Higashiyama Niseko Village, the newest resort in the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio, has officially opened its doors. The hotel, owned by YTL Hotels, is a stunning ski-in/ski-out property that is thrilled to welcome guests to Niseko, Japan's top winter sports destination on the island of Hokkaido. Higashiyama Niseko Village is only the fifth Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the world, and the very first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Japan.
Higashiyama Niseko Village features 50 elegant guest rooms and suites appointed with refined amenities. Positioned at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri in the heart of Niseko Village, the property is an all-season alpine resort set within the Niseko United ski area that offers 2,191 acres of skiable terrain and access to extensive backcountry skiing. The area also has an international ski school, chairlifts and gondolas, a dining and retail venue, an outdoor activity park and two world-class golf courses.
The inspiration behind the ultra-luxurious property lies in the Japanese proverb “Kachou Fuugetsu” (Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon), the philosophy of discovering oneself through nature. During their stay, travelers are encouraged to explore the local origins of the food on their plates, appreciate the power of solitude while on a mountain walk or ski run and enjoy the healing elements of Japan’s hot springs for an experience rooted in discovery and harmony.
When it comes to cuisine, the property celebrates seasonal produce harvested at its peak. Guests can expect delectable offerings that mirror the seasons with locally sourced vegetables and prized cuts of meat and seafood served at Yukibana, or quintessential dining experiences at Sushi Nagi, observing the omakase tradition of entrusting the head chef with his delicate creations. Customized cocktails and local brews may be also be savored by the fireplace at Ume Lounge, along with an eclectic array of Izakaya-style dishes.
In terms of wellness, the resort takes a holistic approach by offering a bespoke spa with tailored treatments, as well as a traditional Japanese onsen for guests to relax in the rejuvenating mineral-rich waters of Niseko's natural underground hot springs. The property also boasts a world-class fitness center featuring the latest equipment and technology.
Bringing to life the Reserve brand’s commitment to intuitive and heartfelt service, a trusted personal host or “Do San” (a person of Hokkaido) will assist guests in a highly personalized stay through a single touchpoint to access every service, amenity and offering. The property will also offer Higashiyama Reservists to leverage Niseko’s heritage and varied recreation. The resort’s creative curators are familiar with the locale, terrain and natural wonders, and offer a crafted collection of unforgettable excursions and self-discovery experiences. Reservists are always on hand to provide guests with the best insider tips, exclusive access and priority privileges that span nature, adventure, culture, and gastronomy.