From epic powder to hidden izakayas, there’s something undeniably cool about Niseko – and we’re not just talking about the frosty temperature. We have stayed in chalets all over Niseko and nowhere feels quite as on-trend as Millesime. This cutting edge designer chalet brings some serious rock star edge to Hirafu Village.
Welcome to Millesime
Millesime cuts a striking figure surrounded by mountains of fluffy snow, with fresh flakes falling from the sky as we park our car in front of the property. This ultra-modern chalet is built from three staggered blocks, creating a unique silhouette that gives contemporary nods to classic brutalist architecture.
As soon as we step in, it’s clear that the edgy design doesn’t merely go skin deep – it’s woven into the chalet’s DNA. In the foyer, we’re greeted by a vintage poster of a boxer – and an actual vintage punching bag. Moving up through the winding staircase (the chalet spans three floors in all), we pop our heads into three fresh white bedrooms with framed vintage posters and The Who style bullseyes adding to the groovy feel of the chalet.
But the real show stopper awaits on the top floor.
With the property built on the scenic outer edge of the village, having the living room on the top floor was a stroke of genius. On a clear day, the room looks out to Niseko’s most famous resident, Mount Yotei, through full-wall windows framed by statement Union Jack drapes. The space is impeccably decorated with edgy Timothy Oulton furniture. And we’re not just saying that to drop a name – Millesime has the most comfortable leather lounge in all of Niseko!
Fluidly adjoining the living room, the dining area is lit up by a shimmering chandelier, with a rugged wooden table surrounded by two leather benches. This made for a very glamorous setting for enjoying a hearty dinner after a day spent exploring snowy Hirafu.
All in all, Millesime is a study in contrasts. Nothing exemplifies this better than the map of metropolitan Tokyo framed on the living room wall. As one of our group pointed out, gesturing from the map to the serene mountainside views, “That place is so busy – and here it just feels so peaceful.”
Though the design is endlessly photogenic, Millesime is not just a pretty face – this chalet has everything you need for an enjoyable stay in Niseko. The dining area is adjoined by a fully-fitted kitchen with crockery and cutlery galore, the living room has a sizeable Apple TV and the ground floor features both a ski room and full laundry facilities.
Life in the Lower Village
Millessime is part of the prestigious Escarpment estate, located on the outer edge of Hirafu ski village. This scenic area is framed by snow covered woodlands and is home to many of Hirafu’s most luxurious chalets. Safe to say, Millesime is in good company.
Practically from our front step, a winding staircase leads up to Lower Village proper. This shortcut brings us right to the shuttle stop (if you feel like walking, the closest lifts are about 500 metres away). There are also some great izakayas within walking distance in the Lower Village, including Ebisutei, Nagomi and our personal favourite, Koharuya.
To make your stay as smooth as possible, Millesime also offers a complimentary shuttle service in the Hirafu area. Feel like hitting the slopes? Fancy a dinner in the Upper Village? Simply call or WhatsApp the team 24 hours prior and a van will deliver you to your preferred destination, safe and sound. The shuttle service is available between 8am – 7:30pm during the winter season.
Millesime is one of the most uniquely cool chalets in Niseko. If the rock star vibes alone are not enough to persuade you, take this from those in the know: this high-end chalet represents terrific value for money, especially if you’re travelling in March to enjoy that legendary Japarch (that’s Japow + March for the uninitiated). Do you need more details or are you keen to book? Talk to our team who have first-hand experience of staying at Millesime.