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The Green Leaf Niseko Village

Niseko Village, Niseko, Japan
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Scout loves

  • The hotel enjoys a peaceful forest setting on the slopes of Niseko Village
  • Rooms are furnished in a modern alpine style
  • The resident artist does the illustrations around the hotel
  • Guests have access to a lovely outdoor onsen (also known as a ‘rotenburo’)
  • The hotel has its own ‘magic carpet’ ski conveyor for beginners and kids

Scout tips

  • The Green Leaf is located in Niseko Village, about 15 minutes by bus from the main action at Hirafu
  • Niseko Village runs a free shuttle bus to Hirafu and the Kutchan Train Station. But check the schedule and be warned – they fill up very quickly, so plan accordingly
  • The corridors are very long. Ask for one at the end if you like it very quiet, or one near the lift if you prefer convenience
  • Only Deluxe Rooms can be connected to neighboring rooms. Corner Suites cannot be connected to any room type
  • The closest ATM is at the Hilton Niseko Village. The Green Leaf offers currency exchange services

SCOUT REVIEW

The Green Leaf at Niseko Village is a surprise package situated right on the side of the ski slopes of Niseko. Surrounded by the natural beauty of snowy birch tree forests and mountain views, there’s a sense of tranquility when you stay here. It certainly feels a million miles away from the hectic and built-up Hirafu area, however in reality it’s only a 15-20 minute bus ride away.

Recently renovated, the Green Leaf has modern comforts with some wonderful Japanese benefits. In particular, it includes a large outdoor onsen (rotenburo) that’s nestled in among the boulders. This provides the perfect place for a post-ski soak, especially when you can watch the snow falling all around.

With 200 rooms, it’s a fairly busy hotel. The lobby area’s relaxing bar, Tomioka White, has plenty of leather lounges and it serves up fantastic hot chocolates and drinks (albeit not cheap). Meanwhile, the hotel’s restaurant Goshiki provides Western and Japanese buffets for breakfast (included in the rate), as well as serving lunch and dinner. This is the only restaurant in the hotel (though the bar does serve light snacks), so if you’re here for more than a couple of nights, it’s likely that you’ll head into Hirafu or Kutchan for more variety. That will involve a taxi or a shuttle bus – the last shuttle returns from Hirafu at 1am. Niseko Village has undergone some development in the past few years so it also now has a few restaurants and shops in a pleasant outdoor arcade just down the road from the Green Leaf.

Scout loves the rooms at The Green Leaf. They’re decorated in a contemporary Scandinavian style – the perfect complement to the natural scenery outside the windows. The rooms are on the small size (23sqm), as are the bathrooms, but not as small as the average Japanese hotel room. Somehow, the way they’ve arranged the furniture, combined with the large windows, makes them feel a lot larger than they really are.

All rooms include a sofa that can convert to a bed. If you need a lot of space, opt for a Suite – they’re twice the size, and feature a separate living room and kitchenette. Thanks to the large windows in the bedrooms, most rooms offer lovely views of the snowscapes surrounding the hotel. And on a clear day, some rooms offer glimpses of Mount Yōtei.

The Green Leaf is a great hotel for skiers that don’t like dealing with gear and buses, as the locker facilities lead right out to the slopes and chairlifts. It’s particularly great for beginners, because not only does the hotel have its own magic carpet right outside, but there’s a shuttle that takes kids to the Niseko Village Snow School at the gondola base. You can rent equipment from the hotel, or at the Gondola base.

But at the end of the day, the real highlight of this hotel – especially for skiers – is the onsen. Separated into men’s and women’s onsen, these feature natural hot spring water that’s ‘cooled’ to a comfortable 40 degrees. This is open from 1pm daily, and there’s also an attached day spa which offers a range of massage services – why not try the ‘Boots and Mittens’ foot chair treatment? 

Who should stay here

The Green Leaf Niseko Village is great for those who want a modern, stylish hotel that’s in a prime ski-in ski-out location – that’s also a bit ‘away from it all’.  It’s not for those that want to partake in Niseko’s famous nightlife, every night, as the shuttle would become a little tedious.

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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