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.


Beginner 30%
Intermediate 40%
Advanced 30%

At a Glance

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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.


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

Chitose Airport 106km

2 hour Bus or Drive

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Hotels in Niseko

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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AUD 282 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 1,126.76
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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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AUD 268 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 1,070.44
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Youtei Tracks #304

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. Apartment #304 has a full kitchen, dishwasher, satellite TV, DVD, broadband internet, washer and and dryers. Onsite Ski Storage plus heated boot storage included at base, ski tuning room with tuning bench with tools and underground parking.

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AUD 718 night
4 nights
Total: AUD 2,873.24
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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