The Trees Chalets will inspire travellers who prefer secluded luxury.
The Trees Chalets are a newly built luxury ski house chalet enclave located just outside Hirafu, on the way to Niseko Village. They will inspire travellers who don’t need to be in the centre of the action and prefer a secluded, luxury, snowbound escape – with the convenience of easy vehicle access to three of Niseko’s four resorts within 10 minutes bus or drive.
The chalets stand in a pine tree forest and are surrounded by farmland on all sides with the local Mt Fuji-reminiscent volcano Mt Yotei standing right in front, and the ski mountain on the other side. The alpine feel is enhanced by the use of natural materials including beautiful timber flooring, as well as high ceiling and cathedral windows to maximise light.
On the top level you can enjoy the living and dining space, complete with kitchen fully equipped for the finest local chef, as well as dining table to seat 10 people. Windows that span the floor to ceiling frame the Mt Yotei view while large windows all around bring the surrounding forest landscape inside.
The properties come connected with super high-speed WiFi internet, large-screen high-definition televisions and electric fireplaces to add to the true winter chalet atmosphere, without the hassle of feeding it with wood and smelling with smoke. The chalets come with drying and ski storage room to ensure your gear is safe, dry and warm for your next trip out to the mountain.
Chalets 9, 10 and 11 are the first properties to be built here and are all alongside each other at the Mt Yotei and ski hill end of the development.
The Trees Chalets sleep 10 people in four bedrooms. There are 3 king-size bedrooms with ensuites, as well as non-ensuite rooms with traditional futon bedding for two people, and sofa beds for an extra two.
Bathrooms are beautiful with stone tiling and some with traditional deep Japanese “ofuro”-style baths.
There is a minimum 4-night stay requirement.
The Trees Chalets Location
The Trees Chalet are located just outside Hirafu Village, about 5 minutes drive to the Hirafu lifts in one direction, and 5 minutes to the Niseko Village lifts in the other. An eight-seat Toyota van (Hiace or Alphard) is included for all bookings.
While many prefer to be in Hirafu village to take advantage of the convenience of access to the ski slopes, restaurants and amenities, there are many advantages to being outside the resort with a vehicle. For example, in peak periods such as Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year, you can steer clear of Hirafu and find lesser lift lines at the other resorts. With wheels you can also duck off to the ex-Niseko resorts – ie Rusutsu and Kiroro.
If you want to buy groceries, a car will allow you to drive into the local town of Kutchan to the supermarkets there and not only fill up on super cheap supplies, but also experience a true Japanese cultural experience.
Need to Know
You may drive in Japan if you have a domestic driving license with official translation from Switzerland, Germany, France, Taiwan, Belgium, Slovenia or Monaco.
If you have a licence from another country you will need an international drivers license. Find more details on license requirements at Toyota Rent-a-car.