Niseko

With deep dry powder, an incredible four resorts accessible via a single pass and a vibrant après scene, Niskeo is one of Japan’s most popular snow destinations, especially for Australians. Sitting on the ridge of An’nupuri, this is Japan’s biggest ski area and there is terrain to keep every ability excited, challenged and coming back for more. Niseko is a great place to bring your family thanks to plenty of English speaking services, English signs and self-contained apartments.

Difficulty

Beginner 30%
Intermediate 40%
Advanced 30%

At a Glance

Terrain Area

887ha

Summit

1,309m

Mt. Vertical

1,009m

Season

Dec-Apr

Lifts

28

Food & Bars

185

Accommodation

When skiing or boarding at Niseko, you can stay in Hirafu or the villages of Niseko and An’nupuri. Hirafu is most popular with international skiers and boarders, with its vibrant après scene and wide range of accommodation. If you’re looking for ski-in-ski-out lodgings, you’ll need to book into a luxurious hotel or apartment in the upper Hirafu area. Further down you’ll find more affordable apartments, pensions and houses close to bars and restaurants, and if you’re looking for a quieter scene altogether, Lower Hirafu has plenty of accommodation within a walk or shuttle back to the village activity. It’s also possible to stay in Niseko Village or An’nupuri, however both centres are a little removed from the restaurants and bars that this area is renowned for. On the flip side, here you’ll be close to the chair lifts and there are some beautiful authentic pensions in An'nupuri.

Skiing & Boarding

Niseko doesn’t have the steepest steeps, however you’ll love the variety of terrain and the light dry powder that falls across the four resorts of An’nupuri, Niseko Village (formerly Higashiyama), Hirafu and Hanazono. This is Japan’s largest ski area with plenty to suit skiers and boarders of all abilities. All four resorts are connected by shuttles at the base and lifts at the top, and skiable with one pass. From these resorts you can also reach Moiwa, although you’ll need a separate pass for this small resort.

Activities

Niseko may be a westernised resort, however there are plenty of authentic cultural experiences to give you a true taste of Japan. After a hectic day on the slopes, take the time to relax tired muscles in a natural hot spring – or onsen. Don’t give up the opportunity to learn to make sushi or to attend a traditional tea ceremony. Enjoy fantastic Japanese cuisine in the many restaurants, especially in Hirafu, where you’ll also find some great fun karaoke bars. Niseko has amazing night skiing with lights bright enough for advanced skiers and boarders to get in amongst the trees. There are also terrain parks at most of the resorts, with Hanazono the resort with the greatest variety including freestyle terrain parks for kids and a half-pipe. While you’re staying at Niseko you can also experience cat skiing, ski touring, snow mobiling and more.

Getting There & Around

To get to Niseko, you’ll need to fly into Sapporo New Chitose then a 2 hour drive. Once you’re in Niseko there are plenty of shuttles to get you around and in the popular village of Hirafu, it’s easy to walk around or catch a shuttle.

How Far

Airport:
Chitose Airport 106km

Transfer:
2 hour Bus or Drive

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Hotels in Niseko

AYA Niseko

Ski-in/ski-out apartment-hotel with 79 luxury apartments and penthouses. Floor-to-ceiling glazing offering stunning views and incorporating all the services expected from a high-end hotel. Onsite: Indoor/outdoor private and public onsens, spa, massage, gym, yoga room, restaurant, bar, cafe/deli, art gallery, craft shop, kid's club, concierge, ski valet, ski storage, 24-hour reception.

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AUD 1,046 night
AUD 611 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 2,442.84
On Request

Alpen Ridge

True ski-in/ ski-out access, this property presents the ultimate in premium western style apartment accommodation in the heart of Niseko, offering direct access to the slopes right outside the door and beautiful views to Mount Youtei and the An'nupuri Ranges. Within minutes to village conveniences, including supermarkets, restaurants, nightlife and onsens. Onsite: Ski School, Rental and Retail Shop, Reception / Concierge, cafe and ski locker.

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AUD 895 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 3,580.56
On Request

Always Niseko

Stylish 104 room hotel that offers a quality yet affordable accommodation option. Always Niseko offers high speed Wi-Fi and a peaceful Kabayama setting just 10 minutes' walk from the Centre of Hirafu. The hotel offers a shuttle service and is on Niseko's main bus route. Onsite cafe and bar.

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AUD 338 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 1,352.16
On Request

Aspect Niseko

The building offers superb views of Mt. Youtei and to a lesser extent the ski mountain. Located in the middle village, Aspect is on the doorstep of Hirafu's restaurant & bar district. The property is fitted with the highest quality European and Japanese furnishings. Additional bedding is on an Aero bed. Onsite: ski valet, concierge and on-demand shuttle vehicle.

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AUD 2,135 night
AUD 1,821 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 7,282.00
On Request

First Tracks Apartments

Genuine ski-in/ski-out apartments next to restaurants. First class apartments with spacious layouts and Western designer interiors and furnishings. Ski Storage plus heated boot storage included. Onsite laundry facilities, drying room, ski tuning room.

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AUD 1,266 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 5,064.96
On Request

Forest Estate

Comprised of five luxury homes, Forest Estate offers the romance of a mountain retreat nestled amongst native trees in the centre of Hirafu Village. The three metre wide windows allow you to experience the breathtaking vistas of Mt. Yotei and the surrounding landscape. Onsite laundry, wifi.

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AUD 1,246 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 4,983.44
On Request

Freshwater Apartments

The Freshwater apartments are luxurious in design with a fusion of western and Japanese interiors. They are the ideal retreat for couples and families looking for deluxe accommodation in Niseko. The Freshwater is located on the main street of Hirafu with a flat 1 minute walk to the shuttle bus stop, and a 6 minute flat walk to the Family Run ski slope. Restaurants, bars and convenience stores are all within a 2 minute walk. Onsite wifi, washing machine and dryer and secure ski/drying area with private lockers.

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AUD 514 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 2,055.28
On Request

Full Circle

A boutique complex with unique design, these ultra-modern apartments are conveniently located in the heart of Hirafu within minutes of restaurants, shops, supermarket and the closest chairlift. A small block of four, offering contemporary 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, thoughtfully appointed with the latest furnishings and appliances to ensure guest comfort and enjoyment. Onsite complimentary wifi, in-room washer and dryer, in-room safe.

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AUD 731 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 2,925.44
On Request

Gondola Chalets

One of the most enviable locations in Hirafu, situated just below the gondola with views of the Hirafu Kogen ski area. Apartments feature full kitchens, satellite TV and internet, high-end fit and finish. Onsite ski storage, drying room and reception.

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AUD 1,624 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 6,495.32
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Greystone

This brand new house boasts 7 bedrooms over 3 floors with 7 bathrooms of which 2 are large private onsens with hinoki wood finish. There are 3 ensuited bedrooms along with private lounge areas for those looking to unwind in their own personal space. Onsite laundry, free wi-fi.

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AUD 5,095 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 20,381.92
On Request

Hinzan (Shikaku) Apartments

Previously known as the Shikaku Apartments, this property is currently being renovated and will re-open its doors to guests in late 2019. The ground floor space will be converted into a Japanese Restaurant. Kato Seafood, a Hokkaido crab-specialist with 55 years of history, is launching a sushi restaurant in the center of Hirafu with a concept surrounding wine and sake. Hinzan offers a studios, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments. Some of the 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments are split-level.

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AUD 620 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 2,481.48
On Request

Hotel Alpen

The Hotel Niseko Alpen is a deluxe ski-in/ski-out hotel style accommodation and is ideal for small families and couples. It is quite possibly the best located property in the Hirafu area. Onsite heated pool, 2 Jacuzzi, traditional sauna, dry stone sauna, indoor/outdoor hotsprings, massage services, ski lockers, Wi-Fi.

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AUD 671 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 2,682.72
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Kira Kira

Featuring apartments with open-air balconies and striking modern furnishings, Kira Kira is located in upper Niseko Village with Yukoro Onsen Hot Spring within walking distance. Onsite Complimentary Winter shuttle service within Hirafu Village. laundry facilities.

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AUD 713 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 2,851.84
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Kizuna Apartments

All Kizuna apartments Niseko are appointed to the highest standard ensuring the luxury finish you deserve. The design maximises use of space to capture the stunning views through full height double glazed windows. Onsite WiFi, laundry.

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AUD 844 night
AUD 720 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 2,879.44
On Request

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