Niseko, Japan

Winter Activities

Enter Your Film for 2019-20 Niseko Short Film Festival!

Don't miss out on this must-see Spring event in Niseko!

Enter Your Film for 2019-20 Niseko Short Film Festival!

The Niseko Shootout Film Fest is the grand finale to this year’s Niseko Shootout series - and we want you to put your time in Niseko this winter to good use by entering your own film!

The finalists’ films will be shown on a big screen on Saturday, March 14 at Hanazono Edge, with winners judged and awarded on the night along

with the winners of the #NisekoShootout Instagram Contest.

JPY250,000 in cash and seriously cool prizes including Icelantic skis and a Gentemstick snowboard are up for grabs!

Selected films (max 7 minutes) will be premiered in 5 categories:

  • Person Profile
  • Culture
  • Nature/Environment
  • Park Riding
  • Adventure/Exploration

Registration is free and simple Just submit the registration form; open from now until March 2nd. Come one, come all for an end of season celebration of Niseko winter through film and photography!

1st Place: 120,000 JPY Cash Prize

2nd Place: 80,000 JPY Cash Prize

3rd Place: 50,000 JPY Cash Prize

MORE DETAILS on the 2019-20 Short Film Festival event will be announced soon.

Enter Your Film for 2019-20 Niseko Short Film Festival!

Short Film Festival Guidelines:

Registration is free.

Entrants must fill out the Niseko Shootout Short Film Fest Entry Form by March 2nd, 2020.

Films must be submitted by March 2nd, 2020.

Entries can be of any duration - max 7 minutes. 

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

Films must have been completed after March 14th, 2018.

Films must contain footage filmed in and/or around Shiribeshi region.

Films must not depict scenes of action deemed illegal by Japanese law. This includes, but is not limited to trespassing and the damage of public/private property, i.e. Avalanche barriers, rails, public/private structure, etc.

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:

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.

Enter Your Film for 2019-20 Niseko Short Film Festival!

Japanese / Chinese / English Conversation Classes

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Japanese / Chinese / English Conversation Classes

◆Japanese Language Class

All classes are free and are located in the Niseko Chomin Center. Participants are expected to cover their own textbook fees.

Beginner Japanese I (Updated Jan 2020)

Learning Points:Finished hiragana, starting katakana and elementary grammar 
Schedule:Every Tuesday, 10:00-11:30 am (90 mins)
Textbook:Genki 1(Chapter 2)

Beginner Japanese II (Updated Jan 2020)
Learning Points:Conjugating adjectives, using te-form 
Schedule:Every Wednesday 10~11 am (60 mins)
Textbook:Genki 1 (Chapter 6)

◆Eikawa TALK

Eikaiwa Talk (Updated Jan 2020)

Instructor:Michael, Mei, Mitch, Ema 
Event Description:Relaxed environment for non-native English speakers to practice casual conversation with each other, receiving general talking points and instruction from English speaking staff and volunteers. Open to English speaking volunteers who would like to interact with Japanese locals. 
Schedule:Every 2nd & 3rd Saturday 10~11 am (60 mins)

◆Chinese Class

Chinese Language & Culture Class

Learning Points:Simple conversations, various daily life situations
Schedule:Every Thursday, 10:00-11:15 am (Class is out of session during Jan 2020)


International Exchange Association Niseko FRIENDS(Niseko Town)

担当:Mitchel Lange  TEL0136-44-2121 [email protected]  

2019-20 Lake Toya <=>Niseko <=> Kutchan Winter Shuttle Begins from Dec 21st!

Access all the scenic spots can be easy breezy through February 11th!

2019-20 Lake Toya <=>Niseko <=> Kutchan Winter Shuttle Begins from Dec 21st!

Coming to Niseko this winter and wanting to explore more? Starting from Saturday, Dec 21st till Tuesday, Feb 11th, you can visit the famous Lake Toya with this convenient shuttle from Niseko/Kutchan area. Please note that after Jan 14th, the shuttle operates only during weekend and holidays. View the flyer HERE.

Please contact 0136-22-1558 to book in advance - by 6pm the day before. First come first served!

Simply download the FREE official Niseko resort app to have all the useful transportation information available in the palm of your hand!

2019-20 Lake Toya <=>Niseko <=> Kutchan Winter Shuttle Begins from Dec 21st!

Temporary Parking Space in Sun Sports Land will be opened, 21 December 2019

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Temporary Parking Space in Sun Sports Land will be opened, 21 December 2019

Temporary Parking Space at Sun Sports Land will be open from 21st Dec.

Please watch out for the muddy ground (particularly around the parking entrance ).

・Available Period: From 21st December 2019 to 31st March 2020

 *It may vary pending on snow condition.
・Available Hours: 8am-0am (No parking is allowed from 0am to 8am.)
・Fee: Free of Charge.
・Permit: No permit is required.

Please see the following URL

 Any questions, please contact Kutchan Town Tourism Department: 0136-23-3388 or [email protected]

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