Green Leaf Hotel Niseko Feature

December 2010

Original content from sleepermagazine.co.uk

Champalimaud designed Green Leaf Hotel to provide centrepiece of Niseko Village.

Hokkaido's Niseko Village is set to become a year-round activity centre, described by developers YTL as "the Aspen of the East," with the relaunched Green Leaf Hotel as its centrepiece.

Niseko Village is being transformed into an all-seasons mountain resort 
targeting affluent individuals with its exclusive hotels, homes, ski-in ski-out estates  world-class golf course, private villas, luxury condominiums, shopping, dining, and wellness facilities from spas to onsens. all with spectacular views of Mount Yotei, described as "the Mount Fuji of northern Japan".

HOK's masterplan for the resort aims to recreate the rustic atmosphere of a traditional Japanese town in a natural alpine setting on Mount Annupuri.

Each individual development will incorporate traditional elements of local culture, providing visitors with a holistic Japanese experience.

Newly transformed by award-winning, New York-based firm, Champalimaud Design, the centrepiece of the development is the art-inspired Green Leaf Niseko Village hotel - a charming, 200-room retreat. Facilities include a traditional, outdoor onsen and a spa with a menu for all the family including children.

Complementing the Green Leaf hotel in Niseko Village is a 500-room Hilton Hotel nearby, also owned by YTL Hotels, and right next to the Niseko Ski Gondola providing direct access to the top of Mount Annupuri, 1,000m above sea level.
 
The hotels will be joined by the first residential project at Niseko Village, 'Hinode Hill', which will see the development of 125 apartments, with panoramic views of Mt. Yotei, fully serviced by YTL Hotels.

Designed by award-winning Japanese architecture firm Tokyu Architects & Engineering Inc, along with world-renowned Japanese interior designer Yukio Hashimoto, and landscape designer Hiromitsu Sato, each apartment blends modern contemporary style with refined Japanese aesthetics.
The name is derived from "Hinode", Japanese for "Sunrise", symbolic of the dawn of a new beginning for Niseko Village. The development has a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, and premium penthouses with private onsens. Residents will enjoy lush gardens, ski-in ski-out facilities, and rooftop onsens, a first for residences in this area.

"YTL Corporation first entered the Japanese market in 1996 with its listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and today we are proud to develop Niseko Village as our first venture outside Tokyo. I believe that YTL?s master plan is testament to our continued confidence in and commitment to the country. As well as bringing on board the best talent from across Japan and the world to plan and design the town, we also want to engage local communities throughout every stage of the development. We aim to establish Niseko Village as the 'Aspen of the East' by bringing world-class ski facilities, infrastructure, attractions and resort properties to visitors and residents. The re-energised Niseko Village will be comprehensively planned, setting us apart from many resort destinations in Japan," said Tan Sri Dato (Dr.) Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Corporation.

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2 Niseko Green Leaf Village - Exterior - Aaron Jamieson