Subdued eleganceKasara, Niseko Village, Japan

At the base of Mount Niseko Annapuri, on Japan’s Hokkaido island, YTL Hotels has launched its Kasara luxury brand with a clutch of exclusive townhouses in the Niseko village ski resort. Singaporean firm Design Intervention conceived the Edo era-style houses with the Japanese philosophy of Shibui,
the practice of restraint to achieve subdued elegance, in mind. Here, limbs wearied after a day carving trails through the mountain’s famously light powder, can relish in the many après-ski options, including soothing geothermal hot springs, locally produced sake and Hokkaido wines.