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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:

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.

Guest Reviews

  • June 27th, 2020 - June 28th, 2020

    The house was beautiful and clean. Thank you to Miyo san for all your help and assistance. It would have been great if we could stay for longer. We will come back.

    Sato K, Japan
  • March 4th, 2020 - March 8th, 2020

    We had the best experience of our lives. Daniel and Alice are the bomb.com! Spacious, cozy, heated floors, amazing showers, and friendly Elit Havens staff. An amazing place. I would definitely recommend.

    James M, United States
  • February 20th, 2020 - February 26th, 2020

    Absolutely no complaints! The house is sensational and the Elite Havens drivers were always so helpful and friendly. Will come back. We had a fabulous stay from the moment we arrived. So many unexpected pleasures including breakfast provisions and valet service from happy, well informed and obliging staff. The house is so magnificently appointed and is one of the few times that traveling as a large group has been perfectly accommodated. Chairs, glasses, cutlery - everything!

    Samantha V, Australia
  • February 8th, 2020 - February 13th, 2020

    Beautiful living space with super comfortable bedrooms. The kitchen and dining table is a wonderfully sociable design. The bunk room was especially cozy for the kids. Clean, great service from management and beautiful views. We will be back.

    Clara F, United States
  • February 3rd, 2020 - February 8th, 2020

    Full of light on all days, we loved this house. The service was kind and welcoming. Thank you.

    Mia W, Hong Kong
  • January 2nd, 2020 - January 9th, 2020

    This property was lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. There was an Elite Havens shuttle van available to take skiers to the mountain and to assist with other transportation needs. The house is amazing and 12 people can stay together while still having some privacy as the bedrooms are on different floors. The home is modern and up to date with WiFi, large TV, Xbox, plenty of bathrooms, excellent showers, modern and functional kitchen. The property was immaculate and fresh towels were provided every other day. The house is situated in such a way that there was privacy from the road but wonderful mountain views and ample sunlight. It snowed quite a bit during our stay and the large windows provided a wonderful indoor/outdoor experience. There is a combo washer/dryer, a boot room with separate entry for all the clunky ski gear, hooks for coats, hairdryers, ample cleaning supplies (dish soap, dishwasher detergent, laundry powder) and those lovely Japanese heated toilets! All in all, it is a wonder!

    Jane V, India
  • December 11th, 2019 - December 15th, 2019

    Great design, comfortable, big, spacious. Our family of nine absolutely enjoyed the stay here. Looking forward to coming back.

    Brenda W, Hong Kong
  • December 2nd, 2019 - December 4th, 2019

    A wonderful apartment with spaces carefully thought out while creating coziness at every corner. Its amenities are as complete as you can imagine - particularly if you intend to cook. The open kitchen area is next to the living area - designed in giving a sense of connection while whipping up a meal in the background. The main bedrooms layout at the top floor are well designed with a deep sunken bath to soak off after a day of activities. If you have young children or traveling alone, I'm confident that you will love the large bunk room. There's also an equipment room where you can access directly from outside of the apartment to store your ski stuff without the need to lug them through the main door. All in all, it had been a superb time spent in the apartment. Highly recommend if you're visiting Niseko.

    Joey C, Singapore
  • November 27th, 2019 - November 29th, 2019

    It's a very warm and comfortable lovely house. We had a great time here. Definitely the highlight of our trip, thank you.

    Zhe C, China
  • April 29th, 2019 - May 3rd, 2019

    I would like to comment on how pleased I was with the service provided by the staff at Mizunara.

    Haruhiro O, Japan
  • January 7th, 2019 - January 13th, 2019

    Amazing house - fabulously appointed. Brilliant service from Niseko Boutiques (Elite Havens). The snow was superlative and the company exceptional. A great holiday.

    Mark S, United States
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