Niseko Information – Overview

With world famous ski resorts and countryside that just keeps going

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. 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.

Hirafu Village

Niseko is a very popular destination for many internationals guests, especially Australians.

For this reason you will find many Aussie owned restaurants, bars and accommodation in the village. Located on the Northern Island of Hokkaido, Niseko’s closest city is Sapporo with New Chitose Airport approximately 120km away.


Mountain Information

Four ski resorts make up the Niseko ski area which is all interconnected by when reaching the peak. An All Mountain Lift Pass will allow you to travel between them all and explore all that Niseko has to offer.

Trail Map

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 Statistics

Mountain Name Mt Niseko-Annupuri
Elevation 1,309m
Ski Resorts – Hanazono
– Grand Hirafu
– Annupuri
– Niseko Village
Ski Area 48km
Lift Operation 0830 – 1630
Night Skiing 1630 – 2100
Beginner Terrain 30%
Intermediate Terrain 40%
Advanced Terrain 30%
Number of Lifts 35
Number of Gondolas 3
Average snowfall 15m