Kimamaya by Odin: Minimalism and Luxury – Japan may be a polite and conservative country, but it is also known because of its creativity. It inspires many people around the world but there are many other cities other than Tokyo or Osaka that can be inspiring.
Today, we will be talking about Kimamaya Boutique Hotel, more known as Kimamaya by Odin, a famous and luxurious mountain lodge located in the middle of Niseko Hirafu, on the northern island of Hokkaido. Kimamaya, the Japanese word for “be yourself” has nine rooms and is a member of the Odin collection, owned by the Frenchman Nicolas Gontard. It is also a project that has the collaboration of his Norwegian partners Bjorn and Chris Fielddahl and they are all focused on developing real estate and creating places that have “intelligent luxury” since they don’t believe in flashy luxury.
The living lounge is a place where you can stay and have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, read a book or a magazine and enjoy the coziness that the fireplace will bring you.
After a long day of having fun and exploring Niseko’s sports activities, there’s nothing better than to treat yourself to some premium-quality time. In the lodge, you have the option to get some back massages, shiatsu, aromatherapy, full body massages or even to enjoy a spa bath by yourself. However, if you just want to hang out in your room to get back in shape for the next day, you can expect a warm, friendly and beautiful space. According to its interior designer, Andrew Bell, he wanted to make sure to use a warm palette of chocolate wood, grey walls, rich elm floors, and even smooth black granite. Minimalistic, yet luxurious.
Kimamaya by Odin also has an elegant restaurant, The Barn, that is inspired by traditional Hokkaido farm architecture and serves fresh produce with a French flair. Make sure to enjoy its delicious food, like Sushi Foie Gras, and have a glass of wine made in vineyards from all over the world.
In the winter, you can enjoy Niseko’s most famous ski resorts that extend over Mount Annupuri and Mount Yōtei. In the summer, Niseko is known for being a place for sports, culture, food and rejuvenation lovers – a place in where you can escape from the chaotic reality that you may live in. In an interview given to Powder Life back in 2009, Gontard explains that Odin believes that Niseko “is a great alternative to Whistler or Aspen for wealthy Asians who are not prepared to travel as far and lose two days of skiing to jetlag”, but it can also be an alternative for foreign tourists to discover other underrated places to stay in.