Niseko, Japan

Winter Activities

2019-20 Hakodate <=> Niseko Shuttle Bus Starts December 1st!

Enjoy 2 great iconic destinations in Hokkaido more easily!

2019-20 Hakodate <=> Niseko Shuttle Bus Starts December 1st!

Are you planning your trip to Niseko this winter? Other than flying from Tokyo to New Chitose Airport, you can also take SHINKANSEN bullet train from Tokyo to Hakodate in 4hrs.

Starting from 1st of December, 2019 through 30th of April, 2020, book this special shuttle ahead of time and you can easily access 2 iconic scenery spots in Hokkaido. Please click HERE for details and book the bus.

Detailed info, please check out the flyer HERE. TEL 0136-55-1111 (Japanese speakers only) Office Hour: 10:00 - 17:00

2019-20 NISEKO UNITED Ski Resort Trail Map and MORE!

Find out all the latest changes in the resorts.

2019-20 NISEKO UNITED Ski Resort Trail Map and MORE!

A NEW HANAZONO – EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS FOR WINTER 2019-20

Park Hyatt Niseko HANAZONO Hotel and Residences

If you visited HANAZONO during winter 2018-19 you couldn’t help but notice the construction at the base of the resort, which will open on 20 January 2020. These new structures are the home of Park Hyatt Niseko HANAZONO. This includes a ski-in-ski-out Park Hyatt Hotel and Residences. This much-anticipated development will form the centerpiece of HANAZONO, overlooking the base and the beginner slopes. The development includes extensive new retail and dining options and will be the most significant and spectacular modern development in Niseko to date.  For more information, please see HERE. 

Hanazono EDGE – New Ski Center

To keep up with HANAZONO’s expansion, the resort will build a brand-new ski center. Opening for winter 2019-20, the Hanazono EDGE will compliment the Park Hyatt with an exciting new slopeside restaurant, café, and bar. This new 2 story ski center will accommodate more than 500 people and raises the bar for resort dining and relaxation in a ski-in-ski-out location.

2019-20 NISEKO UNITED Ski Resort Trail Map and MORE!

↓↓  This schedule will be changed depends on the snowfall.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Operation period: 7 December 2019 - 31 March 2020
Business hours 8:30-16:00
*No night operation

2019-20 NISEKO UNITED Ski Resort Trail Map and MORE!

The new facility

MOUNTAIN CENTER ANNEX
Open on Dec. 7, 2019

The Tokyu Land Corporation (Headquarters: Shibuya Ward, Tokyo; President: Yuji Okuma) together with Niseko Tokyu Resort Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Abuta-gun, Hokkaido; President: Shinji Isome) and Tokyu Resort Service Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya Ward, Tokyo; President: Motoyoshi Kumazawa) would like to announce the new construction of the “Mountain Center Annex”, a facility located next to the lower slopes of Niseko Mt. Resort Grand HIRAFU, the ski resort in Kutchan, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, which we manage and operate. The new facility will open for business in December 2019.

NISEKO MT. RESORT GRAND HIRAFU 

Operation period: 23 November - 6 May 2020 *Opening date will be decided depends on the snow accumulated. 
Night operation period: 11 December 2019 - 22 March 2020 
Business hours: 8:30-16:30 (night operation until 20:30) 

Niseko Village Ski Resort

Operation period: 1 December 2019 - 6 May 2020
Night operation period: 11 December 2019 - 22 March 2020
Business hours 8:30-16:30 (night operation until 20:00) 

- Niseko Village comprises of eight exclusive Kahara Niseko Village Townhouse that redefines alpine living, Hilton Niseko Village-voted 'Best ski Resort Hotel in Japan's by World Ski Awards 2013, 2014 and 2015, The Green Leaf Niseko Village, spa and onset facilities, a dining and retail village hub the Niseko Village skifield-renowned for its dry champagne powder at low-altitude, variety of ski terrains, the woe-class Niseko Village Snow Schoot and Niseko Kidsnt programmes. All 4 luxury hotels provide ski-in and out access.

Niseko ANNUPURI

Operation period: 23 November 2019 - 6 May 2020
Night operation period: 11 December 2019 - 22 March 2020

Business hours: 8:30-16:30 (night operation until 20:30)

- Experience natural splendor and amazing powder snow at Me world-class Annupuri Ski Resort. with a wide variety terrain. Annupuri has something for everyone!. Gentle and wide courses allow beginners and children to learn and enjoy while challenging trails and side county gates offer thrins for more experienced skiers and snowboarders. Sunny days offer lovely views of Mt. Yotei and the surrounding mountains.

For more information, please visit Niseko United website from HERE!! 

2019-20 NISEKO UNITED Trail Map

2019-20 NISEKO UNITED Ski Resort Trail Map and MORE!

​For PDF data, please download from HERE!! The Niseko United shuttle bus is now extended to HANAZONO resort. 

10 Things to Do in Niseko during Autumn

Did you know Autumn is one of the best times to visit Niseko?

10 Things to Do in Niseko during Autumn

Niseko might be known for its powder snow and stunning winter landscape, but autumn is one of the locals favorite season during the year. Not only do we revel in the autumn leave (koyou) scenery, it is also the perfect time to enjoy all these 10 things in Niseko area:

1. HIKING & TREKKING:

With its superb weather conditions, autumn is THE time to explore all the mountains around Niseko. For the people who would like a good challenge, Mt. Yotei, Mt. Annupuri and Mt. Chisenupuri are all fantastic options. If you would like something a bit more relaxing, make sure to visit Hangetsu Lake, Kagami Marsh, Fukidashi Park or Shinsen Marsh and just soak in the fresh autumn air with a nice excursion.

2. FOOD, FOOD, FOOD.

Savor in the freshest produce at all the Niseko local spots. You can find their operation schedule below:

10 Things to Do in Niseko during Autumn
RESTAURANT NAME Schedule
An Dining Operating till breakfast on Nov 11th. Open again from Nov 18th for winter season.
Bang Bang Open till Oct 26th. Open again late Nov for winter season. (Dinner only)
Bistro Re Arbor Open all year round
cafe HANA Open all year round (Lunch only)
Graubuden Open all year round
Green Farm Cafe Open all year round (Closed Oct 27th - Nov 1st for maintenance)
Jojo's Cafe Open all year round
Lupicia Open all year round
Madriano Open all year round
Midtown Diner Open all year round (Closed Oct 7th-9th for maintenance)
Milk Kobo Open all year round
Niseko Pizza Open till Oct 28th. Open again Nov 15th for winter season.
Prativo Open all year round (Lunch only)
Seven Star's Cafe Open all year round (Lunch only)
Toshiro's Bar Open Oct 9th to 12th & Oct 24th-26th. Open again Nov 23rd for winter season.
Long Tang Open all year round (Closed from Oct 1st till 16th)
Ichiseko Open till Oct 15th. Open again Dec 1st for winter season.
Harvest Cafe Open till Nov 4th. Open again Nov 19th for winter season.
Moon Bar Open all year round (close on Sunday)
Hirafu Zaka & Snow [email protected] Chalet Ivy Open again Oct 21st
Taj Mahal Open all year round
Temporada Open all year round (Closed Sundays to Wednesdays; Closed Oct 27th - Nov 1st for maintenance)
Tomone Po-cha Open all year round (Closed Tuesdays)
Ichimura Soba Open all year round (Lunch only)
Guzu Guzu Bakery Open all year round (Breakfast & Lunch only)
Yoko Oh No Open Fridays (Closed from Oct 25th; Open again Nov 15th for winter season)
Gokoro Udon Open all year round (Lunch only)
Niseko Curry Goya Open all year round (Lunch only)
Sekka Lab Open till Oct 28th. Open again Nov 20th for winter season.
Somoza Open till Nov 2nd. Open again Dec 3rd for winter season.
PIZZERIA e RISTORANTE LOUIS Open all year round
El Asador Open Thursday to Saturday in November (Accept private party reservations for Tuesday & Wednesday).
Umami Open all year round
Orench Open all year round (Close on Wendnesday)
10 Things to Do in Niseko during Autumn

3. Golfing.

Did you know there are three golf courses in Niseko area, offering great variety in their layouts. The Niseko Village Golf Course is operating till Oct 22nd. Both HANAZONO Golf and The Niseko Golf Course are open till Nov 4th. Why not enjoy the beautiful Hokkaido foliage while playing a round of golf?

4. Rejuvenate and relax in Onsens!

There are more than 25 different onsens around Niseko with different textures or smell due to the mineral content and can relax your body after a full day of activity. The temperature during Autumn is ideal for a long soak.

5. NAC Niseko Adventure Park.

The largest obstacle course in Japan is one spot you don't want to miss during your visit to Niseko in autumn. Challenge yourselves or your family & friends and have fun in the wonderful nature of Hokkaido. Contact NAC team in advance to check on availability.

10 Things to Do in Niseko during Autumn

6. Trick or Treat.

There is tons of spooky fun in the Niseko area.. Check out Kutchan Halloween on Oct 19th and Halloween Costume Party on Oct 26th. Come and join the Halloween horror with the locals and all the scary excitement.

7. Rafting.

For the ones who want to experience some fun on water, Good Sports, Lion Adventure, NOASC & NAC are operating till end of October/beginning of November.

8. Cycling.

The comfortable autumn weather and the wide roads in Niseko makes the riding experience so much better! Starting this year, you can rent e-bikes from The Green Leaf Hotel and explore further more easily.

10 Things to Do in Niseko during Autumn

9. Celebrate 2019 Rugby World Cup!

This year, more than 7 venues in Niseko area invite all the Rugby lovers to watch the exciting games and cheer for the teams together. Find out more details HERE.

10. Day touring around Niseko

Take a day and visit all the scenic spots near Niseko as close as 30min drive such as Lake Toya, Yoichi, Jozankei, Otaru or Shakotan and see all the autumn beauty south west Hokkaido region has to offer.

And don't forget to DOWNLOAD THE FREE OFFICIAL RESORT APP "NISEKO" so you have all the useful area info right in the palm of your hand. 

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

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