AYA Niseko, an overview
based on 8 nights inc. flights
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
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Based on two adults sharing a studio apartment for 8 nights, on a self catered basis.
At a Glance
Spacious accommodation featuring magnificent panoramic floor to ceiling wall to wall windows.
Luxury apartments to accommodate from two to nine guests
Niseko Kid's Club for children aged 12 months to 6 years
Central Hirafu Village location with a host of gourmet restaurants nearby
Indoor or outdoor private traditional onsens baths in the residences and penthouses
Spa with a host of face and body massages and indoor and outdoor onsens and private family onsens
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The main ski season runs from the end of November through to Easter. January - April sees the highest snowfall and the lowest temperatures will be felt in February when it can reach -7 degrees.
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Aya Niseko is a ski-in ski-out hotel offering luxury apartments, residences and penthouses on the slopes of Grand Hirafu Resort. It features a kids club for little ones and incredible views to enjoy as you soak in the traditional hot spring onsens.
Built in December 2016 the Aya Niseko is a relatively new hotel in Niseko with direct access to the lifts and slopes. The word 'Aya' refers to a Japanese weaving technique and this weave design is a flowing theme throughout the hotel. The accommodation offers a range of luxurious comforts such as under floor heating and high-tech entertainment systems and staff are on-call 24 hours a day. There is a choice of accommodation from a studio up to three bedroom apartments as well as penthouses and residences. Guests will love the floor to ceiling windows which give a feeling of bringing the outside in and making the most of the sweeping views over Mount Yotei, Grand Hirafu Resort and the National Park Forest.
The Aya Niseko offers a kids club for ages 12 months to six years, which is great for families as the adults can have some ski time to themselves while knowing that the kids are cared for.
After a hard day's skiing relax in the one of the men's or women's onsens or book one of the three private family onsens. Those looking for some pampering will find it in the Aya Spa with face and body massages. The Aya Gym is a fully equipped fitness centre and the are also different types of yoga classes on offer in the yoga studio to balance the mind and body and keep the muscles flexible.
The lift system in Grand Hirafu Resort is being updated with a faster, bigger chairlift right outside the Aya Niseko meaning skiers can access the slopes even quicker and in more comfort. Non-skiing activities in the resort include reindeer sledges, snowmobiling, horse rides, snow rafting and snow shoeing.
Accommodation is available for couples, families or groups of friends. The surrounding landscape is a big feature in the rooms with all of them having large floor to ceiling windows. The spacious apartments can be chosen from studio design to three bedroom apartments with features such as hard wood flooring, under floor heating, kitchen and state-of-the-art technology. Residences are located on the ground floor and therefore offer direct ski-in access with a ski boot room and a private onsen. The penthouses accommodate up to nine guests and are on the top floor offering magnificent panoramic views and feature large private terraces with an outdoor onsen with views of either the resort, the forest or Mount Yotei.
The Studio apartments accommodate up to three guests with a double bed and sofa bed. It features a kitchenette and bathroom with shower. 47 sqm.
|1.5 Bedroom Apartment||
Accommodating up to four guests, these apartments have a double bed which can be separated with a sliding screen and a double sofa bed in the lounge area. Also features a lounge with dining area and a bathroom with bath tub. Approximately 70 sqm.
|2 Bedroom Apartment||
Accommodates up to 5 guests in two double bedrooms. The master bedroom has an ensuite with bath tub, a seating area and wall to wall floor to ceiling windows that continue in to the lounge area. There is also a separate bathroom with shower and a lounge and dining area, the floor to ceiling windows show off breathtaking views of either Mount Yotei, the resort or the forest. Approximately 85 - 87 sqm.
|3 Bedroom Apartment||
Located on the corners of the building, these apartments have spectacular panoramic views and accommodate up to seven guests in three bedrooms. The master bedroom has an ensuite with bath tub and features the floor to ceiling wall to wall windows that follow through to the living area. There is also a separate bathroom with bath tub and a separate toilet as well as an open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area. Views are of Mount Yotei or over the resort or forest. Approximately 154 - 156 sqm.
With their own direct ski-in / ski-out access this residence is ideal for a family or group of friends. The residence accommodate up to 7 guests in 3 double bedrooms and a single maid's / nanny's room. They have their own, private ski-in entrance with a ski and boot room with a private terrace. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, two with a bath tub, one with a shower (maid's room) and one with an onsen. The spacious, open plan living area features a lounge with gas fire, dining area and kitchen. Approximately 225 sqm with a 77 sqm private terrace.
This residence accommodates up to nine guests in four double bedrooms with a single bedroom, ideal for a nanny. Located on the corner of the ground floor, it has a private ski-in / ski-out entrance with a spacious ski and boot room and views of the resort. All bedrooms are en-suite with either a shower or a bath tub and there is separate onsen. The large lounge has a gas fireplace and an open plan kitchen and dining area. Approximately 308 sqm with a 163 sqm private terrace.
Penthouse A accommodates up to nine guests in four en-suite double bedrooms and an extra single room ideal for a nanny. Located on the top floor, the panoramic floor to ceiling wall to wall windows showcase the magnificent views of Mount Yotei from the living / dining area. The large terrace has an outdoor onsen where guests can soak and take in the views of Mount Yotei. The penthouse has an open plan kitchen with dining and lounge area featuring a gas fire. 277 sqm with a 191 sqm
Penthouse B accommodates up to nine guests in four en-suite double bedrooms and an extra single room ideal for a nanny. Located on the corner of the top floor, the panoramic floor to ceiling wall to wall windows showcase the magnificent views of Mount Yotei from the living / dining area. The large terrace has an outdoor onsen where guests can soak and take in the views of the ski resort. The penthouse has an open plan kitchen with dining and lounge area featuring a gas fire. 308 sqm with a 163 sqm private terrace.
This penthouse accommodates up to nine guests in four double bedrooms and one single bedroom, all en-suite with either a bath tub or shower. The private outdoor onsen is located on the large terrace overlooking the ski resort. This penthouse has an open plan kitchen with dining and lounge with a gas fire. Also features a Japanese zen garden and tatami relaxation room and panoramic views of the ski resort through the ceiling to floor wall to wall windows. 373 sqm with a large 297 sqm private terrace.
The Niseko Kids Club located on the third floor of the Aya Niseko provides care for children aged 12 months to six years from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm which can be booked for morning, afternoon or all day.
The Aya spa has a range of massages available to relax and rejuvenate aching muscles and Powder Yoga hold a host of different yoga classes in the yoga studio from early morning stretching to power yoga that strengthens the core.
The Aya onsen baths contain natural salts and minerals tapped in to from a depth of over 700m from geothermally heated hot springs, one of Japan's most famous traditions.
With many popular restaurants nearby the concierge team are only too happy to make reservations if guests wish to dine out.
Women only and men only onsens are available to guests with a choice of indoor or outdoor baths from 6 am - 9 am and 1 pm - midnight.
Private family onsens need to be booked and are available from 1 pm - 10 pm.
Powder Yoga host a range of yoga classes including morning yoga, Yin Yang Vinyasa, Pre-Ski Yoga, Yoga Stretch, Power, Flow and Core Yoga. Ideal for those looking to keep their muscles strong and flexible.
A fully equipped gym is available
A hotel retail unit selling high end outdoor brands such as Perfect Moment and Spyder.
The art gallery features specialist art exhibitions and events.
The Aya Niseko has excellent access to the slopes with its ski-in / ski-out location next to the lifts for the Grand Hirafu ski resort.
The resort of Niseko is made up of four ski areas – Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hirafu and Hanazono which are interlinked and covered on one ski pass. The lift system is a little more antiquated than other international resorts it's the backcountry that people really come here for, with the majority of skiers opting to take a guide. Although the lift nearest to Aya Niseko is being upgraded to a faster, bigger and more efficient system in the 2017/18 season.
There are plenty of other activities on offer which mainly centre around the snow, including deep powder cat skiing, snowbiking, reindeer sledges, snowmobiling, horse rides, snow rafting and snow shoeing.
Anna Chaplin (Staff)
Being one of the newer hotels on offer in Niseko, Aya provides a very contemporary and refined retreat with everything you need for your stay in Niseko making your stay hassle-free. Located next to a chairlift and right in the centre of Grand Hirafu, Aya is an ideal choice for both families and couples. The rooms are all very modern and clean lined and generously sized.
Abashiri City Highlights
Take a tour of Abashiri City and visit the Okhotsuku Ryuhyo Museum and Prison Museum.
Active Winter in Asahidake
Today, visit Daisetsuzan National Park, one of the largest national parks in Japan, and embark on a light winter snowshoe trek in the park. Finish the day with a tour on the Asahidake ropeway, which provides great views of the scenic winter landscape.
Autumn Nature Tour and Local Experience in Niseko
Today, reconnect with nature as you take a walk in the Shinsenuma March Natural Recreation Forest. Proceed to a local farm and enjoy potato harvesting and try your hand at making potato chips - a great activity for families.
Biei Nature Tour - Flower Fields and the Blue Pond
Drive to Biei and visit the Patchwork Hill and Shikisai Hill, which offers fantastic views of the countryside and various flower fields. After lunch, visit the Blue Pond which is a mesmerising blue colour before hopping on a Norokko Train.
Birdlife and Nature in Onuma National Park
Reconnect with nature as you visit Onuma National Park, known for its bird life and an abundance of diverse vegetation.
Boat Ride on Lake Akan
Take a Boat Tour and enjoy the scenery of the unspoiled lush forest around Lake Akan and the famous Marimo, one of Japan's unique natural wonders.
Hakodate Morning Market and the Grand Matsumae
Today, visit the Morning Market of Hakodate and experience the local life. Continue to Matsumae, a former castle town, where you can take a tour of the town and the grand Matsumae Castle.
Half Day Tour of Kushiro
Today, take a trip to the Hoso'oka Observation deck to view the spectacular Kushiro Marsh before heading to Washo Market that boasts Japan's largest fish catch!
Highlights of Sapporo
Enjoy a Half Day City tour of Sapporo. You will see the Sapporo Clock Tower, Odori Park, the Old Hokkaido Government Building, the viewing point of Okurayama Ski Jump Hill and more.
Hiking in Shiretoko National Park
Enjoy a three hour hike around the Shiretoko Goko Lakes and discover the untouched nature of Shiretoko.
Enjoy a leisurely nature tour on a 70-minutes horseback ride through the great outdoors while taking in the beautiful scenery of Abashiri.
Insight into Sapporo Beer
Take a tour of the Sapporo Beer Factory for an insight into beer and brewing.
Morning Local Immersion in Rausu
This morning, explore the local fishing village of Rausu. Enjoy the chance to witness a real fish auction and watch how the locals snap up their deals at the market.
Otaru by Rickshaw and Foot
Explore Otaru by rickshaw and experience the city in a unique way. Afterwards, take a stroll along the Otaru Canal and have a chance to visit the original stone-built warehouses.
Refreshing Lake Toya
Tour Lake Toya. Enjoy great views of the lake and the neighbouring Showa Shinzan at the observation deck of the Usuzan Ropeway. Make a stop at Lake Hill Toya and taste some of the best home-made icecream. Afterwards, proceed to Niseko for a horse-trek.
Sushi Making in Yoichi
Learn how to make sushi by preparing your own sushi rolls for lunch!
Tofu Making Class in Honbetsu
Take a trip to Honbetsu town to learn how to make tofu from soy beans with the local farmers - a wonderfully unique activity.
Tokachigawa Winter Dog Sledding
Get ready for a winter adventure as you try your hand at mushing a team of Alaskan Huskies!
Winter Exploration of Akan
Discover Eastern Hokkaido as you visit Mt Iou, Lake Mashu, known as the 'foggy lake' and immerse in the culture of the Ainu at the Ainu Kotan.
Epic Round the World Ski Tour
Zermatt, Niseko, Whistler, British Columbia Heli-Ski, Aspen & Iceland
from £39000 pp inc flights & transfers for 33 nights
- Experience the most iconic ski destinations in the world
- The ultimate bucket list trip for the adventurous
- Heli-skiing in some the world’s best terrain
Hokkaido and Tokyo - Skiing in Japan
Niseko & Tokyo
from £4600 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
- Chance to explore one of the most exciting cities in the world with a great mix of ancient and modern culture
- Tokyo has more Michelin stars than any other city in the world making it a brilliant destination for foodies
- Fantastic location of Palace Hotel within easy access to all the cultural sites of Tokyo and plenty of transport links
Location & directions
Aya is located at the base of the Hirafu ski slopes and in the centre of the village. Located at the base of the Family Run and Ace Family Lift, with ski-in ski-out access. Restaurants and shops are within easy walking distance.
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