• Niseko: A Modern Winter Wonderland

    Home & Design • By Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez • 09/06/2017 • 0 comments


    A family photo by the snow capped forest right outside Niseko village


    As much as I enjoy summer, the scorching summer days in Manila as of late have made me miss the cool snow!


    Flashback to last January: at 8 months pregnant, I managed to sneak out with the family to Niseko resort in northern Japan for a week of fun in the snow (without the skiing, unfortunately). Being half Swiss, I have always looked forward to our Christmas family vacations visiting my relatives in Europe. Now that my first born is a full fledged little girl, there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing her face light up when she sees snow capped trees and a winter wonderland landscape. Even if I couldn't partake in most of the adventure activities, I enjoyed walking around, discovering spots and living vicariously through my family's sporting stories at the end of each day.

    Amidst the snow angels, snowball fights, amazing Japanese food and quality family time, I still found time to appreciate the unique design Niseko has to offer. While we discovered some cozy chalet type bars and restaurants, most of the design I found was modern and streamlined, highlighting the "cool" of the outdoors. Surprisingly, the sleek design still made for comfortable and, funnily enough, cozy spaces.  Here Ishare with you some of my favorite finds while I waddled around with my 8-month belly and snowy boots.


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    Modern digs - a sleek residential apartment that boasts of clean lines and brings the outside in.

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    The anti cozy nook that still manages to attract.

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    Niseko village covered in white.

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    A sleek open kitchen paired with mid-century furniture
    in neutral palettes makes for a soothing dining room.

    Andrea enjoying the views from our apartment
    which had floor to ceiling windows.

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    Dad resting in the afternoon with glorious mount Yotei in the background.

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    A raw concrete wall, mid century wood furniture,
    a modern chandelier and flowers we bought for Mom's birthday.

    The Alpinist
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    Cozy Gyu Bar
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    The Barn
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    The Barn