Hokkaido’s Kiroro Mountain Resort sees uptick in event enquiries

Alpine retreat proves popular with corporate groups, as small meetings and events return.

The alpine resort can be easily reached from New Chitose Airport, Sapporo city, Otaru city and Niseko.
The alpine resort can be easily reached from New Chitose Airport, Sapporo city, Otaru city and Niseko.

HOKKAIDO – Fresh air, spectacular scenery and vast space are just some reasons why Kiroro Mountain Resort has been seeing an uptick in interest for small business meetings and events.

“From our idyllic location in the midst of the Yoichi mountains, Kiroro offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and amenities that are perfect for groups to do safely, and are conducive to the type of team-building and bonding that people have missed over the last several months. Our extensive offerings under one roof and wide-open spaces offer peace of mind for these guests” said Hirofumi Watanabe, Hotel General Manager of Kiroro Resort.

Plus, most guests are possibly also travel hungry, and when a place like Kiroro Mountain Resort offers incentive options in a safe space, blessed with nature all around to relief stressed souls, the bleisure package becomes exceedingly alluring indeed.

“Our big advantage is a pristine environment. We have nature and space. Social distancing is very self-given in a destination like Kiroro, with only 500 plus rooms over three individual luxury accommodation settings. We can offer the option of hosting a meeting on a hill, in the middle of a soccer field, in a forest or in one of the restaurants that is exclusively reserved. Additionally, the resort offers spacious venues including meeting rooms and lobbies with big windows that can be opened as needed.”

Kiroro has indoor and outdoor venues to host up to 200 guests. After the business agenda is complete, delegates can opt to hike, go mountain biking, play tennis or golf, head down to the on-site village for dining and shopping, relaxation services, and recreational activities. Then choose to spend the night not at the hotel rooms, but glamping instead.

The entire development has also followed Japanese, global and Marriott regulations for the utmost standards in safety and cleanliness protocols. For meals, menu items are served individually, smaller condiments like sugar and honey are individually wrapped, self-service beverages discouraged, and set tea break / lunch bento boxes encouraged.

Accessibility is also a huge pull, since with a car, delegates can reach the alpine resort in 100 minutes from New Chitose Airport, 60 minutes from Sapporo city, 30 minutes from Otaru city, and 45 minutes from Niseko.

Once at the development, delegates can check into the 140-key Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort located right at the base of the slopes, or the 281-key The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel offering mountain vistas from every room.

For longer stays, the newly opened Yu Kiroro offers freehold residences paired with enviable premium services such as ski valet, natural indoor-outdoor onsen, 24-hour concierge service, fitness center and lounge, and all-day dining – where businesses can consider buying out a unit or two to house regular incentive trips. All three properties are conveniently linked via a gondola-chairman lift.