It’s a widely known fact that Japan is a hot favourite when it comes to Asian destinations to visit during the holiday season. With its changing seasons, delectable food, abundant shopping and more, it’s a no-brainer why most of us love the country.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic, Japan’s borders remain closed to much of the world, Singapore included.
On November 8 this year, Japan began the first phase of its border reopening by allowing business travellers to come in and serve a shorter quarantine period. As long as business travellers had proof that they were vaccinated, they were allowed to enter the country and have their quarantine period shortened from 10 days to three, according to the Japanese government. This ceased shortly after as Japan continues to attempt to prevent the spread of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, in their country.
However, there is still hope that Japan may continue with its border reopening plans when Omicron fears eventually subside—and it’s well worth thinking about a potential holiday in anticipation of this.
If you can’t wait to head back to Japan once borders reopen, here is a list of our top resort picks from Niseko, Japan, which boasts gorgeous mountains, ski resorts and general tranquillity.
1. Setsu Niseko
If you’re looking for something completely brand new, Setsu Niseko is worth a visit. It is also the first luxury property that SC Global, a Singapore developer for exclusive luxury residences, opened in Niseko.
The property is set to welcome guests in the summer of 2022 and is located in Hokkaido’s northernmost prefecture of Japan with spectacular views of Mount Yotei.
What makes Setsu Niseko stand apart from the rest is the fact that it creates customised experiences for all its guests. From adrenaline-packed adventures to off-the-grid retreats, festive pop-up events and culinary frontiers, Setsu Niseko aims to capture the authentic Hokkaido experience while also ensuring that each guest is well taken care of.
Tatler Tip: Setsu Niseko houses one of the largest wellness facilities in the heart of Niseko so make sure you check out one of its four private onsen rooms, the onsen lounge, its cold dipping pool and more while you’re there.