The 2nd Annual World Ski Awards winners were announced in Kitzbühel, Austria, and Niseko United honorably won Japan's Best Ski Resort for two consecutive years!
Launched in 2012, World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field. World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards, often referred to as "the Oscars of the travel industry".
This year, the following local facilities also received awards as follows:
Japan's Best Boutique Hotel 2014
*The Vale Niseko won Japan's Best Ski Chalet 2013
- The Vale Niseko
World's Best Boutique Hotel 2014
- Hilton Niseko Village
Japan's Best Ski Hotel 2014 (second straight year)
- Sekka Kan
Japan's Best Ski Chalet 2014
The evenings awards were topped off with a special award to local legend Mr Akio Shinya chief of the Niseko Avalanche Research Institute in Niseko, for his mamoth efforts in the ski industry of Niseko over many years and for his contribution to mountain sports in general.
Please see other winners from the following link.
Let's say Mass for Chirstmas at Kutchan Catholic Church.
Due to the only priest in the region being scheduled to celebrate the mass in Otaru on the 24th, this year's Mass in Kutchan will be held on the 25th instead of on Christmas Eve.
Date and time: 25 December, 18:30pm-20:30pm
Mass will be followed by a celebration party. Let's share the joy of the birth of Christ!!
For more information, please call Kutchan Catholic Church (Tel: 0136 22 1099) after 3pm.
Church address: 1-132, Kita5 Nishi 1, Kutchan Town
Niseko Steam Locomotive Train comes back as the last season!
Every Saturday, Sunday and national holidays from September 20 through November 3.
*Departs Sapporo at 8:31am - Niseko (12:02pm) - Rankoshi(12:27pm)
*Departs Rankoshi (12:32pm) - Niseko(12:56pm) - Kutchan(13:16pm)
*Departs Niseko (15:40pm) -Sapporo (19:00pm)
Seats should be reserved from Sapporo to Kutchan.
No reservation required from Niseko to Sapporo.
Contact: JR Hokkaido (Japanese only)
International driver's licence required for international guests to rent/drive a car in Japan (Request from Toyota Rent-a-Car)
Every year problems in which international customers come to Toyota Rent-a-Car offices to rent a car and fail because of their lacking international driver's license occur so frequently. When you receive inquiries or take bookings from international guests, it would be so much appreciated if you could advise them terms and condition to rent (or drive) a car in Japan as indicated on the following linked page: http://www.toyotarentacar.net/english/guide/license/ .
Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation.
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Toyota Rent-a-Car Sapporo Niseko Hirafu Branch
Address: SHIKI Niseko, 190-4 Aza Yamada,
Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 044-0081
TEL: 0136-21-2005 / FAX: 0136-23-3666