Modern Japanese house near some of Asia’s best ski areas


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Location: City of Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

Price: ¥350,000,000 ($2.44 million

This contemporary Japanese wooden house Niseko blends into a secluded birch and pine forest while being minutes from some of the best ski areas in Japan and all of Asia.

“Niseko is Asia’s premier ski destination, known for its powder skiing and high-end real estate market, and hugely popular among seasoned winter sports enthusiasts around the world,” said listing agent Paul Butkovich. , of H2 Christie’s International Real Estate.

“Niseko is known for what we call Champagne powder snow, light fluffy snow that is just magical,” he said. “Once you experience Niseko powder, you’ll be hard pressed to ski anywhere else.”

The house, known as Yukihyo, is “almost smack in the middle of the entire Niseko Ski Resort, which is made up of five separate resorts”, he said. Two of the stations are less than five minutes away by car.

The two-storey wooden house was built in 2019 by the current owner.

Paul Malandain and Aaron Jamieson

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The two-story wooden house was built in 2019 by the current owner, who named it Yukihyo, which means snow leopard in Japanese, Butkovich said.

It has an open floor plan, with the living and dining areas and a modern kitchen downstairs and with 180 degrees of floor-to-ceiling glass, he said. “You’ll feel like you’re in an iMax theater with the view of nature projected all around you.”

Other architectural and design details include vaulted ceilings, semi-covered wraparound deck, oak hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling double-glazed windows for added warmth, exterior Hokkaido cedar louvers and a tiled entrance.

“Our favorite feature of the property is the louvered design at the rear which stands out architecturally,” Butkovich said.

The second floor contains master two-bedroom suites at either end of the house, he said. “The property has been designed for two families to enjoy a ski vacation together,” the agent said.

The south-facing suite overlooks the agricultural fields surrounding the property and offers views of a distant mountain range, he said.

The south-facing master bedroom overlooks the agricultural fields surrounding the property and offers views of a distant mountain range.

Paul Malandain and Aaron Jamieson


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The 3,220 square foot home features five bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one partial bathroom. It is situated on a 0.49 acre lot.

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Amenities include a one-car garage, wood-burning fireplace, three balconies, heated driveway, media room, dry room for ski storage, and deep Japanese soaking tub.

Neighborhood ratings

The neighborhood near this property is a “mix of long-term residents and newer vacation homes,” Butkovich said.

“Apart from skiing, there are restaurants and food outlets within a short drive of the property,” he said. It is a five-minute drive from Niseko town and a 20-minute drive from Kutchan, a “popular nearby township”.

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Agent: Paul Butkovich, Director of Real Estate Sales, H2 Christie’s International Real Estate

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