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2019-20 Niseko United Opening Dates!

Thanks for a great season! Let's count down to another awesome winter.

2019-20 Niseko United Opening Dates!

Did you enjoy some epic time here in Niseko and can't wait for the next winter season? We are, too! Here are the estimated 2019-20 opening & closing dates for the Niseko United 4 Resorts:

  • Niseko Grand Hirafu: Saturday, 23rd Nov, 2019 (from 8:30-15:30, Ace Pair Lift #3) - Wednesday, 6th May, 2020
  • Niseko Annupuri: Saturday, 23rd Nov, 2019 (from 8:45-15:15, Jumbo Pair Lift #3) - Wednesday, 6th May, 2020
  • Niseko Village: Sunday, 1st Dec, 2019 - Early April, 2020
  • Niseko Hanazono: Saturday, 7th Dec, 2019 - End of March or early April, 2020

Night skiing starts from mid December 2019 till mid March 2020!

You can find the lift ticket pricing and details here as well.

*Dates subject to change due to weather condition

*Photo by Casey Purdie. Athlete: Aron Hayes

Spring Fun in Niseko!

Find out all the what-to-do and what-to-eat in Niseko spring time!

Spring Fun in Niseko!

Curious what is ON in Niseko during spring? The resorts are open till first week of May and offering special lift pass discounts starting March 21st. You can just purchase the passes at the counter easily.

There are also tons of great restaurants available and fun activities happening still. Here is a quick list for you! For detailed activity or restaurant info, you can find it in the Niseko Area Guide, Wine & Dine or SIMPLY DOWNLOAD THE FREE OFFICIAL RESORT APP "NISEKO".

The free official resort app "NISEKO"
The free official resort APP "NISEKO"

ACTIVITIES

NAME INFO SCHEDULE
Hanazono Niseko Golf Set in a beautiful natural setting featuring a spring water creek and natural birch forest with stunning vistas of Mt. Yotei. Open from May 3rd.
NAC Adventure Park Biggest adventure park on trees in Japan. Suitable for adults & kids! Open all year round
NAC Snowshoe No matter during day time, or night time, snowshoing is one of the locals' favourite sprig activities. Available till April 30th.
Niseko Golf Course Designed by Arnold Palmer and just a 15-minute drive from Hirafu, this course is the undisputed locals favorite. Open from April 21st.
Niseko Green Farm Experience the organic farm in Niseko. Open from April 27th onwards
Niseko Village Golf Course Resort golf at its best. Open from May 1st.
Niseko Village PURE Perfect activity center for diverse interests. Open from April 27th!
Paintball If you’re interested in this extreme sport, you’re in luck because one of the few paintball fields in Japan is right here in Niseko. Open from June 15th.
Rhythm Japan Japan’s one-stop shop for outdoor equipment! Winter operation till May 6th. Summer tour begins June 1st!
Rafting With the arrival of spring, the river in Niseko becomes a white water rafting paradis. Start from April 6th.
White Isle Snowmobiling Unforgettable way to explore Niseko in spring. Available till April 20th.
Spring Fun in Niseko!

RESTAURANTS/CAFES/BARS

NAME INFO SCHEDULE
A-Bu-Cha With a great assortment of delicious Japanese comfort food, A-Bu-Cha is one of the top-pick spots in Hirafu. Closed on May 6th and resumes from July 2nd, 2019 for summer season.
An Dining Located in the Ki Niseko lobby, offering produce-inspired fine and casual dining. Operating till breakfast on May 6th for winter season. Open again from May 31st for dinner for summer!
Bang Bang This popular Izagaya in Hirafu offers a menu packed with top quality Hokkaido produce! Open till May 6th for winter season and start summer season from July 1st.
Bistro Re Arbor A contemporary twist with an ecletic menu, featuing seasonal and local products from Hokkaido. Open all year round (close occasionally for maintenance)
cafe HANA Located in White Isle, you can enjoy the views of Mt. Yotei, Annupuri, Iwao Nupuri, Weiss horn. You can enjoy homemade cakes. Open all year round
Crab Dining Kanon Enjoy the crab-focused course with local vegetables during your visit! Closed on April 7th and resumes from July 1st, 2019 for summer season.
Ebisutei Fantastic Izagaya in Niseko that offers oden. Closed on May 5th and resumes from June 1st, 2019 for summer season.
Elements Located in Always Niseko, Elements offers mouthwatering Japanese and Western dishes for breakfast and lunch., Open all year round
GENTEM Cafe Located in the heart of Niseko, serving dishes using fresh and seasonal local ingredients! Closed on May 6th and resumes from July 1st, 2019 for summer season.
Graubuden A great cafe not only for the delicious cakes but also sandwhiches, cookies and teas. Open all year round
Green Farm Cafe The good old cafe in a new look and location with cafe, deli and coffee roasted on one spot. Closed on May 7th and resumes from June 3rd, 2019 for summer season.
Gyu Bar + Niseko's legendary speakeasy and a must-hit spot for rare Japanese whiskies, jazzy vibes and cocktails. Closed on April 14th.
H Restaurant + Bar H Restaurant offers modern Italian cuisine using the finest ingredients from the Hokkaido region. Choose from a selection of craft beers, signature cocktails and share a plate from our sip & savour menu at the bar. Closed on May 7th and resumes from July 7th.
Hirafu Zaka Grab a bite at this Izakaya, offering enticing Japanese casual dining. Operating till May 6th for winter season. Open again from May 21st, 2019 for summer!
Jojo's Cafe Located on the 2nd floor of NAC centre, this is the place for chilling out before or after adventures. Open all year round
Kamimura Located in Shiki Niseko, Kamimura offers Michelin-starred dining experience with Japanese and French traditions in menus Operating till April 20th for winter season. Open again from July 5th, 2019 for summer!
Kitchen Located in Shiki Niseko, Kitchen provides a more intimate and more personal dining experience by Kamimura team. Operating till April 6th for winter season. Open again from July 4th, 2019 for summer!
Kumo Restaurant Located at Skye Niseko, taste the fresh flavours of summer in Hokkaido at Kumo Restaurant. Daily buffet breakfast available. Operating till May 6th for winter season. Open again from May 31st, 2019 for summer!
Lupicia Offering a gourmet experience in Niseko with exquisite dishes made from the freshest Hokkaido produce.. Open all year round
Madriano Pizza shop annexed to a cheese factory, freshly-baked pizza guaranteed. Open all year round
Milk Kobo A must visit spot for all the sweets lovers out there. Open all year round
Niseko Pizza A family run Restaurant offering a menu made with lots of love and the best quality ingredients. Close April 8th-18th & May 7th-June 30th for winter season. Open again from July 1st, 2019 for summer!
Prativo All-you-can-eat lunch buffet with a wide variety of fresh vegetable dishes overlooking Mt. Yotei Open all year round
Ren, Japanese Kitchen Extensive traditionally-styled izayaka and original Japanese menu. Operating till May 4th for winter season. Open again from July 1st, 2019 for summer!
Robata Niseko Naniwatei Embrace an authentic dining experience like no other in Niseko. Open from April 27th through November 30th.
Sekka Lab A superb place to dine with friends and family when visiting Niseko. Closed from April 6th and re-open for summer from April 26th.
Seven Star's Cafe New location with good old delicious casual food options. Open all year round
Somoza An eclectic mix of Japanese crafts, art and antiques blended seamlessly with a Chef's table serving modern Hokkaido cuisine. Closed from April 6th and re-open for summer from April 26th.
Snow Castle Located in Chalet Ivy, come experience an entirely new world of premium modern Japanese cuisine. Operating till May 6th for winter season. Open again from May 21st, 2019 for summer!a
Sushi Shin Master Chef Masaki Miyakawa’s first branch restaurant, offering world-class edomae sushi in the heart of Niseko’s Annupuri resort. Closed till April 26th and re-open on April 27th till May 6th.
Temporada Niseko's finest Tapas Bar and Wine, located in the heart of Hirafu, inside Shiki Niseko. Closed on May 7th and resumes from June 3rd, 2019 for summer season.
Toshiro's Bar -Lounge- The Best of Niseko, Best Apres Ski winner, Toshiro's Bar's sister shop, Toshiro's Bar -Lounge- is located at Niseko Prince Hotel Hirafutei. Closed till April 19th and re-open on April 20th till May 5th. The summer schedule resumes from July 1st, 2019.
Long Tang Chinese Dim Sum Restaurant. Only here in Niseko! Re-open on April 19th
Niseko Gelato Over 20 kinds of homemade gelato! Open from April 27th
Musu Niseko's favourite apres ski bar & bistro breakfast, lunch and tapas! Closed on May 7th and resumes from July
El Asador Enjoy South American barbecues in the heart of Kutchan downtown. Closed from April 27th and re-open on June 27th

2019-20 Niseko Winter Early Bird Discounts

Book now to enjoy the great saving opportunities for your next winter vacation in Niseko!

2019-20 Niseko Winter Early Bird Discounts

Can't wait for the next winter vacation in Niseko? We are, too! If you are looking for some great deals for your 2019-20 winter trip, look no further! Here is a list of some great options around the Niseko area! Many of them are ending soon, so ACT FAST!

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2019-20 Niseko Winter Early Bird Discounts

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

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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!

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.

Categories:

Person profile

Exploration/adventure

Park riding

Culture

Nature/Environment

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.

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