Kimamaya by Odin

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Cosy, laid back, and sophisticated Kimamaya by Odin is a small, nine-room luxury ski lodge conveniently situated at the foot of Mount Niseko in Niseko Hirafu. Niseko is a famous international snowsport paradise located on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan. Because of Niseko’s natural topography, geographic location, and proximity to the ocean, snow that falls in Niseko has more water content resulting in snowfalls in the Goldilock’s zone, neither too light nor too heavy, creating beautiful buttery powder which falls consistently during the winter season. The powder that falls in Niseko is so lovely that it has the nickname, ‘japow.’ (Japow is a portmanteau combining the words Japan and powder.) Kimamaya means ‘be yourself,' and Kimamaya’s laid back yet luxurious atmosphere feels warm and welcoming after a long day carving tracks through freshly fallen powder. Step out of your snow-covered gear and into the padded slippers waiting for you at the door. Enjoy a glass of red wine by the fire at the self-serve bar and communal lounge area, or head downstairs for a hot stone massage to soothe muscles fatigued from a beautiful day on the slopes of Mt. Niseko Annupuri. Or even better, schedule an hour in one of Kimamaya’s two beautifully appointed private onsen baths, which are perfect for downtime after a long muscle-fatiguing day enjoying the freshly fallen japow. Families travelling with small children will enjoy the game room filled with interactive toys and a gaming console. Check out the wooden pillar in the game room, which has the names and heights of all the children who have enjoyed Kimamaya’s hospitality through the years. The interiors of Kimamaya’s nine rooms are well-designed, equipped with WiFi, television, other accessories and amenities, plus complimentary in-room coffee and tea service. Their premium goose down beddings and high thread count cotton linens are unbelievably plush and comfy, perfect for snuggling into and sleeping. Bathrooms feature lovely rain showers with hot and cold water and state-of-the-art Japanese automated toilets with heated seats. A private indoor corridor connects Kimamaya’s in-house guests to the neighbouring restaurant, The Barn by Odin. Guests staying at Kimamaya can enjoy the lovely breakfast buffet featuring freshly-baked pastries, dairy products and yoghurt from Hokkaido’s artisanal dairy producers, fresh fruit, salad, juices, champagne and traditional grilled breakfast items. For those guests who want a traditional Japanese breakfast, it is also available upon request and is highly recommended. Guests with snow gear can store their items below Kimamaya in a heated mudroom accessible from both the exterior and interior of the lodge. A private Kimamaya shuttle is available to bring guests to and from their ski locations. Staff are welcoming, warm, helpful and quite knowledgeable about Niseko and the surrounding areas. Kimamaya is open year-round and is a gorgeous destination even outside of the winter season. The surrounding area is a nature lover’s dream, and beautiful scenery and walking trails abound. (Photos: Courtesy of Kimamaya by Odin)
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  • 170-248 Yamada, Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0081, Japan
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