Niseko is a small farming town located in Hokkaido, the North island of Japan. Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is 93 km east of Niseko and is the largest city on the island with a population of 1.87 million. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport which is just 120km (2hrs) away from Niseko.

Niseko is also the colloquial term that describes all the alpine ski resorts that operate in and around Mt Annupuri. The largest and busiest of the resorts is Grand-Hirafu. This is the gateway to the mountain and also allows linked access to the smaller less developed resorts of HanazonoNiseko Village (Higashiyama) and Annupuri Village. Other resorts include Moiwa, Weiss and Chenupuri. The heart of the Niseko alpine region is Mt. Yotei, which bears a striking resemblance to Mt Fuji.

Niseko is famous for it’s powder skiing. The ski season starts in early December and extends through to early May, with fresh snow falling almost every day. A popular part of the ski experience in Japan is to visit one of the local onsens (hot springs). There are 16 in the local area and are a great way to relax after a long day on the slopes.

Resort Facts

Lift Base Elevation :
300 m
Summit Elevation :
1309 m
Vertical Drop :
1009 m
Highest Lift Point :
1200 m
Longest Run :
5.6 km
Average Snowfall :
12 m
Lifts :
Open 8:30 am Remain operating until 9 pm
Season :
Early December to early May
Night Skiing :
One of the biggest night-skiing areas in the world, even off piste tree runs are possible.
Runs :
57 runs cover 47 km in groomed slopes Beginner 30% Intermediate 40% Advanced 30%
Park :
Pipe :
Yes (Late Season)

Once spring arrives the snow melts and the summer action begins with activities including golf (3 courses), mountain biking, fishing, hiking, white water rafting, tennis, horse riding and hot air ballooning. Touring the local onsens is also a popular past time. The island of Hokaido also offers some incredible sights, not to mention the famous seafood and cheese.

What ever you decide to do on vacation, Hokkaido is a great place to visit and the Niseko alpine region is the gateway to it all.

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