Soga is a peaceful residential area typified by forests, farmlands and homestays, and is located on Japan’s mountainous northern island, Hokkaido. It’s a popular choice for those who wish to enjoy a beautiful natural setting, yet be close to all four of the separate but interconnected ski resorts collectively known as Niseko United. Renowned for its powder snow, Niseko lures winter sports aficionados from around the world, yet there is more to this region than perfect ski conditions. Stunning mountain scenery, a burgeoning wellness scene and myriad gourmet dining options make it a much-loved year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Birchwood is located on the edge of a forest, a short drive from upmarket Niseko Village Ski Resort, and cosmopolitan Hirafu Village. An on-call driver will be happy to drive you to and from both villages and the ski gondolas in the winter months.
- NIseko Takahashi Dairy Farm
- 1.70 km
- Green Leaf Hotel
- 2.70 km
- Hilton Hotel
- 3.50 km
- Bar Gyu+
- 3.50 km
- Niseko Village Golf Course
- 3.50 km
- Niseko Village
- 4 km
- Hirafutei Hotel Onsen
- 4.60 km
- Kamimura Michelin Star Resto
- 5 km
- Hirafu Welcome Centre
- 5 km
- 19 km
- Mt. Yotei Makkari Entrance
- 20 km
- Lake Toya
- 40 km
- Otaru City
- 73 km
- Sapporo City
- 100 km
Things to Do
Here are some of the other many activities on offer within easy reach of the chalet. Please do contact our dedicated concierge team to arrange any of the activities below, or visit our dedicated concierge page, if you’d like to find out more.
Famed for fresh seafood and flourishing gourmet dining scenes, Niseko Village and Hirafu Village are home to an eclectic choice of restaurants offering Japanese and international cuisines. Discerning diners have three Michelin-star restaurants to choose from, Rakuichi Soba in Niseko Village, and Kamimura and Ichumura in Hirafu, all serving exceptionally fine Japanese fare.
For a bespoke elevated dining experience, Niseko Gourmet can arrange for a special meal to be cooked in your own chalet by one of Japan’s finest chefs. From a traditional sushi bar to an intimate sukiyaki meal, this is indulgence to the next level. Gourmet food delivery and grocery shopping are also offered in case you prefer to self-cater.
Acclaimed as Hokkaido’s premier health and wellness destination, Niseko is blessed with a number of atmospheric thermal hot springs, known as onsen, renowned for their relaxation and rejuvenation properties. Immerse yourself in steamy waters at The Hilton Niseko Onsen, or amidst the boulders and pine trees at The Green Leaf, then treat yourself to a massage or therapy at the adjoining spas.
Enjoy farm fresh food and striking views of Mount Yotei at Mandriano, a pizza shop adjoining the cheese factory of Takahashi Farm in Soga. Got kids in tow? They will love the fun indoor kids’ play area in the winter, and frollicking in the surrounding fields in the warmer months.
For a night out around town, we suggest heading to cosmopolitan Hirafu Village and sampling rare Japanese whiskies at Bar Gyu or the vast selection of Japanese craft beers at Mick's. If you still have energy left, be sure to check out Wild Bill's for live music and late-night DJ sets.
The Nikka Yoichi Distillery is a popular place to visit and learn the workings of the world-renowned whisky’s first distillery, opened in 1934. Some use it as a halfway point to Otaru, the quaint harbour city known for is well-preserved canals, café culture, glassworks, music boxes and street side stalls plying amazing seafood. For something more urban, Sapporo City is abuzz 24/7. Japan’s fifth largest city is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, ramen and great beer, as well as the annual snow festival in February featuring art and sculptures made of snow and ice, including snow slides.
Birchwood is located four kilometres from Niseko Village Ski Resort, where a network of gondolas provides connection to different areas, including beginner-friendly ski runs and the only avalanche controlled extreme Ski terrain in Niseko, Mizuno No Sawa. A complimentary shuttle service is offered during winter from your doorstep to the gondolas at Niseko Village and neighbouring Hirafu Village.
Whether you're a first-timer trying to familiarise yourself with a pair of skis or an accomplished snowboarder trying to perfect your turns, Niseko Village Snow School has a wide range of lessons and programmes available which cater to all levels. Travelling with kids? There is a Kids Snow School too, and daycare for toddlers.
Driving a snowmobile is an exhilarating way to explore Niseko's incredible scenery. From adventurous guided tours speeding down forested trails, to skidding along the snow on a raft, there are plenty of options available for safe and exciting family fun.
For those slightly more adventurous we can recommend Niseko's specialist mountain guides. Highly trained in rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and off-piste skiing, their incredible knowledge and understanding of the local terrain will provide you with an unforgettable experience of the area's wild backcountry in the safest possible way.
How about whisking across the sparkling snow on a reindeer sled just like in fairy tales? This is one experience the kids will never forget. The whole family can also join a jumbo sled tour, on a custom-designed snowmobile sled which seats up to six people.
As the snow melts, the landscape explodes with wild flowers making Niseko a perfect base for hiking. Enjoy the crisp clean air as you ramble across the moors or climb Mount Yotei to enjoy a 360 degree panorama from the trail that winds around the caldera.
Play a round of golf while enjoying glorious scenery and spectacular views of Mount Yotei at Niseko Village Golf Course, which was named Japan's Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards in 2014.
Treat the whole family to a day of fun at Pure at Niseko Village – a nature activity centre with the longest zip line in Japan. You can also enjoy horse riding, panoramic views of Mount Yotei and the Niseko mountain range from a hot air balloon. The little ones will love ‘Pure’ Adventure the park’s newest attraction which has an inflatable playground filled with mazes and slides.
Regularly hosting Japan's largest cycling race – the 'Tour de Hokkaido' Niseko is a popular cycling destination with a wide variety of trails suitable for all levels, including exhilarating downhill mountain trails via gondola. Got something more leisurely in mind? Quiet country lanes are ideal for gentle family biking.
Picturesque lakes and rivers make fresh water fishing, canyoning and rafting popular summer pastimes. Shiribetsu River offers some of the best rafting in Asia and you can expect stunning alpine scenery and crystal clear water. Alternatively, head to the nearby Shakotan Peninsula where sea kayaking reveals a magical ocean colour known as Shakotan blue.