Niseko

Niseko is regarded as one of Japan's top 5 resorts. Equipped with an efficient lift system, mostly gondolas and covered chairlifts so even on the most extreme blizzard days, you can ride in comfort. Bad weather does not mean bad visibility in Niseko, as the resort has an abundance of tree runs and being low in altitude it rarely experiences true whiteout conditions that are often found in North American or European resorts of higher altitude.

Niseko is made up of 5 different resorts: Annupuri, Higashiyama, Hirafu, Hanazono and Moiwa. The SkiJapan.com lift pass provides access to 4 of the 5, the only exception being Moiwa, a smaller resort on the western side of Annapuri. Hirafu is where the majority of our customers stay, with easy access to Annupuri, Higashiyama and Hanazono from the top of the mountain or by shuttle bus from Hirafu.

The resort of Niseko is our base in Hokkaido. We have full-time staff there who will meet you at the airport, arrange your lift passes, show you where to ride or ski, take you to onsens (hot springs) and provide advice as you need it. Japan is a lot of fun if you do it the right way, and in Niseko we provide the infrastructure to make your holiday as easy and fun as possible. We have centrally located tour offices with bilingual staff open 7 days a week.Combined with resort reps, mountain staff, transport staff, ski school and rental staff we provide a full english speaking support system.

No jet lag, same time zone!

Japan is only two hours behind Australia's East Coast summer time and is only a 10 hour flight away. From Hong Kong it's a short 4 hour flight with direct Hong Kong to Chitose Airport flights with Cathay Pacific. From Singapore it's approximately 8.5 hours flight time via Tokyo. You usually leave home one day, and after a good night's sleep, you're skiing or boarding the next day! (depending on airline itinerary).

Accommodation

All SkiJapan.com's accommodation is on snow, meaning you are never more than a 10 minute walk or 3 minute shuttle bus from the nearest lift. We have the widest selection of different styles of accommodation available, including traditional family-run pensiones and lodges, self-contained luxury apartments and hotels with Japanese and Western style bedding.

The Terrain

The terrain at Niseko is varied. There are legendary tree runs like Strawberry Fields and Miharashi, and there are huge powder fields off The Peak, just a 20 minute hike up from the top lift which will "blow your mind". There are some great steep runs at the Alpen Super Course and under the Kogen gondola. For beginners, there are beautifully groomed slopes at the base of the mountain. All runs are long and the 900m vertical drop ranks Niseko up there with other world class resorts.

Mountain Statistics

 Ski Season  Dec - May
 Mountain Elevation  1308m
 Steepest Run  37 Degrees
 Longest Run  5600m
 Number of Courses  61
 Number of lifts  27 chairs, 3 Gondolas
 Terrain  Beginner: 30%, Intermediate: 40%, Advanced 30%

Some Useful Tips

  • If skiing, bring carving skis with plenty of width in the tips and tails to keep you floating above the snow!
  • Bring a snowboard longer than your usual length. You will need it as the snow will be deeper than anything you will have experienced anywhere.
  • Bring lots of yen cash (budget at least A$60 per day), as most shops and restaurants don't take credit cards. An ATM machine is in Kutchan, 6km away from Hirafu.
  • Take a day trip to the nearby cities of Sapporo or Otaru - the former being the site of the 1972 Winter Olympics and home to the annual Yuki Matsuri (Ice Festival).
  • Be careful with baggage weights as Japanese airline staff are stricter than their North American counterparts. You can rent high quality demo skis/boards from Niseko Base Snowsports that can be paid with a credit card.

Night Skiing

One of the best kept secrets about Japan is the night skiing. Niseko has reputedly the largest lit area in Japan. The locals don't venture out much at night but this is the best time to go riding. The mountain takes on a whole different look and its an amazing experience to snowboard in the moonlight. Almost the entire mountain is lit up at night and the light even penetrates through the trees making for some challenging skiing or riding.

Lifts are open until 9pm every night of the week in Niseko. It's a powder hound's dream. All our lift passes include night skiing or boarding.

The Culture

Niseko has an abundance of restaurants, bars, shops and tours available. Onsens are a must when visiting Niseko, where you can relax with the locals and take in the serenity. Day tours to Sapporo, including the Annual Ice Festival, the seaside city of Otaru, or some cultural activities within Hirafu allows you to have a broad holiday experience.

About Us

SkiJapan.com has specialised in Hokkaido's best ski resorts for the past 16 years and continues to be Hokkaido's longest serving and largest inbound ski and snowboard tour operator. We can customise a package to suit all your holiday needs when travelling to Niseko, Rusutsu or Furano with packages including accommodation, transfers, rental and lessons.

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Ph: (+81) 136 22 4611 | Fax: (+81) 136 22 4613
Enquiries: Holidays@SkiJapan.com

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