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Lower Hirafu, Niseko, Japan
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Scout loves

  • Everything! There is just so much to love about Kimamaya
  • The exceptionally personalized service
  • This is a true boutique hotel, with no pretentiousness
  • Kimamaya is decorated in a clean, modern style that’s also homely and relaxing. It’s part of the Design Hotels group
  • There are two soaking tubs on offer for soothing tired ski muscles
  • Guests are given a local mobile phone for the duration of their stay

Scout tips

  • Kimamaya is small and popular – book early!
  • Because it’s a small building, noise can sometimes carry over from neighboring rooms
  • Don’t expect all the bells and whistles of a large 5-star hotel. This hotel is luxurious precisely because of its size, style and service
  • There is a 5 night minimum stay over winter.


Situated right in the heart of Niseko Hirafu Village, Kimamaya is a true boutique hotel that offers an experience that’s not only luxurious, but unique.

From the outside, Kimamaya looks like a cute little weatherboard building. Beside it you’ll see the spectacular glass-fronted barn, which is the hotel’s restaurant – appropriately named ‘The Barn’.

When you walk through the front doors of the hotel, you’ll feel like you’re arriving at someone’s home. The managers greet you like long lost friends and the atmosphere is laidback and genuine. Contributing to the vibe is the cozy lounge area filled with huge leather couches. Here is the perfect place to kick back and relax with a hot chocolate or a glass of wine.

The rooms are a haven away from the hectic action on the slopes and in the village. We’re told that the designer wanted the rooms to communicate three things: warmth, friendliness and beauty. He definitely succeeded, and the dark gray, white and wood tones combine to create a style that feels modern, yet wonderfully comfortable.

Thanks to the hotel’s small size, the service is incredibly personal. To begin with, the staff will help with recommendations and reservations. Next, a big buffet breakfast is included in the rate (which is served every morning in The Barn). There’s also a weekly "drinks on the owner" that’s held in the lobby to encourage guests to get together. It gets better – when you check in you will be given a mobile phone that you can use for the duration of your stay to call the hotel at any time asking for help, recommendations, or a lift somewhere.

Kimamaya also has a small day spa within the hotel, with private soaking tubs (choose from wooden or stone) that can be rented out for no additional charge. The spa also offers massage services (that are great value).

Kimamaya is not for those that want large 5-star hotels with lots of facilities. Instead it's exceptional quality and personal service on a small scale and is actually great value for everything that you get. Just be sure to book early.

Who should stay here

Kimamaya is great for couples seeking a romantic, luxurious getaway, or discerning families looking for the ultimate in service.

Available: This selection is currently available for this price. Once you submit an inquiry our agents will confirm your booking via email and send you an invoice for a deposit. You will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking.

On Request: Our agents need to confirm availability of this room. Once you submit a request we will endeavour to get back to you by the next business day to confirm availability (some properties may take longer). If prices are listed they are the exact prices for your dates, room selection and room occupancy. Where prices are not listed we will confirm the price when we confirm availability. In either instance, you are not committed to your selection until after we confirm availability and price. Once you agree to that confirmation, you will be sent an invoice and will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking. If your requested room is not available, we will present alternative options.

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