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Niseko

Travel Guide
Niseko showing snow, mountains and snow skiing

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.

Where to stay in Niseko

The Westin Rusutsu Resort
The Westin Rusutsu Resort
5 out of 5
133 Izumikawa, Rusutsu, Hokkaido
The price is ¥22,100 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
Offering ski-in/ski-out access, this resort in Rusutsu is in the mountains, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Rusutsu Resort, and close to winter activities such as cross-country ...
4.4/5Excellent! (236 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
The Windsor Hotel TOYA
The Windsor Hotel TOYA
5 out of 5
Shimizu, Toyakocho, Abuta-gun, Toyako, Hokkaido
The price is ¥25,620 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
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 6 mi (10 km) of Lake Toya and Toyako ...
4.3/5Excellent! (480 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
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
5 out of 5
Aza Iwaobetsu Kutchan co, Kutchan, Hokkaido
The price is ¥35,700 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in the mountains, this Kutchan hotel offering ski-in/ski-out access is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Niseko Hanazono Resort and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kutchancho ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)
Brilliant hotel!
"Loved every bit of our stay at Park Hyatt Niseko and already planning to return back for the winter. The staff was very hospitable and went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable and fulfilling as possible. The rooms were perfectly designed and made efficient use of the space. Would highly ..."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2020

Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Vale Rusutsu
The Vale Rusutsu
3.5 out of 5
13 Izumikawa, Rusutsu, Hokkaido
The price is ¥21,818 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Situated in Rusutsu, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Rusutsu Resort and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mount Yotei and Fukidashi Park. Shikotsu-Toya National ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"フロントの方の対応がとても良かったです。ありがとうございました。"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2021

The Vale Rusutsu
Aspect Niseko
Aspect Niseko
4 out of 5
169-32 Yamada, Kutchan, Hokkaido
The price is ¥38,015 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Situated in the mountains, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Niseko-Shakotan-Otarukaigan Quasi-National Park and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"羊蹄山の眺めが素晴らしかったです。 連泊の方がもっと楽しめたと感じました。"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2019

Aspect Niseko
Holiday Niseko Shiki and Koyuki
Holiday Niseko Shiki and Koyuki
4 out of 5
Yamada 83-134, Kutchan, Hokkaido
Situated in a regional park, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Niseko-Shakotan-Otarukaigan Quasi-National Park and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu. ...
Holiday Niseko Shiki and Koyuki
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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