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.