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Four ski resorts, one dramatic mountain and lots of fun await powder hounds who travel to this top Japanese skiing destination.

Strap on your skis for hours of snow-based fun and lots of fresh mountain air at Niseko. This popular winter destination features four fabulous resorts that are situated at the base of a mountain and meet at its summit. Away from the slopes, venture into the surrounding forests to spot the local wildlife then head to a bar to socialize with a cosmopolitan crowd.

One of the most challenging aspects of a trip to Niseko is knowing where to begin. However, the resort that takes its name from the area is a good bet. Head to Niseko Village, a vast winter playground in the shadow of the breathtaking Mount Niseko Annupuri. There are groomed runs for all abilities and lots of off-piste action in the surrounding wilderness. When you’ve put your ski boots away for the day, soothe your muscles in a hot spring.

The village is one of four resorts situated at the base of the mountain that all meet at its summit. A few minutes to the west of Niseko Village is Annupurri. Spend a morning on the slopes, then go horseback riding or snowshoe trekking through the woods. Spot indigenous wildlife, including Hokkaido foxes.

If you are into snowboarding and freestyle skiing, visit the expansive terrain park at Hanazono. Other activities at this resort include snowmobile tours, sledging, snow tubing and backcountry hiking.

On the east face of the mountain is Grand Hirafu, the largest of the four resorts. There are runs for all abilities and a snow park for children. Night skiing is very popular here. Make sure you leave a little bit of energy to participate in the après-ski in the bars and restaurants.

Niseko is on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Fly into New Chitose Airport, which is about a 2-hour drive away. If you don’t want to drive, take the train or bus from the airport.

Thrill to the mountain runs, gorgeous scenery and the social scene of this prime skiing location.

Top Hotels in Niseko

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Niseko Village
Hilton Niseko Village
4.5 out of 5
Higashiyama Onsen, Abuta-gun, Niseko, Hokkaido
¥17,510
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

Located in the mountains, this Abuta resort offers ski-in/ski-out access within 3 mi (5 km) of Annupuri, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and Niseko Annupuri ...

4.1/5Very Good! (582 reviews)

"Bar restaurant and coffee prices were stupidly high. Thirteen oz dollars for a coffee is a bit over the top. I shopped elsewhere"…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Hilton Niseko Village
Hyatt House Niseko
Hyatt House Niseko
4 out of 5
190-4, Aza Yamada, Abuta Gun, Hirafu Village, Kutchan, Hokkaido
¥15,000
per night
Mar 14 - Mar 15

Located near the slopes, this Abuta resort is in the mountains, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu and close to winter activities such ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (118 reviews)

"Great location spacious room n staff very nice and helpful. Recommended if you want to be close to central hirafy"…"

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

Hyatt House Niseko
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
5 out of 5
Aza Iwaobetsu Kutchan co, Kutchan, Hokkaido
¥47,932
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in Abuta, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Niseko Hanazono Resort and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from White Isle Niseko Snowmobile Park. Niseko Mountain ...

Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono

Popular things to do in Niseko

Rusutsu Resort
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Rusutsu Resort

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Visit a fabulous winter playground with miles of skiable trails for all levels and lots of snow-based fun away from the slopes.

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu

4.5/5(50 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu, a top ski area in Hirafu. Discover the mountain views and hot springs in this relaxing area.

Toyako Onsen
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Toyako Onsen

4.5/5(4 reviews)

You can take time to visit Toyako Onsen during your travels to Toyako. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Top activities in Niseko

8 Hour Private Day Hire
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8 Hour Private Day Hire

¥7,000
Per adult
Furano and Biei Private Day Tour
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Furano and Biei Private Day Tour

100% of travellers recommend
¥8,250
Per adult
10 Hour Private Day Hire
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10 Hour Private Day Hire

¥60,000
Per adult
Sapporo Private Day Tour
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Sapporo Private Day Tour

¥7,000
Per adult
Otaru Private Day Tour
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Otaru Private Day Tour

¥7,000
Per adult
Noboribetsu Private Day Tour
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Noboribetsu Private Day Tour

¥7,000
Per adult

Reviews of Niseko

4.5

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

Snow was great. Not as many authentic Japanese restaurants as I would have liked.

3/5 - Okay

WORLD-TREKER

Feb 7, 2020

NATURE is magnificent. AMENITIES horrible.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2020

Amazing snow. Beautiful mt yotei

4/5 - Good

Kat

Mar 19, 2019

We went kind of late for the ski season so the snow is partially melted and it’s quite icy to ski. Some trails are slushy too with ice pellets. Only up in the mountains where the snow is still intact. Not much to do there other than skiing.

5/5 - Excellent

k

Feb 24, 2019

i missed powder snow this time but had fun as usual. great people, food, drinks, and long free run w/snowboard.

5/5 - Excellent

Kelsey

Jan 7, 2019

The snow in Niseko is unlike anything else in the world. Will absolutely return in the future.

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