Niseko

Ski resorts in Japan
Only a short distance from the snowy Yotei volcano is the Japanese ski resort of Niseko. With 50 feet of snow per year and top-level forest skiing it's hardly a surprise that Japan, and especially Nisseko, has become so popular.

Niseko is the largest ski resort in Japan and consists of four villages. An'nupuri, Niseko, Hirafu and Hanazono. Like in all ski resorts in Japan, English is not a common language at Niseko. Do not worry though, as a friendlier treatment than you'll receive in Niseko is hard to find.

Here you can stay at expensive hotel chains, but there are also more affordable options for those who don't want to spend too much. Of course you will find Japanese cuisine on the menu so try not to fantasize too much about eating a hamburger when you are done skiing for the day.

Even though Niseko offers skiing for everyone with an impressive ski system, the main focus here is clearly off-piste. Niseko is not the place to go if you want to be sure of sun because Niseko rarely sees any sunlight at all.

Snow forecast

  • Saturday

    5 cm snow
    Lätt snöfall
    -11°
    1 m/s
  • Sunday

    11.3 cm snow
    Snow showers
    -12°
    1 m/s
  • Monday

    11.1 cm snow
    Snow showers
    -11°
    1 m/s
What do you think about Niseko?
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Chris Chan
Chris Chan (Guest)
30/03/2011
If you love your powder then there's simply no better place in the world in January than Niseko... Right off the lifts you're getting great turns - knee deep every second day, waist deep in between!

While inbounds in Japan you won't find the same kind of steeps you'll find in say Jackson Hole, the steeps are there, you'll just have to hike for them. There's also a good park, a huge FIS Superpipe, very cool people and great food... but you'll go to Niseko for the powder and you'll be blown away.

Look around and you'll find there's a wide range of accommodation options - it isn't all luxury package tours! Japan is actually quite reasonably priced, but you can't get around the fact that you do have to fly a long way. It's only a touch further flying to Tokyo than to Whistler, but it's such a very different experience that it's really worth it.

And ask around... no-one goes to Japan just once. It's the kind of place that once you've been once you can't wait to get back to. There's two big differences between Niseko and everywhere else in Japan. One is how easy it is do everything... English works pretty much everywhere, meaning you find your challenges on the hill instead of at your hotel check-in. The other big difference is Niseko's attitude to backcountry. It rocks compared to the rest of Japan, which is often fairly restrictive. You can see the pow, it's just there on the other side of the rope... but duck a rope and you will get chased and have your lift pass pulled. Not fun. Niseko is very different...

Check the mags and search the websites, watch almost any video from the last ten years and you'll read about Niseko and see the powder for yourself.

This is somewhere you've really got to check out yourself... powder heaven, reasonable prices, and a great culture and people as well.

HanazonoFreedom
05/05/2010
The greatest powder is on the Hanazono side, and no lift lines. Great and reasonable lodging at Freedom Inn (www.freedom-inn.jp) very close to the slopes.

mapatten
15/04/2009
Been there 3 times and the powder skiing is awesome, in particular skiing through the trees - check out Strawberry and Blueberry fields.

Check out Wild Bills for a good night out.

Anders
Anders (Guest)
14/12/2017
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The area around and in Niseko is there for those who love to go swimming.

Niseko consists of four systems, and a small side-moiwa Moiwa where there are no lift queues and you can go untouched all day.
Have been there twice and lived in Moiwa, Northface has a newly built and fresh cottage. The second option in Moiwa is Moiwa lodge, a classic lodge driven to a couple from Australia. Great place with helpful staff and good transfer to the nearby areas and into Niseko village.

Most of them were found in Moiwa and Annapurri, there are smaller people there and not as exploited as the main system at Niseko village, where the most hang out.
The snowmobile is sufficient (at least 10m a year) and it is not rare there is a 50cm new layer when you wake up in the morning.
The fall height may not be the most kidding, but the advantage is that the Moiwa system can keep open in principle, regardless of how much it snowed, with great forest skiing and enough cushions for a full day without longer trips.
It is worth planning and taking a trip to CHISENUPURI, a down-to-earth system that, after a real snowfall, can best be described as the white sky.

Are you looking for a crazy afterski and late nights, you'll probably want to live closer to Village, where you get the chance to hang out with refreshed Australians all night long!

+ Infinity with pillows
+ easily accessible (no longer trips needed to find untrained snow even at the end of the day)
+ affordable (accommodation, ski pass, ski rental)
+ mood (you can have friends during puder days)

- Fall height sometimes feels a bit thin




Nudeln
05/02/2016
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The resort is great for those looking for pillows. The fall height or slope is nothing to cheer for, but when the fresh snow is in such quantities, you have the right feet in the legs after a ride regardless. The best area was in my opinion northeastern Hirafu and Hanazono. I have also uploaded some photos and more about Japan on my travel page for the interested ...

http://jonasresor.se/japan-skidakning-tivioli-fujiq-bergochdalbana/japan-hokkadio-osaka-nara.html

matsarne
08/06/2012
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This movie says quite a lot. This was how it was most day off for two weeks. Had 1 (!) Day without good pow. We also got some sunshine which is unusual.



dennis
dennis (Guest)
16/06/2011
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awesome place! was there on 4 and 5 2011. started with 2 days of sunshine and some nice top trips :) Then the snow came about 30 cm every day! It is not an extreme ride, but okay, nice forest ride may not be the longest ride you have, but you can go the more so I can really recommend this place.
We hired a Swedish who lived there for 20 years approx. a rather simple house in the countryside, but cozy. about 10 min by car from central hirafu. We also had to borrow his car, it was included in the rent. then it was easy to get between the ski areas and the onsen! (hot Springs)
 then contact him if you are thinking of going there, he also guides.
Per Dahlin

gertaxel
10/02/2009
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Was there the 1998 sports license!

It was snowing in principle all the time. A real good ski resort, which you can not afford so often.
But they cry strange things if you drive under the chair lift. Lucky to be Japanese, when the snow was so good!

Anna4
03/03/2008
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Niseko rules!
Had 2 wonderful weeks in the powder paradise (v7 & 8 2008). It snowed constantly for 7 days, which meant cruel, bottomless, cold powder snow. Then 2 days of sunshine. and late snow again :-))).
The top is 1300 m, so it will be quite short, but what does it do when the snow is amazing? The off-piste is accessed via "gates" that open and close by Ski-Patrol. The Japanese follow rules, and it may be good to comply with the ski patrol's recommendations, otherwise the ski pass will be lifted. The best area is Hanazono. Best lunch Gyoza-Ramen at noodle house in An'nupuri.
All this cruel powder snow combined with amazing Japanese food and delicious hot springs (onsen) to recover in.
Days of total happiness!
Anna

Oden
17/02/2008
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I found Heaven
do not think there are no more europs going there?
There are, however, a lot of Aussis there
and everyone goes offpist beginners as well as professionals,
but it does not matter much because there is a lot of dry snow
we got 40 centimeters a day v.4 2008
the whole mountain felt untouched every morning we woke up.
The Hanazona area is the best
try eating catskiing in niseko weisshorn, it's an old ski area there
the lifts have stopped walking. costs only 5500 yen for a full day and you go without a guide. the weekends for then there are a lot of people.
The best period is beginning January to mid February
forget about sun protection I saw the sun an hour in a week.

http://www.snowjapan.com/e/daily/niseko-now.php

We'll be there next year there for 6 weeks

Avalanche Mike

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