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The Best of Niseko 2018/19 Goes To...

Thank you for participating and voting for your favourites for the Best of Niseko Awards 2018/19. Now running for its second year, the Best of Niseko Awards celebrates the best that the resort has to offer. The 5 categories this year are: Best Coffee, Best Food (restaurant, cafe, food truck), Best Apres Ski (nightlife, bar), Best Retail (shop, gallery) and Best Newcomer (any category).

The shortlisted nominees were selected by an advisory committee of panelists, and the winners selected by an open public online voting system. Congratulations to the winners and a massive thank you to everyone who joined this time. See you next time!

Entries Roll in for Niseko’s New Short Film Festival

Take a sneak peak one of the entries already received for the Niseko Shootout Short Film Fest – Winterfox by Roxy sponsored skier Lena Stoffel.

Entries Roll in for Niseko’s New Short Film Festival

Excitement is starting to build for the inaugural festival with some amazing movies already submitted and the official festival venue announced. The Hanazono 308 resort base building will host the event on Saturday, March 16, with free shuttle buses ferrying viewers from Hirafu to Hanazono.

A dozen or more of the best films as selected by a panel of legendary judges will be shown with prizes ¥100,000 and Niseko resort lift passes.

The event will be fully catered by the famous Niseko Pizza and is sure to be a great night out showcasing Niseko and the talent it’s cultivating. Grab your friends and make a night of it!

Winterfox_Teaser from Lena Stoffel on Vimeo.


The Shootout judges are looking for short, creative films that tell a story about Niseko. They don’t have to be Oscar winning standard – they just need to be put together with passion and whatever technical skills you have available to you. There are several categories to guide Person Profile, Culture, Nature/Environment, Park Riding, and Adventure/Exploration.

Registration is free and open from now until film submission deadline March 5.

Head over to the event webpage for full registration details and film guidelines.

Entries Roll in for Niseko’s New Short Film Festival

Summer Job Fair 2019 Niseko, ShiriBeshi: February 18 - 22, 2019

NPB News, Winter News

Summer Job Fair 2019 Niseko, ShiriBeshi: February 18 - 22, 2019

Hokkaido Government is going to have "Summer Job Fair 2019 Niseko, ShiriBeshi" from February 18(Mon) to 22(Fri) 2019, after Chinese new year. The event venue "hirafu188 Event Space" is located on "Hirafu-zaka" street, easy to access from every winter resorts in Niseko area.

This 5 days event is for introducing spring/summer season job in 2019 to visitors/regidents who have valid work visa (including Working Holiday makers). Niseko and its surroundings, called "Shiribeshi", need your help in many jobs like agriculture, forestery, food processing, and shop staff. 

We have English speaking staff and help finding your new employer with asking your desirable job types, working period, and working conditions. Please come and visit us!

For more information, please see HERE!!  For the PDF flyer, please download from here. 

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.

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