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Luxury in Niseko: A skier's dream destination in Japan

Constituting of a few different resorts, Niseko is regarded as one of Japan's top five destinations. It is a skier's dream, offering a mix of long, wide open groomers, off-piste tree skiing, a FIS approved half-pipe, terrain parks for all levels of skiers/boarders and easy access to some of the most awe inspiring back country runs you will experience anywhere in the world. With nine gates throughout the resort, accessing the backcountry in Niseko could not be easier. Not only can you enjoy amazing snow conditions throughout the day, Niseko also offers one of the largest night skiing areas in the world. The mountain changes in the evening and it is an exhilarating experience to ride the pistes in moonlight. Almost the entire mountain is lit up at nights and for the more experienced skiers, gliding through the trees with the penetrating light can make for some challenging runs. Famous tree runs like the 'Strawberry Fields' and 'Miharashi' – a 20 minute hike up from the top loft - will create an experience never to forget. With a lift system that is operational, no matter the weather, you can enjoy the slopes all through winter.

Niseko's ski terrain is large and varied with the five resorts of Annupuri, Higashiyama, Hirafu, Hanazono and Moiwa forming the total ski area. The Alpen Super Course under the Kogen gondola offers steep runs for the most experienced skier whilst for beginners, there are beautifully groomed slopes at the base of the mountain. Lifts are open until 9pm every night of the week in Niseko and the best bit is that all lift passes include night skiing or boarding. All runs are long and the 900 vertical drop ranks Niseko up there with other world-class resorts – as do the private apartments and luxury chalets for rent. Niseko is is 110km from Hokkaido's International airport, New Chitose Airport just outside Sapporo. Due to icy roads, it is a 2-3 hour journey. Most international visitors will have to catch a domestic flight from Tokyo via the international airport Narita. You can also take the wonderfully scenic train route from Chitose Airport to Kutchan, with a change at Otaru. From Kutchan guests will need to get a taxi which takes 15 minutes, while the whole trip takes between 3-4 hours.

  • Highest ski pistes: 1308m
  • Kilometres of Pistes: 5.6km
  • Lifts: 28


  • 30% Beginner
  • 40% Intermediate
  • 30% Advanced

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Niseko has an abundance of restaurants, bars, shops and tours available for those who want a break from exploring the mountain. One of the highlights of Niseko is the Japanese hot springs, also known as ‘Onsen's', perfect for soothing those aching muscles. There are many natural hot springs dotted around the resort, some offering sauna access also.
Day tours can be organised to explore Niseko's best resorts and backcountry areas. You can choose from single day trips (guided or unguided) or mutli-packages, which may include snowmobiling. You may choose to go further afield and visit Sapporo, including the Annual Ice Festival, the seaside city of Otaru, or some cultural activities within Hirafu allows you to have a broad holiday experience. Of course, you can explore on your own, hire a 4x4 and search the most untracked lines and freshest powder. If you are not a skier, the day trips offer great picture opportunities. Guests looking for a bit of culture may enjoy the art gallery works of famous Hokkaido artist ‘Shu Ogawara' or ‘Kutchan' the natural history museum.
There are snow monkeys in Japan who also love the Onsen's however to see them you do need to organise a day tour as it takes a couple of hours travelling. If you travel with children it would be nice to organise an evening in another resort to make the most of the travelling and experience.
In Hiarafu – if you are looking for something active and fun, Snowshoe Paintball is always a great option, especially for children and teenagers. The Japanese love a good old Karaoke, get involved at après or late into the evening, even if you cannot sing, it is a great thing to do with a group of friends or family before you go to bed in your private rental villa in Niseko.

Cat skiing is a great adventure for those guests looking to make their own tracks in untouched pistes. The snow cat allows guests access the resort while the sun rises over Yotei – an experience not to be forgotten. Take a snowmobile adventure tour, exploring the untouched, natural surroundings of Niseko, an exciting way to travel around the mountain, suitable for both kids and adults. Niseko also offers Cross Country Ski Courses, another way to discover the pristine powder – available from the Niseko Gondola Base.
Snow Shoeing allows guests to experience the pure serenity of the mountains, treading the surrounding powder and sinking into the quiet beauty of winter, a relaxing activity for those wanting to go off the beaten track and explore at their own pace. If you are used to taking your ski holidays in Europe, you may have experience a ‘Dog Sledge or Husky Sledge' in Niseko, Japan why not try the Reindeer Sledge. Just like a fairy tale, be whisked across the sparkling snow and be delighted by the magic moments. Here is the perfect opportunity to bring your camera. Creating memories that will last forever, a great family experience.
Finally, how about Snow Rafting? Enjoy an exhilarating ride that will find you zipping over the powder through winter scenes while the guides navigate you and act as a tour guide. A breath-taking escapade!

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