Thoughtful and consistent details are the essence of Japanese design & craftsmanship, inspiring the name “Gen-Myo” (meaning superb skillfulness). Natural Hokkaido cedar extends from inside to outside, and combines with sleek metal edges to create a rich and warm, yet contemporary feeling 4 bedroom mountain chalet.
As you walk through the linear layout of the 3 three volumes that comprise Gen-Myo, the impressive depth of the site unfolds before you. “Bridges” connect you the Entrance wing, the Living/Dining/Kitchen wing and the Bedroom wing, each representing a different area of usage.
The impressive 3,000 sqm site in Kabayama features a natural water spring that burbles out of the ground next to Gen-Myo, meandering towards towering silver birch trees. The creek and pond has been landscaped for guests to enjoy moments of tranquility.
Panoramic views to Mt. Yotei are framed under the vaulted ceiling of the LDK, as well as each room in the house.
The verdant green mountainside views to the rear of chalet are also captured in living room and master bedroom, with sneak peaks from high clerestory windows in other bedrooms.
From the large and open living area to the cozy reading space at the bridge, guests can enjoy the site and the feel of nature. The living room features an elegant wood burning fireplace to curl up at the end of a day. An inviting Japanese spa bath is imbued with the unique sweet and spicy scent of Hinoki wood. Relax into the hot water after a day in the mountains, with Mt. Yotei framed in front.
There are 3 fully ensuited bedrooms, each with its own extra loft sleeping space, plus a tatami room, giving Gen-Myo a sleeping capacity of 12, making it an ideal chalet for family groups.
The chalet also comes with a single car garage and ski room. Access to Niseko-Hirafu is a short drive away.
*Additional charge will apply if number of pax is more than 10.
Awards and Recognitions:
Architizer A+ Awards - 2022 Special Mention
Architecture MasterPrize - 2021 Honourable Mention
International Design Awards (IDA) - 2021 Honourable Mention
Architizer.com - Project of the Day, May 2021
SUVACO.jp - Top 10 Houses of the Year 2021
All photos by regular contributor Glen Claydon