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A Japanese Resort with Hot Springs and Sake

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“Your fate lies at the snowy base of a dormant volcano.”

That kind of sounds like an old Japanese proverb.

But also like something we’d just make up for convenience.

Either way, get yourself to Ki Niseko, a stunning ski-in, ski-out haven of volcano-facing penthouses and private hot springs, now open. (See the slideshow.)

Niseko. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s like the Jackson Hole of Japan, only less into-the-wild and more into-the-hot-springs. Think comfortable two-bedroom condos, an après-ski izakaya and steamy outdoor stone baths with a view of Mount Yōtei. So... everything that Wyoming’s been missing.

Pro tip: come here. Now. Or later, whenever’s good. But definitely reserve one of those rooms that face the powdery terrain. You’ll notice the lifts are right outside, so that’s easy. And the ski area is Japan’s largest, so there’s no shortage of trails to explore.

And as far as what’s next, you’ve got options. Hot-stone massages, snowcat tours around Grand Hirafu, and/or snacking on fresh scallops, Wagyu beef and some of Japan’s finest sake.

Feel free to mix and match.

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