Japan, Niseko

Japan, Niseko

Things to do - general

As Hokkaido’s premier resort, Niseko is one of Japan’s most admired resorts due to its phenomenal amount of quality dry snow and an abundance of tree runs. Niseko prides itself as being the outdoor sports capital of Hokkaido. It is the biggest and most beautiful of Hokkaido’s ski areas, boasting breath-taking scenery. Niseko has four base areas – Hirafu (main base village of Niseko), Annupuri, Higashiyama (also known as Niseko Village but is not the main base) and Hanazono. The mountain offers spectacular skiing and snowboarding opportunities to the novice, intermediate or expert. Powder junkies are well looked after however you need to get in quick! This awesome mountain is complemented by a fun party town with a huge range of funky bars and restaurants.

The Hirafu Village at Niseko resort has about 150 properties within 500 metres of the lift. Even those properties that aren’t ski in ski out or walk to lift are no further than a couple of minutes from the free all day shuttle service. Many pension and lodge owners make it even easier by providing their own transfers to and from the lifts at specified times. There is a variety of pension, lodge and self-contained accommodation. Clean and comfortable Hotels provide good 3 star facilities, Pensions and lodges offer budget to moderate standards B&B style accommodation.

Country Japan
Visa requirementsNot required on Australian passport
Languages spokenJapanese and a little english
Currency usedJPY
Ski Area Size887 Ha
Highest Point1309m
Vertical Drop1009m
Longest Run5.6km
Seasonlate November until early April
Terrain30% - Beginner
44% - Intermediate
26% - Advanced
Nearest AirportChitose
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Nightlife info

Niseko is renowned for the fabulous nightlife with an amazing choice of restaurants. The best of any ski resort in Japan, Annupuri and Niseko Village (Higashiyama) have restaurants and bars, yet the Hirafu village is the heartbeat of Niseko, with most dining and nightlife options centred around this village.
Some bars and restaurants don’t accept credit cards so as usual in Niseko carry some yen.

There are so many great eating spots in Niseko, prices are cheapand the variety of cuisine will be a highlight of your trip, although the restaurants can get busy so you will need to make reservations for dinner at many of the mainstream Niseko restaurants.

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Culture and history info

Day tours to Sapporo, including the Annual Ice Festival, the seaside city of Otaru, or some cultural activities within Hirafu allows you to have a broad holiday experience.

Niseko was largely unknown outside of Japan before the 1990's. John Morrell started touring various areas around Hokkaido from the mid 80's and started sending small groups to Niseko from the early 90's. In those days you would rarely see any foreigners apart from a Swede by the name of Pär or Sapporo-based Aussies and Canadians. Very few Japanese would ski off-piste at all.

In the mid 90's Australians including Peter Murphy and Dale and Glenn Goulding skied the area and saw the potential for consistent powder skiing. They started tours for small groups staying initially in pensions but as their client base grew the accomodation choices diversified. Numbers increased quite quickly and other operators soon jumped on board.
In the early 2000's developers seeing the ever reliable snow conditions in contrast to some sketchy Australian seasons bought up the Hanazono area and started building apartment style accomodation for the mainstream Australian market.
English language signage became prominant as well as Aussie style bars and restaurants, so it became very much a mainstream Australian destination.

It has more recently also become a major destination for Asian neighbours, particularly Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland Chinese.

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Unfortunately there are no hotels at this location at the moment.


Niseko winter activities are obviously largely snow orientated and include snowmobiling, snow shoeing, horse riding, snow rafting as well as a host of Onsens to enjoy.

With such activities as cat skiing, snow tubing and reindeer sledding there is action and fun to be had by all ages! Or if you like the sedate relaxation style check out one of the amazing beauty/relaxation spa's.

Unfortunately there are no self-catering offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.

Ski Programs

Niseko lesson package and back country tours are available with a wide range of options. Prices are subject to currency changes and available on request.


Niseko transfers available from Chitose airport Sapporo with prices available on request
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Hot Deals


Includes discounted lodging & lift tickets + daily breakfast

Package includes:

7 nights twin share in a Deluxe Hotel Room at the Green Leaf Hotel

Daily Breakfast

6 day All Mountain Niseko Lift Pass

From $1909 per person

*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 5-23 January 2020 and 7-29 February 2020. Book and Pay at time of booking (non-refundable offer). 20% off valid until 31 July 2019.

This 200 room hotel provides ski-in ski-out accommodation at the base of Niseko Village ski area, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, a spa, authentic onsen, with access to the world’s finest powder snow. Each 96 Deluxe King room interconnects to a Deluxe twin room, allowing flexibility for families, and features views of ski slopes and Mt. Yotei. Goshiki serves an international and Japanese fusion buffet, local seafood and seasonal Hokkaido produce. Lively and comfortable, Tomioka White Lounge features a signature fireplace and bar to enjoy cocktails.


Includes 30% off lodging + daily breakfast

Package includes:

7 nights twin share in a Deluxe Room at Hilton Niseko Hotel

Daily breakfast

6 day Niseko Lift Pass

From $2399 per person

*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 5 January – 17 February 2020. Book & pay by 31 August 2019.

Located a 10 minute bus ride from the Hirafu Village, this modern full service hotel is situated at the base of Niseko Village. The property is Ski In/ski and access to the mountain is via the gondola right outside the hotel. Niseko Hilton is a great choice for your stay in Niseko and is a very popular hotel


Package includes:

7 nights twin share in a Western Lodge Room at M Lodge

6 day Lift Pass

*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 7-22 January & 8– 29 February 2020. Book & pay by 31 August 2019. Limited availability, price & availability are subject to change.

The M Lodge offers guests high-quality service, clean facilities, and comfortable lodgings—all at the most modest of prices.

An alternative to boutique hotels and luxury townhouses, the M Lodge provides guests with simple, well furnished en-suite rooms which include a comfortable bed, desk area, and a large refrigerator and kettle.

Benefit from access to clean communal microwave facilities, as well as all of the amenities you have come to expect from the M Group—including complimentary WiFi, secure internal ski and snowboard storage areas, easy access to our in-house restaurant, Momiji Japanese Restaurant & Sake; and all of the assistance our friendly, attentive team of Japanese and English speaking staff can provide.

Free WiFi

Double or Twin beds


Shared microwave facilities

Complimentary coffee & tea

Breakfast available for an additional 2,000 yen p/p per day

Parking (subject to availability and charge)


In-house restaurant & bar

Commercial laundry room (coin operated washing machines & dryers)

Internal secure ski & snowboard storage

Hair dryer & complimentary toiletries

In-resort Welcome Centre transfers available upon arrival & departure (for direct bookings)


1 Pass. 38 Destinations.

The Ikon Pass is your opportunity to access unique terrain at 38 of the most iconic winter destinations in North America, join a like-minded community, and seek out new adventures as you explore all that the mountains have to offer.


To provide the best experience possible, two pass products are available for purchase: The Ikon Pass and the Ikon Base Pass, both offering access to all 38 destinations, with varying levels of access and benefits.

IKON PASS - AU$1,380 (Adult 22 years+)

Offering unlimited access to 14 destinations plus 7-days and 7-days combined at 23 destinations, with no blackout dates.

IKON BASE PASS - AU$945 (Adult 22 years+) Offering unlimited/select access to 12 destinations plus 5-days and 5-days combined at 25 destinations, and holiday blackout dates.

December 26-31, 2019, January 18-19, February 15-16, 2020; Thredbo – July 4-19, 2020; No blackouts at Valle Nevado, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Mt Hutt

More Benefits FOR 2019/20

Free Skiing from March to June 2019: with the purchase of a 19/20 Ikon Pass or Ikon Base Pass, your clients will also get unlimited access to many of our Alterra Mountain Company destinations for the remainder of this current season. Ski two seasons for the price of one!

Renewal Discount – as a thank you to those who purchased an 18/19 Ikon Pass or Ikon Base Pass, passholders who renew their pass for the 19/20 season will get up to a discount. To be eligible, the client must renew the pass through the same international wholesale partner.

Child Pass Promotion* – New for 19/20, Ikon Pass holders can now purchase up to two discounted Child Ikon Passes or Child Ikon Base Passes.

Young Adult Pricing*– New for 19/20, the discount previously offered to youths is now extended to include all young adults from 13 to 22 years of age

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