Niseko, Japan

"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: 1 Dec.(The schedule for Open '21 Nov' has been delayed.) - 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

NPB publications will be ready soon!!

NPB publications will be ready soon!!

The most essential publications(W&D, Area Guide, Resort Map and Transport Guide 2015-16 season) will be arrived to Niseko area on Friday, 24 November, 2015. Picking up available on Friday afternoon, 24 Nov, 2015 at tourism office below. For queries, please contact to NPB office, TEL0136-21-255, [email protected] 

- Kutchan Town Office
- Kutchan tourism association
- Niseko tourism association
- Niseko Town Office
- Rankoshi Town Office
- NPB Office

■ Wine&Dine and Area Guide (Web magazine: Hokkaido e-book) 
   *2015-16 version will be available from 12 November, 2015  

■ Resort Map and Transport Guide
Here is the link:
2015-2016 Resort Map link(English)
2015-2016 Resort Map link (Japanese)
2015-2016 JR & Bus timetables link

New Year's Eve Event in Niseko Village

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Hilton Count Down Fireworks

A gorgeous display of "hanabi" to ring in the New Year in style with your loved ones.

  • Date & Hours: 

    December 31, 2015 Start at 24:00

  • Place: Hilton Niseko Village


New Year's Eve Event in Niseko Village

Christmas in Niseko Village

Winter News

December 24th, 2015 Christmas Event at Niseko Village

  • Reindeer Photo Session - Take a photo memento with Santa and his reindeer (17:30~17:45)
  • Christmas Night Santa will drop in with gifts for the little ones! @(1)Hilton Niseko Village 1F lounge 17:00~17:20, (2)The Green Leaf Hotel 1F lounge 18:30~19:00,
  • Christmas Fireworks (start 20:20)


Christmas in Niseko Village

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