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

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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Chalet Ivy

Chalet Ivy is a cozy boutique hotel situated in the heart of Upper Hirafu. Contemporary decor with large flat screen TVs and luxury Japanese brand amenities with a fine natural spring onsen onsite. Onsite ski concierge, 2 restaurants, apres lounge, gym, spa and onsen.

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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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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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Kozue Niseko

Kozue boasts a prime Hirafu Village location with a five minute walk from the Ace Family Chairlift. This condominium hotel features a fully glazed faade that allows the rooms to capture Niseko’s extraordinary landscape in its rich seasonal expressions. A selection of materials such as natural wood flooring and wood window systems provide a sense of warmth and comfort within a robust and secure concrete structure. The Kozue design is distinguished and luxurious. Onsite free wifi, parking, concierge, internal laundry.

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M Hotel

M Hotel Niseko is located in the centre of Hirafu Village, the heart of Niseko. Each room has a microwave and small fridge. Onsite restaurant, bar, gym, coin operated laundry.

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Setsugetsu

This delightful property boasts top quality modern appliances, peaceful surroundings and fantastic views, while only minutes away from all restaurants, bars, and the Ace Family ski slope. Onsite parking, drying room.

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Setsumon Apartments

Well designed luxury apartments. Great location in the centre of Hirafu. All apartments with panoramas of night skiing, the town or Mount Youtei. Facilities include washer/dryer, designer interiors, Japanese style bathrooms, full kitchen, flat screen cable TV, stereo system (MP3 friendly), DVD and balconies. Onsite drying room, Reception (Winter only), free WiFi.

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Snow Crystal

Snow Crystal in Niseko is located at the foot of the Family Ace Chairlifts of Grand Hirafu - the best location for skiers and snowboarders. A well-appointed property where you will be able to enjoy spectacular views and be within walking distance to the many restaurants and bars. Onsite Reception & Concierge (Winter only), free WiFi, parking.

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Terraze

For ease of access to the slopes Terrazze offers a Middle Village location where the free Grand Hirafu shuttle bus stops right in front of the building. Terrazze’s loft style apartments will set new heights for exquisite comfort within Hirafu Village. Onsite Reception (Winter only), parking, WiFi, washing machine and dryer.

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The Maples

With a grand opening in Dec 2018, The Maples Niseko is a ski-in/ski-out property offering 73 units, ranging from studio, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom & penthouses. The thoughtful design ensures this property focuses on large, livable spaces and functional kitchens. The amenities in Maples are centered around the needs of residents, with a ski room and cafe with direct access to the Family ski run to provide ski in / ski out perfection. Restaurant, cafe, concierge desk and free wifi.

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The Vale Niseko

Luxury ski-in/ski-out property. The Vale offers the very best in amenities and services. Some apartments offer private onsens with full mountain vistas. Enjoy the latest in designer interiors coupled with large functional living space. Onsite heated outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor onsen, The Vale Bar and Grill, cafe.

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Yama Shizen Apartments

Premium apartments located in the new village heart of upper Hirafu with easy access to the mountain and close to shops and restaurants. Featuring modern architecture and interiors with full kitchens (Studios have kitchenette - fridge, mircowave and kettle), spacious living areas and stunning views. Apartments with satellite TV, DVD, broadband internet, washers and dryers. Ski Storage plus heated boot storage included at base. Onsite ski room with tuning bench and tools, ski storage, Yama Dining restaurant.

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Youtei Tracks

Featuring outstanding views and the latest in cutting edge design and Japanese craftsmanship. This luxury property offers easy lift access and restaurants at your doorstep. Apartments with large open foyers and underground parking, with full kitchens, dishwashers, (Studios have kitchenette - fridge, microwave and kettle), satellite TV, DVD, broadband internet. Most apartments with washers and dryers. Ski Storage plus heated boot storage included at base. Onsite ski tuning room with tuning bench and tools.

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