Let it snow! Renowned as one of the world’s best ski destinations, Niseko, Japan makes for a great winter holiday the whole family can enjoy. With English-speaking children’s ski schools, sledding, and professional babysitting services, Niseko is a fun and easy place to bring kids of all ages while giving them a taste of Japanese culture — and you can enjoy all the amazing local food, wine, and relaxing onsens! So where’s the best place for families to stay in Niseko?
#1 Yama Shizen
This modern and stylish hotel in Upper Hirafu offers spacious 1- to 3-bedroom suites to give you all the comfort and space of an apartment with the round-the-clock service of a hotel. Just a 4-minute walk from the main gondola, you have easy access to the slopes, hot springs, boutiques, and restaurants. The hotel’s concierge can help you arrange babysitting for the little ones if you want to escape for a day on the mountain!
One of the newest luxury hotels in Niseko, AYA offers large condominium-style suites that are perfect for family ski holidays, including a 4.5-bedroom penthouse with its own private onsen! The hotel is perfectly situated for ski-in-ski-out access at the Ace Family Lift, meaning you won’t have to haul your gear to get the best of Niseko’s snow. The hotel offers a kids’ club, 24-hour reception, ski valet, and kids under the age of 6 stay for free!
Ideal for larger groups, this luxurious 4-bedroom chalet can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests. Located on a quiet street in Hirafu Village with majestic views of Mt. Yotei, the chalet features a media room, large ski storage room, private balcony with Jacuzzi, and a bunk bed room kids will love.
#4 Ki Niseko
One of our favourite stays in Hokkaido, Ki Niseko is renowned for its beautiful architecture, offering 1 to 4-bedroom luxury apartments with amazing views of Mt. Yotei and ski-in-ski-out access to the slopes. The hotel features two public onsens, or you can reserve the private family onsen at no extra charge. Children under the age of 12 stay free, and babysitting services are available.
Located just steps from the ski shuttle stop and a 6-minute walk to the Ace Family Lift, Shirokuma features two deluxe 4-bedroom townhouses that can each comfortably sleep up to 10 guests. The property is centrally located near all the most happening shops and restaurants, but families may opt to stay in and enjoy everything the chalet has to offer: spacious living areas, fireplace, home theatre system, and more!