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Japan ski facelift

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16 December 2010

Niseko

Niseko Village will be transformed into an all-seasons mountain resort offering exclusive hotels, luxury homes, ski-in ski-out estates and exclusive shopping and dining, all with spectacular views of Mount Yotei, the Mount Fuji of northern Japan.

Designed by the award-winning HOK Group, Niseko Village will become a luxurious mountain retreat boasting two hotels, a world-class golf course, private villas, luxury apartments, shopping, dining, and wellness facilities from spas to onsens. Each individual development will incorporate traditional elements of local culture to recreate the rustic atmosphere of a traditional Japanese town in a natural alpine setting on Mount Annupuri.

The aim of the development will be to create an ’Aspen of the East’ by bringing world-class ski facilities, infrastructure, attractions and resort properties to visitors and residents, according to Tan Sri Dato (Dr.) Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Corporation, the investment group behind the move.

"We are proud to develop Niseko Village as our first venture outside Tokyo...as well as bringing on board the best talent from across Japan and the world to plan and design the town, we also want to engage local communities throughout every stage of the development," he said.

"The re-energised Niseko Village will be comprehensively planned, setting us apart from many resort destinations in Japan."

According to James McBride, President of YTL Hotels, James McBride, the master plan for Niseko Village is due to be completed within the next five to 10 years.

"Ultimately, YTL Hotels’ vision and investment will turn this spectacularly beautiful region into a mountain resort destination that can rival anything Europe or the US has to offer today or tomorrow," he said.

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