Niseko is one of Japan’s hottest skiing destinations for Australians and around the world. Attracting skiers and snowboarders from Shanghai, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand and the USA, Niseko gets excellent powder snow and lots of it. In fact, Niseko typically gets 15m of snow dumped on it during winter which is enough for the season to stretch from December until the end of March. Ideally located in north of Japan, Niseko’s most famous ski holiday resort is Hirafu. Well equipped to cater for families and groups of friends travelling together, the region has continued to develop with modern self-catering apartments the perfect way to relace in space and comfort between ski sessions. Niseko offers a comfortable and efficient ride in covered chair lifts and gondolas, meaning even during extreme blizzard weather you can still enjoy the slopes.
A relatively small town, Niseko is dominated by low rise hotels and apartments offering unobstructed views of the spectacular ski slopes and Mt Yotei. Feeling more like a town and less like a ‘tourist’ destination, the lack of high rise developments is both refreshing and welcoming. That said, Niseko is booming and there are a fantastic range of apartment style hotels and accommodation popping up all over town. There is also a great range of luxury ski-in ski-out accommodation located within easy walking distance of bars, cafes, restaurants and après ski entertainment as well as the beginner runs, chair lift and gondola. Many hotels also offer regular shuttle services to the ski fields. Book Niseko Accommodation
The easiest way to plan and book your Japan ski holiday, Niseko ski packages allow you to bridge the language and culture gap as well as save time and money. By combining all your travel essentials like flights, accommodation and travel insurance, you can enjoy significant discounts. These packages also allow you to combine your holiday with a stopover in Tokyo for an insight into the Japanese culture. Check out Niseko Holiday Packages
The terrain of the Niseko ski fields is varied. For beginners, the base of the mountain offers some beautifully groomed slopes while under the Kogen gondola and the Alpen Super Course offers some excellent steep runs. Just off The Peak you’ll find some huge powder fields and the 20 minute hike from the top lift is well worth it for the reward. Of course the legendary tree runs of Miharashi and Strawberry Fields are always popular. Map of Niseko Ski Field
Located in the northern island of Hokkaido, getting to Niseko takes a little extra effort but is totally worth it. For international visitors arriving at Tokyo Narita Airport, jump on a short domestic flight to Sapporo’s Chitose Airport. From here there are a number of regular bus services that operate from the airport to the ski resorts of Niseko. Getting to Niseko
Despite skiing being the biggest attraction in Niseko, you’ll likely be feeling a bit stiff and sore after a few days on the slopes. If you’re looking for some down time to recover from the physical toll skiing can take on your body, there are some great sightseeing opportunities nearby. Although sitting by the fire sipping sake is tempting, it’s great to get out and experience the ancient history and unique culture of Japan. Niseko attractions range from geothermal and natural attractions to cultural, historical and hands-on attractions. Read more about Attractions in Niseko
The brisk highland weather of Niseko is characterised by heavy snowfall in winter with cooler temperatures persisting into summer. The Niseko ski season generally begins in December and lasts up until May. Thanks to its low altitude and multitude of tree runs, Niseko rarely experiences true whiteouts or poor visibility, even in less desirable weather. See Niseko Snow Report
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