In a rapidly growing village like Hirafu where newer and bigger condos and apartments are popping up every year, it can sometimes be hard to find accommodation that is both modern and modest in price. However that’s where Kizuna, a collection of 1/2/3 bedroom apartments in the heart of Hirafu shines - it offers superior comfort, a convenient location and stunning views of Mt Yotei and Mt Niseko-Annupuri without breaking the bank.
In this blog we’ll be outlining the outstanding features of Kizuna, one of the best holiday apartments in Upper Hirafu.
Kizuna is situated on Sasayaki St, just off Yamada (the main road that runs throughout the Niseko United area) and just 5 minutes walk away from Hirafu Intersection, the center of the village. This is in Upper Hirafu, meaning it’s one of the closest accommodations to the ski slopes that we offer, and it is above most of the village for superior views and a true living-on-the-mountain feel. Sasayaki St is unique in that is full of restaurants and bars but is still relatively quiet compared to busier thoroughfares. Notable restaurants include mina mina, Ryunabe and Lava Lounge and two popular bars are also on this street include nightlife hotspot Wild Bill’s and local’s favourite JAM Bar. Kizuna is a short 3 minute walk to Niseko’s main street of Hirafu-zaka, where endless shopping, restaurants, bars, information centers and onsens await - you have the village at your fingertips at this location!
Kizuna has 4 tiers of apartment types:
These apartments are on the 4th and 5th floors of the 7-floor building and feature a master bedroom, a separate bathroom, a comfortable living room with leather lounge, and a fully equipped modern kitchen.
These apartments are on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the 7-floor building and feature a master bedroom with en suite bathroom, a second bedroom and bathroom, a spacious living room with a large leather sofa and a fully equipped modern kitchen.
These apartments are on the 4th and 5th floors of the 7-floor building and feature a master bedroom with en suite bathroom, a second bedroom and bathroom, a spacious living room with a large leather sofa and a fully equipped modern kitchen.
The dual-level penthouse apartment is located on floors 6 and 7 of the Kizuna building. It has a master bedroom with en suite bathroom (with bathtub), a second and third bedroom, each with en suite bathrooms, a spacious living room with balcony and a fully equipped modern kitchen.
The Kizuna building is blessed with having views of both Mt Niseko Annupuri and Mt Yotei. The view you get will depend on which room type you choose and which level you are assigned (requests can be taken for particular floors however they cannot be guaranteed and are subject to change at any time before you arrive). For a spectacular view of Mt Yotei, Hokkaido’s Mt Fuji, be sure to pick either the Penthouse or a 2 bedroom Premium apartment. If you’d like to wake up and get a good view of the conditions on the ski hill (Mt Niseko Annupuri) each morning, the 1 bedroom Premium apartments are a great option. 2 bedroom Deluxe apartments have partial views of both Mt Yotei and Mt Niseko Annupuri, so if you’re looking to save a little more on your apartment and would like a mix of vantage points, they are a good bet.
The views from each of the Kizuna Roomtypes. 1BR Prem > 2BR Deluxe > 2BR Premium > 3BR Penthouse.
Kizuna apartments are fully furnished so you can rest assured all the comforts of home are available while on holiday, including a full kitchen, laundry and modern bathrooms. The Penthouse and 2 bedroom Premium apartments have the added bonus of large bathtubs for a relaxing soak after a day on the hill.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building and satellite TV is featured in all the rooms, as well as heating and air conditioning for a comfortable temperature inside during your apres time.
The Kizuna Penthouse includes a Nespresso coffee machine with a complimentary pod for each guest per day for cafe-style brews in your apartment. Housekeeping is available throughout your stay so the room is clean and inviting each day and housework is never a concern. In-building facilities include a private ski locker for each apartment so your gear can stay safe and dry every evening and 3 car parking spots (first come-first serve) for guests who wish to rent cars during their stay. For guests without cars, getting around Niseko is easy when you stay in Kizuna - complimentary arrival pickups and departure dropoffs to the Hirafu Welcome Center are inclusive of your package as well as a morning shuttle up to the lifts each morning so it’s never a worry making your way up to Niseko’s famous ‘Japow’.
Right next door to Kizuna and new in 2019 will be Vacation Niseko’s newest property TELLUS Niseko, meaning guests are at the doorstop of a new dining and shopping atrium including a cafe, all-day eatery and high-end restaurant featuring the creations of a chef from a Michelin-starred restaurant so amazing facilities are not only in Kizuna, but surrounding it too!
Shopping is also very close to Kizuna, with Hirafu-zaka only a 3 min stroll away, and multiple grocery options within a 5 minute walk:
- Hirafu188 - 2 min
- Seicomart - 3 min
- Lawson - 5 min
- Bus stop to Kutchan’s grocery stores - 4 min
In the scope of Japanese ski resorts, Niseko is generally considered one of the most expensive, however Kizuna is on the more affordable end of the spectrum of Niseko’s prices. In peak season for the 19/20 season, rooms cost as follows:
|Apartment Type||Cost / night|
|1 Bedroom Premium (2pax occupancy max)||￥68,500|
|2 Bedroom Deluxe (4pax occupancy max)||￥91,500|
|2 Bedroom Premium (4pax occupancy max)||￥102,000|
3 Bedroom Penthouse (6pax occupancy max)
Please note these rooms do not allow extra guests on futons. Be sure to check out our Special Offers page to see what discounts are available for Kizuna (such as early bird bookings) as they change regularly, and
to see what off-peak discounts are available for you and your group.
Kizuna, in Japanese, means ‘bond’ - a consistent and welcoming feeling between rooms, spaces and the environment around it to create a holiday where the experiences we have in our apres time are just as special as the experiences outside in Japan’s world-renowned snow.
Developed by MIE Architects headed by Japanese lead architect Yamada-san, Kizuna is a perfect use of space with roomy interiors, and clean, crisp furnishings for an unmistakably modern feel that isn’t overdone or complicated. Bathrooms feature marble tiling, white fittings and urban rain showerheads while selected rooms boast luxurious bathtubs with views to the snowy landscape outside. Bedrooms have fresh carpeting with warm mood lighting and innovative storage solutions while living and kitchen areas have sleek monochrome finishings, hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows for optimum views of the Hokkaido mountain ranges that surround Niseko.
In a few words, Kizuna is contemporary minimalist luxury.