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This page will be updated when we get new information from the government so please check back always.
Last Update: 18 Nov 2022

Border Update:

From October 11, 2022, Japan has resumed visa-free travel and accepting individual tourists. 

Triple vaccinated travelers entering Japan are no longer required to take a pre-departure PCR test. The daily entry caps have also been abolished and there is no longer a need to apply for a visa to enter Japan. 

For more information on entering Japan, you can refer to the Japan National Tourism Organization’s (JNTO) website: General Checklist For Traveling to Japan

Below you can find more information on what this means to you as our guest and how we can provide you with a holiday package where you can experience Japan with us!

Who is currently allowed to travel to Japan?
Currently, entry to Japan is open to travellers from 128 ‘low risk’ countries. The Japanese government has separated all countries into ‘red’, ‘yellow’ and ‘blue’ categories, based on covid safety levels. The 128 “low risk” countries are categorized as “blue” (which include Australia, Britain, most of Europe, the US and Canada) and travellers from these areas do not need to quarantine or test upon arrival. To check if your country is in the list, please visit:

What is required to travel to Japan and what about visas?
According to the latest update from the Japanese Government (22nd September), in order to enter Japan tourists simply need to:

  • Book your ski resort accommodation, lift passes and transfers with Ski Japan Travel.
  • Have stayed in a Group Blue country for 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Have a travel insurance plan that covers covid-related medical expenses and disruptions.


There are still some processes in place in order to enter Japan but entry is relatively easy, providing you have completed all of the required steps. Visit Japan Web is a web service that people entering to Japan and Japanese returning to Japan can use for Quarantine, Immigration and Customs procedures in order to enter/return to Japan.

Please check the Visit Japan Web for further information.

For more information on entering Japan, you can refer to the Japan National Tourism Organization’s (JNTO) website: General Checklist For Traveling to Japan

Do I need to be vaccinated to go to Japan?
There is no vaccination requirement if you belong to the low-risk/blue group of countries. If you have resided in a low-risk/blue group within 14 days of travel, you will still be required to return a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival.

Do I need to do a pre-departure Covid test?
From 7 September 2022 a negative pre departure PCR is no longer required providing you are fully vaccinated including booster (Vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Bharat Biotech and Novavax are recognized) and coming from a low risk (Group Blue) country. Full details can be viewed on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, click here.

Do I need to download any tracing apps in Japan?
Besides the MySOS App, which is designed as a Fast Track App, there is no requirement to download any apps to enter Japan.

What measures are in place when I arrive in Japan?

Japanese are travelling within their country and life in Japan is back to normal with restaurants and sights welcoming back visitors.

The Japanese government has established a set of etiquette guidelines for tourists and locals. You’ll quickly notice most people will be wearing masks and there will be no shortage of hand sanitizer in public places. Japan still uses markers on shop/ store floors to encourage social distancing and digital thermometers at entrances plus plenty of “please wear your masks signs” throughout the country.

Please see guidelines from the The Japan Tourism Agency in the infographic below and from this link.

Will I need to wear a mask in Japan?
Yes – mask wearing is still required to a certain degree although in Japan, all Covid “requirements” are actually advisory rather than set in law.

The Japanese government has slowly been easing restrictions on mask wearing, allowing more freedom to take masks off when outdoors or in places that have good ventilation, proper social distancing, or a general lack of conversation. You will notice that many people are choosing to continue wearing masks regardless of the rules.

While official rules have been changing, after two years of mask wearing many are still reluctant to take masks off in public settings. The current guidelines on wearing masks can be seen here.

What happens if I get Covid during the trip?
Should you contract coronavirus during your travels, you will have access to our 24/7 customer support team available to assist you. We have protocols in place to ensure that any testing, self-isolation, or doctor visits will be conducted to keep you and your group safe and ensure everyone’s trip is as smooth and safe as possible. We also highly recommend travel Insurance with medical cover.

JNTO provides information on preventive measures and FAQ. In the event you feel unwell during your visit, refer to the In Case of Emergency page.

There are several hotlines available to help travelers who need advice.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) multilingual hotline is staffed from 9 am to 9 pm (Japan Time) daily. Information is available in English, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese. Some language support is offered at different times.

The Japan Visitor Hotline is available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese 24 hours a day.

Hakuba Gateway Hotel EB22/23

Hakuba Gateway Hotel 2022/23

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Save More Plus Get Complimentary Equipment Rental

Hakuba Valley is at the heart of the spectacular Japanese Alps, just a short 3 hour trip from downtown Tokyo. Host to the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, Hakuba is one of Japan’s largest and most renowned alpine resorts. The Valley consists of 10 ski resorts, giving an incredible variety of alpine terrain, accommodating for everyone from novice to expert.

For the Winter 2022/23 get 10% off accommodation and complimentary equipment rental at NBS when you stay at Hakuba Gateway Hotel.

Located in the centre of the convenient Happo Village and the Hakuba Resort area, Hakuba Gateway Hotel is an easy walk to Nakiyama Chairlift and is accessible to all village services. It offers spacious western style rooms with private bathroom facilities, mini kitchenettes, great views to the ski mountains, and onsite service desk, rental/retail and restaurant.


Terms and Conditions

  • 10% discount applies for stays of at least 5 nights except between 24 Dec 2022 to 3 Jan 2023
  • Normal rates apply from 24 Dec 2022 to 3 Jan 2023
  • Complimentary equipment rental are for standard skis, boots & poles or standard snowboard and boots only
  • Complimentary equipment rental are per person for duration of stay
  • This promo can be withdrawn at any time


Niseko EB 2022/23 Deals - SJ

Niseko Early Bird Offer 2022/23

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Ends on 06 October. Book now and save on selected dates at Managed Properties! 

For the Winter 2022/23 season, not only have we turned back time with considerable reductions on rates across our properties, you can secure up to a further 20% OFF selected accommodations in Niseko.

Take advantage of this amazing deal and book your next snow getaway now!

Participating Accommodations:

Alpen Ridge Shirokuma #2
Ezo Yume Snow Fox
Full Circle Tamo
Haven Niseko Yotei Cottage
Itoku #1 Yutaka 1 & 2
Kamakura Yuki Yama
Niseko Alpine Apartments Yukisawa
Powder Haven #1 Yume Basho
Shinka Niseko* Yume House
Shirokuma #1


  • Discount is not available from 22 Dec 2022 to 03 Jan 2023 and from 21 – 28 Jan 2023
  • Discount is not available from 22 Dec 2022 to 03 Jan 2023 (Shinka)
  • 10% deposit is required to confirm your booking and full payment within 60 days from travel date.
  • Minimum nights apply
  • Discounts can be withdrawn at anytime Last day on 06 Oct
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions
  • Covid Policy: If borders remain closed the deposit can be credited to the following season


Book Now, Pay Later

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

Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen – Early Bird 2022/23

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Book now and get up to 3 free nights stay at Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel for Winter 2022/23.

One of Japan’s largest ski areas, Shiga Kogen is made up 19 linked ski resorts all accessible on one ticket with plenty of long runs and steep terrainThis ski-in / ski-out hotel located at Yakebitaiyama resort with 690 guest rooms in three separate wings.

The East Wing with 100 large premium western style rooms, in an ideal location has impressive views of the ski slopes from every room. The West Wing with 350 rooms offering reasonably priced accommodation where self-service is the order of the day. The South Wing with 240 rooms. The South Building, has a casual atmosphere and is where you can board the gondola directly from the hotel.

For the Winter 2022/23 season when you book a stay at the Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel before 6 September 2022 you will be rewarded with up to three free nights with complimentary Yakebitaiyama Area lift pass!

Shiga Kogen Offers

Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel (East)

Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel East

Terms and Conditions

  • Stay minimum of 7 nights and receive 3 nights free (i.e. stay 7/pay 4) plus a complimentary 3-days lift ticket (only valid at Yakebitaiyama Area) per person
  • Book by 6 September 2022
  • Offer excludes 28 Dec 2022 – 02 Jan 2023 and 07-08 Jan 2023
  • 10% deposit to confirm within 7 days of your booking
  • Full payment 60 days before check-in

Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel (West)

Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel West

Terms and Conditions

  • Stay minimum of 7 nights and receive 3 nights free (i.e. stay 7/pay 4) plus a complimentary 3-days lift ticket (only valid at Yakebitaiyama Area) per person
  • Book by 6 September 2022
  • Offer excludes 28 Dec 2022 – 02 Jan 2023, 07-08 Jan 2023, and the following dates: (14, 21, 28 Jan 2023) and (4, 11, 18, 25 Feb 2023)
  • 10% deposit to confirm within 7 days of your booking
  • Full payment 60 days before check-in


Naeba Resort

Naeba Prince Hotel EB 2022/23

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Free Night Stays at Naeba Prince Hotel

Book now and get 1-2 free nights stay at Naeba Prince Hotel for Winter 2022/23!

One of Japan’s less known destinations, Naeba is a fantastic example of a well-rounded resort with the perfect combination of facilities, terrain for all skill levels, and few visitors to crowd the lift lines. The Naeba Prince hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access and features a range of onsite facilities including numerous spa and onsen, over 20 restaurants, retail stores and snow school. 

For the Winter 2022/23 season pay only for 4 nights and get a complimentary night free when you book a 5 night stay at the Naeba Prince Hotel. Get two complimentary nights free when you book at least a 7 night stay.

1-2 days complimentary lift tickets per person are included.

Terms and Conditions

  • Free night applies to the night with the lowest rate
  • Complimentary 1-day lift ticket per person for a 5N stay
  • Complimentary 2-day lift ticket per person for at least a 7N stay
  • Complimentary lift tickets are valid at both Naeba Area and Kagura Area
  • Book by 6 September 2022
  • Black out dates apply from 30 December 2022 – 2 January 2023


Shin Furano Prince Hotel

Shin Furano Prince Hotel Early Bird Special 22/23

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This world-class ski area is regarded as having the lightest and driest powder in Japan delivering an average of 9m of snow. An ideal destination for families and offers a quieter more relaxed atmosphere than other resorts.

Save 30% off Shin Furano Prince Hotel when you book by 31 August 2022!



Book by 31 August 2022
Minimum 3 night stay required.
Not valid 24 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.
10% deposit within 7 days of booking to confirm.
Full payment within 60 Days of check-in.
Discount can be withdrawn at anytime.

Rusutsu Special Deals for Winter 22/23

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Rusutsu Resort is just 2hrs from Chitose Airport and only 40 minutes from Niseko. Two fantastic resort hotels offer ski in / ski out accommodation, on-site international cuisine as well as gym, onsens, indoor pool and more. Rusutsu is a family friendly resort with wide, tree-lined courses to suit all levels and all ages. Powderhounds will love the tree-lined gullies and powder bowl access.

Book Now and Get Up to 30% off!

For Winter 2022/23 the Rusutsu Resort Hotel is offering up to 30% off* standard nightly rates.

Rusutsu North and South WIng

Rusutsu Resort Hotel

The Rusutsu Resort Hotel offers four star accommodation with ski in / ski out convenience. On-site restaurants, sports bar, shops, onsen and indoor wave pool. Direct access to West Mountain.

Terms & Conditions

  • Minimum Stay of 5 nights.
  • Black out periods : 29 Dec 2022 – 3 Jan 2023, 7 -13 Jan 2023
  • Book by 28th July 2022.
  • 10% deposit is required within 7 days of the booking being confirmed and is non refundable.
  • The balance is due 90 days prior to arrival and is non refundable.

For Winter 2022/23 the Westin Rusutsu Resort is offering up to 20% off* standard nightly rates

Westin Rusutsu Resort

The Westin Rusutsu Resort brings its international signature style and comfort to this ski in / ski out resort hotel. Large maisonette rooms with on-site restaurants and gym. Direct access to East Mountain.

Terms & Conditions

  • Minimum Stay of 5 nights.
  • Black out periods : 28 Dec 2022 – 3 Jan 2023, 7 -13 Jan 2023
  • Book and pay by 30th August 2022, and non refundable.


Niseko United Trail Map & Bus Schedule 2017-18

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With winter fast approaching it’s time to get organised!

Niseko United has just released the trail maps, bus schedules and resort opening dates.

The Niseko United resorts are scheduled to open on the following dates:

  • Niseko Grand Hirafu: 23 November 2017
  • Niseko Annupuri: 25 November 2017
  • Niseko Village: 1 December 2017
  • Niseko Hanazono: 2 December 2017

Niseko United Trail Map 2017-18

Niseko United Trail Map 2017-18

Niseko United Bus Schedule 2017-18

Niseko Annupuri Trail Map 2017-18

Niseko Hirafu Village Map 2017-18