Niseko Ski Resort, located in Hokkaido, 2.5 hours drive from Sapporo’s Chitose Airport, is probably the most famous Japanese resort amongst international skiers and boarders. Officially Japan’s number one snow resort, comprised of four interlinked ski resorts – Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and Annupuri, it is renowned for its consistent quality and abundance of powder snow throughout the winter. With an average of around 15 metres of snow each year, Niseko is suited to skiers and boarders of all ability levels. Famous for its wide open powder bowls and tree runs, Niseko also has some great off-piste skiing with many back country options available. When the snow slows and the clouds move away, the views open up to reveal the splendour of now dormant Mt Yotei. Such an amazing back drop. Just in case you don’t get enough during day light hours, Niseko also offers extensive night skiing until 9:00pm. The vibrant Hirafu village offers an amazing choice of international dining options, whatever type of cuisine suits your fancy from Michelin star restaurants to the small family run izakayas and the fresh Hokkaido seafood is renowned throughout Japan.
Niseko Village is located at the base of the Niseko Gondola giving great access to the inter-linked ski resorts of Niseko United. There is a constructed traditional Japanese village with some amazing restaurants and shops. Here you will find plenty of other activities to make your snow holiday the most memorable, ride in a reindeer drawn sleigh or slide around the cross country course. With two magic carpets, the base of Niseko Village is the perfect area for beginners. Getting around the village has never been easier with the Upper Village Gondola and Village Express lift offering easy accessibility to the shops and restaurants. Although you have everything on your doorstep there are regular buses to take you the 20 minutes into the main Hirafu Village.
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- Powder Powder Powder. Light and dry and seems like it is always falling. This is the place to get your powder fix
- You will find the freshest local seafood on every menu in town. Try some of the crab or seafood noodles at A Bu Cha. Sumptuous!
- When the clouds clear and the sun shines the views of the volcano Mt Youtei are spectacular
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Pensions are great value for the budget minded traveller. They generally have shared bathrooms, include breakfast and provide a ‘lodge’ style experience. Other Pensions available include: Kiraku, Pension Blue Bell, Pension Fullnote, Pension Kanon, Pension Locomotion, Pension Moorea, Owashi Lodge, Lodge Koropokkuro and Pension Berg
Niseko has a good range of homes to suit larger groups. Other homes include: Annabel, Byakko, Asahi Lodge, Cocoa, Eliona, Enju, Kasetsu, Karamatsu, Kisetsu, KonaYuki, Latitude 42, Mangetsu Lodge, Miyabi, Mojos, Oak Ridge, Old Man Creek, Seizan, Shika, Shirayuki Lodge, Tsuru, Tokubetsu, Yamabiko, Yukimi and Zekkei, Glasshouse, Sekka Kahn, Kashi Lodge, Tamo and Sulu Chalets
Other apartments include: Hirafu 188, Kira Kira, Nozomi Views, Powder Tracks, Horizon Townhouse, Konkurrito, Wajima, Whiskey Woods, J House, Ezo 365,Miyuki, Mori, Shirakaba Townhouse, Kizuna, Hana & Jo, Jurin, Powder Hound Lodge, Sugarpot, Ginsetsu, Jindabyne, Nupuri Cottage, Silver Birch, Futagoyama, Shin Shin, Suiboku, Kiseki, Setsugetsu, Kamakura, Yuki Yama, Yume Basho, Powder Haven, Yukata Townhouse, Shikaku and Full Circle