Looking for a winter home in one of the most powdery places on the planet? Ski Asia compiled a list of five affordable housing options in Japan. Japanese houses are much smaller and more modest than their American counterparts, feature tatami rooms, and are much cheaper in spite of being in a mountain town. Here’s a look at two of these Niseko houses on the Ski Asia list, along with a luxury house that features a stunning vista of the ski resorts.
Yunosato Pine House: This three-bedroom, one-bathroom home is in the middle of the Yunotaso neighborhood, and is nestled in a mature pine forest. The home is priced at $230,000, and the ski slopes are only a ten-minute drive away. Some of the amenities include a private garage, views of Mt. Yotei from the master bedroom, dining room, and kitchen, and is semi-furnished.
Niseko Moiwa Retro Cottage: This two-bedroom, one-bathroom is priced at just under $300,000. This property features on-site pavement parking, a deck, and is located just over a mile(a couple of minutes drive) away from the ski resorts. The location is in the private Royal Town, has private spring water and onsen(hot spring winter), and has a hotel license if you wanted to do overnight rentals.
Priced at around $4.7 million dollars, it’s definitely up there cost-wise, but honestly affordable compared to similar options that you would find in North America. This five-bedroom, six-bathroom property features stunning views of Mt. Yotei & Hirafu Ski Resorts. Some of the amenities include a Private natural onsen hot spring – indoor bath & outdoor rotenburo, two master bedrooms, library/study room, air conditioning during the summertime, a ski/snowboard drying room, and access to a private clubhouse shared by other neighbors. This clubhouse includes a fancy restaurant.Image Credits: Uchi, Niseko United