Niseko Village - Hirafu


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Banking, ATMs and Money


When travelling to Niseko please keep in mind the following points regarding money:

  • We strongly advise you to obtain Japanese Yen in cash before you leave your home country.
  • In Hirafu Village there is only one international ATM located in Shiki Niseko. It accepts MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus, Visa, American Express, Diner Club, China Union Pay and Discover Cards for cash advances.
  • In Kutchan the main Post Office and all 7-Eleven convenience stores have international ATMs.
  • To exchange traveller’s cheques you will need to travel to Hokuyo Bank in the nearby town of Kutchan.
  • In general credit cards are not accepted in in most shops and restaurants. accepts Visa, MasterCard, JCB and American Express cards for tours, ski lessons, ski rental and other services.




If you plan to eat out in Hirafu Village it is best to budget ¥5,000 to ¥6,000 per day, per person. Restaurants on the mountain cost between ¥800 to ¥1,500 yen per meal.




  • The local convenience stores, Seicomart and Lawson, carry a wide variety of Japanese and Western foods from pre-cooked meals, everyday essentials, and alcohol.
  • For a wider range of choice, there are a number of large supermarkets in Kutchan. Please note that most supermarkets in Kutchan do not accept foreign credit cards.
  • For souvenirs, the shops in Hirafu Village are recommended.
  • NBS Retail shop has all of the must have accessories you need for your time on the snow.


Ski School and Equipment Hire


We operate our own Ski and Snowboard School, Niseko Base Snowsports, catering for everyone. We offer English speaking group or private lessons for all levels of skier or boarders. Please visit our Ski School and Equipment Hire page for more details.


Child Minding & Kids Activities recommends the child minding services of Happy Niseko Kids and win-dol. Both offer child minding in your apartment at reasonable rates.  For more information: Happy Niseko Kids and Win D’ol Child Care.

The Alpen Hotel (located next to Ace Quad Chair) also offers child minding facilities, ask us for more details. Pre booking is highly recommended for all child care services.




Niseko, Hirafu and the surrounding areas offer a wide range of restaurants from traditional Japanese meals, Ramen, Yakitori, Izakaya’s to steaks, and French-Japanese fusion cuisine. We recommend you to also make the trip down to Kutchan for a real Japanese experience.

Make sure that you get a copy of the Magazine which provides details on great restaurants within the whole Niseko area and Kutchan as well as news, events, bus timetables and information on local activities. 

Restaurant bookings are available to all guests booked on a package. 

About Us 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. | 170-304 Aza Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 044-0081 Japan
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