Our family experience at Chalet Ivy Hirafu, Niseko

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Note: We were given a complimentary stay at this hotel

Private BalconyPhoto byDaniel Haddad

Chalet Ivy, located in Hirafu, is the perfect spot for a cozy family getaway. We loved the optimal location just a few minutes walk to the Welcome Center and Niseko’s world famous ski slopes. The inviting boutique hotel boasts a variety of modern and comfortable guestrooms including luxurious suites with a view. Our family stayed in the Deluxe Onsen Suite Hirafu Mountain View which featured a large sumptuous master bedroom and onsen style bathtub, separate living area which could be closed off as a second bedroom, fully equipped kitchen and dining table, and a stunning balcony with mountain views.

Deluxe Onsen Suite Hirafu Mountain ViewPhoto byDaniel Haddad

Chalet Ivy also boasts serene indoor and outdoor onsens and private onsen rooms for family bathing. We also made full use of the state of the art fitness centre and complementary laundry room. Dining experiences are a must at Chalet Ivy with two dining venues serving some of the best food in Niseko. We loved the varied and healthy breakfast buffet and casual dinners at HirafuZaka which had plenty of Japanese and western options for the whole family. Snow Castle is a must dine spot for foodies visiting Hokkaido incorporating local seafood into one of the best omakase dinners we had in Japan.

OnsenPhoto byDaniel Haddad

The tranquil ambiance at the hotel ensured an enjoyable and restful stay and the staff were not only friendly and helpful but consistently went out of their way to ensure we had a stay to remember. A free shuttle service is available for guests to reach the slopes and Kutchan train station and the optimal location ensures you’re surrounded by the best shops, cafes, and eateries in town. An ideal choice for families and couples visiting Hokkaido any time of the year.

Hairy Crab at Snow CastlePhoto byDaniel Haddad

Snow Castle

Delve into an unforgettable omakase menu at Chalet Ivy’s Snow Castle. The intimate and inviting eatery is perfect for groups or families looking to sample fresh Hokkaido ingredients expertly prepared. We loved the seafood heavy menu, array of flavours and textures, and friendly staff who guided us through the culinary journey. Highlights included the delectable Steamed Egg Custard with Sea Urchin, the fresh Sashimi, the melt in your mouth Roasted Hokkaido Shiraoi Wagyu Beef, and the extremely impressive Whole Boiled Hokkaido Hairy Crab. We also loved the sushi course where Snow Castle’s chef prepared the fresh sushi table side. Perfect for foodies looking to add a mouthwatering meal to their trip to Niseko and one of our favourite dining spots in the region.

Eel Rice at HirafuZakaPhoto byDaniel Haddad


HirakuZaka, located at the heart of Niseko, is an ideal spot for a hearty lunch or apres ski drinks and dinner. The inviting spot is located in the luxurious Chalet Ivy and boasts a menu brimming with fresh Hokkaido ingredients. We loved the varied and healthy breakfast during our stay at the hotel and couldn’t resist having a family dinner at the restaurant before our departure. Whether you’re craving a casual bowl of udon, hearty pizza, or local seafood you’ll find it on the menu. Recommended dishes include the fragrant Conger Eel Rice Bowl, warming Local 540 Potato Dumpling, and delicate Deep Fried Scallop Stuffed Lotus Root. Our kids could’t get enough of their generous kids plates and loved trying local specialities. A great spot for groups and families during their stay in Niseko.

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