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 – along with prices. International skiers and snowboarders admire its best powder snow in the world. The ski area sprawls over Niseko Annupuri (ニセコアンヌプリ: 1308m) with a nice view of Yotei-zan (羊蹄山: 1898m) looks like Hokkaido’s Mt Fuji. Shiribeshi Region’s official capital, Kutchan (倶知安) is a convenient gateway for Hirafu ski resort.


Niseko United Ski Resort

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. More info www.niseko.ne.jp

Grand Hirafu

This is the most popular and largest ski area including Hanazono. There are a number of rental offices and gier shops along Hirafu-zaka slope. More info www.grand-hirafu.jp

Niseko Village

Linked with the Hilton and Green Leaf resort hotels. More info www.niseko-village.com

Annupuri International Ski Area

On the west side of the mountain is this ski area operated by Chuo Bus group. More info annupuri.info


Backcountry

If you are planning a backcountry in Niseko, we strongly recommend to join a tour with English-speaking guides.

Backcountry skiing is popular activity in recent years, but DIY backcountry comes with serious risks such as avalanche and distress. We recommend to join a tour with English-speaking guides. Top ski resorts and some tour agencies offer backcountry tours, with insurance and registration to the local police. DIY backcountry skiers should submit a climbing plan (登山計画書: tozan keikakusho) to the local police station, then bring a map, beacon and GPS. Some ski areas have backcountry policies.


Getting There