Shungyo is a very cool Niseko chalet situated in a quiet pocket of chalets on the outskirts of the main Hirafu village. The chalet has beautiful views of Mt Yotei – and an outdoor Jacuzzi – making this is a great place for families or groups of up to eight people to relax off the snow.
This was one of Niseko’s original old chalets, which has been given a new lease on life. It had great bones so with a little clever and stylish design, it now matches the quality of accommodation Niseko has become renowned for.
The living area is on the second floor with an open plan kitchen wrapping around the dining area with a big natural wood table that can seat eight or more people. The kitchen has local and western style fittings and everything needed to cook a meal for eight – if you really don’t want to head out during a storm. Tucked away behind the kitchen is a living room with a big comfortable sofa. The area is decked out with a home theatre system with surround sound with DVD and satellite TV channels, making it a great place to retreat to after a meal and to end a day and those weary legs.
Whether there is a storm or not though, you won’t mind heading out onto the balcony that opens off the kitchen-dining space and is home to a super warm jacuzzi. While onsen hot spring baths are all the rage in Niseko, a hot jacuzzi on your balcony with a view of Mt Yotei is hard to beat.
The chalet also comes with free wireless internet, washing machine and drying room with an area where you can tune your skis, board or equipment. There are also secure outdoor ski storage racks.
Shungyo has 4 bedrooms all located on the ground floor level. The master bedroom features a big king size bed and stunning ensuite. This is another highlight of the house.
There are then two twin bedrooms with closet space and full-length mirrors, located just alongside the bathroom. Between these is a smaller bunk room with one bunk bed sleeping two people. It also has a good-sized closet. Downstairs there is one more bathroom for good measure.
Shungyo is located in a quiet snowbound quarter of Hirafu. Tucked in away from the main road, it’s peaceful and private, while at the end of the street where it meets the main road are several restaurants, a great bar, an outdoor shop and an activity centre.
The lifts are about a 15-minute walk up a gradual slope. Unless you’re really fit and want a workout walking a long way in your boots, it’s probably a good idea to jump on the free shuttle bus. It stops outside the activity centre at the end of the street and can take you to any lift, shop, bar or restaurant in the village between 8am and 9pm. If you stay out later than that, it’s not a hard walk back home .