Adjacent “Millionaires’ Row” in Niseko’s vibrant Middle Village, ensconced in a serene, cliff-edge silver-birch forest setting, Corniche Hirafu is an exclusive, 7,291m2 master-planned luxury onsen estate within and old-growth silver birch forest. Entrance to the gated estate takes one past a nature park along a private, heated avenue furnished with underground power and utilities. This luxury enclave includes five individually designed residences, each with private hot-spring baths with outstanding views of Mt. Yotei and Grand Hirafu’s ski hills as well as a rushing mountain stream below. The form and architecture of the uniquely articulated Corniche villas was inspired by the sublime drama of the cliff-edge, silver-birch forest setting and breathtaking views, the imperative of saving as many trees as possible in this nature reserve and the employment of sustainable design principles throughout.
The Corniche estate’s 22-meter height zoning allows multiple floors with double-height ceilings and dramatic void spaces. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows enable celebration of light and space: a rare feature in Japan and hallmark of true luxury and commodious living. Broad, fully equipped and sheltered sky terraces are designed for all-season entertaining, exploiting spectacular panoramic mountain and forest views. Each level from sky terrace to spa is easily accessible by elevator, enabling convenient enjoyment of every amenity. Abundant use of stone, timber, darker colours and tones integrated with soft, indirect illumination is essential to complement the ever-changing quality of light and alpine beauty of Niseko’s four distinct seasons. Amenities for each villa include ensuite bathrooms to all bedrooms, guest rooms, maids room, wine cellar, double car garage with electric chargers, ski and boot rooms, elevator to all floors, terrace dining, abundant guest and owner storage, heated driveways, concealed infrastructure, and many more.