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Fresh Snow in Hokkaido

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The official commencement of the 2019 season is only days away, and we have been enjoying some much-needed snowfall that has provided the mountain with a solid base. Throughout yesterday, Niseko received 18cm of quality snow bringing the week’s total to just over half a metre and has coated the village in a beautiful white blanket. The opening weekend has been delayed,with the sun expected to show its face over the weekend, (possibly for the last time in months) which will provide arriving guests with a spectacular view of Mt. Yotei.

Snowboarding in JapanNiseko locals have been making the most of the snowfall, getting out on the hill before the lifts begin spinning. Shin Doi from Hokkaido Backcountry Club, and local photographer Chad Clark from Sea And Summit Photography, hiked up Niseko Village ski resort last weekend and got these shots. The pair spent the morning hiking up the resort through knee-deep powder so that they could get their early-season powder fix with some fresh untouched lines.

Snow In JapanThe nearby resort of Nakayama Toge was officially opened for the season last weekend, with Rusutsu  opening this weekend with Niseko, and Kiroro opening later next week. As the cold weather moves further south, so will the snow giving Honshu based resorts, including Hakuba, a taste of winter.

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Best Time to Ski in Japan

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If you’re thinking about visiting Japan during the winter, you might be asking yourself “what’s the best time to ski in Japan?” With so many great reasons to visit Japan, the answer is more complicated than you might think.

The snow typically starts falling in Japan during mid-November in the north island of Hokkaido, with the earliest resorts opening during the third week of that month. Niseko, Rusutsu and Kiroro are usually the first of the big ski resorts to open to riders for the season, depending on the snowfall at that time. From December till February, the powder tap is usually turned on offering the legendary powder snow Japan is known for.

Best Time to Ski in Japan - PowderIf you want to experience some of Japan’s stunning winter festivals, the end of January and start of February is a great time to visit. The Sapporo Ice Festival is one of the best known, but there are extraordinary events all across Japan during that time.

March and April bring great weather with the occasional fresh snowfall, making it a great time both for in-resort and backcountry riding. All the snow from earlier in the season ensures the resort conditions are excellent right till the end of the season. Unlike earlier in the season, the clear weather means that it’s possible to get great views. There are also some great deals, so it’s possible to enjoy a ski holiday in Japan on a budget.

Best Time to Ski in Japan - EventsSo what’s the best time to ski in Japan?

If you’re after powder, the best time to visit is January and February. For festivals, the best time to go is from late January till mid-February. If you want to get a great deal and enjoy stunning weather, March and early April is the time to go.

 

Best Powder January and February
Events Late December and Late January to mid-February
Good Deals Early to mid-December, March and April

If you want to choose the best time to ski in Japan, make sure to talk to our experienced team – we can book every part of your Japan ski holiday so that you get the best deal and service. Contact our team today!

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Japan’s Best Ski Resorts

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Discover the Best of World’s Powder Capital

Japan is easily one of the best skiing destinations on the planet, famous for its quantity and quality powder snow falling across the countries’ vast number of ski resorts. International riders return year after year making the most of the deep powder snow, stunning culture and traditional food. We’ll help you to discover the best ski resorts in Japan.

In general, Japan’s ski resorts are not nearly as cold as other northern hemisphere ski resorts with temperatures only reaching around -10c to -15c at most ski resorts, which is quite mild when compared to temperatures overseas. Most ski resorts are also at quite low altitudes, so there is no chance of altitude sickness or acclimatization. On top of that, Japan’s ski resorts receive some of the biggest snowfalls in the world, giving riders access to world-class powder found nowhere else on earth.

Best Ski Resorts in Japan

What are the best ski resorts in Japan?

  • Niseko
  • Hakuba
  • Rusutsu
  • Furano
  • Nozawa Onsen
  • Kiroro
  • Tomamu
  • Myoko Kogen
  • Shiga Kogen
  • Naeba
  • Arai
  • Madarao
  • Appi Kogen

Niseko

The undisputed “powder capital of Japan”, Niseko United, receives some of the most consistent snowfalls in all of Japan. The snow that falls here is said to be the best quality powder snow in the world, famed for its light and dry qualities. Niseko is composed of 4 ski resorts, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village, and An’nupuri, all linked together and accessible by one lift pass, creating a large and diverse ski area.

Off-piste, tree skiing and backcountry skiing here is some of the best and most easily accessible in Japan, with a well-established gate-entry system offering riders freedom to explore the area.

Niseko is also famous for its lively village atmosphere, great restaurants and bars with most located in Hirafu Village at the base of Grand Hirafu ski resort. Most Niseko accommodation, shops and services are located here as well, including NBS rental and ski school. The other three resorts also have a growing number of accommodation, facilities and shops. This ski resort is consistantly rated as one of best ski resorts in Japan.

  • Niseko is 2.5 hours from New Chitose Airport
  • Consistent, reliable, good quality snow
  • Lively village atmosphere & nightlife
  • Range of Niseko accommodation options
  • Excellent off-piste skiing on top of a sizeable on-piste area

Hakuba

With 10 different ski resorts all accessible via one lift pass, Hakuba is one of the largest combined ski areas in Japan. Each ski resort is accessible by shuttle which is free for holders of the All Mountain lift pass. The biggest ski resorts within Hakuba are Happo-One, Hakuba Goryu47, Tsugaike Kogen and Cortina.

Hakuba is known for its variety of terrain which caters for both beginners and experts. Riders can access backcountry terrain from the top of Happo-One, offering expert skiers world-class backcountry riding on some of the biggest mountains in Japan.

There is a range of accommodation styles including the affordable Hakuba Gateway Hotel, and the chic, newly developed Grand Phenix Hakuba, as well as many restaurants and shops. There are several villages which are spread out around the bases of the ski resorts with the most prominent village area, “Happo”, at the base of the Happo-One ski resort.

  • Hakuba is 5 hours from Narita intl. airport and 3 hours from Tokyo station
  • Big ski area
  • 11 Ski Resorts
  • Long runs with steep sections for advanced riders
  • World-class backcountry terrain (expert only)
  • Close to cultural experiences
  • Lively village and nightlife
  • Watch: How to get to Hakuba

Rusutsu

Rusutsu Resort is one of Japan’s best ‘all-in-one’ ski resorts, winning “Japan’s Best Ski Resort” in 2017 and 2018 at the World Ski Awards. The resort has high-quality ski runs and tree skiing, excellent restaurants, two hotels and a brand new onsen facility.

The ski area is divided into two sides, West Mountain and East Mountain which are linked by a gondola. West Mountain has a handful of runs but includes the world-renowned “Side Country Park”, which has jumps, drops and log-rides all made from natural materials built into the forest. The East Mountain is much larger with lots of tree runs and long groomed runs. Rusutsu is an absolute favourite for powder hounds with snowfall almost rivalling that of Niseko which is just 45 minutes away.

There are two central hotels – the “Rusutsu Resort Hotel“, located at the base of the West Mountain ski area, and the “Westin Rusutsu Resort“, located on the East Mountain side. A short monorail ride links both hotels so guests can easily access either side without really having to leave the hotel. Rusutsu Resort Hotel has several restaurants including “Octoberfest” which has a great buffet breakfast and dinner (highly recommended), as well as an arcade, merry-go-round, swimming pool, and many shops. Westin Rusutsu Resort Hotel has two restaurants, an onsen and a fitness studio. There are affordable villas and houses available close to the resort as well.

  • Rusutsu is 2 hours from New Chitose Airport
  • An all-inclusive, self-contained resort
  • Great tree skiing and powder runs
  • Mostly hotel accommodation
  • Arcade, Merry-go-round
  • New Onsen facilities

Best Ski Resorts in Japan - Rusutsu

Furano

The ski resort of Furano is known for its stunning powder runs, ski-in ski-out hotels, and thriving town. The ski area has 24 runs, six backcountry access gates, two hotels at the resort and famously receives some of the lightest and driest snow in the world.

Furano is made up of two ski areas, “The Kitanomine Zone” and the “Furano Zone”, which are connected by a lift and ski run. The Furano Zone has a large ropeway style gondola which departs every 10 minutes as well as four other chairlifts and provides access to four out of the six backcountry gates. The Kitanomine Zone has a six-passenger gondola that runs right to the top of the resort as well as four-seater chairlift on the mid slopes.

There are many runs for beginners and intermediate riders on the middle slopes with some of the best powder skiing in Japan on the upper sections of the resort for advanced and expert riders. This mix of runs and terrain makes Furano one of the few resorts that cater for both experts and beginners. Both zones in Furano also offer night skiing on the middle and lower runs till 8 pm.

  • Furano is around 2 hours from New Chitose Airport
  • Large Town a few minutes from the ski resort
  • Excellent groomed runs
  • Great off-piste and powder runs
  • Good resort for both experts and beginners

Nozawa Onsen

The ski resort of Nozawa Onsen is a beautiful mix of Japanese culture and world-class skiing. The town is lively with many accommodations, restaurants, onsens, bars and cafes. The onsens in the village are a major attraction with over 13 easily accessible facilities right in town.

The ski resort itself is quite large with a generous mix of terrain. The backcountry is world-class with easy access around the resort and mountains, and there is an active local community of backcountry enthusiasts. It’s easy to see why Nozawa Onsen is becoming increasingly popular, with great skiing in a truly traditional Japanese town.

  • Nozawa Onsen is 4.5 hours from Narita Airport
  • Many historical onsens
  • Easy to soak in the Japanese culture
  • Excellent backcountry terrain
  • A traditional Japanese village atmosphere
  • Many options for accommodation

Best Ski Resorts in Japan - Nozawa OnsenKiroro

The second self-contained resort on this list, Kiroro, is known for its quantity and quality of powder snow, receiving some of the most snowfall of any resort in Japan. The resort has two hotels, as well as large apartments. The long, groomed runs are immaculate and soft, perfect for beginners and intermediate riders. There is also a “powder zone” for progressing to full powder skiing.

Kiroro also has backcountry access gates, offering a wide variety of deep powder terrain. The backcountry powder runs are short, but since the area is so vast, it’s possible to get fresh tracks each run. To access the gates, guests must sign up at the mountain centre desk in the ticket office at the start of the day.

  • Kiroro is 2 hours from New Chitose Airport
  • Not close to the local town
  • Self-contained resort
  • Wide area
  • Excellent powder snow

Kiroro Ski ResortTomamu

Tomamu ski resort is one of the best family-friendly resorts in Japan, located just 90 minutes from Sapporo New Chitose Airport. This self-contained resort has a mix of beginner and intermediate runs, with some advanced off-piste areas near the top of the resort. There is also a cat skiing operation accessing high-level terrain and fresh powder runs.

The resort has a large indoor, heated swimming area called “Mina-Mina Beach”, a cute ice village, snowmobiles, snow rafting and many more on and off-snow activities. Hoshino Resorts Tomamu is one of the best (and most comfortable) options for a family-friendly winter holiday in Japan.

  • Tomamu is 90 minutes from New Chitose Airport
  • Self-contained resort
  • Primarily beginner and intermediate terrain with some advanced areas
  • Excellent quality accommodation
  • One of the best family resorts
  • No local town
  • Many restaurants at the resort

Hoshino Tomamu Ski ResortMyoko Kogen

The historical ski resort of Myoko Kogen is one of the oldest ski resorts in all of Japan and is composed of three interlinked ski areas offering some of the longest ski runs in Japan as well as some of the steepest. Intermediate and beginners also have a wide variety of terrain for efficient progression. Despite the age of the ski resort, the 40 lifts and resort facilities are relatively modern.

Myoko Kogen is known for its relaxed village atmosphere, with most accommodations located in “Akakura Village”. There are many restaurants, including izakayas, burger shops, cafes, bars and more.

  • Myoko Kogen is 4.5 hours from Narita Airport (Tokyo)
  • Historical ski area
  • Many long and steep ski runs
  • Relaxed, Japanese village atmosphere
  • Many options for accommodation

Myoko KogenShiga Kogen

One of the largest ski areas in Japan is Shiga Kogen, comprising of 19+ interlinked ski resorts which are all accessible with a single lift pass. There is varied terrain, with mostly intermediate and beginner runs with several advanced runs. The powder snow is good, and there are some excellent un-groomed runs across some of the ski areas. For travellers looking for varied terrain, this is one of the best ski resorts in Japan.

There are many hotels around the base of the various ski areas, but there is no single central village like at some other ski resorts. The hotels offer and bars, and it’s easy to hop from resort to resort even at night. Shiga Kogen is close to the famous Snow Monkeys, and it’s not difficult to access Matsumoto castle and Zenkoji temple.

  • Shiga Kogen is 4.5 hours from Narita Airport (Tokyo)
  • 19+ interlinked ski resorts
  • One of the biggest ski areas in Japan
  • No single central village
  • Feels quiet due to the size

Shiga KogenNaeba

Naeba Ski Resort is one of the most accessible resorts in Japan to access from Tokyo with a travel time of just 2.5 hours. Neaba is a mostly all-inclusive resort with large hotels, lots of restaurants and modern services. The ski area is divided into two zones, both accessible via a single lift pass. The “Dragondola” is one of the longest gondolas in Japan at 5.8km long and links both sides of the resort. The main ski area, directly in front of the hotels, offers wide-open intermediate and beginner runs with some advanced runs at the top as well as two terrain parks and powder fields. The “Tashiro” ski area offers some more challenging routes with a focus on powder. The combination of these two ski areas makes Naeba one of the best ski resorts in Japan.

The hotels are very comfortable with a large number of restaurants and eateries on the lower floors. The nearby town of Echigo Yuzawa has many cultural experiences including a large sake tasting area, onsens and shopping district.

  • Naeba is 2.5 hours from Tokyo station
  • Easy to access
  • Two interconnected ski areas
  • Good all-round resort
  • Wide choice of restaurants
  • Night skiing

Naeba Ski ResortLotte Arai

This self-contained ski resort is one of the more modern resorts in Japan due to the complete refurbishment in completed 2017. The Lotte Arai ski area has a very generous amount of off-piste skiing in large open bowls, as well as a mix of intermediate and beginner groomed runs. This mix means that advanced riders can get fresh powder all day while those with less experience can develop their skills quickly. The terrain is generally not steep but is the perfect pitch for the kind of powder snow that falls here.

There is one central hotel with luxuriously modern rooms and services without the premium price tag. Guests can access onsens, indoor swimming pools, an adventure centre, various restaurants and lots of on and off-snow activities making Lotte Arai one of the best ski resorts in Japan.

  • Lotte Arai is just over two hours from Tokyo station
  • A large off-piste powder skiing area
  • Excellent services, rental & ski school
  • Modern hotel
  • Great for families
  • Great for powder hounds looking for comfort

Lotte Arai Ski ResortMadarao

The up-and-coming resort of Madarao has so far been somewhat of a hidden gem with mostly return guests making the pilgrimage each year.

The ski resort of Madarao is composed of two interlinked resorts, and has a generous amount of off-piste tree runs across both areas for riders to enjoy. These tree runs are what brings people here as the powder snow is consistently light and dry, with excellent terrain easily accessible from the chairlifts. There are many beginner, and intermediate ski runs as well on the lower slopes for riders to progress on before taking on the powder.

  • Madarao is 3.5 hours from Narita Airport (Tokyo)
  • Excellent off-piste tree skiing
  • Excellent powder snow
  • Quiet resort
  • Not much village atmosphere
  • Freeride terrain park

Madarao Ski ResortAppi Kogen

One of northern Japan’s best ski resorts is Appi Kogen, a self-contained resort located 3.5 hours from Tokyo by bullet train. The ski area is enormous with 21 ski runs; the longest of which is 5.5km. Appi is a relatively quiet resort for its size and is an excellent option for those wanting to avoid the crowds and is one of the best ski resorts in Japan.

The terrain surrounding Appi Kogen is stunning, and the resort runs backcountry tours so that powder hounds can get the best snow in the world without competition and there are many activities run by the resort, including snowshoeing, sledding and snow tubing.

Appi Kogen offers the best of both worlds, with world-class terrain and excellent family-friendly facilities.

  • Appi Kogen is 3.5 hours from Haneda Airport
  • One of the biggest resorts in northern Honshu
  • Excellent terrain
  • Family-friendly facilities
  • Self-contained resort

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Snow Dog Village – up to 30% off

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Enjoy a pristine powder escape away from the crowds at Snow Dog Village Niseko. This accommodation is offering savings throughout the 2019/20 season with 30% off during low season dates and 15% off during Chinese New Year. In addition, you will enjoy half price rentals throughout your visit making it easier than ever to indulge in Niseko’s world-famous powder snow.

Snow Dog Village
These chalet-style apartments are shrouded in a quiet forest only a few minutes from the powder action of Niseko Village resort, and a ten-minute drive from the nightlife and dining of Hirafu Village. Equipped with all the mod cons, Snow Dog village offers a homely environment to rest your head after exploring the wonders of the Niseko area.

NBS Rental Flexibility
Your rentals will be reserved for you in advance with one of Niseko’s most trusted and reliable rental stores; NBS, offering the option of standard or deluxe adding flexibility to use the right skis for the right conditions.

Shuttle Transport Service
The Snow Dog Village shuttle daily service offers free transport to both Hirafu Village and Niseko village. You can be assured that you can reach the slopes or the shops any time of the day hassle-free. The shuttle takes just five minutes to Niseko Village and 15 minutes to Hirafu.

On-site Concierge
We can arrange every detail of your trip with unparalleled local knowledge giving you the best insider tips. You will save time and secure reservations at Niseko’s most exclusive restaurants, local tours while getting the best local advice.

Complimentary Breakfast Pack
Upon arrival at Snow Dog Village, enjoy a carefully selected range of foods for the first breakfast of your stay.

Details:

UP to 30% discount on accommodation for selected travel dates

  • 30% off all apartments from 01 – 13 December 2019 and from 29 February – 24 April 2020
  • 25% off all apartments from 14 – 20 December 2019
  • 20% off Studio Rooms from from 4 – 24 January 2020, 2 – 28 February 2020
  • 15% off all apartments from 25 January – 01 February 2020
  • 15% off 1/2/3 Bedroom apartments and studio rooms from 04 – 24 January and 02 – 28 February 2020

50% discount on rentals with NBS Japan

  • 50% off applies to both standard and deluxe equipment
  • Rental must be pre-booked
  • Above discounts cannot be combined with any other offers
  • May be withdrawn at any time

Terms and Conditions:

  • Minimum 3 night stay
  • Blackout dates: 21 December 2019 – 03 January 2020
  • Book by 1 January 2020
  • Valid for new bookings only
  • Cannot be combined with other offers
  • May be withdrawn at any time
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Why Book with SkiJapan.com?

Experience

SkiJapan.com have specialised in Japanese ski resorts for more than 20 years. Our team have first-hand experience and knowledge of the resorts so you’re getting the best service and advice. We have offices in Niseko Japan, Hong Kong, and Sydney Australia with our Niseko operation being Hokkaido’s longest serving and largest inbound ski tour operator. Our team of bilingual staff will ensure your holiday experience is a memorable one!

Custom Packages

The team at SkiJapan.com make winter travel easy with our custom package options. Servicing various Japan resorts we can help set you up with transfers, rentals, lessons, tour and dining bookings, and everything else to take the pain out of your ski holiday*. Whether you’re a couple desiring the luxe Japan Winter experience; a family seeking ski school, kids entertainment, and spacious living; or a powder hound in pursuit of the steepest and deepest in Japan, we’ve got you covered!
* Some resort services may be limited.

Book Now, Pay Later

We know sometimes plans can change, which is why when you book direct with SkiJapan.com you can secure your dream snow holiday with deposit only*. There’s no need to worry about hefty cancellation fees with SkiJapan.com! Some Terms & Conditions apply.

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The Kamui Niseko – Now Up To 40% Off

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Relax and unwind with a stay at one of the most luxurious and secluded residences in Niseko – The Kamui Niseko. This stunning property is now up to 40% off and features concierge services, spacious apartments and Sushi Shin – the local branch of Michelin star sushi restaurant in Sapporo. Guests will also receive complementary Yumeguri Onsen Passes and local Produce Pack on arrival.

The Kamui Niseko
Nestled in Annupuri, The Kamui Niseko is one of the most comfortable accommodations in the Niseko area with modern furnishings, spacious apartments and world-class service. Operating from 8 am – 8 pm, the on-site reception and concierge is available to assist with restaurant bookings, tours, activities and transport. Day time shuttles will be operating to and from Annupuri ski lifts, local cafes and shops, and nighttime shuttles will be running to Annupuri, Niseko Village and Hirafu to access restaurants and bars. Ski rental is easy with in-room fittings offered by Winter First so that guests can get fitted for time on the slopes in total comfort.

Complimentary Yumeguri Onsen Pass
After a long days skiing there’s nothing better than a soak in one of Niseko’s famous onsens. On top of the accommodation discount, guests will receive a complimentary Yumeguri Onsen Pass offering free access to Niseko’s best onsens. The concierge team at The Kamui Niseko will arrange pick up and drop off to local onsens available on the pass.

Complimentary Produce Pack
Be welcomed to Niseko with a complimentary Produce Pack on arrival at The Kamui Niseko. Fresh and local produce will be waiting for you on arrival so you can start enjoying your time in Niseko from the moment you walk through the door. The pack includes baked bread, milk, juice, cheese, crackers, Lupicia Tea, Nespresso Coffee pods and chocolates.

Details:

UP to 40% discount on accommodation for selected travel dates

  • 40% off from 1 April 2020 – 24 April 2020
  • 30% off from 1 December 2019 – 13 December 2019 and 29 February 2020 – 31 March 2020
  • 25% off from 14 December 2019 – 20 December 2019, 4 January 2020 – 24 January 2020, 2 February – 28 February 2020
  • 15% off from 21 December 2019 – 3 January 2020, 25 January 2020 – 1 February 2020

Terms and Conditions:

  • Minimum three-night stay
  • Book by 1 January 2020
  • Valid for new bookings only
  • Above discounts cannot be combined with any other offers
  • May be withdrawn at any time

Yumeguri Pass:

  • Studio and 1 Bedroom apartment bookings will receive 1x Yumeguri Pass
  • 2, 3 & 4 Bedroom apartment bookings will receive 2x Yumeguri Pass
  • 1 Pass equals 3 Visits at participating onsens
  • For details on Yumeguri Pass locations and use visit this page
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Why Book with SkiJapan.com?

Experience

SkiJapan.com have specialised in Japanese ski resorts for more than 20 years. Our team have first-hand experience and knowledge of the resorts so you’re getting the best service and advice. We have offices in Niseko Japan, Hong Kong, and Sydney Australia with our Niseko operation being Hokkaido’s longest serving and largest inbound ski tour operator. Our team of bilingual staff will ensure your holiday experience is a memorable one!

Custom Packages

The team at SkiJapan.com make winter travel easy with our custom package options. Servicing various Japan resorts we can help set you up with transfers, rentals, lessons, tour and dining bookings, and everything else to take the pain out of your ski holiday*. Whether you’re a couple desiring the luxe Japan Winter experience; a family seeking ski school, kids entertainment, and spacious living; or a powder hound in pursuit of the steepest and deepest in Japan, we’ve got you covered!
* Some resort services may be limited.

Book Now, Pay Later

We know sometimes plans can change, which is why when you book direct with SkiJapan.com you can secure your dream snow holiday with deposit only*. There’s no need to worry about hefty cancellation fees with SkiJapan.com! Some Terms & Conditions apply.

Japan’s Newest Developments

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Japan’s ski resorts are in a state of constant evolution, and every season brings new developments at many of them, exciting powder hounds and investors alike. Here are some of the latest and most breathtaking developments happening right now in Japan.

 

Grand Phenix Hakuba

Luxury accommodation is now in Hakuba with the opening of the Grand Phenix Hakuba. There are five elegant residences laid out over four-storeys featuring spacious rooms, modern kitchens, relaxing baths, concierge services, restaurant and bar. Grand Phenix Hakuba is just less than a minutes’ walk to the Happo Bus Terminal, and a short stroll to the Happo lifts.

Yu Kiroro

Kiroro’s first luxury condominium-style hotel, Yu Kiroro, will be accepting guests later this year for the 2019/20 winter season. The spacious apartments will overlook the resorts new gondola and beginner ski area, which are due to open at the same time. The project comprises two buildings and a total of 108 separate apartments ranging from intimate studio apartments to lavish penthouses. Yu Kiroro will feature a ski valet, onsen, lounge, gym and a restaurant and is now open for bookings.

Park Hyatt – Hanazono

Niseko’s biggest construction project, The Park Hyatt Niseko in Hanazono, is due for completion this winter in January 2020. The impressive structures will overlook the Hanazono snow play park, and guests will be able to ski straight to the lifts from the entrance. The Park Hyatt Niseko will feature 114 lavish residences with studios and two-bedroom apartments being available.

Hanazono 308 will also undergo a renovation adding a new kid’s activity area called “Galaxy of Kidz” featuring a ball pit, athletics area and a climbing wall. There will also be a brand new restaurant, café and bar located right next to the Hana 1 ski lift.

Midtown Niseko

Niseko’s developments are not exclusively luxury apartments, with the moderately priced hotel Midtown Niseko opening to guests for the first time this winter. The budget-friendly hotel offers both twin and triple rooms with an onsite restaurant, gym, reception desk and onsite parking. There is also a shuttle stop to take guests directly to Hanazono and Hirafu. There is also a new Lawson convenience store located right outside the development.

Rusutsu Onsen

The award-winning ski resort of Rusutsu has opened its brand new onsen ahead of the winter season. The stunning Rusutsu Onsen has a modern design with contemporary finishes. The Vale Rusutsu is also currently under construction and is due for completion for the 2020/21 winter season.

New Chitose Airport

New Chitose Airport in Sapporo has had a facelift with extensive renovations adding new gates, restaurants and shops. The Departures lobby is now greatly expanded, making check-in much smoother with additional counters, automatic check-in machines and smart lanes. The Arrivals lobby now has an information desk as well as Wi-Fi rentals and a Tours Desk. The SkiJapan.com arrivals desk is conveniently located in the Arrivals lobby to meet and greet all SkiJapan.com guests. The exclusive “Royal Lounge” has been overhauled with a modern ‘Made in Hokkaido’ design.

Shiro Movie

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Spanish film crew “Abstract Films” has released their award-winning snowboard film “Shiro Movie” exclusively on SkiJapan.com. The film has been broadcast nationally on Spanish TV and picked up second place at the Niseko Short Film festival hosted by Niseko Tourism this year. Check out Niseko.com’s coverage of the event here.

The Spanish snowboard crew travelled extensively around Hokkaido filming at some of the best spots on the island. Kiroro ski resort, Niseko United and Rusutsu ski resort all helped support the team, which allowed them to get into some of the deepest powder imaginable. The team spent a lot of time around Niseko resort and in the nearby backcountry where they filmed some of the most breathtaking footage.

SkiJapan.com is proud to have supported this great project, and we are excited to offer the movie in an online, exclusive first.
Watch Shiro Movie below.

First Class Niseko 2019/20

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Relax and unwind in absolute luxury in the powder capital of the world in one of Niseko’s finest residences, Haven Niseko. This stunning accommodation is offering a fantastic full-service package saving you up to ¥67,395* per person. Luxury living in Japan’s best ski resort is now easier than ever with our First Class Niseko package including, private transfers, free rental, concierge, free local shuttles, all-mountain lift passes, and seven nights’ accommodation in luxurious Haven Niseko.

Haven Niseko
The ultimate luxury accommodation in Niseko with stunning apartments featuring modern design and beautifully warm furnishings. Nestled in Hirafu’s lower village offering extensive penthouses or intimate studio apartments.

NBS Rental Flexibility
Your rentals will be reserved for you in advance with one of Niseko’s most trusted and reliable rental stores; NBS, offering the option to upgrade to deluxe* adding flexibility to use the right skis for the right conditions.

All Mountain Lift Pass
Explore everything Niseko has to offer with an All Mountain Lift Pass, giving you access to all four of Niseko’s resorts and the best powder skiing on the planet.

Private Airport Transfers
Travel in comfort and style with private transfers for the smoothest and most flexible journey, being met by your personal driver at New Chitose Airport and whisked away to the powder paradise of Niseko.

Personal Concierge
We can arrange every detail of your trip with unparalleled local knowledge giving you the best insider tips. You will save time and secure reservations at Niseko’s most exclusive restaurants, local tours while getting the best local advice.

Lift Access Shuttle
Our shuttle drivers will pick you up each morning at a time of your choice taking you directly to the lifts in Hirafu, getting you on the slopes quicker and easier than ever.

Evening Restaurant Shuttle
Get to all of Niseko’s most exclusive restaurants in comfort and style with our evening restaurant shuttle. Avoid the cold and arrive in style without worrying about walking on Niseko’s powder covered streets.

Hokkaido Welcome Gift
Upon arrival at Niseko Haven, indulge in carefully selected local delicacies, chocolates and chilled sparkling wine, as well as a selection of foods for the first breakfast of your stay.

Details:

25% discount on accommodation for selected travel dates

  • Studio room 1 – 24 December inclusive, all other available 1 – 13 December inclusive
  • All apartments from 11 – 24 January inclusive and from 2 February – 24 April

15% discount on accommodation

  • Penthouse 501 from 4 – 12 January
  • All apartments for CNY 25 January – 1 February

Indicated pricing:

Deluxe Studio Room (202) based on 2 persons
Season Total cost (per person) Savings (per person)
Low season ¥ 117,890* ¥ 39,750
Peak season ¥ 227,735* ¥ 49,035

 

Luxury Penthouse (501) based on 8 persons
Season Total cost (per person) Savings (per person)
Low season ¥ 120,901* ¥ 46,745
Peak season ¥ 321,457* ¥ 67,395

*Indicated prices and savings include:

  • 7 Nights’ accommodation in Luxurious Haven Niseko
  • 6 days FREE NBS standard rental (deluxe upgrades *available)
  • 6 days All Mountain lift pass (lift pass quantities can be adjusted)
  • Return Private transfers (to and from New Chitose Airport)
  • Concierge services leading up to and during your stay
  • Lift Access shuttle service (Grand Hirafu)
  • Evening Restaurant shuttle service
  • Hokkaido Welcome Gift

* Savings indicated should be considered an estimate. Additional fee for deluxe equipment upgrades.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Minimum 3 night stay
  • Book by 29 November 2019
  • Bookings for 7 nights or more direct only receive FREE NBS STANDARD EQUIPMENT RENTAL
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Why Book with SkiJapan.com?

Experience

SkiJapan.com have specialised in Japanese ski resorts for more than 20 years. Our team have first-hand experience and knowledge of the resorts so you’re getting the best service and advice. We have offices in Niseko Japan, Hong Kong, and Sydney Australia with our Niseko operation being Hokkaido’s longest serving and largest inbound ski tour operator. Our team of bilingual staff will ensure your holiday experience is a memorable one!

Custom Packages

The team at SkiJapan.com make winter travel easy with our custom package options. Servicing various Japan resorts we can help set you up with transfers, rentals, lessons, tour and dining bookings, and everything else to take the pain out of your ski holiday*. Whether you’re a couple desiring the luxe Japan Winter experience; a family seeking ski school, kids entertainment, and spacious living; or a powder hound in pursuit of the steepest and deepest in Japan, we’ve got you covered!
* Some resort services may be limited.

Book Now, Pay Later

We know sometimes plans can change, which is why when you book direct with SkiJapan.com you can secure your dream snow holiday with deposit only*. There’s no need to worry about hefty cancellation fees with SkiJapan.com! Some Terms & Conditions apply.

Peak Season Savings 2019/20

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Peak season in Niseko is now on sale with 10% off central Hirafu apartments during Christmas and Chinese New Year. The powder destination receives some of the most significant snowfalls in the world, with the most reliable time of year for powder being from late December till the end of January.

Christmas and Chinese New Year are undoubtedly the most sought after dates thanks to the holiday season, and there’s no better winter destination than the winter wonderland of Japan. Niseko’s Hirafu Village is the most popular hub for visitors, close to many top restaurants, shops and is walking distance to the lifts.

Details:

10% discount on following accommodation for selected travel dates

15% discount on following accommodation for selected travel dates;

Conditions:

  • Minimum nights required
  • Book by 29 November 2019
  • Discount applicable to accommodation only
  • Valid on new bookings only
  • Cannot be combined with any other accommodation promotion
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Why Book with SkiJapan.com?

Experience

SkiJapan.com have specialised in Japanese ski resorts for more than 20 years. Our team have first-hand experience and knowledge of the resorts so you’re getting the best service and advice. We have offices in Niseko Japan, Hong Kong, and Sydney Australia with our Niseko operation being Hokkaido’s longest serving and largest inbound ski tour operator. Our team of bilingual staff will ensure your holiday experience is a memorable one!

Custom Packages

The team at SkiJapan.com make winter travel easy with our custom package options. Servicing various Japan resorts we can help set you up with transfers, rentals, lessons, tour and dining bookings, and everything else to take the pain out of your ski holiday*. Whether you’re a couple desiring the luxe Japan Winter experience; a family seeking ski school, kids entertainment, and spacious living; or a powder hound in pursuit of the steepest and deepest in Japan, we’ve got you covered!
* Some resort services may be limited.

Book Now, Pay Later

We know sometimes plans can change, which is why when you book direct with SkiJapan.com you can secure your dream snow holiday with deposit only*. There’s no need to worry about hefty cancellation fees with SkiJapan.com! Some Terms & Conditions apply.

Shiro Movie

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Spanish film crew “Abstract Films” has released their award-winning snowboard film “Shiro Movie” exclusively on SkiJapan.com. The film has been broadcast nationally on Spanish TV and picked up second place at the Niseko Short Film festival hosted by Niseko Tourism this year. Check out Niseko.com’s coverage of the event here.

The Spanish snowboard crew travelled extensively around Hokkaido filming at some of the best spots on the island. Kiroro ski resort, Niseko United and Rusutsu ski resort all helped support the team, which allowed them to get into some of the deepest powder imaginable. The team spent a lot of time around Niseko resort and in the nearby backcountry where they filmed some of the most breathtaking footage.

SkiJapan.com is proud to have supported this great project, and we are excited to offer the movie in an online, exclusive first.
Watch Shiro Movie below.

November 22nd 2019, Friday
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By Rod at 9am JST 

Well here we go Folks. Yotei san image below looking Grand at 7am this morning as we mark-up SkiJapan.com Niseko Snow Report #1 for Winter 2019...

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