HTM’s newest brand under management, Skye Niseko, is a full-service, ski-ski-out, condominium hotel in the premier location in the resort. Opening winter 2018, the hotel comprises 105 apartments and penthouses complemented by stunning mountain vistas, situated by the ski-slopes at the top of Hirafu Village. Featuring an 160-seat restaurant, apres-ski bar, delicatessen & café, onsen, gym, wellness spa and retail, Skye Niseko takes Niseko’s resort accommodation to new heights. Bookings open December 2017.
Opened in December 2014, Ki Niseko is a stand-alone hotel 96-room condo hotel with onsen and restaurant. Designed specifically to operate for both the international and domestic markets in winter and summer, Ki Niseko is the next step in the development of Niseko into a year-round resort. HTM provided consulting services to the developer and is the hotel operator and condominium association manager for Ki Niseko.
In 2015, Ki Niseko topped over ¥475,000,000 of gross rentals with over 11,000 bedroom nights served and over ¥110,000,000 of Concierge Services provided. In 2016, Ki Niseko had over ¥650,000,000 of gross rentals with over 15,000 bedroom nights served. It also served over ¥170,000,000 of Concierge Services.
Over 850 pillows through 160 units in over 40 buildings, this is the largest portfolio of properties in Niseko. Total asset value over ¥8,500,000,000 (US 85 million) and gross rentals exceeding ¥980,000,000 per year. In 2014, Niseko Central's Guest Services team organised over ¥150,000,000 of services for our guests. In 2015, the brand saw over ¥970,000,000 of gross rentals with over 50,000 bedroom nights served and over ¥175,000,000 of Guest Services provided. In 2016, Niseko Central continues its momentum with over ¥985,000,000 of gross rentals, and over 51,000 bedroom nights and ¥178,000,000 of Guest Services served.
Properties in the portfolio include: Deep Tracks, Nozomi Views, Whiskey Woods, Yama Shizen East and West, Youtei Tracks, Miharashi, Miyuki, Kashi Lodge, Shirakaba, J House, Powder Tracks, Hirafu Houses, Horizon Town Houses, Hangetsu, Mori Houses, Ezo 365, Sekka Kan, Kisetsukan, Konkuriito, J's Den and Tsuru.
HTM were asked by Tokyu Resort Services, owner of the Niseko-Hirafu Ski Resort, to run their official international snowsports school from Winter 2014. Gondola Snowsports (GoSnow) was born and is the only school in Niseko-Hirafu with a base at the main gondola and the only school with on-snow beginner and kids' facilities. Dedicated to international visitors, all lessons are conducted in English by a team of professional and accredited instructors and trainers from around the world.
In the first season, GoSnow grew from nothing to over 55 full-time instructors and served over 5,500 lessons to international guests of the resort. In winter 2015/16, the school provided over 12,000 lessons with 110 instructors. In the 2016/17 season, the school has since grown again, providing over 33,668 lessons to 41,015 guests with over 220 instructors out on the field. With the high demand of lessons, GoSnow will grow to 250 instructors in 17/18.
Experience Niseko was set up by HTM to serve as a source of news and information about Niseko, particularly Niseko-Hirafu resort. The website, experienceniseko.com, is a bilingual guide to Niseko and features local people, restaurants and activities to serve as promotion for Niseko within Japan and throughout the world. It has an active database over 57,000 users.
Experience Niseko's magazine is distributed to over 5,000 guest-check-ins and tens of thousands of visitors passing through GoSnow, as well as being placed for free throughout Niseko. Launched in winter 2015/16, the first edition was a huge success and has served as a well-respected promotional tool for the resort. A second edition was launched in the winter 2016/17 season, with an all-new summer version of the magazine to launch in summer 2017.
Established in 2004 and purchased by HTM in May 2017, SkyExpress is the leading transfer company in Niseko. Renamed from SkyBus to SkyExpress after acquisition, SkyExpress provides a hassle-free transfer service for international visitors to the Niseko region. SkyExpress is Hokkaido’s first and most experienced provider of transportation throughout the region, including transfers to and from Sapporo and New Chitose Airport. To round out a complete door-to-door offering for guests, the SkyExpress brand also includes Sprint Taxi in the local Kutchan and Hirafu areas.
Acquired by HTM in May 2017 as part of the SkyExpress brand, Sprint Taxi provides convenient door-to-door transfers in the local Kutchan and Hirafu areas. With a fleet of vehicles ranging from sedans for up to 4 passengers to maxi taxis for up to 9 passengers, as well as wheelchair-friendly access vehicles, Sprint Taxi caters for all needs. Booking is easy too, with the Sprint Taxi App.