Welcome to Hotel Chalet Ivy Niseko, Centrally located in Hirafu’s Upper Village, boutique hotel Chalet Ivy offers natural hot spring baths and delicately prepared Japanese cuisine. Comfortable rooms come with mountain views and free Wi-Fi, and a free shuttle connects to ski resort Niseko Mountain Grand Hirafu a 2-minute drive away. Opened at the end of 2012, Ivy Chalet features a private ski locker for each room on the ground floor, ski and snowboard equipment rentals and a fireplace at the lobby. Ski passes can be purchased at the 24-hour front desk, and ski lessons and in-room massages can also be arranged. Restaurant Snow Castle serves delicious Japanese dishes prepared with Hokkaido’s fresh seafood and vegetables from the hotel’s private farm. A hearty breakfast starts the day, while the bar offers a pleasant setting for an evening drink. Rooms feature an interior in light colours, a wall-mounted flat-screen TV and a seating area. They are fitted with a fridge, a safe and a contemporary bathroom. Some come with a kitchenette, while Apple TV is available in all rooms. Chalet Ivy is an 8-minute walk from the NAC Niseko Adventure Center, which offers activities like rafting. It’s a 15-minute drive from JR Hirafu Train Station, and a 20-minute drive from Niseko Village Ski Resort. (Hotel Chalet Ivy Niseko hotels booking).