Hokkaido Kutchan Zaborin
北海道 倶知安町 坐忘林
At the foot of Mount Yotei, a Japan as seen by Western eyes
Japan’s beauty is sometimes captured creatively by a highly insightful outsider. This inn is one example of such a vision. Hotel Zaborin, at the base of Mount Yōtei, is built on a hill in Kutchan, bordering the town of Niseko. The neighboring area bustles with skiers with their sights set on the world-class snow quality found here, but the ryokan is situated as a place to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature, distant from the tumultuous slopes. The inn’s proprietor, a British subject who runs a shipping business, had apparently always dreamed of running a hotel that would showcase Japan’s aesthetic.