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.

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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.

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Niseko Village

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

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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.

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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.