Niseko, Japan

2018-19 Niseko Short Film Festival

This is one Spring event you don't want to miss!

2018-19 Niseko Short Film Festival

Capping off our event lineup, this year’s NIseko Shootout winning photos will be announced at the inaugural Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival.

With 100,000 JPY in cash prizes up for grabs, get those editing skills honed. Held on Saturday, March 16th at HANAZONO 308, the selected (max 10 minutes) films will be premiered in 5 categories:

  • Person Profile
  • Culture
  • Nature/Environment
  • Park Riding
  • Adventure/Exploration
Registration is free and open from now until March 5th. Just submit the registration form via email or drop by Niseko Tourism office. Come one, come all for an end of season celebration of Niseko winter through film and photography!

1st Place: 60,000 JPY Cash Prize AND 2x Niseko United 5 day passes

2nd Place: 30,000 JPY Cash Prize

3rd Place: 10,000 JPY Cash Prize

Short Film Fest Guidelines:

Registration is free.

Entrants must fill out the Niseko Shootout Short Film Fest Entry Form via email or in person at NPB offices by March 5th, 2019.

Films must be submitted by March 5th, 2019.

Entries can be of any duration - max 10 minutes. 

Foreign language films must be accompanied by an English translation or have English subtitles.

Films must have been completed after March 15th, 2017.

Films must contain footage filmed in and/or around Niseko.

Entrants are responsible for ensuring films have all music (festival rights) and talent permissions required for public display. Please submit relevant documentation with your film entry.

Entrants are required to supply promotional materials: 3x still images and a 10-15 second teaser clip for the purpose of promoting the film and film fest.

Entrants will be judged by the below 5 criteria:

  • Niseko soul
  • Story telling
  • Innovation
  • Cinematography
  • Production & Editing

*I acknowledge that the Niseko Shootout jury will select the winning films and no discussion into the final decision will be entered into. 

*The entrant acknowledges and agrees that all matters not covered by these guidelines, and questions arising from them, will be decided at the sole discretion of the Film Fest organizers.


Person profile


Park riding



There are 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners only. Each winner can come from any category. For Example: All winners can come from 1 category. 

Technical Requirements:

Entrants are required to provide an HD high-resolution version of the film.

Means of submission will be discussed via email upon entrant's registration.

Information Regarding Accommodation tax in Kutchan

Niseko News, NPB News

Information Regarding Accommodation tax in Kutchan

To tourists coming to stay in Kutchan Town, Kutchan Town is aiming to add 2% tax charge to visitors’ accommodation fee from November 2019.


The accommodation tax is a special tax for specific purpose, which Kutchan Town uniquely introduces. The purpose is to cover costs involved in promoting tourism, and enhancing the attractiveness of Kutchan Town as it has developed into one of the world-renowned resort town.

The revenue from the tax will be used to solve issues associated with the rising number of tourists and to increase visitors' satisfaction and revisit rate.

 Who pays the tax?

Visitors who stay overnight in lodging facilities in the municipal area of Kutchan Town.

 *Students and teachers etc. on school trips or traveling for business are exempt from this tax if they are pre-approved by an authorized Japanese school official as a study trip serving educational purposes.

*Diplomats who present a tax exemption card issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan are exempt from tax. 

 Tax rate 

2% of your accommodation fee

*Accommodation fee doesn't include consumption tax, bathing facility tax, cost of meals etc.

 How to pay the tax

Tax will be added to the accommodation fee at the lodging facility in which you are staying.

 *The details may change depends on the outcome of the consultation with the Minister of Internal Affairs.

Contact: Kutchan Town Office

(General Info) General Policy Division TEL: 0136-56-8001

(Collection of Accommodation Tax) Tax Division  TEL:0136-56-8002

◆Future Schedule◆

Schedule Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Kutchan Town Council and Kutchan Town Office
December 2018 Application for approval to Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Kutchan Town approved it about the accommodation tax collection in Kutchan Town council.
January 2019 ⬇︎ The Kutchan-cho Town office takes the budget demand procedure to the town council.
February 2019 ⬇︎ ⬇︎
March 2019 The result from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will be arrived in the end of March as scheduled . For the budget demand, Kutchan Town Office will discuss it in a council meeting of March.
April 2019 Project preparations will start full-scale after the agreement of the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications. Advertising and promotion starts after the agreement of town council.
May 2019 ⬇︎ Some explanatory meetings will be scheduled from May.
June 2019 ⬇︎ ⬇︎
July - October 2019 ⬇︎ ⬇︎
1st November 2019 Accommodation tax starts as scheduled. Accommodation Tax stats on 1 November as scheduled.

2019 NISEKO CLASSIC Registration Now Open!

Come enjoy the UCI Granfondo World Series in Hokkaido!

2019 NISEKO CLASSIC Registration Now Open!

It's snowing outside, but it is now time to mark your Summer calendar. July 6th & 7th, Niseko will become the center of Japan's cycling scene.

This year, the NISEKO CLASSIC is expected to attract 1500 riders from all over the world. The race weekend will also be a festival weekend for those not on the bike. The "Niseko Classic Festival" is held on the same weekend at the race's main venue, with various food stands and fun attractions for the kids.

Race registration is now open and is filling up fast, so register today! For details, please visit

If you can't make it to this event, there are tons of other great cycling event and activities in Niseko. Check out HERE.

Supermarket Lucky Special Event

Dining News, NPB News

Supermarket Lucky Special Event

Popular Soup Curry Brand "Sapporo RAKKYO" comes to the supermarket Lucky due to Winter Food Event from Sapporo-city as following. Chicken, Vegetables flavor are available to take away on the day. Owner chef of the Rakkyo Mr. Ide cook at food stand in the shop. Please enjoy Hokkaido popular soup curry on this occasion. For more information, please contact below.

Date : 26, 27 January 2019

Time: 11am - 7pm (as planned) 

Venue: Supermarket Lucky Kutchan Branch

Prices: 900 JPY

Hokuyu LUCKY K.K Kutchan

11-1,Nishi 1, Minami2, kutchan town, 
Abuta gun, Hokkaido,
Japan 044-0032
Phone: +81 (0)136 21 3677
E-mail: [email protected]

Izumikyo Restaurant 'Bistro Re Arbor' OPEN!!

Dining News

Izumikyo Restaurant 'Bistro Re Arbor' OPEN!!

New restaurant "Bistro Re Arbor" opened in Izumikyo! Make sure to drop by for delicious meals.

Delightful eclectic menus feature Japanese, French and Italian cuisine everyone from children to adults can casually enjoy. Choose your main dish for one-plate lunch to be served with soup, salad, seasonal a la carte dish, and a drink ♪ 

For dinner, we offer a variety of delicious dishes including veggie pickles platter, fresh Hokkaido sashimi, shrimp and mushroom ajillo, soft and tasty Rusutsu pork cutlet, juicy Hokkaido wagyu steak, and our chef’s original menu. 

We look forward to serving you soon!

Lunch: 11:00am-3:00pm (L.O.14:30) *No booking. Open from January 1, 2019
Dinner: 5:00pm-9:30pm (L.O.21:00) *Booking available by phone 0136-55-6603
40 seats (max 50)

Address: 11-13 Aza Yamada, Kutchan-cho
Tel: 0136-55-6603

E-mail: [email protected]

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