There is little wonder why Niseko is attracting an ever-increasing numbers of visitors. As most ski resorts develop and lose their traditional feeling, Niseko retains its authentic Japanese culture through the friendliness and warmth of local hospitality.
This stunning region is set against the backdrop of Mt Yotei, the Mt Fuji of the North, an active volcano that plays a dynamic role in both Winter and Summer activities.
Thanks to the winds that blow over from the Russian mainland, Mt Niseko-Annupuri receives some of the best powder snow in the world. With an average of 15meters of snow falling annually Niseko is regarded as one of the snowiest international ski resorts in the world. From late November to May the village is covered with snow and buzzing with an array of both International and Japanese snow enthusiasts. Forbes crowned Niseko one of the Top 10 International ski resorts in 2008 and National Geographic voted Niseko as the best powder snow resort in the world. Our budget ski accommodation is advantageously located around the mountain to provide easy access for skiers and boarders to take advantage of the 48kms of perfect terrain.
When the snow melts and spring arrives, Niseko is transformed into an oasis as fields of lavender and sunflowers start to bloom and summer activities such as hiking and mountain biking commence.[/toggle_custom]
Niseko is a very popular destination for many internationals guests and as such has become an epicentre for excellence in international cuisine and accommodation.
Throughout the village you will find many traditional Japanese restaurants as well as many establishments offering all different types of international food from all-you-can-eat BBQ to French Michelin Star restaurants.
In addition to many delicious restaurants and bars the village also consists of convenient stores, ski rental stores, cafes, massage parlours, a doctors clinic and a police and fire station.
The closest town to Hirafu is Kutchan where there are grocery stores, shops, banks, bakeries and a post office.
Four ski resorts, Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Annupuri and Niseko Village, make up the Niseko Ski Area which is all interconnected at the peak of the mountain. An All Mountain Lift Pass will allow you to travel between all resorts and explore on and off piste or if you have a favorite place to ski, you can buy a lift pass for the individual resort.
Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Check out the trail map of all 4 ski areas below. With so much detail you’ll think you’ve already been to Niseko.
|Mountain Name||Mt Niseko-Annupuri|
|Ski Resorts||– Hanazono
– Grand Hirafu
– Niseko Village
|Lift Operation||0830 – 1630|
|Night Skiing||1630 – 2100|
|Number of Lifts||35|
|Number of Gondolas||3|