It is little wonder Niseko is attracting ever-increasing numbers of visitors to its rolling countryside and beautiful ski slopes.
The ski resort has come a long way since visitors had to hike the mountain for a day’s skiing and the only accommodation was the chambre-d’hote style offered by the local farmhouses. 100 years later, the resort has seen considerable change and, though the friendliness of the local people and warm hospitality remains, the resort now features a wide range of accommodation, an eclectic selection of restaurants and offers both traditional cultural experiences and modern sporting activities.
Set against the backdrop of Mt. Yotei - an active volcano which is so similar to Mt. Fuji it is known as Ezo Fuji - this beautiful region is a feast for the eyes. On a clear day those who climb to the mountain summit have a bird’s eye view of the region and can see both the Japan sea and as far as Lake Toya. In winter, the champagne powder snow and pristine ski slopes attract skiers and snowboarders from all over the world, and in summer visitors are drawn by the wide open countryside, farm-fresh produce and summer sporting activities.
The Niseko area is located on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and lies 6 km from Kutchan Town, close to Niseko Town (from which the area gets its name), and approximately 120 km from Sapporo and New Chitose Airport. Served by public transport Niseko can be accessed from Sapporo via Otaru or Nakayama Toge, or direct from Chitose Airport.
Niseko - A Sensory Delight
Hokkaido is not only famous for its winter pleasures, it is also well-known for its fertile land and good food. Fed by crystal clear natural spring water from the Niseko mountains and Mt. Yotei, the Niseko area produces high grade agricultural produce and locally brewed alcohol, and imports fresh seafood from local towns and villages. With ingredients such as these combined with the skills of the local chefs, Niseko is home to some very high-quality restaurants and bars.
The sensory delights don’t end there. The Niseko area is also famous for its natural hot springs (onsen) that are specially designed to please the eye and soothe the mind, and contain natural mineral water which is both healing and relaxing.