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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
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
5 out of 5
Aza Iwaobetsu Kutchan co, Kutchan, Hokkaido
The price is ¥29,750 per night

Situated in the mountains, 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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (6 reviews)

"水着のレンタルも、フィットネスのウェア、靴のレンタルも無い。 また、伝えたことがきちんと伝わらなく、ベットメイキングも時間通りでは対応できずでした。チェックアウトの際の金額も朝食が定価で、レストランで出る際に確認したにもかかわらず当たり前のように請求されました。 その他いくつか気になる点があり、とてもパークハイアットとは思えないレベルの低いホテルでした。"…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
The Windsor Hotel TOYA
The Windsor Hotel TOYA
5 out of 5
Shimizu, Toyakocho, Abuta-gun, Toyako, Hokkaido
The price is ¥34,560 per night

Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Toyako is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Shikotsu-Toya National Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Lake Toya and Usuzanfunka ...

4.3/5Excellent! (453 reviews)

"All are perfect but the dinner buffer seems a bit too less variety of food but with extremely high price. In addition, it is disappointed that the outdoor public onsen place is alternative by gender day by day"…"

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2020

The Windsor Hotel TOYA
The Westin Rusutsu Resort
The Westin Rusutsu Resort
5 out of 5
133 Izumikawa, Rusutsu, Hokkaido
The price is ¥15,980 per night

This family-friendly Rusutsu resort is located in a national park, 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Rusutsu Resort, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mount Yotei and Fukidashi ...

4.4/5Excellent! (217 reviews)

"The reception staff is very helpful and friendly with excellent spoken English. For those ski lovers, they will be able to enjoy the easy access to ski rental, and related facilities. The room I stayed is very clean with nice view of ski trail, and the room is very clean as well except it would be ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

The Westin Rusutsu Resort

Popular places to visit in Niseko

Rusutsu Resort
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Rusutsu Resort

4.5/5(14 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(53 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 quaint area.

Mount Yotei
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Mount Yotei

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Mount Yotei during your travels in Niseko. You can seek out the ski slopes in this quaint area.

Top things to do in Niseko

Children Kimono in Hokkaido
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Children Kimono in Hokkaido

¥3,500
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Summer Exclusive: Hokkaido Otaru & Shakotan Tour
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Summer Exclusive: Hokkaido Otaru & Shakotan Tour

¥11,538
Per adult
Hokkaido Noboribetsu, Toya & Shikotsu Lake Day Tour
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Hokkaido Noboribetsu, Toya & Shikotsu Lake Day Tour

¥9,936
Per adult
Explore Lake Shikotsu, Toya & Mount Usu
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Explore Lake Shikotsu, Toya & Mount Usu

¥11,000
Per adult
Private Full-Day Customizable Tour of Sapporo
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Private Full-Day Customizable Tour of Sapporo

¥68,506
Per adult
Private Departure Transfer : Sapporo City to New Chitose Airport
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Private Departure Transfer : Sapporo City to New Chitose Airport

¥25,127
Per adult

Reviews of Niseko

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 27, 2020

Best staff and people!

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.

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