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Yu Kiroro: these luxury apartments let you ski straight out into Hokkaido’s most perfect snowfields

Yu Kiroro: these luxury apartments let you ski straight out into Hokkaido’s most perfect snowfields

By Hamish McDougall

If you’ve emerged from another ski vacation in Japan and can’t stop thinking about when you’ll be back, here’s a little something to take those daydreams to the next level: Hokkaido has been hotting up in the holiday home property market.

If you live for ski season (plus the green season golfing getaways on the side), this is where you’ll want to make that second home.

Ski in, ski out at the Yu Kiroro condo development

While Niseko has long hogged the Japanese ski resort spotlight, those in the know are turning to Kiroro for its uncrowded mountainside. This pristine pocket is home to one of the world’s longest ski seasons (December to May), averaging an astonishing 21m of snowfall – so there’s perfect powder without the queues that cramp your holiday mood.

The lifestyle investment you need to look at? Yu Kiroro – a new development of luxe apartments and penthouses right on Kiroro Ski Resort. And yes, you can ski straight in and out of your pad onto those amazing runs. Don’t we all want to be the first to make tracks?

Your winter home awaits at Yu Kiroro ski development

Yu Kiroro is offering one, two and three-bedroom apartments, with two penthouses, each with resort or mountain views. And those scenes are spectacular…

Breathtaking – the Kiroro, Hokkaido ski resort

Yu Kiroro residences

The property is officially launching in February 2020, and we hear there are already property players in SG taking an interest in the 108 units. Time to throw that lazy holiday home fund at one of those penthouses, you know. The penthouses, by the way, offer 2,874 sqft of living space with sumptuous 3.8m-high ceilings, a balcony and private rotenburo – an open-air hot spring bath – to soak in after days spent making use of the snowfields or hiking and golfing during summer.

Each of the residences is fully furnished, and the look here is Scandi and alpine style meets Japanese minimalism. Natural finishes such as stone and wood bring texture and warmth to these beautifully designed spaces, which were created by Japanese interior design firm ILYA.

Luxury living with extraordinary views at the Yu Kiroro condo development

Every apartment features a full kitchen equipped with premium appliances, washer and dryer, Smart TV with Netflix and high-speed wifi. There are all the conveniences and comforts, but it’s those epic views that make these apartments next-level holiday havens.

There’s nothing quite as extraordinary as this in Kiroro. 

The second bedroom in the Yu Kiroro condo development

The facilities

A serious perk here is the resort experience, with the privacy of your own property. Expect a 24-hour concierge service and all-day dining, a family-friendly snowsports area and dedicated family room and kids’ space, owners’ lounge, fitness area and natural hot spring onsens.

During ski season, the ski-in-and-out access will be a game-changer, as will the ski valet service. Residents can also make use of the facilities in neighbouring resorts The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel and Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort, which offer 11 restaurants and bars (seafood in this region is spectacular, by the way), onsens and spa services. 

The Yu Kiroro condo development enjoys ski in ski out gondola access
The Yu Kiroro sits between two hotels and right alongside the gondola.

What’s around Yu Kiroro?

Day tripping: Yu Kiroro is an hour’s drive from Sapporo city, and 30 minutes from historic Otaru city, which is known for its sake breweries, scenic canal and charming streets lined with cafes and studios selling the creations of local glass artisans. Yu Kiroro provides shuttle buses to Sapporo and Otaru.

Golfing and outdoor activities: Green season is for golfing, with the 18-hole Park Golf Course on hand. From late spring to autumn, trekking, kayaking, waterfall exploring and fishing draw locals and overseas visitors to this part of the world – and the alpine flower fields and autumnal scenes are mesmerising.

Kiroro's ski fields make for the perfect second home

Kiroro need-to-knows

  • Proximity to airport: Yu Kiroro is a 100-minute drive from New Chitose Airport
  • Developer: Kiroro Resort Holdings
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Pricing: Residences at Yu Kiroro start from 70 million yen (around S$883,000) for a one-bedroom apartment to 425 million yen (around $5,700,000) for a penthouse.

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