A Spectacular View and Lots to Enjoy at Hilton Niseko Village Hotel

Review of Hilton Niseko Village | Higashiyama Onsen
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The early morning view from Hilton Niseko Village Hotel is enough to get anybody up and moving early. The clouds spreading across the base of Mt. Yotei create a spectacular effect that looks like a sea of clouds. During the day and into the evening, variety of activities and hot spring options make staying fun for the whole family. There’s a different way to enjoy Niseko in each season. Enjoy the lushness of spring, various activities in summer, autumn’s breathtaking foliage, and of course winter sports in the winter.

The Ocean-like Clouds and Sunrise Combine for a Stunning Morning Scene

a spectacular view and lots to enjoy at hilton niseko village hotel | the ocean-like clouds and sunrise combine for a stunning morning scene

Mt. Yotei is Hokkaido’s sacred mountain, and the rooms at Hilton Niseko Village Hotel are perfectly positioned for the best possible view.

If you manage to reserve one of the rooms on that side of the hotel, make sure you wake up early. Even on days when it looks as though the weather won’t cooperate, the clouds often clear quickly, so it’s best to not give up. Oftentimes, a natural cooling effect that occurs overnight results in fog or mist resulting in a beautiful sea of clouds. If the conditions are right, you can even see it at night; just open your the window curtains and it’s like you’re floating on the clouds. It’s a truly beautiful natural phenomenon. Orion’s Belt hangs in the sky above Mt. Yotei and the moon shines brightly.

Make sure to set your alarm, though, because you definitely don’t want to miss the morning view, either.

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Children and their Parents can Have a Fun Day Playing Outside with the Niseko Village "Pure Super Passport"

a spectacular view and lots to enjoy at hilton niseko village hotel | children and their parents can have a fun day playing outside with the niseko village "pure super passport"

Once you arrive, why not head out for some treetop trekking? There are beginner and advanced courses at the Hilton, so you can try it even if it’s your first time. It’s a thrilling sport! Maintain your balance as you try to walk from tree to tree using only the planks and ropes that connect them. Even the beginner course is pretty high up in the air, and it has plenty to see, at one point crossing a river. A safety belt and harness are attached to prevent injury and staff are always nearby, so you can try treetop trekking without having to worry. The end of the course is connected to the ground via zip line. You’ll feel like a kid again as you race through the wind towards the ground. Try not to scream!

With 11 different activities and no limits on use, the Pure Super Passport is definitely the way to go. For those who enjoyed the zip line, the biggest zip line course in Hokkaido is also accessible here, though it is a separate charge. They’ve also recently launched an air slide attraction and a golf cart course, and a hot air balloon is available in the early morning, so you can play all day without getting bored.

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A Truly Magnificent View. Whether from the Room or Bath, It'll Take your Breath Away

a spectacular view and lots to enjoy at hilton niseko village hotel | a truly magnificent view. whether from the room or bath, it'll take your breath away

The daytime view from the rooms at the Hilton Niseko Village Hotel is spectacular! With the fall leaves and winter snow, the scene through your window is enjoyable no matter the season. You can see outside the window even from the sofa or the bed, so relax while you gaze!

Going for a bath in the onsen is the best way to end a day full of adventure. From the bath, Mt. Yotei is visible across an expanse of forest. There’s a pond that lies outside of the outdoor bath at the same water level, so it looks like the bath actually extends out into the pond. It’s a very unique feature. Koi will occasionally jump playfully in the pond, or swim close to the edge where you can see them. If you go in at night, you can stare up at the sweeping starlit sky. The bath uses all natural hot spring water, rich in sodium chloride and great for your sore muscles and tired body.

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Local Ingredients are the Pride and Joy of the Breakfast Buffet at the Hilton Niseko Village Hotel

a spectacular view and lots to enjoy at hilton niseko village hotel | local ingredients are the pride and joy of the breakfast buffet at the hilton niseko village hotel

The Hilton’s breakfast buffet has a special corner where guests can get food made with all local ingredients. It’s a huge spread with plenty of variety to help kick off the day. The vegetables and handmade omelets are sure to make your body happy! The vegetables are delicious and have distinct flavor, so I recommend trying them without dressing at least once. You can taste their natural flavor! And of course, the view outside while you eat is exceptional as well. Enjoy the four seasons of Niseko gastronomically and visually.

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Try Some Freshly Harvested Veggies at the Nearby Niseko View Plaza Farmer's Market

try some freshly harvested veggies at the nearby niseko view plaza farmer's market

After getting your fill of the breakfast, I recommend taking a short trip to the michi-no-eki (similar to a rest stop) farmer’s market nearby. It’s by reservation only, but the Hilton has a bus that goes to the market, which is called Niseko View Plaza. There are plenty of Hokkaido related souvenirs, but this place is most famous for its cheap, delicious vegetables, which are great to take home if you happen to be living in Japan. Even if you’re not, you can buy some cherry tomatoes to enjoy on the ride back. They also ship vegetables domestically, so load up on hearty potatoes, juicy corn, and all your seasonal favorites to enjoy the best of Niseko at home.

The local farmers come in turns all throughout the day to resupply the market with fresh produce. Prices are generally 20-30% under market price, and the freshness can’t be beat! As expected, the early bird catches the worm; come in the early morning for the best stuff. Milk Kobo, a famous Hokkaido dairy farm and sweets maker located in Niseko, also has a stall here. Careful not to spend all of your money!

If you go in the late spring or fall, there will also be a ton of pumpkins out on display. Seeing them will really help you work up an autumn apetite.

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A Distinctly Niseko Experience

No matter the season, the Hilton Niseko Village Hotel, located at the base of the famous Annupuri ski mountain, is a great place to stay to experience Niseko with all of your senses. Activities, food, scenery… this place has it all. The sea of clouds effect is a natural phenomenon, so of course it depends on mother nature’s willingness to cooperate, but if you’re lucky the morning and evening temperatures will be just right for it to happen. If you do get lucky enough to see it, though, it’s something that you’re sure to not forget.

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