuttle service within Hirafu area from 8am to 6pm
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Exclusive use of the whole chalet and listed facilities
  • ++ villa rates are subject to 15.5% service
    Period Price per night (USD) 10+ Nights (USD) Min stay Inclusions
    06 Jan 2020 to 23 Jan 2020 738 ++ 0 ++ 1 night(s)
  • Wifi Internet access
  • Welcome pack
  • Daily shuttle service within Hirafu area from 8am to 6pm
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Exclusive use of the whole chalet and listed facilities
  • 24 Jan 2020 to 01 Feb 2020 789 ++ 0 ++ 1 night(s)
    02 Feb 2020 to 01 Mar 2020 670 ++ 0 ++ 1 night(s)
    02 Mar 2020 to 07 Apr 2020 528 ++ 0 ++ 1 night(s)
    08 Apr 2020 to 13 Apr 2020 528 ++ 0 ++ 1 night(s)
  • Wifi Internet access
  • Welcome pack
  • Daily shuttle service within Hirafu area from 8am to 6pm
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Exclusive use of the whole chalet and listed facilities
  • ++ villa rates are subject to 15.5% service

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    This chalet features:<br />

    • Two-storey layout with stunning 360-degree views of Mount Yotei and Mount Annupuri
    • Three split king-size bedrooms
    • Two bathrooms, one with shower and bathtub, the other with shower alone
    • Large open-plan kitchen with dining table for eight people
    • Comfortable lounge area with designer sofas, plasma TV, Apple TV and DVD player
    • Secure, heated dry room for skis and other outdoor equipment
    • Barbecue
    • Outdoor parking for one car
    • Daily housekeeper
    • On-call driver to and from locations in the village and the Grand Hirafu ski gondola

    Facilities & Amenities (managed & marketed by Afini)

    Location & Distances

    Chalet Yamabiko is located on a quiet street in Hirafu’s lower village, a short walk from some its best eateries, including Rin Japanese Restaurant and Niseko’s Yummy Pizza – both excellent choices when all that outdoor activity has you craving some necessary carbs.

    Don’t let heavy snowfall deter you from having a good time. Many of Hirafu’s pavements are heated which means you’ll be able to reach your destination ‘slip and slide’-free. There’s an excellent range of evening entertainment venues in the village, from the quirky Bar Gyu with its exceptional range of rare Japanese whiskies, to live music and late-night DJ sets at Wild Bill’s.

    After a long day in the great outdoors, there’s no better way to relax than by visiting one of the many thermal spas or ‘onsens’. Chalet Yamabiko is close to Hotel Hirafutei Onsen and Hotel Alpen Onsen – both renowned for their beautiful facilities and excellent rejuvenation treatments. 

    The chalet is also a ten-minute walk or a short drive from the Grand Hirafu ski gondola which gives you access to some of the area’s steepest slopes and also caters well to beginners. Simply call one of our on-call drivers to drive you there in the morning and pick you up again in the afternoon.

    Places of interest:

    • Grand Hirafu Gondola 1 km
    • Lake Toya 45 km
    • Bar Gyu+ 0.03 km
    • Niseko Village Golf Course 6 km
    • Mt. Yotei Makkari Entrance 8 km
    • Hirafu Intersection 0.4 km
    • Hirafutei Hotel Onsen 0.6 km
    • Alpen Hotel Onsen 0.8 km
    • Steak Rosso Rosso Restaurant 0.12 km
    • Kamimura Restaurant (Japanese 0.5 km
    • Otaru City 60 km
    • Sapporo City 90 km

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