Niseko Resort Guide
Insider tips from our team
Niseko has unquestionably become Japan’s premier ski resort but the skiing conditions and quality will always remain the biggest attraction. There is a wide choice of groomed runs for every level of skier and rider looking for a cruisey time. The night skiing runs until 9pm every night; watching the sunset over Mt Yotei, Hokkaido’s version of Mt Fuji, is a pretty incredible experience.
For powder-skiing, it doesn’t really get much better than Niseko. The quality and quantity of snow is unparalleled. We highly recommend making the most of the conditions and booking an instructor or guide to show you where to find the best pockets of snow. The powder skiing within the resort boundaries is exceptional with plenty of tree skiing and the top lifts give access to huge un-groomed bowls. The famous Niseko gates provide access to further terrain but care must be taken when entering these areas. You will need to have the correct avalanche equipment and taking a guide is advised.
Off the Slopes
Eating and drinking is a big part of any ski holiday and this is certainly something to be enjoyed in Niseko. There is a huge selection of restaurants and bars, most of which are concentrated in Hirafu, ranging from simple Izakayas (a Japanese pub), to pizza joints, to gourmet French restaurants - there is really something for everyone.
One of the best ways to relax off the slopes is to visit one of the many onsens, of which there are plenty in Hirafu or located within the hotels. This is a quintessential experience of skiing in Japan and leaves you feeling extremely relaxed. No need to be shy, as all onsen are split into men’s and women’s baths.
There are regular buses from Niseko to the nearby Kutchan Town, where there are a number of more local restaurants to try out, or you can visit the large Maxvalu supermarket for supplies if staying in a self-catering apartment.
Both Niseko Village and Hanazono offer snowmobiling tours and Niseko Village has further activities such as cross country skiing, snow-shoeing and snow rafting.