At the beginning, it was apparent getting to Niseko, Japan was going to be arduous. I was recovering from a very bad sinus infection. It was a week in and all my symptoms got worse. Mental note, see the doctor early when there’s a vacation involved. Stupid me thought I’d be over this in a week. Unlikely. What’s been going around this season has been brutal. And this “sinus infection” was of course, my own self diagnosis. But let’s move on, onto other issues you’re more interested in. Here are things I found out on my journey to Niseko for snowboarding:
From the airport at SFO though, all things were pointing to a good time in Japan. They had some Japanese comic display going on. From Speed Racer to Ultraman to even Hello Kitty, they must have known I was coming down the corridor. Great way to kill off an hour before my flight. I was ready to be in Japan. Only I had over twenty more hours to go. But once I got to my hotel at midnight, I was ready for some pampering. And oh boy, was One Niseko Resort Towers, the place to do it. I’ll let you read up on the amenities, like the wonderful onsen (it smells sulfuric, so it’s got to be legit right?) to the rather large traditional rooms meant for families. No, what I’d like to point out are the small things. Like how helpful the staff reacts to situations. For instance, the morning bus was full and left a minute before several of us got there. They got a second shuttle ready for us within half an hour. Like I said, it’s a busy time of year for Niseko. Then there’s the extra pillows and blankets you’ll find stashed in the room. It’s like I have my second bedroom in the tatami area, where I’m writing this article. Oh it’s so warm and fluffy in here with all these comforters lying around. That’s how you sleep on these tatami mats right? On top of layers upon layers of these blankets. It’s going to be hard leaving this place.
One Niseko Resort Towers
Abuta District, Hokkaido Prefecture 048-1511
Verdict: I’d definitely come back with a larger group. It’s expensive.