Sometimes size does not really matter. Right in the heart of Niseko's Hirafu middle village, Kimamaya by Odin, is small in size, but large in emotion. Kimamaya is the Japanese word for “be yourself”. This laid-back snow resort with only 9 rooms offer charm, comfort and a distinctly personal, cosy experience; capturing the essence of the alpine atmosphere of Hokkaido with a cosmopolitan touch.
The architecture style is Scandinavian in places, with slatted lampshades hanging from the ceiling, but the Nordic influence never overrides the purity of the Zen concept. Star architect Koichi Ishiguro beautifully re-designed the building while keeping the original wooden framework to retain the history of the building, which brings a Japanese touch to the Swiss chalet-style roof. He also paid special attention on using sustainable, renewable, and recyclable materials. Interiors were created by designer Andrew Bell, from colours, textures and materials, to lighting and accessories, all rooms are designed with utmost care for your comfort and well-being.
A place for play, think and unplug, a true mindful practice in essence. The lounge is a true living space – meaning it’s alive. Sitting in the middle of a library after all and chill, an area that is your space, where bright and brilliant lightbulb moments will flash. All sorts of equippments can be arranged by the hotel staff, they encourage you to play more than ever. Remember how relaxing and enjoyable it was when you let go of all worries and have fun? When you play, you are returning to the child-state of freedom by being in the moment.