Friends on Powder Days: A Gentem Trip Across Hokkaido’s Top Ski Resorts

Friends on Powder Days: A Gentem Trip Across Hokkaido’s Top Ski Resorts

What could be more fun than reuniting with old friends after an extended separation, loading up vans with boards and gear, and heading off chasing powder around Hokkaido… especially when your friends just happen to be some of the founders and icons of the modern Japanese snowsurfing movement.

That’s exactly what Jackson Hole-based Patagonia Ambassador and Gentemstick pro-rider Alex Yoder did as soon as Japan’s borders opened and Hokkaido’s mythical powder snow buried the island once more in the winter of 2022/23. Yoder first snowboarded in Japan in 2014, where he discovered an unexpected and welcome synergy with the mellow, soulful style of his new Japanese mentors and masters of their art. He went on to visit every winter thereafter, forming an almost spiritual bond with Niseko and his adopted Gentemstick family, until COVID struck and drove an invisible wedge between him and Hokkaido.

Gentemstick was founded by Taro Tamai in the 1990s, and fine-tuned over the following decade in partnership with a pioneering crew of snowboarding disciples who carved their freestyling signatures into fields of untouched powder right in the middle of Grand Hirafu – day after day, winter after winter.

While Gentemstick was born in Niseko, the beauty of Hokkaido is that there are dozens of resorts within half a day’s drive that those in the know can cherry pick and hit at short notice. After reuniting with Taro, Yoder tag-teamed with various characters among the extended Gentemstick family on a two-week “Gentem Trip”, sponsored by the Hokkaido Ski Promotion Council, to rediscover the island’s top ski resorts.

If you’ve read this far, I’m guessing you may have a spiritual connection with Niseko as well. In the following pages, join Yoder and friends to see how the custodians of Japanese snowsurfing do Hokkaido on powder days.


Shiba sakura garden

Spring in Niseko: A Guide to Niseko's Stunning Spring

Spring in Niseko

A Journey Through Niseko's Hidden Treasures in the Spring Season

Niseko Shibazakura

During spring in Niseko, visitors can delight in the transformation of this picturesque destination. With longer daylight hours and milder temperatures, nature comes alive, painting the landscape with vibrant colours and an invigorating energy. Springtime in Niseko offers many exciting outdoor adventures, from scenic hiking trails  to exhilarating bike rides along. Indulge in stunning local cuisine bursting with fresh flavours, rejuvenate your senses at local hot springs, or simply take in the serenity of the surrounding nature.

Dining

If you’re looking to elevate your dining experience, exploring Niseko’s culinary scene during the summer season is a must. The Niseko Wine & Dine website is your go-to resource for discovering the finest restaurants that remain open to delight your taste buds during the warmer months. It’s your ticket to savoring delectable dishes and enjoying al fresco dining amidst Niseko’s picturesque landscapes.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Spring skiing is a fantastic time to hit the slopes. The snow conditions during this season are often soft and forgiving, making it an ideal choice for skiers of all skill levels. With milder temperatures and longer daylight hours, you can comfortably enjoy the slopes while shedding some of the heavy winter gear. The atmosphere on the mountain is more relaxed, and the slopes are typically less crowded, allowing for a more enjoyable and laid-back experience. Plus, the scenic beauty of the mountains in spring, with the surrounding nature coming to life, adds an extra layer of charm to your skiing adventure. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned skier, spring skiing offers a delightful and rejuvenating experience that’s hard to beat.

Niseko United is scheduled to be open right up until 6 May, 2024!

Hanazono Activities

Usually starting late April, visitors can enjoy the thrilling Hanazono Tree Trekking activity, where all ages can walk in the treetops on a ropes course. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, the Hanazono Zipflight (starting from March 15th to April 7th), the longest zipline park in Japan, will also open in around the same time. Families with young children can check out the Hanazono Galaxy of Kidz indoor climbing park, which features areas for kids aged 2 to 5 as well as more challenging activities for those aged 6 to 15. And don’t forget the Hanazono summer gondola, offering stunning views of Mt. Yotei and the surrounding area. The Hanazono Beach also opens around the same period, with fishing ready to be enjoyed as well as kayaking. Niseko Sports retail store will also be open for shopping as well as the Café Hanazono 308.

Hanazono Golf usually opens at the start of May.

Niseko Village Activities

Niseko Village is always great in the spring season, with the opening of its two golf courses and “Pure” activity centre both usually opening at the end of April. Both the Niseko Golf Course and the Niseko Village Golf Course will be open to guests for a round of golf.

Pure at Niseko Village, the exciting nature activity centre, offers a variety of activities suitable for all ages and includes the Pure Quick Jump and Rail Slider.

In addition, the retail store, Village Sports, will be open with specified hours of operation.

Rafting Activities

Rafting in Niseko is a thrilling adventure that shouldn’t be missed during the spring season. The season typically starts around the end of April and runs until October. As the snow melts, the rivers swell with water and create a perfect environment for whitewater rafting. Experienced guides will lead you through the rapids, providing a safe and exciting ride. With stunning views of the surrounding nature, rafting in Niseko is an unforgettable experience that will leave you wanting more.

Rafting can be enjoyed at a number of tour companies in Niseko including Hanazono , Niseko Adventure Center (NAC), NOASC Adventure Tours and Hokkaido Lion Adventure.

Golfing

Niseko Wow Golf

The Niseko area is home to several renowned golf courses to challenge players of all abilities. Set in the hilly basin between Mount Yotei and Mount Niseko Annupuri, its unique location provides a great variety of courses through woodlands, hills, and wide-open greens with a breathtaking view of the mountains.

There are total three golf courses in the area within 30min drive: Hanazono Golf, Niseko Village Golf Course and Niseko Golf Course, open from end of April through early November.

Need to up your game? Niseko Wow Golf has great coaches available to help make the most of your time on the course. Check out their website for more info and to help book your next golf holiday HERE.

Special Offer for Spring time

Discover the unique offers exclusive to springtime in Niseko. Explore our curated selection of seasonal deals and uncover the magic of this enchanting destination.


Onsen de Ski: Hot Spring Getaway to Lake Toya & Noboribetsu

Onsen de Ski: Hot Spring Getaway to Lake Toya & Noboribetsu

Enjoy the fusion of winter bliss and Japanese tradition with Hokkaido Resort Liner’s “Onsen de Ski.” From January 11th to March 10th, 2024, this exclusive service whisks you away to the iconic onsen towns of Lake Toya and Noboribetsu, promising an unforgettable experience.

For just ¥2,000 for adults and ¥1,000 for children aged 11 and under, the Onsen de Ski departs from the Hirafu Welcome Center, makes a stop at Rusutsu, before continuing on to the famed hot springs of Lake Toya and Noboribetsu.

Experience the magic of Hokkaido’s winter landscapes while enjoying a relaxing onsen. Onsen de Ski by Hokkaido Resort Liner is your ticket to an adventure that  blends tranquillity and tradition. Don’t miss the chance to try this unique onsen service.

Bookings can be made online at https://onsen-de-ski.com/en or by calling (+81) 011-219-4411.


INTRODUCING ‘MANDALA CLUB NISEKO’: IN RESIDENCE

INTRODUCING ‘MANDALA CLUB NISEKO’: IN RESIDENCE

Mandala Group announces four-month Mandala Club pop up in Niseko this 2023/24 winter season; fabulous food, après ski fun to get excited about, and world class collaborators at every turn.

Masterchef Australia star GEORGE CALOMBARIS and JAY KHAN of COA, Asia’s No.1 Best Bar 2023 lead unprecedented roster of culinary, cocktail and music talent for the four-month winter residency.

NOVEMBER 2023, SINGAPORE: Mandala Club, Asia Pacific’s most dynamic private membership club community, is taking residence in Niseko this season; representing an unprecedented fixture on the Niseko scene. In partnership with YTL Hotels, the two-storey ski-in ski-out clubhouse will be nestled conveniently in the heart of Niseko Village, opening its doors from early December to Niseko’s most discerning visitors and residents alike.

Famed for its rich cultural calendar, chef residencies and music programming, Mandala Club will offer a truly unique dimension to this year’s Niseko experience for its existing membership community, as well as those fortunate enough to secure a table at https://mandala.club/niseko/.

On the club’s upper floor, POPIS, the namesake of Mandala Club’s flagship restaurant in Singapore, will offer elevated chalet classics lunch, après and dinner experiences daily throughout the season celebrating the plenitude of local produce, punctuated by visiting chefs offering culinary collaborations and the club’s iconic ‘Cultural Calendar’ of event programming. Kids are welcome in POPI’s where a dedicated menu offers healthy hearty food for ‘mini members’. POPIS is also home to Mandala’s ‘Après Every Day’ – great people, great music, sabred Champagne and magnums of rosé make Mandala Club the place to be at the bottom of the final day’s run, as the sun sets on Mount Annupuri.

Downstairs, the SNOW PARLOUR will host musical talent against a backdrop of Japanese-inspired cocktails and spirits. We’ll crank the volume, set the disco balls spinning, and bring on the medicinal dose of good times long into the evening.

At the helm of Mandala Club Niseko is ELLIOT FABER. Sake Samurai, famed restaurateur, world leading authority on all things sake, and a published author on the subject, Elliot will bring a unique experience, not to mention killer sake offering featuring weekly visits and tastings from Japan’s most iconic and notable breweries, to Mandala Club Niseko.

At the pass, Malaysian-Australian ESCA KHOO (@foodtureproof) leads the culinary offering. A protégé René Redzepi, Khoo’s energy and enthusiasm is set to permeate the Club’s culinary offering throughout the season in POPIs, which will offer lunch, après and dinner experiences daily and for the whole family throughout the season celebrating the plenitude of local produce. Chef Khoo is supported by Mandala Group’s culinary Director and Head of Japanese cuisine,  REUBEN DAVIS.

Mandala’s Music Director JOSHUA PILLAI, long-time friend of the Club CANDICE B and friends take control of the decks with an open format music policy, culminating in weekly ‘SNOW PARLOUR SESSIONS’ every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night downstairs in the Club’s lounge, where we crank the volume, set the disco balls spinning, and bring on the medicinal dose of good times.

Punctuating Mandala Club Niseko’s unique offering, a season-long roster of world class chef and bartender pop ups further fuels its ‘Cultural Calendar’ of events programming:

CULINARY

11-13 January 2024

BEN CROSS (MASON, Bali, Indonesia). A great friend of Mandala Club joins us in Niseko to bring our favourite spot in Bali to the powder of Niseko, in a celebration of local produce not to be missed.

15-17 February 2024

GEORGE CALOMBARIS (HELLENIC HOUSE PROJECT, Melbourne, Australia). Australia’s most recognisable chef, star of Masterchef Australia takes helm at the pass of POPI’s for a 3-day residency, offering a unique degustation, inspired by Hokkaido.

BARS

27 December 2023

JAY KHAN (COA, Hong Kong). Experience Asia’s No.1 Best Bar 2023 as founder-owner Jay Khan serves up a Tequila and Mezcal-led cocktail journey

7-8 February 2024

VIJAY MUDALIAR (NATIVE, Singapore). Asia’s No.15 Best Bar 2023

18 March 2024

HOLLY GRAHAM (TOKYO CONFIDENTIAL, Tokyo, Japan).

In anticipation of high demand, and extremely limited availability, booking is highly encouraged at https://mandala.club/niseko/ for the best (perhaps only!) chance of securing a reservation. Mandala Club members can enjoy privileged access and guaranteed tables, but the residency is open to all.

For those travelling in large parties, Mandala Club is available for private hire. Details are available on the website.

FAQ

Location:

温泉 Higashiyama, Niseko, Abuta District, Hokkaido 048-1521, Japan

(Opposite Hinode Hills Hotel in the heart of Niseko Village, HERE)

Opening Times (7-days per week):

LUNCH: 12:00 – 15:00  |  APRÉS: 15:00 – 18:00  |  DINNER: 18:00 – 23:00

EVENING & LATE NIGHT: 17:00 – 00:00 (Snow Parlour, Thursday-Saturday only)

To make a booking (strongly advised): www.mandala.club/niseko

 

Do I need to be a member of Mandala Club?

Mandala Club Niseko is available for ALL to book. Club members are extended preferential access to regular service, as well as special events and residencies, but bookings are publically available.

Is booking essential?

It is strongly advised. Booking, and securing with the requisite non-refundable cover charge is the only way you can be sure of a table at Mandala Club Niseko.

Is there a dress code?

Join us straight from the piste looking fabulous.

How do I get in and out of Mandala Club Niseko?

The Club is a ski-in, ski out location so super convenient through the day. Niseko Village and local public buses stop right outside the club for convenient transport options from and to the wider area on a half hourly basis throughout the day and night. The Club is easily accessible to private vehicles.

Are children welcome?

Yes. Children of all ages are welcome in POPI’S where we’ll be serving a delicious kids menu. Snow Parlour is for adults only.

Is photography permitted?

It is encouraged. ‘@’ us @mandalaclub.niseko, & locate us on TikTok.

How do I keep up to date with the latest news, programming and event announcements from Mandala Club Niseko?

Follow us @mandalaclub.niseko


Beyond Skiing: Exploring Niseko's Diverse Winter Experiences

Beyond Skiing: Exploring Niseko's Diverse Winter Experiences

Niseko, Japan’s most famous powder snow destination, offers unique winter experiences outside of skiing and snowboarding. Niseko Tourism has put together the top 10 things we recommend for you to venture beyond the slopes and discover the different experiences Niseko has to offer.

1. Onsen Retreat: Serenity Amidst Snowy Backdrops

Onsen

Nestled within the snowy landscape, Niseko’s onsens offer more than just a place to soak; they provide a serene retreat where the warmth of the waters contrasts beautifully with the crisp winter air. Imagine unwinding in steaming pools surrounded by snow-laden trees, creating a sensory experience that goes beyond the thrill of skiing.

2. Food, Drinks, Yoga: Nourishing Body and Soul

The lounge dining at Park Hyatt NisekoIndulge in the culinary delights of winter, from hearty stews to seasonal treats, and complement your adventures with warm beverages. Consider incorporating a rejuvenating yoga session amidst the serene winter landscapes, striking a balance between physical activity and mindful relaxation.

3. Gondola Views: A Winter Panorama from Above

Hirafu GondolaAscend above the snow-capped peaks on a gondola ride, treating yourself to a panoramic view of Niseko’s winter beauty. The landscape unfolds beneath you like a snow-covered canvas, a sight that transcends the rush of skiing and snowboarding. Capture the essence of winter from this unique vantage point and let the breathtaking scenery etch itself into your memories.

4. Tubing, Snowmobiling, Snow Rafting: Adrenaline in the Snow

Snow Tubing in HanazonoFor those seeking an adrenaline fix, Niseko offers tubing down snow-covered slopes and powering through the snowy terrain on a snowmobile or raft boat. These activities inject a dose of excitement into your winter escape, offering a different kind of thrill that complements the more traditional snow sports.

5. Horse Riding and Horse Sledding: Timeless Winter Bonding

Horse RidingEmbrace the timeless charm of winter with horse riding or a horse-drawn sled experience. The rhythmic sound of hooves against the snow, the crisp winter air, and the picturesque surroundings create a scene straight out of a winter fairy tale. It’s a unique way to bond with nature and capture the magic of the season.

6. Snowshoeing: Tranquil Winter Exploration

Snowshoeing in Niseko through a forestStrap on snowshoes and embark on a peaceful exploration of winter trails. Traverse the untouched landscapes at your own pace, absorbing the tranquility of the snowy surroundings. Snowshoeing is not just an activity; it’s a contemplative journey through the heart of winter.

7. Adventure Park: Thrills Beyond the Slopes

For the thrill-seekers, Niseko’s winter adventure park is a playground of excitement. Zip lines, obstacle courses, and other challenges await, providing an adrenaline rush that complements the downhill thrill of skiing and snowboarding.

8. Sightseeing: Otaru Art Village

Take a break from the active pursuits and embark on a sightseeing tour to Otaru Art Village. Admire the charming architecture, explore art galleries, and soak in the cultural richness of the region. It’s a delightful contrast to the physical activities, offering a chance to appreciate the artistry of winter.

9. Shopping: Unearth Winter Treasures

Niseko ShoppingWarm up indoors with a winter shopping spree. Niseko’s boutiques, craft shops and galleries are filled with unique treasures, from local crafts to cozy winter wear. It’s a chance to bring a piece of the winter magic home with you. Louis Vuitton Niseko – Winter Resort Pop-up is starting from December 15 at Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono. Make sure to stop by.

10. Diamond X – Cat Tour: Culinary Magic in a Winter Setting

Conclude your Niseko journey with the Diamond X – Cat Tour, a unique dining experience accessed via a cat machine. Picture yourself whisked away to a wintery setting, where a carefully curated meal awaits. It’s not just a dining experience; it’s a culinary adventure in the heart of winter, providing a fitting finale to your exploration of Niseko’s diverse winter offerings.

Niseko’s winter landscape is a canvas for many incredible experiences. Whether you seek the rush of adrenaline or the serenity of nature, this winter wonderland has something for every discerning traveller. Embrace the magic of winter beyond the slopes and create memories that go beyond the traditional ski resort experience.


Real estate exemplars succeed at the 18th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final

Real estate exemplars succeed at the 18th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final

GUOCOLAND WINS BEST DEVELOPER (ASIA) WHILE DEVELOPERS FROM INDONESIA TRIUMPH WITH THE MOST REGIONAL WINS

BANGKOK, Thailand — PropertyGuru Group (NYSE: PGRU) today announced the winners of the 18th Annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final, presented by Kohler and supported by Dongpeng Ceramic and Subzero Wolf, at The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok.

Winners from 13 vibrant property markets across Asia competed for the highest marks of excellence in real estate development, construction, architecture, and design at the finale of the 2023 PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards series. More than 50 golden statuettes, accolading the finest developers and projects in the region, were presented at the black-tie gala dinner and presentation ceremony.

GuocoLand won the biggest award of the year, Best Developer (Asia), for the third time in the history of the Awards. It marks one of five regional wins for developers from Singapore, with Frasers Property Singapore winning the Best Mixed Use Developer (Asia) award and UOL Group Limited and Pan Pacific Hotels Group winning the Best Hospitality Developer (Asia) award. UOL Group Limited also won the Best Sustainable Developer (Asia) award while EL Development Pte Ltd won the Best Hospitality Interior Design (Asia) award.

Developers from Indonesia gained eight regional wins, the most of any country. PT Sinar Mitbana Mas garnered the Best Breakthrough Developer (Asia) title, with parent company Sinar Mas Land and subsidiary PT. BSD Diamond Development also receiving regional wins. Various projects by Agung Sedayu Group & Salim Group; Summarecon Agung; and Summarecon Serpong collected regional wins.

The Philippines was represented with seven regional wins, with Aboitiz InfraCapital Economic Estates winning both the Best Industrial Developer (Asia) and Best Industrial Development (Asia) awards. RLC Residences; Robinsons Hotels and Resorts; North Bonifacio Landmark Realty and Development Inc.; Shang Robinsons Properties, Inc.; and Sunshine Fort North Bonifacio Realty Development Corporation received golden statuettes for a wide range of projects.

Developers from Vietnam received six regional wins, led by SonKim Land Corporation, which won both the Best Luxury Developer (Asia) and Best Boutique Mixed Use Development (Asia) awards. Regional winners include ParkCity Group, which won the Best Completed Condo Development (Asia) award.

Andaman Asset Solution won the Best Boutique Developer (Asia) award in one of six regional wins for developers from Thailand. KingBridge Tower by KingBridge Tower Company Limited (Saha Pathana Inter-Holding Public Company Limited) alone earned three regional wins for the kingdom while Rawayana by Phuket9 scored two regional wins.

Salvo was named Best Lifestyle Developer (Asia), one of five regional wins for developers from Australia. Regional winners from the country include projects by Capital Luxury Residences; Monaco Property Group; R.Corporation; and Third.i Group.

Malaysia and Cambodia each gained four regional wins. Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) was hailed Best Affordable Homes Developer (Asia), with projects by Eastern & Oriental Berhad; Eupe Corporation Berhad; and Sime Darby Property also representing Malaysia with regional titles. Projects by OCIC Group and RM Commercial Co., Ltd. each clinched a regional win for Cambodia as Sir Stamford Raffles (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. gained two regional wins for the project Marum Estate.

Hanacreek by Apex Property and Aki Niseko by Takuetsu Co., Ltd. represented Greater Niseko as regional winners from the renowned Japanese skiing destination.

The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong by Sino Land Company Limited and M8 by China Construction Engineering (Macau) Company Limited garnered two regional wins for Hong Kong and Macau. New Bund 31 by Shun Tak Qiantan (Shanghai) Cultural and Real Estate Company Limited was named Best Mixed Use Development (Asia), a regional win for Mainland China.

The Grand Final drew one of the most iconic personalities in the Hong Kong real estate industry. Dr. Allan Zeman, founder and chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group, came to accept the Icon Award from the editorial team of Property Report by PropertyGuru, the official magazine.

Dr. Zeman, who won the Real Estate Personality of the Year title in 2015, said: “It is an honour to be awarded the 2023 Icon Award. Lan Kwai Fong has become a great brand in HK and throughout the world. This is very important to us and to our partner.”

Hari V. Krishnan, CEO and managing director of PropertyGuru Group, said: “The culmination of this year’s PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards series is a fitting celebration of the changemakers who are contributing to shaping tomorrow’s cities. From lively capitals to sprawling metropolises and well-planned townships, the future of cities in Asia is in the capable hands of these fine developers, lighting the way for a more sustainable, equitable, and innovative industry in their respective countries. To all the winners – we celebrate your success and look forward to what you create next.”

Jules Kay, GM of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards and Events, said: “Recognising and awarding excellence in 2023 led us on an insightful journey through the diverse property markets of Asia. Celebrating real estate from the cities of tomorrow, we rediscovered a shared aspiration for quality among developers, buyers, and builders, and a growing commitment to sustainability among residential, commercial, and industrial developers. The finest places to live and work in Asia have become shining examples of quality, clearly showing that this region remains focused on raising development standards, redefining design, and revitalising economies. Congratulations to all the Best in Asia winners as you continue to drive positive change and innovation.”

The regional winners were chosen by an independent jury, composed of the head judges of participating markets in the Awards: Thien Duong, chairperson of the Grand Final and general director, Group GSA (Vietnam); Ajai A Kapoor, CEO, 360 degrees – Real Estate Services (India); Cyndy Tan Jarabata, president of TAJARA Leisure & Hospitality Group Inc. (Philippines); Eddie Guillemette, CEO, Midori no Ki (Greater Niseko); Datuk Ar. Ezumi Harzani Ismail, president, Malaysian Institute of Architects: 2020-2022 (Malaysia); Ken Ip, assistant general manager and group head of marketing, B.S.C. Group (Mainland China); Kristin Thorsteins, head of partnership growth for APAC at IWG PLC (Singapore); Lui Violanti, regional manager for Western Australia, Inhabit Group (Australia); Paul Tse, president, board of directors, Macao Association of Building Contractors and Developers (Hong Kong and Macau); Sorn Seap, executive vice president, Cambodian Valuers and Estate Agents Association (Cambodia); Suphin Mechuchep, CEO, Sen X Group PCL (Thailand); and Vivin Harsanto, senior director and head of advisory, JLL Indonesia (Indonesia).

HLB, the leading international accounting and advisory firm, ensured that the selection process was fair and transparent, under the supervision of Paul Ashburn of HLB International Real Estate Group.

Organised by PropertyGuru Group, the 18th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final is supported by platinum sponsor Kohler; silver sponsors Dongpeng Ceramic and Subzero Wolf; official portal partner PropertyGuru; official magazine Property Report by PropertyGuru; official publicity partner Artemis Associates; media partners Bridges, d+a Magazine, Housing.com, Manila Bulletin, Powderlife, and The Manila Times; official beverage partner Fah Mai Holdings; supporting partners REHDA Institute and IFC-EDGE; and official supervisor HLB.

For more information, email [email protected] or visit the official website: AsiaPropertyAwards.com.

COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

18th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Grand Final)

DEVELOPER AWARDS

 

Best Developer(Asia)   

GuocoLand – Singapore (REGIONAL WINNER)

Apex Property – Greater Niseko

New World China – Mainland China

OCIC Group – Cambodia

Robinsons Land – Philippines

Sinar Mas Land – Indonesia

Sino Land Company Limited – China – Hong Kong and Macau

 

Best Luxury Developer (Asia)      

SonKim Land Corporation – Vietnam (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

Best Industrial Developer (Asia) 

Aboitiz InfraCapital Economic Estates – Philippines (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

Best Mixed Use Developer (Asia)

Frasers Property Singapore – Singapore (REGIONAL WINNER)

Federal Land, Inc. – Philippines

MontAzure – Thailand

 

Best Lifestyle Developer (Asia)             

Salvo – Australia (REGIONAL WINNER)

Habitat Group Co., Ltd. – Thailand

Hoi Hup Realty Pte Ltd – Singapore

  1. BSD Diamond Development – Indonesia

RLC Residences – Philippines

 

Best Commercial Developer (Asia)         

Keppel Vietnam – Vietnam (REGIONAL WINNER)

Paramount Land – Indonesia

TE Capital Partners and LaSalle Investment Management – Singapore

 

Best Hospitality Developer (Asia)         

UOL Group Limited and Pan Pacific Hotels Group – Singapore (REGIONAL WINNER)

Agung Sedayu Group – Indonesia

 

Best Sustainable Developer (Asia)                         

UOL Group Limited – Singapore (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

Best Boutique Developer(Asia)            

Andaman Asset Solution – Thailand (REGIONAL WINNER)

CSI Properties Limited – China – Hong Kong & Macau

Skyland Group – Australia

 

Best Affordable Homes Developer (Asia)                              

Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) – Malaysia (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

Best Breakthrough Developer (Asia)                         

PT Sinar Mitbana Mas – Indonesia (REGIONAL WINNER)

Da Vinci Land – Singapore

 

DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

 

Best Mega Township Development (Asia)                                                        

BSD City by Sinar Mas Land – Indonesia (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

Best Waterfront Township Development (Asia)                                                

Golf Island PIK (Kawasan Pantai Maju) & Riverwalk Island PIK (Kawasan Pantai Kita) by Agung Sedayu Group & Salim Group – Indonesia (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

Best Township Development (Asia)                                                          

Summarecon Bekasi by Summarecon Agung – Indonesia (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

Best Mixed Use Development (Asia)                                                          

New Bund 31 by Shun Tak Qiantan (Shanghai) Cultural and Real Estate Company Limited – Mainland China (REGIONAL WINNER)

Ginza Beachwalk PIK2 by Agung Sedayu Group – Indonesia

LIMA Central Business District by Aboitiz InfraCapital Economic Estates – Philippines

Marum Estate by Sir Stamford Raffles (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. – Cambodia

One Bernam by HY-MCC (Bernam) Pte Ltd – Singapore

 

Best Boutique Mixed Use Development (Asia)                                                

The OpusK – Luxury Boutique Office by SonKim Land Corporation – Vietnam (REGIONAL WINNER)

Rawayana by Phuket9 – Thailand

 

Best Residential Development (Asia)                                                        

Marum Estate by Sir Stamford Raffles (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. – Cambodia (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

Best High Rise Condo Development (Asia)                                                        

Aurelia Residences by Shang Robinsons Properties, Inc. – Philippines (REGIONAL WINNER)

Diamond Bay Garden by OCIC Group – Cambodia

Est8 @ Seputeh by Eupe Corporation Berhad – Malaysia

JARDINI by CITIC Pacific Ltd – China – Hong Kong and Macau

Riviere by Frasers Property Quayside Pte Ltd – Singapore

The OpusK Residence by SonKim Land Corporation – Vietnam

Wyndham Grand Residences Wongamat Pattaya by Habitat Group Co., Ltd. – Thailand

Zhuhai Huafa Sky Hill Mansion by Zhuhai Huafa Properties Co., Ltd. – Mainland China

 

Best Low Rise Condo Development (Asia)                                                        

Rainbow Springs Condovillas by Summarecon Serpong – Indonesia (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

Best Boutique Condo Development (Asia)                                                        

Kurraba Residences by Third.i Group – Australia      (REGIONAL WINNER)

Niseko Kyo by Rooftop RE (Japan) Pte Ltd – Greater Niseko

 

Best Luxury Housing / Landed Development (Asia)                                                

Capri by Monaco Property Group – Australia (REGIONAL WINNER)

Layton at NavaPark by PT. Bumi Parama Wisesa, Hongkong Land & Sinar Mas Land Joint Venture – Indonesia

Park Heritage Pattanakarn by Sammakorn Plus Company Limited – Thailand

 

Best Housing / Landed Development (Asia)                                                

Ilham Residence by Sime Darby Property – Malaysia (REGIONAL WINNER)

Hanaridge by Apex Property – Greater Niseko

Pollen Collection by Bukit Sembawang Estates Limited – Singapore

 

Best Waterfront Condo Development (Asia)                                                

Diamond Bay Garden by OCIC Group – Cambodia (REGIONAL WINNER)

Riviere by Frasers Property Quayside Pte Ltd – Singapore

 

Best Waterfront Residence (Asia)                                                         

Amorel by Capital Luxury Residences – Australia (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

Best Connectivity Condo Development (Asia)                                                

Green Tower Di An Binh Duong by TBS Land – Vietnam (REGIONAL WINNER)

Glam Residences by SM Development Corporation (SMDC) – Philippines

 

Best Completed Condo Development (Asia)                                                

Park Kiara, ParkCity Hanoi by ParkCity Group – Vietnam (REGIONAL WINNER)

Seaside Residences by East Vue Pte Ltd – Singapore

 

Best Wellness Residential Development (Asia)                                                

The Zora by PT. BSD Diamond Development – Indonesia (REGIONAL WINNER)

Bloom Residences by SM Development Corporation (SMDC) – Philippines

 

Best Smart Building Development (Asia)                                                        

Knowledge Hub by Sinar Mas Land – Indonesia (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

Best Smart Home Development(Asia)                                                

Woodsville Crest by RLC Residences  – Philippines (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

Best Green Development (Asia)                                            

Central Market PIK by Agung Sedayu Group and Salim Group, curated by Amantara – Indonesia (REGIONAL WINNER)

LIMA Estate by Aboitiz InfraCapital Economic Estates – Philippines

The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong by Sino Land Company Limited – China – Hong Kong and Macau

The LakeGarden Residences by Wing Tai Asia – Singapore

 

Best Industrial Development (Asia)                                                          

West Cebu Estate by Aboitiz InfraCapital Economic Estates – Philippines (REGIONAL WINNER)

Bandar Bukit Raja by Sime Darby Property – Malaysia

CT FoodNEX by Chiu Teng Group – Singapore

 

Best Hospitality Development (Asia)                                                        

The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong by Sino Land Company Limited – China – Hong Kong and Macau (REGIONAL WINNER)

Fili Hotel Cebu by Robinsons Hotels and Resorts – Philippines

Pullman Singapore Hill Street by EL Development Pte Ltd – Singapore

 

Best Office Development (Asia)                                            

KingBridge Tower by KingBridge Tower Company Limited (Saha Pathana Inter-Holding Public Company Limited) – Thailand (REGIONAL WINNER)

AIA East Gateway by AIA Company Limited. – Thailand

Embassy Hub Phase 1 by Embassy REIT – India

GBF Centers 1 & 2 by Robinsons Offices – Philippines

 

Best Retail Development (Asia)                                            

M8 by China Construction Engineering (Macau) Company Limited – China – Hong Kong and Macau (REGIONAL WINNER)

Mean Chey Avenue by RM Commercial Co., Ltd. – Cambodia

Mitsukoshi BGC by Sunshine Fort North Bonifacio Realty Development Corporation – Philippines

MixC Nanjing by Lead8 – Mainland China

The EmSphere Shopping Complex by The EM District Co., Ltd. – Thailand

 

Best Branded Residential Development (Asia)                                                

Grand Hyatt Manila Residences South Tower by North Bonifacio Landmark Realty and Development Inc. – Philippines (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

DESIGN AWARDS

 

Best Township Masterplan Design (Asia)                              

Andaman by Eastern & Oriental Berhad – Malaysia (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

Best Mixed Use Architectural Design (Asia)                 

Rawayana by Phuket9 – Thailand (REGIONAL WINNER)

ITC Shanghai by Lead8 – Mainland China

The OpusK – Luxury Boutique Office by SonKim Land Corporation – Vietnam

Zia Niseko by Iconic Group – Greater Niseko

 

Best Condo Architectural Design (Asia)                                                        

R.Iconic by R.Corporation – Australia (REGIONAL WINNER)

Aura Niseko by Iconic Group – Greater Niseko

Grand Dunman by Grand Dunman Pte. Ltd. – Singapore

JARDINI by CITIC Pacific Ltd – China – Hong Kong and Macau

Lentor Modern by GuocoLand – Singapore

The Arles by Centralcon Properties Company Limited – China – Hong Kong and Macau

The Continuum by Hoi Hup Sunway Katong Pte Ltd – Singapore

The Grand Midori Ortigas by Federal Land, Inc. – Philippines

Watten House by UOL Group Limited and Singapore Land Group Limited – Singapore

Wyndham Grand Residences Wongamat Pattaya by Habitat Group Co., Ltd. – Thailand

 

Best Housing / Landed Architectural Design (Asia)                 

Hanacreek by Apex Property – Greater Niseko (REGIONAL WINNER)

D’ Art Hills Residence by PH World – Malaysia

Highland Park Pool Villas Pattaya by Habitat Group Co., Ltd. – Thailand

La Felice Villa Hua Hin by PNP Real Estate Co., Ltd. – Thailand

Marum Estate by Sir Stamford Raffles (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. – Cambodia

Park Heritage Pattanakarn by Sammakorn Plus Company Limited – Thailand

The Prospect Villa by Grand Paradise Villa – Thailand

 

Best Hospitality Architectural Design (Asia)                 

Fili Hotel Cebu by Robinsons Hotels and Resorts – Philippines (REGIONAL WINNER)

Pullman Singapore Hill Street by EL Development Pte Ltd – Singapore

 

Best Office Architectural Design (Asia)                              

KingBridge Tower by KingBridge Tower Company Limited (Saha Pathana Inter-Holding Public Company Limited) – Thailand (REGIONAL WINNER)

Embassy Manyata Block D1 & D2 by Embassy REIT – India

FourE-Com Center by Arquitectonica – Philippines

K11 Atelier 11 SKIES by Lead8 – China – Hong Kong & Macau

Solitaire on Cecil by Solitaire Cecil Pte Ltd (TE Capital Partners and LaSalle Investment Management) – Singapore

 

Best Retail Architectural Design (Asia)                              

Mean Chey Avenue by RM Commercial Co., Ltd. – Cambodia (REGIONAL WINNER)

MixC Nanjing by Lead8 – Mainland China

 

Best Condo Interior Design (Asia)                                                         

Est8 @ Seputeh by Eupe Corporation Berhad – Malaysia (REGIONAL WINNER)

350-352 Nathan Road by CSI Properties Limited – China – Hong Kong and Macau

Blossoms By The Park by EL Development Pte Ltd – Singapore

Glam Residences by SM Development Corporation (SMDC) – Philippines

JARDINI by CITIC Pacific Ltd – China – Hong Kong and Macau

Klimt Cairnhill by Low Keng Huat (S) Limited – Singapore

Terra Hill by Hoi Hup Sunway Kent Ridge Pte Ltd – Singapore

Wyndham Grand Residences Wongamat Pattaya by Habitat Group Co., Ltd. – Thailand

 

Best Housing / Landed Interior Design (Asia)                 

Aki Niseko by Takuetsu Co., Ltd. – Greater Niseko (REGIONAL WINNER)

Jasmia Residence @Summarecon Crown Gading by Summarecon Agung – Indonesia

La Felice Villa Hua Hin by PNP Real Estate Co., Ltd. – Thailand

 

Best Hospitality Interior Design (Asia)                              

Pullman Singapore Hill Street by EL Development Pte Ltd – Singapore (REGIONAL WINNER)

Fili Hotel Cebu by Robinsons Hotels and Resorts – Philippines

 

Best Office Interior Design(Asia)          

KingBridge Tower by KingBridge Tower Company Limited (Saha Pathana Inter-Holding Public Company Limited) – Thailand (REGIONAL WINNER)

K11 Atelier 11 SKIES by Lead8 – China – Hong Kong & Macau

 

Best Retail Interior Design (Asia)          

Mitsukoshi BGC by Sunshine Fort North Bonifacio Realty Development Corporation – Philippines (REGIONAL WINNER)

Shanghai Aerospace Science & Technology City by Design Power House (DPH) – Mainland China

Ultimo Niseko by Blue Waves Group – Greater Niseko

 

Best Condo Landscape Design(Asia)                 

Elysian by Gamuda Land – Vietnam (REGIONAL WINNER)

Blossoms By The Park by EL Development Pte Ltd – Singapore

Grand Dunman by Grand Dunman Pte. Ltd. – Singapore

Park Kiara, ParkCity Hanoi by ParkCity Group – Vietnam

Pinetree Hill by UOL Group Limited and Singapore Land Group Limited – Singapore

Watten House by UOL Group Limited and Singapore Land Group Limited – Singapore

Wyndham Grand Residences Wongamat Pattaya by Habitat Group Co., Ltd. – Thailand

 

Best Housing / Landed Landscape Design(Asia)                 

Marum Estate by Sir Stamford Raffles (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. – Cambodia (REGIONAL WINNER)

Barnyard Khaoyai by Sammakorn-JV1 Company Limited – Thailand

Pavara Khiri Collection by Pavara Development Co., Ltd. – Thailand

 

Best Commercial Landscape Design(Asia)                 

Rawayana by Phuket9 – Thailand (REGIONAL WINNER)

 

PUBLISHER’S CHOICE

 

Icon Award                    

Dr. Allan Zeman, Founder and Chairman, Lan Kwai Fong Group (WINNER)       

 

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Japan’s finest alpine real estate rises at the 2023 PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Greater Niseko)

Japan’s finest alpine real estate rises at the 2023 PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Greater Niseko)

IMPRESSIVE HOMES, ACCOMMODATIONS, AND INVESTMENT PROPERTIES RECEIVE DISTINCTIONS

BANGKOK, Thailand — The 2023 PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Greater Niseko) today distinguished the companies catalysing the development of Japan’s foremost skiing destination.

In an exclusive ceremony at The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, Apex Property triumphed as Best Developer, with wins for its developments Hanaridge and Hanacreek.

Hanaridge was distinguished as Best Housing Development (Greater Niseko) and Best Estate Housing Development while Niseko Kyo by Rooftop RE (Japan) Pte Ltd was named Best Condo Development (Greater Niseko) and Best Luxury Hotel Condo Development.

Iconic Group accumulated wins for the projects Aura Niseko and Zia Niseko. Aki Niseko by Takuetsu Co., Ltd. also gained multiple winning titles.

Other winning projects were Hotel101-Niseko by Hotel101 Global Pte. Ltd.; Sushi Kato Setsu Niseko by Sushi Kato; and Ultimo Niseko by Blue Waves Group.

The 2023 Awards had 15 categories, including distinctions like the Best Property Management Portfolio, awarded to NISADE & The Luxe Nomad, and the Special Recognition for Public Recreation Facility, presented to the Niseko Area Mountain Bike Association (NAMBA).

Jeremy Williams, managing director, Marketplaces, PropertyGuru Group, said: “I want to congratulate the awardees on their well-deserved recognition at the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Greater Niseko). These award-winning companies have shown competence and creativity with their homes, hotels, condominiums, condotels, resorts, and assets, proving that the standards of real estate in Japan’s premier skiing destination continue to scale new heights.”

Jules Kay, GM of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards and Events, said: “It is great to have seen the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards expand their recognition of the diverse residential, hospitality, and investment properties on offer in Greater Niseko. With beautiful built spaces to match its natural wonders, Japan’s leading ski destination holds lasting appeal for international property seekers, and the Awards showcase the destination as well as its standard-setting developers.”

The independent panel of judges who determined the list of awardees this year consist of Eddie Guillemette, chairperson of the Greater Niseko awards and CEO, Midori no Ki (MnK); Acme Wu, marketing director, Niseko Tourism; Bill Barnett, founder and managing director, C9 Hotelworks; Greg Hough, managing director, Niseko Portfolio and Explore Travel Group; Minoru Okubo, representative director, ResortPropertyJapan Co., Ltd.; and Shigeru Uehara, director, Niseko Home Design, Ltd.

HLB upheld the fairness, transparency, and credibility of the selection process under the supervision of Paul Ashburn of HLB International Real Estate Group.

Organised by PropertyGuru Group (NYSE: PGRU), Southeast Asia’s leading property technology company, the 2023 PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Greater Niseko) are supported by official magazine Property Report by PropertyGuru; media partners Bridges and Powderlife; supporting association Niseko Tourism; official courier partner Ezy Express; and official supervisor HLB.

For more information, email [email protected] or visit the official website: AsiaPropertyAwards.com.

COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS AND HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARDEES

2023 PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Greater Niseko)

DEVELOPER AWARD

Best Developer                              

WINNER: Apex Property

 

PORTFOLIO AWARD

 

Best Property Management Portfolio                          

WINNER: NISADE & The Luxe Nomad

 

DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

                         

Best Luxury Hotel Condo Development                 

WINNER: Niseko Kyo by Rooftop RE (Japan) Pte Ltd

 

Best Value Hotel Condo Development                 

WINNER: Hotel101-Niseko by Hotel101 Global Pte. Ltd.

                                                         

Best Resort Housing Development                         

WINNER: Aki Niseko by Takuetsu Co., Ltd.

 

Best Estate Housing Development                         

WINNER: Hanaridge by Apex Property

                                                         

DESIGN AWARDS

 

Best Mixed Use Resort Architectural Design                             

WINNER: Zia Niseko by Iconic Group

                         

Best Resort Housing Architectural Design                             

WINNER: Hanacreek by Apex Property

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Aki Niseko by Takuetsu Co., Ltd.

                         

Best Hotel Condo Architectural Design                             

WINNER: Aura Niseko by Iconic Group

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Powder Loft Niseko by Hokkaido Hospitality Holding

 

Best Resort Housing Interior Design                         

WINNER: Aki Niseko by Takuetsu Co., Ltd.

 

Best Restaurant Design                

WINNER: Sushi Kato Setsu Niseko by Sushi Kato

                                                         

Best Resort Restaurant Design              

WINNER: Ultimo Niseko by Blue Waves Group

         

BEST OF GREATER NISEKO AWARDS

                         

Best Condo Development (Greater Niseko)

WINNER: Niseko Kyo by Rooftop RE (Japan) Pte Ltd

 

Best Housing Development (Greater Niseko)

WINNER: Hanaridge by Apex Property

                         

SPECIAL AWARD

                         

Special Recognition for Public Recreation Facility                        

WINNER: Niseko Area Mountain Bike Association (NAMBA)

                                         

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Enter To Win - 2023/24 Winter Survey

The 2023/24 Winter Survey is now closed. Please click below for our latest survey.

Latest Survey

Enter To Win - 2023/24 Winter Survey

Have your say and be in the running for a chance to win great prizes from Niseko!

Your feedback on our survey helps to shape the future of Niseko, and incredibly useful for making Niseko the worlds best resort destination! Help us to make a better Niseko by filling out our survey. The best part? YOU will be in the running for the incredible prizes such as:

  • a 2 day All Mountain Pass for Niseko United
  • a photo session with the local photographer, Liam Larnach Photography
  • one night stay at The Greenleaf, Niseko Village
  • a pair of Lenz Heat Socks

A big thanks to our sponsors: Niseko United , Liam Larnach Photography, Niseko Village for supporting our survey and providing the amazing prizes!

By submitting an entry to this NPB Lucky Prize Draw, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Niseko Tourism, and that you satisfy all eligibility requirements. Terms and conditions will apply to prizes.

If the survey does not appear for you above this line of text, please click here to complete the survey.

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Niseko Shootout - Winter 2023 / 2024

2023/24 Niseko Shootout is now Open!



The Niseko Shootout photography contest is now open for entries for the 2023/2024 winter season!

To enter simply upload your best Niseko images to Instagram with the hashtag #nisekoshootout, taken in the Niseko area and between Dec 1, 2023- March 1st, 2024, and you’ll be in the running for the Niseko Shootout Crown.

Photos are judged across three categories:

  • Ski
  • Snowboard
  • Open

Make sure to follow Niseko Shootout on Instagram to see the best entries so far!

Check out the incredible prizes for this year:

Category First Place Second Place Third Place
Ski Niseko United Season Pass Iwanai Cat Tour Yama Plus Prize Pack
Snowboard Gentem Snowboard Hokkaido Ski Club Rhythm Japan + Oyuki  prize pack
Open 2 Night-stay at Niseko Village property Alpenglow Lodges Stay Shabu Shabu Mori voucher

*Please make sure you don’t tag @nisekoshootout – rather be sure to use the hashtag #nisekoshootout so the judges can see your picture.

  • All images using #nisekoshootout taken and posted between Dec 1st, 2023 – March 1st, 2024 in the Shiribeshi Iburi region are eligible.
  • Three winners will be selected from all entries by a panel of judges.
  • Judges will be asked to assess images based on the following criteria: Visual Impact, Creativity, Composition, Point of Interest, Lighting, & Originality.
  • The winner is the photographer. The poster and/or subject may be credited if different from the photographer, but the winner is the photographer.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors

Thanks to all of our event sponsors for making this contest possible!

Other Competitions

If you are in town in January, don’t forget to sign up for Niseko Shootout ProAM. Check out the excitement from 2022 press release.

Short Film Festival Coming Soon!

Niseko Short Film Wrap Up 2022/23

Stay tuned for details on the short film festival for 2023/24 winter season coming soon!


Book Niseko Restaurants & Activities Online - Big Updates

Book Niseko Restaurants & Activities Online - Big Updates

Updates to Book Restaurants & Activities in Niseko

Restaurant and activities bookings are now easier than ever in Niseko!

We have updated the Wine & Dine and Niseko Area Guide websites so that bookings can now be made online. Many listings on both websites have links to make reservations so that you can spend more time enjoying your holiday, and less time worrying about where to eat. Many restaurants and activities can book out, so we strongly recommend to plan and book in advance. We have also made detailed operation times available to make it easier to know when to visit each restaurant or activity.

There are also bonus business listings on both the Wine & Dine and Area Guide website, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for in our printed version, just head to the websites to find exactly what you need. Browse through each type of cuisine and activity so you don’t miss anything on your trip.

Click the buttons below to head to either our Wine & Dine or Area Guide websites. Our Wine & Dine has listings for all the best restaurants in the entire Niseko area, and our Area Guide has the best activities and things to do for the whole region.

Grand Hotel Onsen