Zaborin Ryokan

Kutchan, Hokkaido, Japan

At a Glance

  • Fusion of minimalist and modern style, yet retaining the traditional Japanese ryokan charm

  • Nestled in its own private forest in Hanazono, Zaborin is the ultimate exclusive getaway away from the crowds

  • Spacious villas that features private indoor and outdoor onsen bath with clear views of the beautiful surrounds

  • With only 15 villas surrounded by pristine landscape, the luxury ryokan emphasises on tranquillity and privacy for the perfect relaxation and healing space

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Hokkaido is a year-round destination for travellers as its distinct seasons benefit the activities you can do here. The hotter summer months of July and August are perfect for witnessing colourful meadows full of flowers. Winter peaks in January with colder temperatures than the rest of the country, but it is then that the snowy slopes are at their best for skiing. The months of April, May and June are spring-like with pleasant temperatures and long sunny days, which is great for hiking. Autumn arrives early on Hokkaido and by mid-September the famous autumn colours are once again changing the landscape.

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With a fusion of minimalist, modern and traditional Japanese design, Zaborin evokes peace and relaxation when you step into the property.

This serene sanctuary is only half an hour away from the Niseko ski fields in Hokkaido, yet it feels like a whole new world away from the crowds and in its own private forest in Hanazono. Made up of premium quality and elegant space, Zaborin is a secluded luxury ryokan incorporating minimalist and traditional Japanese designs.

Each of its 15 villas have two private indoor and outdoor onsen baths filled with the purest, mineral-rich volcanic water, overlooking the tranquil greenery and beautiful scenery. Fusing environmentally-friendly ideas with the surrounding nature to bring the highest level of peace and relaxation to its guests, Zaborin is a clear choice for a perfect and exclusive getaway.

Infusing 'locality' into the Zaborin cuisine, the signature style of the luxury property is to make use of the freshest ingredients to embrace the natural form of cooking. Traditional Japanese cuisine featuring Kita-kaiseki dining is typically served, but Western cuisine is also available upon request. The Chef's Table Teppan where limited seats are offered to enjoy dinner with the intimacy of a Chef's table serving the 'teppan kaiseki'. Wine lovers will not be disappointed with the wide collection of wine offered by the hotel's sommelier.

Guests can keep entertained with the facilities in the property including a traditional Irori rom, Chanoza Alcove, Cigar Lounge and Library. Enjoy a night cap or a unwind over drinks in the bar that overlooks the tranquil private lake and lush woods. Rejuvenate with a massage amidst the peaceful surrounds of nature.

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Located just half an hour away from the Niseko ski fields, Zaborin provides easy access for ski lovers yet retaining its exclusivity away from the crowds. Ski guides and school can be booked upon request. In summer, active lovers will be thrilled to know that river rafting, biking tours, hiking and horse riding can be done within vicinity from the property. Other activities include cooking classes, art workshops and cultural exploration in the neighbouring towns. With three world-class golf courses within Niseko ranging from 5 minutes to 30 minutes away, Zaborin is also a good base for golf tee-offs.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Horseback Riding

    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.

  • 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!

  • Tanaka Sake Brewery Visit

    Enjoy a visit to Tanaka Sake Brewery to understand more about the brewing process of Sake and get a taste of some of the excellent sake of the brewery.

  • Tokachigawa Winter Dog Sledding

    Get ready for a winter adventure as you try your hand at mushing a team of Alaskan Huskies!

  • Whisky Factory Visit in Yoichi

    Visit the Nikka whisky factory, one of Japan's top whisky makers.

Location & directions

Kutchan, Hokkaido, Japan

Nestled amongst the Hanazono forest, Zaborin is a half hour drive from Niseko ski fields and the nearest town is Kutchan. It is approximately two hours' drive from New Chitose Airport in Sapporo.

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