Park Hyatt Niseko Now Accepting Reservations

Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt

Park Hyatt is my favorite luxury hotel brand to book with points. While I generally think Park Hyatt and St. Regis are roughly comparable, I prefer World of Hyatt for being able to confirm a suite upgrade at the time of booking as a Globalist member, which really lets me maximize the hotel stays that matter most to me.

There are several new Park Hyatts in the pipeline that I’m excited about. For example, I’ve written about how the Park Hyatt Kyoto started accepting reservations several weeks ago.

There’s yet another new Park Hyatt on the horizon in Japan, and they just recently started taking reservations.

The Park Hyatt Niseko has started taking reservations for stays as of March 1, 2020. This will be a resort located in the ski town of Niseko, in Hokkaido. It will be a top tier Category 7 World of Hyatt property, so free night redemptions cost 30,000 points per night.

As a point of comparison, paid rates seem to start at $350+, so it does seem like a high category. However, I suspect that’s because as of now reservations are only open for stays in summer, and I imagine this hotel will command the highest rates in winter.

The standard rooms are an impressive 700 square feet, while the standard suite here is about 1,050 square feet. So this place will have some huge rooms, which is cool.

As of now there are just a few pictures of the resort online, and they look beautiful.

The hotel will be eight stories and is expected to have about 100 guest rooms, in addition to residences. This will be a ski resort with views across the Annupuri ranges and Mount Yotei.

I’m not a skier, but I’m super intrigued by this hotel, and would love to visit the next time I go to Japan. Based on the pictures it looks like there are lots of fun activities in summer as well? Has anyone been, who can chime in?

Who else is excited to check out the Park Hyatt Niseko?

(Tip of the hat to James)

  1. Hokkaido is lovely. I can’t comment on Niseko but I’ve live skiing at Rusutsu and Furano. Can’t say I’m excited about paying $350+ a night, though.

    Good summer destination as well. Lake toya is beautiful and the far north is wild and wonderful. Check out Rishiri Island.

  2. Summer activities for Hokkaido – hiking, cycling, wildlife watching, visiting natural hot springs, eating.

    Not that it’s that close to Niseko but the Sapporo Autumn festival in September is a glorious 3 week food festival in the main park there. I’ll be there again this year by chance and I’m really looking forward to it.

  3. Niseko is great, and this will be a fantastic addition. I stayed at the Hilton which is a little long in the tooth.

  4. Yeah they will be trying for $1k or more in winter. You should definitely go, also go to Westin Rusutsu, it’s an excellent hotel which treats elites great.

    Late spring might be very pretty as the high snow melts. Though better to try winter or early spring, you can snowmobile, snowshoe, dog sled… really should just learn to ski.

    I will go here for sure on points. Love Park Hyatt.

  5. Niseko is good but not that good. I would say it is getting overrated just like Vail.

    But then again so many people go to Vail and don’t ski.

  6. The hotel isn’t in the town of Niseko, it’s at the base of one of the farther out ski resorts. Winter rates will be insane, I’m sure, as Niseko hotels are astronomically expensive. Niseko isn’t with visiting, if you’re not a skier – it might be ok in the summer if you want to do something outdoorsy, but it’s not really very “Japanese” feeling, since it’s an international (Australian) ski resort.

  7. I don’t really understand the appeal of Niseko – I went there the first time I skied in Hokkaido, it’s full of Australian, Chinese, Thai etc tourists. Very expensive. Not very Japanese feeling. There are loads of other good ski resorts in Hokkaido with a more Japanese vibe and much cheaper. If in Western Hokkaido for skiing (with a rental car), I’d rather stay in Otaru, Sapporo or maybe Jozankei Onsen area. If you don’t want to rent a car, Furano is a better option vs. Niseko IMO. Furano is also beautiful in the summer.

  8. I’m wirh Ryan and Gavin here. I don’t see the point of going to Japan for the mountains, given that there are more spectacular ranges in South Asia, Europe and even the good ol’ USA.

    Go to Japan for the culture, not ski or beach vacations.

  9. I’m as much of a points junkie as anyone, but in rural Japan I never stay anywhere but a traditional Ryokan. Such a better experience than a big American chain hotel.

  10. Why Niseko? Because the sidecountry out of the gates, and the backcountry accessible off the peak (about a 20-minute bootpack), is insanely fun, especially after one of those rightfully legendary full-on Niseko powder dumps. Add in Rakuichi, Ezo Seafoods, Bar Gyu, and a few other sundry drinking & dining establishments, as well as the potential of skiing Mt. Yotei, and you’ve got a recipe for wintertime goodness. Are there a crazy number of Aussies? Sure… but you’ve also got Kiwis, Germans, English, Swiss, French, Indian, Singapore, Thai (!), Chinese, Japanese and even a few token American skiers, making it one of the most culturally diverse places I’ve ever skied. That said… if you are a pure inbounds skier, and don’t want to deal with crowds & the increasing Vailization of a formerly somewhat chill ski town, there are definitely better places in Japan to ski! But if you’ve got the skills & the gear to go through the gates, Niseko is a pretty remarkable place to hang out.

  11. Japan has legendary skiing, there are Europeans who could take a quick trip to the Alps and instead fly all the way to Japan every year for the POWDER.

    Anywhere in Japan is Japanese.

  12. 1. Hokkaido is great ski option but it depends on what you are looking for*
    2. I would probably not pony up the dough to stay slope side in Hokkaido. For me the value of staying ski in, ski out is so you don’t have to deal the circus of parking or crazy mountain pass roads to get where you are. In Niseko, the infrastructure is great so the parking lot is empty. Heck the main road to the Hirafu lift is heated. With a car you can easily do a few days at the other Hokkaido resorts.

    * I live in SF, so I can fly to most major ski destinations in North America in one hop or drive to Tahoe. That being said I really liked Hokkaido skiing. The problem is that on a really good weekend most resorts driving distance from an urban area gets skied out really quickly and it stays crazy busy. Due to the nature of my job, I can’t just abruptly take time off and chase powder, my vacation time tends to be planned far advance. Hokkaido is relatively snow sure for a period in February. While the mountains are smaller and the popular ones gets tracked out, the snow is light and it remains cold, so the skiing remains solid. Also by noon the lifts were so empty! Also lots of tree skiing in trees that are deciduous so little fear of tree wells!

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