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

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

Niseko Village

Linked with the Hilton and Green Leaf resort hotels. More info

Annupuri International Ski Area

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


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