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Winter arrives early at the exclusive ski-in ski-out residences Kiroro

If the tropical heat is getting on your nerves plan a winter holiday with perfect powder, luxury accommodations and a charming alpine village in Hokkaido.

Kiroro, a pristine gem in the heart of Hokkaido, invites skiers, boarders and winter enthusiasts to book the perfect winter vacation now with several promotional offers. Known around the world for its consistently perfect powder, small crowds and gorgeous setting, Kiroro is offering exclusive ski and play packages that showcase the resort’s luxury accommodations, world-class dining and exciting outdoor activities.

The location regularly sees over 20 metres of snow each year, the most in Japan and more than most ski areas around the world. Best of all, Kiroro is an undiscovered treasure with far fewer crowds and shorter lift lines than nearby resorts. The resort offers something for everyone with 23 ski runs, hundreds of acres of tree skiing and dozens of alpine activities from snowshoe tours through the winter forest to onsen in a natural caldera spring.

Kiroro offers a choice of luxury accommodations ranging from award-winning resort hotels to private, ski-to-door luxury residences. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort offers 140 guestrooms and suites along with two restaurants right at the base of the slopes; while The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido offers 282 guestrooms with mountain vistas from every room, world-class facilities and five dining options.

YU KIRORO WINS TWO PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

The alpine condominium offers 108 1, 2, 3-bedroom and penthouse freehold luxury ski-in ski-out private residences

Yu Kiroro, the exclusive ski-in ski-out residences at the base of the mountain, has nabbed two prestigious awards from industry leaders. Yu Kiroro just won”Best Asia-Pacific Condominium” by Luxury Properties Magazine in LP Awards 2019.  Yu Kiroro was also voted Best Condo Development (Japan) by PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards in 2018.

With more than 20 metres of perfect powder snow in the winter and excellent outdoor recreation all summer, Kiroro is quickly emerging as a favourite year-round destination for vacationers.  With already more than 50 percent under contract, the award-winning Yu Kiroro offers 108 1, 2, 3-bedroom and penthouse freehold luxury ski-in ski-out private residences. The stylish interiors define Japanese alpine design, with every space maximizing the breathtaking views of the ski slopes and surrounding mountains and forest. The luxury private residences are fully-furnished with premium services such as ski valet, a natural indoor-outdoor onsen, 24-hour concierge, fitness center and lounge, and an all-day dining restaurant.

Yu Kiroro has garnered two awards in the past year, including the Best Condo Development in Japan at the Asia Property Awards 2018. Sponsored by PropertyGuru, the Asia Property Awards recognise extraordinary achievements by developers and developments at a domestic and regional level. Yu Kiroro also earned Best Asia-Pacific Condominium by Luxury Properties Magazine, one of the most influential bilingual luxury property titles in the region.

The Yu Kiroro project is part of Property Perfect’s visionary and impressive transformation of Kiroro. The master plan features a charming valley village at the base of the mountain with a range of exclusive luxury villas, townhome and apartments that are centreed around the Gateway, Hokkaido’s first premium ski club and centre with ski-in and ski-out access to shops, restaurants, services and a kids center. The village offers a lively indoor-outdoor dining district with restaurants and bars featuring an array of international cuisines.

Property Perfect has already renovated and rebranded two existing hotels within the worldwide Marriott portfolio: the Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort offers 140 guestrooms right at the base of the slopes; and the Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel offers 282 guestrooms and suites, each with mountain views.  Both will soon be connected via gondola, making them ski-in/ski-out for the upcoming winter season.

The East Hokkaido Walk tour by Walk Japan travel company

September and October 2019

Guided, gentle walking tour introducing Hokkaido’s eastern region of pastoral, forested scenery set against a backdrop of mountain ranges, the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Okhotsk. Wildlife aplenty, spectacular crater lakes and active volcanoes; local cuisine mades with some of the best quality ingredients found anywhere in Japan, and onsen hot spring baths.

The East Hokkaido Walk tour is a fully guided tour suitable for anyone who is an occasional walker and can walk for more than three to four hours in comfort. In general, the route is gently undulating but also includes some short, steeper climbs.

An 8 day, 7 night tour starting in Kushiro and finishing at Memanbetsu Airport: Tour accommodation is in Japanese inns and hotels. The maximum group size for this tour is 12 persons.

The East Hokkaido Walk is a fully guided, walking tour exploring the rural and, sometimes, wild lands of the Japanese archipelago’s sparsely populated, most northerly main island. In winter, frigid temperatures bringing plentiful snow to Hokkaido but temperate warmer weather during the rest of the year makes Hokkaido an ideal destination for walking. The East Hokkaido Walk capitalises on this clement weather to take us on a journey through the beautiful and gentle, seemingly empty lowlands of Hokkaido’s eastern extremity.

Explore this remote corner of Japan wending your path from the shores of the Pacific Ocean; through great expanses of rolling meadows; wetland nature reserves where birds of myriad species breed in their tens of thousands; to landscapes formed by volcanoes, some quiet for many an age and others still dramatically active; to the Shiretoko Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan’s last great wildernesses; and to the Sea of Okhotsk coast, where Russia is a close neighbour. Vast, open landscapes surround us and abundant wildlife, including foxes, deer, seals, dolphins and numerous species of birds, is often encountered as you walk through their domains.

Japan settled Hokkaido comparatively recently in the 19th Century and there is still little here of the history and culture commonly associated with the rest of the nation. But what is lacking in tradition is more than compensated for by the sheer scale and beauty of Hokkaido’s scenery and the quality and range of its food, undoubtedly the best in Japan. The East Hokkaido Walk combines these wonderful elements with another, onsen thermal hot spring baths, for an enjoyable experience of a different, contrasting region of Japan.

The tour begins at the fishing port of Kushiro and from here we use local trains and buses, private-hire vehicles, a boat as well as your own two feet for a slow-paced journey along quiet trails and equally quiet roads. We visit small fishing towns and tiny settlements gathered around onsen thermal hot springs, and walk through remote farmsteads. You finally arrive in Memanbetsu, a place name, along with others such as Nemuro, Bettoga, Shari and Shibetsu, resonant of a much older world, of the original Ainu inhabitants and their native culture.

This is a walking tour at a relaxed pace, which allows you to appreciate and enjoy the highlights of Hokkaido’s eastern region. The distances walked each day are moderate, between 6-19 kilometres, on trails over terrain that is mostly flat or gently undulating. There are a couple of relatively steep climbs but these are short in duration and always taken at an easy pace. Our main baggage goes ahead by vehicle each day and we need only carry what we need while walking. Throughout the tour we stay in comfortable and clean, modern Japanese inns and hotels, many with soothing onsen baths. www.walkjapan.com/all-tours

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