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.

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


Niseko United

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 & Hanazono

(グランヒラフ・花園) 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

(ニセコビレッジ) Linked with the Hilton and Green Leaf resort hotels.

More info www.niseko-village.com


Annupuri International Ski Area

(アンヌプリ国際スキー場) On the west side of the mountain is this ski area operated by Chuo Bus group.

More info annupuri.info


Ski Areas in Niseko United


Getting There

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.