Niseko, Japan

Come to Ki Niseko for reindeer rides this Christmas!

Niseko News, Winter News

Santa's reindeer have booked a Christmas play date with the kids of Niseko, and will be giving rides to anyone who'd like to come along!

The action will be taking place out the front of Ki Niseko on December 24 & 25 from 10am to 4pm. Rides are free for everyone to enjoy and don't forgot to pop in to An Dining before or after to enjoy a hot chocolate, some lunch or a cold drink!

Location: Outside Ki Niseko
Date: December 24 & 25
Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: FREE

For more information, please contact Ki Niseko on +81 (0) 136 21 2565

Ki Niseko - Reindeer

Aiming to create a Wi-Fi Hotzone to cover the entire Niseko resort area with FON and Wireless Gate

Niseko Promotion Board has made headway in the Wi-Fi infrastructure business.

Niseko Promotion Board, Wireless Gate, a wireless broadband service provider (Head Office: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo), and Fon Japan K.K. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo), the Japanese subsidiary of the world's largest community Wi-Fi “FON,” will jointly launch the project to construct a Wi-Fi environment that covers all the tourist areas in Niseko, Hokkaido, and will start providing a free Wi-Fi service to visitors in the area including inbound tourists (foreign visitors in Japan) from November 21.
In the hotels, restaurants and activity facilities in the Niseko area, WirelessGate will install, operate and support the high-performance, low-cost wireless LAN routers manufactured by FON, which has developed over 17 million spots around the world and has users in more than 200 countries.
This will enable the facilities in the area to introduce Wi-Fi at a low cost and provide a Wi-Fi service to the tourists using their facilities free of charge for a set amount of time. Because FON is widely recognized around the world, the facilities will attract more foreign tourists and improve their convenience through the Wi-Fi service. The tourists will be able to use the service easily and safely by using the Facebook login function offered by FON without the bothersome task of entering personal information.
The service will commence on November 21, and approximately 100 facilities will provide the Wi-Fi service in Niseko area before the end of this year. WirelessGate will expand the area where the routers are installed sequentially so that Wi-Fi spots will be available in over 300 facilities in the future.
■About FON
FON Ltd. was founded by serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky in February 2006 with the goal of blanketing the world with Wi-Fi. The FON community where users share their own Wi-Fi with each other has expanded as an original cloud sourcing approach and has grown into the world’s largest global Wi-Fi network, covering over 17 million Wi-Fi spots around the world. The company has business tie-ups with the communication carriers around the world including BT (UK), Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Vodafone (Spain, Italy), SFR (France), KPN (the Netherlands), Proximus (Belgium), NOS (Portugal), Netia (Poland), OTE (Greece), MTC (Russia), Oi (Brazil), KT (Korea), Telstra (Australia) and MWEB (South Africa). In addition, it has capital tie-ups with leading companies around the world including Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, ITOCHU Corporation, Atomico, Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital.
FON’s website:

■Wireless Gate, (Head Office: Shinagawaku, Tokyo)
Wireless broadband service provider.
Wireless Gate combines public wireless LAN providers’ Wi-Fi access points with telecoms carriers’ networks to offer wireless communications services tailored to the needs of our users.
Their services are sold at electronics retailers and mobile phone stores.
Three main segments:
Wireless Broadband Services 
Wireless Platform Services
Wi-Fi Infrastructure Business (a new business)

Explanatory meeting is scheduled as following, please attend the meeting. For queries, please contact NPB secretariat, TEL 0136-21-2551. 

Time & Date:  2pm on Friday, 27 November, 2015
Venue :  Sunsports Land Kutchan
Person in charge : Shimada

"Hatsumoude" (Traditional New Year's shrine visit) at Yamada Shrine, 1 January

"​Hatsumoude" is the first visit of the year to a Shinto shrine. While you're in Japan, why not experience the New Year in a traditional Japanese way?

Yamada Shrine is located in the Hirafu area (please see the map below) and will welcome visitors who wish to pray for happiness in the coming year.

Those who visit the shrine between midnight and 2am on 1 January 2016 will be offered free "sacred sake"! Yakitori, sweet sake (traditional New Year's drink), and butajiru (pork miso soup) stalls will be on site, too!

For more information, please contact Kutchan Tourism Association on 0136-22-3344 or email to [email protected]

Ski resort operation schedule

This schedule will be changed depends on the snowfall.

Niseko HANAZONO Ski Resort

Operation period: 5 December 2015 - 3 April 2016
Business hours 8:30-16:00
*No night operation

Operation period: Undecided - 5 May 2016 *Opening date will be decided depends on the snow accumulated. 
Night operation period: 12 December 2015 - 21 March 2016
Business hours: 8:30-16:30 (night operation until 20:30)

Niseko Village
Operation period: 1 December 2015 - 3 April 2016
Night operation period: 12 December 2015 - 21 March 2016
Business hours 8:30-16:30 (night operation until 20:00)

Operation period: 28 November 2015 - 5 May 2016
Night operation period: 12 December 2015 - 21 March 2016
Business hours: 8:30-16:30 (night operation until 20:30)

Moiwa Ski Resort 
Operation period: 5 December 2015 - Mid April 2016 (subject to change depending on the amount of snow)
Business hours: 8:30-16:00
*No night operation

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