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EXPERIENCE NISEKO: JAPAN’S ULTIMATE RESORT

DISCOVER HOKKAIDO'S FAMOUS POWDER SNOW IN A LIVELY INTERNATIONAL SKI RESORT

Over the past 20 years, Niseko has grown into a mecca for winter sports enthusiasts in search of one of the best ski holiday destinations, anywhere in the world. Niseko's combination of awesome powder, stunning accommodation, atmospheric buzz and countless amenities are among the many reasons for its popularity Read More

The Niseko United ski resorts are widely recognised as offering some of the most consistent, light, dry powder snow conditions in the world. And it is not just quality of snow that Niseko is famous for, but quantity too. Photographs of snow covered vehicles, and even buildings are favourites on social media every season. Visitors to Niseko share in the excitement of what can feel like an endless supply of beautifully light, fluffy snow. Relaxing in an onsen or with a glass of wine during dinner and watching the snow fall outside the window, anticipating even more waist deep, untracked powder, is just one of many reasons people return every year.

Niseko has many other attractions too; access off-piste terrain suitable for lower intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders; experience the exhilarating wonder of fresh powder snow under lights with the world's most extensive night skiing; and enjoy your nights out as much as your days on the mountain with incredible bars and countless restaurants to suit all tastes, from cosy izakaya to Michelin star fine dining. Find out everything you need to know about Niseko ski resort below!

 

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Niseko Highlights

Deep Powder Snow

Receiving up to 20 meters of light, dry snow each winter, Niseko is the ultimate powder destination.

Japanese & International Cuisine

From Michelin Star to local Japanese hotspots, Niseko has countless excellent restaurants. 

Off-Piste

Niseko offers lift access to some of the most extensive and fun off-piste skiing in Japan for all.

Night Skiing

Enjoy the powder in peace and serenity at night, with the world's most extensive night skiing terrain.   

Luxury Accommodation

Relax and feel at home in one of Niseko's many exceptional apartments or chalets. 

Family Fun

Explore the powder by snow-mobiling, cat-skiing, hiking Mount Yotei or snow shoeing.

Hot Springs

After a day on the slopes, apres the Japanese way and soak tired muscles in a natural hot-spring. 

Ski in Ski out

Both in Hirafu and Niseko Village areas, Niseko offers superb ski in ski out accommodation. 

Fantastic Views

With views of Mount Youtei and surrounded by the silver birch, Niseko's scenery will take your breath away.

Niseko Facts

Niseko Resort encompasses 4 interconnecting ski resorts: Hanazono, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri.

BASIC RESORT INFORMATION

  • Ski Resorts: 4
  • Ski Hours: 8:30am – 8:30pm
  • Ski Season: late Nov – early May

Niseko FEATURES

  • Average Snow Fall: 16 metres
  • Vertical Drop: 1000 metres
  • Gondolas: 3
  • Lifts: 23

Skiing: Terrain/Trails

Terrain Info

  • Beginner Terrain: 30% - Wide open gentle runs and soft landings
  • Intermediate Terrain: 40% - Plenty of green and red runs, and the chance to dip into powder at the sides
  • Advanced Terrain: 30% - Endless powder snow around the resort, plus vast Niseko backcountry accessible from the lifts!
  • Backcountry Terrain: Backcountry guiding in English available

Additional Information

  • Trails: 69
  • Terrain Parks: 2
  • Longest Run: 5.6 km

Tree Skiing

Half Pipe

Night Skiing

Snow Monkeys

Resort Maps

Location Map

Trail Map

Village Map

Niseko Services

A selction of useful services that will help you plan your ski trip. Use the links below to jump to each section.

Rentals

Rhythm Japan

Rhythm Japan is one of Niseko's leading stores for rental equipment, providing the highest quality of products and service as well as the best range of equipment to suit all of your rental needs. The shop offers complimentary pick up & drop off service throughout Hirafu village.

Hours: 08:00 ~ 22:00
Open: 1st December until 8th May.
Location: New for the 2019-20 season - Rhythm now has 3 convenient locations to choose from in the heart of Hirafu:

  • Rhythm Main Street - Original Hirafu Store
  • Rhythm Base - New Upper Hirafu Store
  • Rhythm Summit - Hirafu Backcountry Store

See Map Here

Choose from either Standard or Premium rental packages:

Standard Rental Package - to suit beginner to lower intermediate level skiers. This range will also satisfy those skiers on a budget who are willing to stick to the groomers. Please note that you cannot swap your skis free of charge within the Standard range. If you would like to swap skis during your holiday please rent from the Premium Range.

Premium Rental Package - includes a huge range of 2018-19 models from top brands like; Armada, K2, Volkl, Rossignol and more.  Everything from carve skis to super wide powder skis. Huge selection to suit any skier and any snow conditions.  With a premium package you can:

  • Swap models as many times as you like, including between skis and snowboard sets
  • Store skis overnight FREE of charge
  • See full Premium package range here
  • Premium package upgrade - Platinum in-house fitting service for JPY 10,000 per person

Equipment can be collected anytime after 16:00 the night before your rental period commences and can be kept until 10:00 the day after.

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Lift Passes

Niseko United Lift Passes

The Niseko United All Mountain Lift Pass offers Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and Annupuri resorts.  Your All Mountain Pass covers a total of 69 runs and 26 lifts including 3 Express Gondolas.  

Please note that only All-Mountain passes are available for advanced-purchase.  If you would like an area-only pass (eg. Hirafu only) this must be done upon arrival at the lift ticket counters located base of the mountain.

Children Ski Free in March!  Book 1 adult all mountain lift pass in and get 1 children'ts pass for free!  Available for March & April 2020 stays.  Minimum 3 day pass required.

Lift operation:

  • 08:30 - 20:30 daily
  • Full schedule available here.

Lift passes will be delivered to your accommodation in advance of check in.

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Ski Lessons

Niseko International Snowsports School

GROUP LESSONS 

ADD NISS GROUP LESSONS TO YOUR NISEKO BOOKING BEFORE 25TH SEPTEMBER 2019 AND GET 15% OFF.  COMPLETE GUEST DETAILS MUST BE ADDED IN MANAGE MY BOOKING BY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2019 IN ORDER TO QUALIFY*

*Early Bird discount is available for the following booking dates only: 1-14th December 2019, 5th - 18th January 2020 and 2nd February - 29th March 2020

NISS boasts a complete offering of group lessons to accommodate every guest, whether beginner or advanced, small child or adult, skier or snowboarder. Lessons take place in HANAZONO, which offers a Learning Centre for kids, and access to a world class indoor and outdoor facility avoiding the crowds of Hirafu.

From first timers to those who want to step up their expert game, Hanazono is the perfect place to learn. With the expansion of the Hanazono 308 Learning Center, kids have access to a world class indoor and outdoor facility. The outdoor Hanazono facilities, positioned directly in front of 308 are now improved to make learning and progression fun for the kids for days on end. All Tic-Tac Kids Club and Yuki Programs are inclusive of a great lunch at Hanazono 308.
 

Shuttle Bus to Hanazono

Hanazono offers a free shuttle service throughout Hirafu Village.  Available from 07:50 - 17:00, guests can board at a convenient bus stop closest to their accommodation.
 

NISS Kid's Express Shuttle Bus

Available for children in the Tic Tac or Yuki Programs.  Express Shuttle Service from between Hirafu and Hanazono. Simply arrive for registration before 9:15am and your instructor will be waiting to assist you with the short 15 minute trip to Hanazono. Your instructor will provide a short introduction on the way to prepare you for your day's lesson. Shuttles are operated continuously throughout the day.

 

NISS Programs:

  • Adult Max:
    • Morning half day - 10:00~12:30
    • Full day - 10:00~15:30
  • Kids Tic Tac (3-6 years): Full day - 10:00~15:30
  • Kids Yuki Max (7-14 years): Full day - 10:00~15:30

ABILITY LEVELS:

  • Level 1 - first timer
  • Level 2 - can stop
  • Level 3 - can turn
  • Level 4 - green
  • Level 5 - red/black

Operating 7 December, 2019 – 29 March, 2020

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Niseko Academy

PRIVATE LESSONS

Niseko Academy offer visitors with a premier private ski and snowboard lesson, unparallelled by any other school in Niseko.  Their instructors are talented, seasoned professionals who ensure customers get the BEST lesson possible.

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Airport Transfers

Coach Transfers (Door to door)

Coach transfer between Sapporo New Chitose Airport / Sapporo City and Niseko.  Our door-to-door transfers include taxi transfer between the Hirafu Welcome Centre (coach drop off / pick up point) and Niseko accommodation.  

Please note that there is a minimum connection time required in order to confirm your coach between Airport and Resort:

Scheduled coach departure time will be aligned to your arrival flight time to leave the airport at least:

  • 45 minutes after Domestic flight arrival
  • 90 minutes after International flight arrival

Scheduled coach departure time will be aligned to your departure flight time to arrive at airport at least:

  • 60 minutes before Domestic flight departure
  • 120 minutes before International flight departure

Coach transfers are suitable for flights which:

  • Arrive prior to 20:00 / 20:35 (Int'l / Dom)
  • Depart after 12:10 / 11:20 (Int'l / Dom)

Guests with later/earlier flights will be required to upgrade to private transfer or stay overnight at the airport.  See sample schedule here.

Sapporo City transfers - departs city 1x per day and departs Niseko 3x per day.

Children 0-2 travel free of charge (no seat).

2019/20 RATES

Private Transfers

Door-to-door private transfers between Sapporo New Chitose Airport (or City) and Niseko Accommodation.

  • Can be aligned to any flight arrival & departure time
  • Includes Meet & Greet service
  • Suitable for any group size
  • Accommodates passengers, luggage and ski & snowboard equipment
     

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