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NISEKO

Niseko, currently the hot spot for Australian skiers, is the largest of the Hokkaido ski areas with 4 interlinked resorts; Annupuri, Hirafu, Higashiyama and Hanazono – areas famous for deep powder snow. Niseko also boasts some of the best après-ski nightlife in Japan- with an exciting mix of traditional Japanese restaurants, western food, bars and karaoke spots.

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The Resorts

Niseko has become a quite the hot spot for Australian skiers, along with many other ethnicities from all around the world, particularly due to its hospitality toward foreign guests and the adaptability of Niseko’s natives with reference to language and culture. Niseko United is the largest of the Hokkaido ski areas with 4 interlinked resorts; Annupuri, Grand Hirafu, Higashiyama and Hanazono, all of which are areas famous for deep powder snow.  The 68 ski runs offer one of the most equally distributed difficulty ratings throughout the numerous ski resorts in Japan, with 21 runs for beginners, 25 for intermediate skiers and 22 for the seasoned veterans.

Similar to many of the ski resorts in Japan, Niseko offers an All Mountain Lift Pass which gives you the ability to explore all 4 of Niseko’s ski resorts and their gondolas. Each resorts lifts have various different style of lifts which differ from run to run, including enclosed gondolas, quad chair lifts and express lifts.

Resort Facts

  • Start Season: Mid December
  • Season End: Early May
  • Night Skiing: Yes, until 9pm
  • Max Elevation (m): 1,170
  • Vertical Rise (m): 890
  • Difficulty (beg/int/adv): 30%/38%/32%
  • Longest Course (m): 5,600
  • No. of Courses/Runs: 68
  • No. of Lifts & Gondolas: 35+
  • Max Gradient: 37 degrees


Getting there

Niseko is located in the southwest quadrant of Hokkaido and has several modes of transport available for guests wishing to explore the area. First port of call is Sapporo’s New Chitose airport, which is is roughly 110km from Niseko and offers accessibility options from most major airports throughout Japan. Once in New Chitose Airport, you have the choice of a train or traveling by road. In Japan, train may seem the usual suspect for the most efficient route of getting to your destination, however, Niseko is one of these exceptions. The train system still uses older model regional trains that do take quite a while to reach your destination, in fact it is over 3 hours!

Do not despair, there is a significantly more efficient option which sees you travel by shuttle that ends up shaving close to an hour off your trip. Regular services run after many major flights into and out of New Chitose Airport and is quite easily the recommended way to get to and from Niseko. Similar to shuttle buses, there is also the option to the brave soul who wishes to rent a car and brave the conditions and make their own way to Niseko. As the weather is unpredictable and can produce adverse conditions, we do not recommend guests drive to Niseko.


The Snow

People often talk about their love of European or North American ski resorts, and rightfully so. The question is often “is Japan really worth going to over North America or Europe?”. At this point, you need to ask yourself what is important to you and what is different about the destination. Is the nightlife much better? Maybe. Are the lifts better? Maybe. Are the resorts vibrant and busy? Sometimes. However, Let’s not get confused about what we are really travelling for, we are venturing halfway around the globe for the love of snow, and is Japan’s snow really that good? Absolutely.

The main reasons for this is the quality and quantity of the snow. Niseko gets, arguably, one the best dumping of quality snow in Japan at a staggering 14m of snowfall per year. To explain this profound snowfall and the snow quality, we need to look to science! Japan is massive archipelago, meaning that all of its constituent islands are surrounded by ocean. During the winter months, an extremely cold mass of air gathers over south-eastern siberia and makes its way over the, relatively warm, sea of Japan. As it does so, it soaks up plenty of moisture and when it makes landfall, it hits the 3000m mountains which forces the clouds to empty and dissipate. As this process happens, it blesses us with snow that is comprised of roughly 94% air and 6% water, perfect powder to shred.



MOUNTAIN FACTS


Start Season: Mid December
Season End: Early May
Night Skiing: Yes, until 9pm
Max Elevation (m): 1,170
Vertical Rise (m): 890
Difficulty (beg/int/adv): 30%/38%/32%   
Longest Course (m): 5,600
No. of Courses/Runs: 68
No. of Lifts & Gondolas: 33
Max Gradient: 37 degrees

TRANSPORT

New Chitose Airport to Niseko - Coach transfer, 2.5 hours
Sapporo to Niseko - Coach transfer, 2.5 hours
Niseko to Rusutsu - Coach transfer, 45 minutes

  • ALL PRICES INCLUDE:  
    Return coach transfers from Sapporo airport
  • Daily breakfast
  • 6 day ski lift pass
  • *Child discount applies up to 11yrs
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HILTON NISEKO VILLAGE

7 nights from $1,437* per person

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GREEN LEAF HOTEL NISEKO

7 nights from $1,499* per person

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NISEKO ALPEN HOTEL

7 nights from $1,726* per person

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PENSION LOCOMOTION

7 nights from $1,279* per person

Pension style accommodation located in the Hirafu Village.

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PENSION NEW WHITE BEAR

7 nights from $1,391* per person

Located 600m from Niseko Adventure Centre, this Pension offers cabin style rooms with free Wifi.

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YUMOTO NISEKO PRINCE HOTEL HIRAFUTEI

7 nights from $2,027* per person

Located on the main street in Hirafu that leads up to the Centre Four Chairlift, Grand Hirafu ski area, offering a fantastic ski-in/ski-out location.

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HOROZON TOWN HOUSE

7 nights from $1,203* per person

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NISEKO NORTHERN RESORT ANNUPURI

7 nights from $TBA* per person

This resort is located at the foot of Mt Annuprui with direct access to the ski slopes.

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KONKURITO

7 nights from $1,334* per person

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YOUTEI TRACKS

7 nights from $1,410* per person

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POWDER TRACKS

7 nights from $1,428* per person

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KISETSUKAN

7 nights from $1,438* per person

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YAMA SHIZEN

7 nights from $1,541* per person

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SNOW DOG

7 nights from $1,553* per person

1, 2 and 3 bedroom modern apartments located in Annupuri about 5 minutes walk to the closest lift.

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SHIKI NISEKO

7 nights from $1,931* per person

Self contained stylish apartments ideally located in central Hirafu.

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FRESH WATER

7 nights from $2,237* per person

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SETSUMON

7 nights from $2,589* per person

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THE VALE NISEKO

7 nights from $2,660* per person

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KI NISEKO

7 nights from $2,237* per person

A boutique ski-in ski-out hotel nestled at the foot of Grand Hirafu Resort.

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