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170-248 Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun 044-0081 Hokkaido
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#1 of 120 Speciality lodging in Kutchan-cho
Even as the snowflakes start to fall, adding powder to the slopes outside, Kimamaya Boutique Hotel remains toasty-warm; a cocoon upon the mountainside. Kimamaya is the Japanese word for ‘be yourself’ and here, you can do just that. Jazz music floats through the homely Living Lounge as your bare feet press against the timber flooring, and all that’s left to worry about is which wine you’ll sip as you laze by the fireplace. The vintages served here come from a vineyard owned by the family of Nicolas Gontard, who renovated this nine-room retreat to help guests get closer to the beauty of Niseko, one of Japan’s most popular ski resorts. But Kimamaya Boutique Hotel’s mountain location isn’t only appealing in winter. In the summer and fall, pristine trails and mountain biking tracks snake through the surrounding pine forests.
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eric.ny wrote a review Dec 2010
new york26 contributions62 helpful votes
Stunning Setting: Niseko Hirafu is one of a few places in Japan and Korea that has avoided an invasion of large concrete block chain hotels at the bottom of the slopes. What you get instead is a charming small village of chalets and ultra modern low rises. Surprisingly, the architectural combination works wonders. Throw in a few onsens, a restaurant and bar scene varied enough to keep you (well) fed and entertained through a week of two, breathtaking views of Mt Yotei (Hokkaido's own Fuji) and the surrounding mountains... and you have the best destination of its kind in all of Asia. Tastefully Designed: that's your hotel, Kimamaya. From how the hotel is set up to the little things and well though out details... Great taste and serious brainpower have been put to good use. The
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Date of stay: December 2010
chris_in_hokkaido wrote a review Jun 2010
Burleigh Heads, Australia46 contributions32 helpful votes
Knowing that this was an older building, recently renovated, we had a picture of what to expect of Niseko's Kimamaya and figured that the price was probably reflective of that less-than-flattering picture. We could justify that mindset by convincing ourselves that this trip to Asia's powder snow capital was to ski not to lounge around in our rooms... We could hardly have been more wrong. More "rebuilt" than "renovated", and very tastefully, Kimamaya is wonderful. Great service topped it off making it really good value. It's not as well located as some other places in Niseko - it's very central but not ski-in, ski-out, but everything else is five star. I'll definitely be back.
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Date of stay: January 2010
ew00 wrote a review Feb 2010
Hong Kong, China14 contributions18 helpful votes
My partner and I stayed at the Kimamaya over Chinese New Year as a bit of a last-minute decision, since all of the more obvious large ski-in, ski-out hotels were completely booked out. We had heard of the Kimamaya through friends and were fortunate enough to secure one of the last available Alpine 2 rooms. Initially we had been slightly apprehensive about the size of the rooms and the location of the hotel (having to get shuttle buses to the ski lifts), but these concerns turned out to be totally unwarranted, and the superb service we received from Nic and Claire and co more than made up for that. This is a small family-run boutique hotel with only a handful of rooms, so you will not get the same experience as a large resort, but that was the major appeal of the Kimamaya. It
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Date of stay: February 2010
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Katetam wrote a review Jan 2010
Hong Kong, China7,531 contributions345 helpful votes
Two families, total of 8 people, 4 adults and 4 children (6 and 4 years of age) stayed 5 days (Dec 28. 2009- Jan 1, 2010)at this brand new beautiful lodge/hotel. Each family booked Loft 2 and from the day we booked, to the day we left, every question, request, email, details were taken care of by the hotel's management. We went to Tokyo first, and then flew to Sapporo for one night. Kimamaya hotel arranged for a private bus by Skybus to pick us up at Sapporo's hotel and we arrived safely, and comfortably at Kimamaya hotel. We paid 45 000 yen one way for a 8 people van, fitted all our luggage, and all the kids, and all the coats...everything..... top notch service. From the moment we arrived in front of Kimamaya hotel, it was better than it looked in its website, better than one
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Date of stay: December 2009
Response from Nicolas G, Owner at Kimamaya by Odin
Responded 16 Nov 2011
All doors were replaced by solid wood doors, and new door frameswere installed to create a better soundproof efficiency.
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