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Q&A: Nilo on Skye Niseko and the Niseko Classic

We catch up with Koizumi Nilo, an acclaimed guitarist and singer who spends her time-off on the tarmac seeking the adrenaline rush of the peleton.

This past weekend Nilo, as she's affectionately known, traded the sounds of her acoustic guitar for the grit and whir of her bicycle as she competed in the Niseko Classic. We sat down with Nilo at Skye Niseko to find out what she loved about her stay.

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Nilo with her trusty Bianchi road bicycle.

How would you describe your stay at Skye Niseko?

It was very comfortable staying in Skye Niseko. The room was large and spacious. Another great benefit of Skye Niseko is that it has its very own onsen! I loved using it especially after my long bike ride!

How would you describe the location of Skye Niseko?

Skye Niseko has an excellent location in Hirafu which provides great views of beautiful Mt Yotei.

What stood out as being extra special at Skye Niseko?

The atmosphere at Skye Niseko was serene and peaceful. It made it very easy to relax. The views of Mt Yotei out my window and the private onsen made my stay quite special.

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One of Nilo's favourite things about Skye Niseko was the level of comfort.

Did you use the bike valet at Skye Niseko? Please tell us about your experience.

I used the bike valet service as I had to pack my bicycle after the race for transport. The staff were extremely helpful and I was very pleased with the large, clean space.

Did you eat at in-house Kumo Restaurant?

I ate breakfast every morning at Kumo during my stay and ate there once for dinner. The restaurant staff provided excellent service and I talked with the waiter every morning. It was a great way to start the day! The fresh baked bread was so delicious I immediately recommended it to my friends on Instagram. Kumo also opened early on the morning of the Niseko Classic so myself and the other riders could have our breakfast before the race.

And did you get a treatment at Ryko Spa?

I went to Ryko Spa after the race for a well needed massage. The therapists took very good care of me and the massage was lovely. It was vital to my race recovery!

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Nilo with her favourite view from Skye Niseko.

Did you use the Skye Niseko onsen? What did you think of that?

The onsen was my favourite activity at Skye Niseko, it was an excellent experience. I especially enjoyed the cold water pool after using the sauna and onsen. It was a perfect way to recover after the race.

Would you recommend Skye Niseko to friends at home? And why?

Yes of course! I had a wonderful stay and with the beautiful views and amazing facilities I would definitely recommend it to all of my friends.

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Rested and relaxed after her race with the help of Ryko Spa.

Do you plan to come back to Skye Niseko in the future? Any idea when?

I hope so! My current plans are to come back next summer and if I am lucky maybe again this year!

Why do you think Japanese guests would like Skye Niseko?

Skye Niseko has all the features that Japanese guests appreciate. It is very clean and quiet in the summer months. The views are breathtaking and there is an onsen inside the hotel. What more could you want!

Why do you think Skye Niseko is a great summer stay?

Skye Niseko makes for a great summer stay as is not too crowded and there are so many things to see and do. Thank you so much to the team, I was so happy that I could stay at Skye Niseko!


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