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Gakuto Villas open for Nagano ski season


Published on Oct 11, 2010

Opening its doors in time to celebrate the New Year, Gakuto Villas answers to an increasing demand for affordable boutique accommodations. As the first contemporary Western-style development of its kind in Hakuba's prestigious Wadano no Mori district, this is a community of 12 chic houses designed to provide a distinctly comfortable and modern level of hospitality to its guests. Each villa has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a double height living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and its own parking space.

Minutes from ski lifts and a leisurely stroll from neighbourhood restaurants and relaxing onsens, Gakuto Villas showcases a fusion of Western design and Japanese detailing, while blending in perfectly with its natural and traditional surroundings. The exterior's local Japanese Cedar was carefully selected for its natural woody scent and was stained a dark chocolate brown to blend in with the neighborhood. Over time, this will age into various shades of the surrounding forest. The interiors consist of bamboo wood for the floorings, and white render and pine for the wall and ceiling.

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