Mizunara - Mountainous Landscape

Summer

Mizunara - Lake View

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.

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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