Niseko Ski Holidays

Having lived and done seasons in Japan, Niseko is still my favourite resort, with the most reliable snow records of any resort I know. Not forgetting to mention it is a foodie's heaven, and soaking in the onsen after days skiing can't be topped.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia
Having lived and done seasons in Japan, Niseko is still my favourite resort, with the most reliable snow records of any resort I know. Not forgetting to mention it is a foodie's heaven, and soaking in the onsen after days skiing can't be topped.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia

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  • Nightlife

Japan’s largest and best-known ski resort, the quality and quantity of snow here is unparalleled - for powder, it doesn’t get much better than a ski holiday in Niseko.

With around 14-metres of snow falling each season, the skiing here is exceptional. Look forward to ungroomed bowls and world-class tree runs (Strawberry Fields is amazing), while the Niseko Gates lead to unpatrolled terrain that’s best explored with a guide.

Your ski-pass covers the four interlinked areas above Niseko Village, Hirafu, Annupuri and Hanazono. There are groomed runs for every level, as well as night skiing until 9pm - go early to watch the sun set over Mt Yotei; it’s simply incredible.

The best way to end your ski day is in a Japanese onsen (hot spring), and you’ll find the best choice in Hirafu or within the hotels. Bars and restaurants are another highlight, with everything from pizzerias, izakayas (Japanese pubs) and gourmet restaurants, while the supermarket in Kutchan Town is best for self-catering.

From Niseko, it’s easy to make day trips to other local ski resorts, or even change base with a Japanese Ski Safari. Our tailored trips make it easy to add more culture, and we highly recommend a visit to Kyoto or Tokyo to round off your trip.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224067 for advice from our ski specialists.

Resort Guide

Niseko Resort Guide

Make the most of your Niseko ski holiday with our insider tips.

Resort stats

Season
December - April
Nearest airport
Sapporo Chitose
Transfer time
2 hours 30 minutes
Transport
Transfer
Elevation
1,200 ftm
Vertical drop
920 m
Ski area
644 ski acres
Ski lifts
50
Runs
61
Grade
30% advanced
43% intermediates
27% beginners

Maps

Resort Map

Google piste view

Accommodation

Our accommodation is split between Hirafu and Niseko Village, which are 15 minutes apart. Both benefit from easy lift access, excellent services and English-speaking staff. Many hotels are ski-in ski-out, and there’s a huge range of options, from full-service hotels and luxury townhouses, to self-catering studios and five bed apartments.

We’ve stayed at or visited all of our Niseko accommodation options, so call us for advice and we’ll recommend the best ones for you.

Featured accommodation

The Green Leaf Exterior
  • Close to Slopes
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Spa
The Green Leaf Hotel is an ever popular choice in Niseko for those looking for easy access to the mountain, and looking for a range of on-site facilities.
  • Close to Slopes
  • Close to Village
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ski-in Ski-out
  • Spa
Ki Niseko is one of the newest luxury hotels in Niseko, located in Upper Hirafu Village next to the Hirafu Gondola.

Reviews

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17/02/2017 Kevin Harness

Resort was very good. Snow conditions were excellent, some lifts a bit antiquated but no queues which was good. Food and drinks quite pricey on the mountain.

14/02/2017 Steven Mooney

Everything was well laid out and clean. People nice and food excellent. Accomodation was brilliant.

12/02/2017 Richard Healy

Annapuri having 4 very different operators is unusual, it offers variety and a large ski area. Hirafu has far more choice and activity. Annapuri has wide open slopes. Hangzozo has modern base and runs cut through trees Niseko is steepest but limited runs

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