Located on the border of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park at the base of Mount Yotei, this holiday home in Hokkaido is a distinctively modern take on a traditional Japanese country home.
Built with love and meticulous attention to detail by Florian Busch Architects, Miyama is in direct communication with the natural environment.
Climbing two stories high with soaring interiors, the wide entrance hall extends into the house, culminating in a terrace, with a clear view to Mount Yotei.
Sophisticated and modern, the spaces are luxurious yet quietly understated, with both natural woods and sleek contemporary finishes.
The floating stairs lead to generous living and dining areas with framed views of Mount Yotei and calming minimalist decor.
The master bedroom and ensuite bathroom with its freestanding tub also looks across to Mount Yotei, while the guest bedroom and bathroom both views to Mount Annupuri. The Study glimpses into a forest.
The deck immerses you into the private and quiet rear gardens, where you can practice the calming practice of Shinrin Yoku: The Art of Forest Bathing.
The house is named Miyama, 美山, meaning beautiful mountain, as Mount Yotei is framed from many rooms. Watching the colours of the sunrise and sunset on the snows of the volcano or the moon rising is a favourite leisure activity in this calm and quiet oasis.
On site concierge services. Frequent and free “door to gondola” shuttle bus service is available in ski season. Housekeeping included.
Wifi throughout with LCD TV and DVD player, kitchen and bath amenities, laundry facilities, ski and gear room, garage parking.
Miyama is located on the border of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park near the base of Mount Yotei. The area has several hot volcanic spring baths, Onsens, and award winning restaurants nearby.
The house is just a few minutes from one of the best ski areas in the world, Niseko United, which has won Japan’s best ski resort since the world ski awards were started in 2013.
The region also attracts travellers in summer with mild temperatures, staggering natural beauty, and a wide range of outdoor and cultural activities. Nearby caldera Lake Toya is part of the picturesque Global Geopark Network that joins active volcano, Mount Usu and Yōtei with endless lush green forests, rivers and lakes to explore.
It’s just minutes to the nearby village of Hirafu for shopping, restaurants and Niseko nightlife. Several organic farms, orchards and summer festivals nearby. The area is also home to some whiskey factories, breweries, wineries and traditional tofu making shops.
It’s less than an hour’s drive to the coastal beaches and seaside fun.
Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan. Nearest Airport: New Chitose Airport Terminal (130 km)
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year round: blossoming spring, vibrant green and mild summer, stunning autumn foliage, world class winter skiing and boarding in winter.
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