Property Perfect has unveiled a masterplan to transform Kiroro, a mountain village in the heart of Hokkaido popular with ski and board enthusiasts, into a year-round alpine destination for vacationers of all types.
Having acquired the Kiroro Resort in 2012, the Thailand-listed property development company is investing 100 billion yen (US$900 million) over the next decade to create a destination encompassing hotels and residences, a restaurant and bar scene, shops and other mountain amenities.
“We knew when we discovered Kiroro that we had an opportunity to create something unique and special,” said Chainid Adhyanasakul, CEO of Property Perfect. “We are redefining the Asian alpine experience by building a connected and cohesive mountain community with easy access to the world’s best ski powder, outstanding mountain experiences and the seaside towns of Hokkaido.”
Over the next 10 years, Property Perfect will develop a valley village at the base of the mountain with a range of luxury villas, townhomes and apartments centred around the Gateway, a ski club and centre with ski-in and ski-out access to shops, restaurants, services and a kids centre.
The village offers dining and shopping areas, alpine amenities and access to outdoor activities and local attractions.
Property Perfect has already renovated and rebranded two existing hotels within the Marriott portfolio. The Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort offers 140 guestrooms right at the base of the slopes, while the Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel offers 282 guestrooms and suites, each with mountain views.
By the end of 2019, Property Perfect will complete Yu Kiroro, a collection of exclusive ski-in ski-out private residences at the base of the mountain. Yu Kiroro offers 108 one-, two- and three-bedroom and penthouse freehold luxury private residences fully furnished with premium services such as ski valet, a natural indoor-outdoor onsen, 24-hour concierge, fitness centre and lounge, and all-day dining.
A dining district with 11 restaurants and bars has also opened up in the village offering an array of cuisines from Hokkaido sushi to Italian to international buffets. Kiroro’s bar and lounge scene will be built out over the next decade with additional venues.
The resort has curated a host of year-round, outdoor activities that take full advantage of Kiroro’s environs and Hokkaido’s cultural attractions. The Kiroro ski season, the longest in Japan, runs from late November through early May.
The ski resort features two peaks with 22 groomed runs and expanses of ungroomed, off-piste powder and tree skiing, accessible by nine lifts and a gondola.
An additional combination gondola/ski lift will open in late 2019 and connect the two hotels and Yu Kiroro to the ski runs. The resort’s Mountain Center can coordinate activities on and off the mountain, which include a snow park, guided snow cat and snowshoeing tours and more. In the summertime, the resort can coordinate golf, fishing, hiking and tours to nearby seaside towns.