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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.

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 7 night stay
  • Must be a PACKAGE including Private Airport Transfers and Lift Passes per person
  • Lift passes for the required days – if you have a non-skier such as a nanny we can exclude on request basis
  • Book by 30 September 2019

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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

Terms and Conditions:

  • Minimum 5 night stay
  • Book by 30 September 2019
  • 10% Discount applicable to accommodation only
  • Applicable to new bookings only
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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.

Rusutsu Package 2020

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This is as good as it gets for Aussies wanting to ski in one of Japan’s best ski resorts this coming season.

The two-time winner of “Japan’s Best Ski Resort”, Rusutsu, has partnered with SkiJapan.com to offer what is likely to be the best deal of the season.

From just $2,480 AUD* per person (based on travel in March, quad share) and up to $6,085 AUD* per person (based on travel in January, twin share), powder hounds will get seven nights’ accommodation in Rusutsu Resort Hotel, two days lift pass, direct flights with Qantas, and ground transfers.

Epic Pass holders get even better value, receiving five consecutive free days of lift access.
Travellers will be flying with Qantas on the new Sydney to Sapporo (New Chitose Airport) route, with the first flights starting December 16 this year.
Rusutsu Packages are available for travel from *16 December 2019 with return by 21 March 2020 with varying package prices.
This offer is available exclusively through SkiJapan.com.

* Conditions below apply


PACKAGE

7 Nights in Rusutsu + Direct Flights with Qantas + Transfers + 2 day lift pass
From just $2,480 AUD p/p*

Package includes:

  • Air ticket on Qantas Airways (round trip, direct Sydney to Sapporo (CTS) flights)
  • 7 nights’ accommodation + breakfast in Rusutsu Resort Hotel
  • Airport shuttle bus (round trip New Chitose Airport (CTS) to Rusutsu Resort)
  • 2 Days lift pass
  • Majority taxes, service fee and surcharge
  • Exclusively through SkiJapan.com

Terms and Conditions:

  • Standard SkiJapan.com Booking Terms and Conditions Apply
  • Advertised example from price guide based on 14 March 2020 departure with return on 21 March 2020
  • Advertised example from price is per person based on quad share, staying at Rusutsu Resort Hotel
  • Advertised example to price guide based on 11 January 2020 departure with return on 17 January 2020
  • Advertised example to price is per person based on twin share, staying at Rusutsu Resort Hotel
  • Advertised example prices shown in AUD; subject to foreign exchange rates
  • Packages available for travel between 16 December 2019 and 27 March 2020
  • Fixed travel dates apply and subject to availability
  • Majority taxes and fees included, however additional airline taxes may apply
  • Package components cannot be separated
  • Package only valid on select direct flights from Sydney (SYD) to Sapporo (CTS)
  • Cannot be combined with any other offer
  • Offer valid on new bookings only
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Why Book with SkiJapan.com?

Experience

SkiJapan.com has 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.

Rusutsu’s New Onsen

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No winter trip to Japan is complete without a post-ski soak in an onsen. The traditional baths are an integral part of Japanese culture and are a godsend after a long day on the slopes. If you’ve never heard of on onsen, check out this handy onsen guide.

Rusutsu resort in Hokkaido has just announced the opening of their brand new onsen “Kotobuki”. The popular resort has been undertaking a modernisation of many of their facilities in recent times, including the construction of the new Vale apartments, as well as new services including running Hokkaido’s only Heli Skiing operation alongside Hokkaido Backcountry Club.

The luxurious bathhouse is beautifully modern with lush wooden details throughout the facility. The baths themselves are generously large and offer views across the west mountain. There are four separate baths – three inside and one outside. The inside baths consist of a 41.5-degree bath with calm water, a more mild 39.5-degree bath with light spa jets, and a cold 15-degree plunge pool. The largest pool is outside and features comfortable “lie down” spaces with headrests.You can take a virtual walk through the Kotobuki Onsen here to see yourself in Rusutsu.

If this inspired you to ski in Japan, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us today or take a look at the Rusutsu accommodation here.

 

How to get to Hakuba

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With its good snowfall, a variety of ski resorts and long ski runs, Hakuba is one of the most popular ski resorts in Japan. Being located just 3 hours from downtown Tokyo makes it a great place to visit for snow travellers. The main options for getting to Hakuba are a private taxi, shuttle bus, or train & Shinkansen.

Private Taxi

Duration: Approx 4.5 to 6 hours depending on traffic

A private taxi is the most convenient transport option with great flexibility to meet you whenever your flight arrives at Tokyo airport. It might sound expensive, but in a large group, it can work out to be reasonable. Prices are around ¥15,780 per person one way (at the time of writing) in the most economical scenario.

Shuttle Bus

Duration: Approx. 6 hours

Shuttle buses frequently operate from both Tokyo airports to Hakuba ski resorts and can be quite convenient if you have ski bags and luggage. If your flight lines up with a shuttle bus schedule, then this could be a great option if you don’t want to organise a private taxi. Cost of the shuttle bus is from around ¥9,900 per person one way at the time of writing and must be booked well in advance.

Shinkansen

Duration: Approx. 4.5 hours

A little bit more complicated, but certainly the cheapest method is to get the Shinkansen (bullet train). From either airport in Tokyo, you need to make your way to Tokyo train station in the heart of the city (often a train is the best option), then get on the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Nagano. At Nagano train station follow the signs to the bus terminal, and find stop number 26 and buy a ticket to Happo bus terminal in Hakuba. The total cost is around ¥12,600 per person one way.

Getting to your Hotel

Once you arrive, most Hakuba accommodation providers, like the Hakuba Gateway Hotel, will be able to pick you up, but make sure to ask in advance. SkiJapan.com consultants can arrange everything for you, and if you’re staying at the Hakuba Gateway Hotel, a SkiJapan.com van and rep will be there waiting for you.

Kids Ski Free Spring 2019/20

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Spring is one of the best times of the year to travel with your family and we’ve just made it even easier for families to ski in Japan this season!

This spring 2020, kids 12 and under will receive FREE lift passes and FREE ski or snowboard rental for each paid renting adult at NBS in Niseko!

We’re also offering up to 15% accommodation across a huge range of Niseko’s best properties for Early Bird bookings.

This deal is only available through SkiJapan.com, so make sure to get in early to get the best deal.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Kids Free Lift passes:

  • Available from 1st March, 2020
  • Available for children 7-12 yrs only
  • Only available with purchase of one adult “All Mountain Pass”, 1 child per 1 adult and it has to be the same duration
  • Minimum 3 days lift pass required
  • A 1000yen refundable deposit per lift pass is required with pre-payment
  • Valid with accommodation booking through SkiJapan.com
  • Must be pre-booked

Kids Free Rentals:

  • Available from 1st March, 2020
  • 1 x full price adult ski / board package gets 1x child ski / board package + helmet
  • Kids Ski Free package is determined by the adult rental package booked
  • Minimum of 3 days rental for Free Kids Rental
  • Clothing not included and available at regular rates
  • Child age 3-14 years (proof of age required)

To find out more, contact one of our experts today.

Discover Milk Kobo – Niseko’s Delicious Dairy Desserts

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No visit to Niseko is complete without a visit to the region’s most famous dessert hub – Milk Kobo. Visitors from Japan and all over the world flock to this iconic spot to sample some of the stores legendary, delicious dairy desserts. The store is located in the quiet area of Niseko Village; just a few minutes walk from Snow Dog Niseko.

Hokkaido is famous for its fresh produce, laid back farm life, and dairy farms – and Niseko is no different. Almost everything at Milk Kobo is made in-house with milk produced from their very own dairy farm. The store backs right onto the very farm where the milk used in all Milk Kobo desserts is produced. It can be a little hard to see the farm itself (due to the meters of snow that piles up across the fields), but if you’re driving along the road, you can occasionally spot the “Happy Holsteins” (cows) as they nibble away in the comfort of their very own heated farmhouse.The most popular item on the menu is the signature “Choux Cream”; a crispy sweetbread shell filled with creamy vanilla custard. Each Choux Cream is made fresh and filled with just the right amount of cream. These can be a bit tricky to eat without making a mess – but that’s all part of the fun!Everything on the menu is special, but we have to mention the amazing cheesecakes. The smooth cheesecake filling is a perfect mix of sweet cream with a hint of savoury flavour for a balanced taste. These are also often available on Hirafu Zaka opposite Hirafu 188 during winter.

8am Sun 22, Sep 2019
Current Temp
17 °C
Min Temp
16 °C
Max Temp
17 °C
wind direction
WNW
Wind Speed
5 KM/H
Rain
0 mm
humidity
71 %
 

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