Niseko (ニセコ: 新雪谷) is Japan’s most dynamically changing ski resort, modern buildings, restaurants and bars are rising day by day. International skiers and snowboarders admire its best powder snow in the world.
Ski Season Around December to April
Ski Areas Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village (Higashiyama), Niseko Annupuri International (Konbu)
Tourist Information Explore Niseko: Tel 050-5309-6905 / 193-13 Yamada (next door to the Seicomart Hirafu Crossroads) / 9am-8pm / www.explore-niseko.com
If you are planning a backcountry in Niseko, we strongly recommend to join a tour with English-speaking guides.
DIY backcountry comes with several serious risks such as avalanche and distress, you should submit climbing plan to the local police station, and bring a map and GPS.
01 SKI AREA
ニセコユナイテッド / 8.30am-8pm Dec-Apr / www.niseko.ne.jp
A generic name for four ski areas on Niseko Annupuri (1308m), which is a world-famous finest powder fascinates every skiers and snowboarders. Each ski area is connected near the summit. An All Mountain Pass (1-day ¥8000; deposit ¥1000) covered all ski areas and shuttle buses. They offers a discount ski pass (¥5600) during the off-seasons.
Grand Hirafu & Hanazono (www.grand-hirafu.jp) is the most popular and largest ski area including Hanazono. There are a number of rental offices and gier shops along Hirafu-zaka slope.
Niseko Village (www.niseko-village.com) linked with the Hilton and Green Leaf resort hotels.
On the west side of the mountain is Annupuri International Ski Area (annupuri.info) operated by Chuo Bus group.
Niseko United Ski Resort Map
There are three highway buses between Sapporo and the Iroha in Niseko Annupuri Ski Area (3hrs / ¥2280), operated by Chuo Bus.
From December to March, Chuo Bus operate ski buses for the Niseko United from Sapporo (3hrs / ¥2650) via Jozankei’s Hotel Milione, plus New Chitose Airport (3hrs / ¥2650) via Rusutsu Resort.
The ski bus fare is the same as the local bus. Niseko United All Mountain Pass holders can take the shuttle for free.
Frequent Niseko United Shuttle (mid Dec-mid Mar) runs between Hirafu Welcome Center and Ikoi-no-Yuyado Iroha in Annupuri ski area, via Hilton Niseko Village and Milk Factory. After 5pm, the United Shuttle extends to JR Kutchan Station via Machi-no-eki Plat.
For Niseko United ski resort, local bus schedule will change in summer and winter. From JR Kutchan Station, daily Chuo or Donan buses run to the following destinations:
Hirafu Intersection (16min)
Hirafu Welcome Center (18min)
Hilton Niseko Village (34min)