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Niseko
Travel Guide

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

Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
5 out of 5
Aza Iwaobetsu Kutchan co, Kutchan, Hokkaido
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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 6 mi (10 km) of Kutchancho ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (26 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
One Niseko Resort Towers
One Niseko Resort Towers
4 out of 5
455-3 Niseko, Niseko, Hokkaido
The price is ¥7,413 per night from Mar 23 to Mar 24

Located near the slopes, this Niseko hotel is in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Niseko-Shakotan-Otarukaigan Quasi-National Park and Annupuri, and close ...

4.3/5Excellent! (504 reviews)

"The ski in location was excellent, although it was not as easy to access ski areas other than Moiwa. The breakfast buffet was great and plenty of choice. The room was a good size, although could do with a good clean! Overall a great stay."…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

One Niseko Resort Towers
Niseko Grand Hotel
Niseko Grand Hotel
3 out of 5
412 Niseko, Niseko, Hokkaido
The price is ¥9,752 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Niseko hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Niseko-Shakotan-Otarukaigan Quasi-National Park, Annupuri, and Niseko Annupuri ...

3.6/5Good! (229 reviews)

"Onsen and dinner very good. Hotel come with shuttle bus to connect with snow resort."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Niseko Grand Hotel
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Vacation Rentals in Niseko

Chatrium Niseko
Chatrium Niseko
3.5 out of 5
190-4 Aza Yamada, Kutchan, Hokkaido
The price is ¥26,727 per night from Mar 28 to Mar 29

Situated in Kutchan, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Niseko-Shakotan-Otarukaigan Quasi-National Park and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu. Shikotsu-Toya ...

3.8/5Good! (5 reviews)
とても良い

"フロントの対応がとても良かったです。 部屋も綺麗で羊蹄山が見えて感激です。"…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

Chatrium Niseko
Niseko Central Condominiums
Niseko Central Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
185-6 Aza Yamada, Abuta, Kutchan, Hokkaido
The price is ¥18,182 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated in Kutchan, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Niseko-Shakotan-Otarukaigan Quasi-National Park and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (19 reviews)
Satisfactory

"Friendly staff. Location is kinda in the middle of everything. A fair hike up to the Gondola especially challenging up hill for about 500m."…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Niseko Central Condominiums
Panorama Niseko
Panorama Niseko
4 out of 5
Kutchan Cho Aza Yamada 60-4, Kutchan, Hokkaido

Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this vacation home in Kutchan is within 3 mi (5 km) of Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu, ...

Panorama Niseko
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Reviews of Niseko

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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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