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Visit Niseko

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
¥25,800
per night
Dec 14 - Dec 15

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

4.1/5Very Good! (560 reviews)

"Really nice hotel with a great view. Pretty good choice."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

Hilton Niseko Village
Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Lakeside Terrace
Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Lakeside Terrace
3.5 out of 5
21, Toyako-onsen, Toyako, Hokkaido
¥14,876
per night
Jan 7 - Jan 8

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Toyako Onsen and Lake Toya. Usuzanfunka Memorial Park is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away.

3.8/5Good! (557 reviews)

"Guests will enjoy the awesome views of the hot spring and do request for Lake Toya room view."…"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Lakeside Terrace
The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido
The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido
4 out of 5
128-1 Aza-Tokiwa, Akaigawa, Hokkaido
¥21,250
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7

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! (474 reviews)

"good view nice room but should have free entry to snow park for hotel guest hot pond outside is really good"…"

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido

Popular things to do in Niseko

Rusutsu Resort
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Rusutsu Resort

4.5/5(11 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(45 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)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Toyako Onsen during your travels in 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

Discover Hokkaido with SkyExpress Private Day Hire Let us take you anywhere you want to go across Hokkaido in our private and comfortable coaches, SUVs and current model vehicles. See Hokkaido's best sights with our private day tour.

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

¥8,250

Discover Hokkaido with SkyExpress Day Tours Explore the amazing colours of beautiful flowers in this famous area. Visiting Furano Cheese Factory, Jam Factory, Anpan Man Shop, Tomita Farm and Patchwork Road. The Day Tours only Depart and Return to your Sapporo or Niseko Hotel.

10 Hour Private Day Hire
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10 Hour Private Day Hire

¥60,000

Discover Hokkaido with SkyExpress Private Day Hire Let us take you anywhere you want to go across Hokkaido in our private and comfortable coaches, SUVs and current model vehicles. See Hokkaido's best sights with our private day tour.

Sapporo Private Day Tour
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Sapporo Private Day Tour

¥7,000

Discover Hokkaido with SkyExpress Day Tours With a multitude of electronic stores, ramen and crab restaurants, you surely wont be disappointed. Buy an authentic kimono or some chopsticks to take home.

Otaru Private Day Tour
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Otaru Private Day Tour

¥7,000

Discover Hokkaido with SkyExpress Day Tours Explore at your leisure the famous Nikka Whisky in Yoichi. Learn how Whisky originated in Japan, sample some free Whisky and have the opportunity to purchase whisky made on the premises.

1-Day Pass for Noboribetu Date Jidaimura(10/1)
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1-Day Pass for Noboribetu Date Jidaimura(10/1)

¥2,571

Visit: Noboribetsu Date Jidai Village, 53-1 Nakanoboribetsuchō, Noboribetsu, Hokkaido 059-0463, Japan Noboribetu Date Histric Village,Noboribetu,Hokkaido

Reviews of Niseko

4.6

Top Destination

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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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