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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
The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido
The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido
4 out of 5
128-1 Aza-Tokiwa, Akaigawa, Hokkaido
¥9,900
per night
Apr 8 - Apr 9

Located near the slopes, this Akaigawa hotel is in the mountains, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kiroro Resort, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Sakaimachi Street and Rinyu ...

4.3/5Excellent! (518 reviews)

"Very nice ski hotel , you can enjoy with ski all day and more activities Recommended"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
5 out of 5
Aza Iwaobetsu Kutchan co, Kutchan, Hokkaido
¥44,880
per night
Apr 19 - Apr 20

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
素晴らしいホテルだから頑張ってほしい

"この度は憧れのスキーリゾートのこちらのホテルに宿泊できることを心待ちにしていました。 コロナウイルス大流行の中でしたが、数日滞在しました。 日本語はあまり通じない!ということは、知っていたのですが、ホテルのフロントのスタッフは一生懸命に日本語で対応してくれて、嬉しかったですが、細かなニュアンスは通じているか不安な時は英語で話しました。 そう、ホテルは素晴らしく スキーをした後に優雅な空間で疲れた体を癒したい!リゾートを日本で体感したかったので、そんな方にはぴったりのホテルでした。 ホテルのホームページにはあまり、記載がないのですが、 プールも温泉もあって、大きさなど期待以上に快適で、プールは長さもあり、しっかり泳げます。 ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
Hyatt House Niseko
Hyatt House Niseko
4 out of 5
190-4, Aza Yamada, Abuta Gun, Hirafu Village, Kutchan, Hokkaido
¥21,000
per night
Apr 6 - Apr 7

Located near the slopes, this Kutchan 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! (122 reviews)

"Hotel is at the Center of everything, restos, bars,lifts, transportation"…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Hyatt House Niseko

Popular things to do 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.

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

Furano and Biei Private Day Tour
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Furano and Biei Private Day Tour

100% of travellers recommend
¥60,000
Per adult
10 Hour Private Day Hire
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10 Hour Private Day Hire

¥60,000
Per adult
Lake Toya Private Day Tour
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Lake Toya Private Day Tour

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

¥50,000
Per adult
8 Hour Private Day Hire
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8 Hour Private Day Hire

¥50,000
Per adult
Noboribetsu Private Day Tour
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Noboribetsu Private Day Tour

¥50,000
Per adult

Reviews of Niseko

4.5

Top Destination

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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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