Niseko Ski Holidays

Having lived and done seasons in Japan, Niseko is still my favourite resort, with the most reliable snow record 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 record 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

Summary

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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 m
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
  • Breakfast Included
  • 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.

Offers

See our Niseko offers for some excellent savings and superb package prices.

Giving you the best available prices, the offers below are based on our lowest cost departure dates. We can save you money on many other dates and properties but we can't show every single offer here - for more options, please call us on 01273 224 067 or request a quotation.

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Reviews

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01/04/2017 Mark Rhodes

A very international feel with enough Japanese character to make it feel different to the US and Europe. The terrain was excellent and varied with more than enough to keep us busy for our 5 days there. We only sampled some of the massive amount of back country on offer and with better conditions there would be plenty of reasons to go back. There were plenty of good food and drink options both on the mountain and off. Some could be incredibly expensive, but there were cheaper options around once you know where to look.

23/03/2017 Mike Vaughan

Skiing was excellent with loads of fresh snow and apart from the first day almost perfect weather. No lift queues. Hotel Granvia in Kyoto was a welcome bit of luxury and the Shiba Park hotel was fine for the last couple of nights. The Japanese restaurant at the Shiba Park was also good. Communication between the four areas could be improved. Also I think it should be made clear that Niseko, especially if staying at the Greenleaf is not suitable for non skiers. Eating out is expensive, Niseko "village" is a bit of a non event. Two restaurants, the crab shack which appears to be still under construction, we had one mediocre meal there, Two Sticks was better although we only had one lunch there. We ate one evening at the Sisam restaurant at the Hilton, the food was delicious but extremely expensive. One night we ate at A Bu Cha in Hirafu which I can throughly recommend, great food and atmosphere.

22/03/2017 Penny Hammar

Niseko was a very well managed resort. A few long lift lines for the Grand Hirafu lift but otherwise not too much congestion. Wonderful snow and copious amounts. Lots of blue/low red level runs, not much in the way of mogul runs, but lots of fun tree glades to explore. And of course the exotic appeal of being in Japan with lots of interesting food and good beer to try at lunchtime. We also spent a day at Rusutsu and at Kiroro which were fun to explore, but Niseko has the most terrain.

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News

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3rd February 2017 - Craig Charley

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