Forest Estate Lounge Area with Wooden Floor | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Hirafu Lower Village Entrance | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Lounge and TV Room | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Living and Dining Area | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Dining and Kitchen Area | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Dining Table | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Dining and Kitchen Area with Wooden Floor | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Modular Kitchen | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Kitchen | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Kitchen Area | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Up Stairs | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Twin Bedroom with Table Lamps | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Twin Bedroom | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Twin Bedroom with Wooden Floor | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Bedroom with Twin Beds | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Bathroom with Shower | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Bathroom with Bathtub | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Laundry | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Mountain View from Balcony | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Verandah View from Upper Chalet | Middle Hirafu
Forest Estate Front Entrance | Middle Hirafu


(2 customer reviews)

US $537 US $375

Middle Hirafu – Chalets
3 Bedrooms

Forest Estate is a cluster of beautifully designed luxury chalets with unobstructed views of Mt Yotei.

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Forest Estate is a beautiful architecturally designed cluster of a luxury chalets, oriented towards Mt Yotei with huge windows framing the view. There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting back with a glass of wine on the large soft lounge suites with this backdrop, discussing the day’s skiing and thinking about the next.

Sleeps: 6 guests (7 max)

Forest Estate

Mt Yotei Views
Family/Kid Friendly
Gas Fireplace
Drying Room

Walk to Restaurants
Walk to Cafes
Walk to Bars
Walk to Onsen

Walk to Groceries
On Free Village Shuttle Route
Free Parking

The estate was the pet project of one of Niseko’s most prominent architects, Riccardo Tossani, who also designed the main street redevelopment and many houses and buildings in the area. Tossani owns one of the houses himself, and paid incredible attention to detail in their design. The framed view out the main living area window is one of the nicest things about staying here, especially at night when lights shining outside the windows illuminate the falling snowflakes.

The apartments are set over two stories. After stepping in the front door you step into a spacious “genkan” entrance on a split middle level where you remove your shoes. From here you step up a short flight of stairs into the main living area, or downstairs to the sleeping quarters.

The furniture and fittings are tasteful and high quality. High ceilings amplify the feeling of space and the alpine atmosphere and a gas fireplace in the lounge completes this picture. There is a full kitchen with ample facilities for cooking a great meal in, if you’re not too busy eating out. An island bench separates the kitchen from the dining area, and offers the opportunity to eat light meals or have a drink while talking with the chef. A dishwasher can take care of the washing up.

Forest Estate

  • Welcome Centre Pick-Up/Drop-off
  • Housekeeping Every 3 Nights
  • Clean / Linen Change Every 5 Nights
  • Centralised Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Mt Yotei Views
  • Balcony
  • Slippers
  • Ski Storage
  • Drying Room
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Flat Screen TV
  • DVD Player
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Dining Table
  • Breakfast Bar
  • IH Cooktop
  • Microwave with Oven Function
  • Fridge
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Machine
  • Rice Cooker
  • Cutlery + Plates
  • Cooking Utensils (extensive)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishwashing Powder
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Western Bedding
  • Kids bedroom
  • Closets
  • Hangers
  • Shower
  • Bathtub
  • Japanese Washlet Toilet
  • Towels
  • Body Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hair Dryer

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Depending on the chalet, the master bedroom is either behind the living space on the second floor, or with the other bedrooms on the first floor. A spacious room-length table and chair provide extra functionality to the bedroom. En suite are a toilet and shower.

Choose between 1 King Double or 2 Single beds for your bedding arrangement. Windows look out over Lower or Middle Hirafu.

2 Guests
1 King Double or 2 Singles
En Suite with Shower


Located on the first / entrance floor, the second bedroom features own storage space and a window looking over the Lower Village. The shared bathroom is just down the hall.

2 Guests
1 King Double or 2 Singles


Located on the first / entrance floor, the third bedroom is slightly smaller than the others but still features own storage space. Choose between 1 King Double or 2 Singles for your bedding. The shared bathroom with bath and shower is just down the hall.

2 Guests
1 King Double or 2 Singles

Forest Estate


Forest Estate is off a busy thoroughfare in Middle Hirafu, while enjoying a peaceful backdrop off a cliff offering peaceful seclusion and privacy. It’s an easy walk to the busy parts of Hirafu, the ski lifts and an authentic old onsen (hot spring baths), offering the best of all worlds.


Forest Estate is located at the bottom of the middle village, on the edge of the bluff separating the middle and lower villages. The lifts are about 15-20 minute walk, or just five to 10 minutes on the shuttle bus – it can take a little while to stop and load people from the stops in the lower village.


There are several restaurants and bars within walking distance, as is Momiji Zaka Street – also known as the village’s entertainment street. The standouts are French restaurant The Barn, yakitori restaurant Yosaku, jazz bar Fullnote and smokey late night drinking den, Barunba.

Need to Know


  • Extra futon: ¥6000pp/night
  • Baby Cot: ¥5000/stay
  • Highchairs available on request (limited stock)


  • Minimum nights:
    Peak/High: 5 (Dec 16 – Feb 29)
    Low: 3 (up to Dec 15 / from Mar 1)
  • Check in: 3pm
  • Check out: 10am


  • We offer the best rates online
  • Rates include government tax and services (some other websites add this at the end)
  • Rates quoted in Yen (JPY)
  • 50% deposit due at booking
  • 50% balance due 60 days before arrival
  • Pay by credit card / PayPal / bank transfer
  • See our full terms and conditions

Please note all information provided is representative and subject to change. If there are features or services that are imperative to your stay, please contact us before booking.

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2 reviews for FOREST ESTATE

  1. Avatar for Richard Vine

    Richard Vine (verified owner)

    Forest Estate 4 was a very comfortable 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. Very clean. Large living/kitchen room with superb views of Mt Yotei.

    Laundry and drying room were perfect for a family of 5. Instructions for equipment were clear.

    If I had one small observation I would have expected a TV with USB port. But that’s a very minor detail. WiFi was fine for the family.

    Powderlife reps were excellent especially when we had a medical emergency.

    I’ll try and book the place again this year when I know my dates.

  2. Avatar for Zen L

    Zen L

    NLV has a few apartments called “Forest Estate” which are not at the main NLV hotel location (Do not be confused). The main NLV is about a 3mins drive or 10mins walk from Forest Estate apartments.
    I went during winter and stayed in a 2 storey, 3 bedroom apartment c/w a large living room, fireplace, balcony, kitchen, dining area and a view of Mt Yotei (on clear days only) from the living room. I’ve to say, its the best foreign apartments i’ve stayed in my travels. Very spacious and comfortable and suitable to even stay there for a month cos its like living in your own house. I slept very well on both nights as the beds were very comfy with working heaters in the rooms. The view next morning in the living room was amazing while it was still snowing outside, very surreal.
    Location – 15 – 20 mins walk to the ski area, much further than the main NLV. There’s a bus stop near forest estate and a free shuttle comes every 20mins that takes you to the ski area. Many restaurants around with a big convenience store (Seiko Mart). Its much more secluded than the main NLV but I like it as its much quieter and peaceful without so many tourists.
    The apartment even has a toboggan and we played with it in the morning as there’s a slope just outside the apartment (the slide down isn’t exactly very smooth like what you see on tv as we had to smoothen the slope ourselves but fun nevertheless)
    Service: Staffs are proficient in both English and Japanese. They are probably here to ski and work at the same time, hence service is not 5star hotel standard but they are very friendly and helpful. They provide transport down to our Forest Estate apartments when we check in and back to NLV when we check out.
    If you are travelling in groups of 5 and above, I strongly recommend this Forest Estate Apartments, even more if you are staying for a lot of nights.

    Tripadvisor Reviewed on December 27, 2014

    Stayed in December 2014

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