Niseko Ski Holidays

Japan Holidays

Expert Opinion Our Expert
Andrea Selig

"Amazing views of Mt Yotei from here when it stops snowing! Good off-piste and nice trees. I preferred staying in Niseko Village, but Hirafu is where the action is."

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 6/10
  • Intermediates: 8/10
  • Advanced: 9/10
  • Families: 5/10
  • Nightlife: 8/10
  • Village Charm: 5/10
  • Affordability: 6/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 3/10
  • Sustainability: N/A

Season: End Nov - Early Apr

Nearest Airport: Chitose

Transfer Time: 2½ hours

Transport: Transfer

Elevation: 1,200 ft

Vertical Drop: 920 ft

Ski Area: 644 ski acres

Ski Lifts: 50

Runs: 61

Grade: 30% advanced
43% intermediates
27% beginners

Why Niseko?

Four interlinked ski areas (Hirafu, Annapuri, Niseko Village and Hanazono) combine to create Niseko, Japan’s largest and best known resort.

The terrain includes wide cruising runs fringed with snow-laden trees and steeper backcountry descents accessed from gates off the mountain peak. The latter should be skied with a guide or a local as a wrong turn can lead to a long walk through deep snow!

Those seeking nightlife (with an Australian flavour) should stay in Hirafu. Otherwise we recommend the Green Leaf Hotel, or the Hilton Niseko Village in Niseko Village.

Ski Safaris Combine other resorts in Hokkaido for the complete Japan experience.