HAKUBA, Japan (PRWEB) April 6, 2010
Hakuba 47 announced the submission of a formal application to Nagano Prefecture authorities, requesting entitlements for a resort hotel, vacation residence, destination spa, and retail development at the base of the ski resort. The property, accessible from Tokyo in less than 3 hours, is located in the mountain valley famous for hosting Alpine and Nordic events during the 1998 Nagano Olympics.
On March 12, 2009, the Hakuba Community Impact Review Council concluded its review of the Hakuba 47 development plan with a positive assessment. On May 15, 2009, Hakuba Village Mayor Hiroki Ota gave formal approval to Hakuba 47 to advance the approval process to the Prefectural level. Hakuba 47 required nine months to overcome numerous technical issues related to the application process before submitting the Prefectural application.
“Hakuba 47 has invested over 2 years in establishing the vision for a resort village master plan, researching the entitlement process, communicating with local residents, working with government officials, and preparing application documents,” said Kenta Takamori, President and CEO of Hakuba 47.
Hakuba 47 is seeking approval for a master plan that includes a resort hotel with 157 rooms, up to 212 vacation residential units, retail space, and a 2000 square meter destination spa. The vision is to combine the master planning concepts of world-class ski resort base villages with distinctly Japanese architectural references. The vision for Hakuba 47 was created through a highly collaborative effort led by the Denver, Colorado-based master planning firm Design Workshop, with design architecture work done by an international team of Gensler Associates architects based in Tokyo and San Francisco, California.
Hakuba 47 aims to complete the development entitlement process by autumn 2010. It is anticipated that the first phase of construction work would require two summers to complete. It is estimated that the fully constructed master plan could generate approximately 200 new jobs for the village of Hakuba, and its 9,173 residents.
About Hakuba 47
Hakuba 47 is owner and operator of a ski resort located in the village of Hakuba, in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Since its opening in December 1990, Hakuba 47 has been one of the most famous ski resorts in Japan. Hakuba 47 shares its trail network and has a joint lift pass with neighboring Hakuba Goryu. The name “47” derives from “4 seasons, 7 days.” During the green season, the region surrounding Hakuba 47 offers a host of recreational activities including hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, rafting, fishing, and golfing. For more information about Hakuba 47: http://www.hakuba47.co.jp
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