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2020/21 Locals Card - Applications Open

2020/21 Locals Card is Here!

2020/21 Locals Card - Applications Open

The 2020/21 Locals Card is HERE!!

This year's Locals Card is here with tones of benefits for Niseko Tourism Members and their staff.

This year, the card itself is made from a more environmentally friendly material so you can reap the benefits guilt-free!

Check out all the benefits and offers on the Explore Niseko website, or download the Official Niseko App to get all the info.

To get a 2020/21 Locals Card, please apply HERE and bring your identification and proof of the company you work for to the Niseko Tourism office: map here.

Office: Mon - Fri 9:00-18:00

Offers for the 2020-21 Locals Card program will run from 13 Nov, 2020 through 31 Oct, 2021.

"Who can get a Locals Card?" - Locals working for Niseko Tourism member organizations can get a Locals Card.

If your company is not a Niseko Tourism member, contact us today and find out how to join!

Niseko United Opening Dates - Winter 2020/21

Winter is almost here!

Niseko United Opening Dates - Winter 2020/21

The 2020/21 winter season is coming soon! Make sure to mark these dates down in your calendar!

This season most lifts will be running at half capacity, and a few lifts in Grand Hirafu will be closed. The resort will otherwise mostly run as normal, except for a few changes in Grand Hirafu.

Here's all the info!

Annupuri 

  • Opening Date: 28 November 2020
  • Closing Date: 5 May 2021
  • Night Ski: 19 December 2020 - 7 March 2021 (till 8pm)

Niseko Village

  • Opening Date: 1 December 2020
  • Closing Date: 4 April 2021
  • Night Ski: 19 December 2020 - 7 March 2021 (till 8pm)

Grand Hirafu

Hanazono

Check out the Niseko United website for full Niseko Lift Pass pricing information.

Dates subject to change due to weather conditions.

Click here to download the Niseko United Trail Map for 2020/21.

Niseko United Opening Dates - Winter 2020/21

Edventure Autumn Camp 2020

Edventure Autumn Camp 2020

Edventure Autumn Camp 2020

The Kids Autumn Camp by EdVenture is now open for registrations. Activities are hands-on and nature-based to help participants to develop their language skills in a fun and safe environment.

Edventure Autumn Camp 2020

Over the course of 3 days, participants will construct a modular scooter, take part in arts and crafts, cycling along the Shiribetsu River, visit Lake Hangetsu for an orienteering adventure, pick vegetables for an organic pizza, and more!

Edventure Autumn Camp 2020

Discover the nature and beauty of Hokkaido this October with our EdVenture Kids Autumn Camp program. This special 3 day program is designed for families looking to escape the city and create unforgettable memories together.

Edventure Autumn Camp 2020

​Check out more information and register for the camp on the Edventure Website.

Winners - Niseko Summer Shootout 2020

Niseko News, Summer News

Here are the winners from the very first Niseko Summer Shootout! Congratulations to the winners and a big thanks to all the photographers who entered the competition.

Winners - Niseko Summer Shootout 2020

The inaugural Niseko Summer Shootout has wrapped up, with winners announced at this year's Niseko Autumn Food Festival.

There were so many great entries showcasing the natural beauty of Niseko. Even though there were no categories, most photographers chose to capture all the different aspects of the Niseko landscape.

Congratulations to the winners and a big thanks to all the photographers who entered the competition.

A big thanks to all the sponsors who helped support this great contest.

The contest is presented by Niseko Tourism with support from Rising Sun GuidesNiseko Nine, and Summerlife Magazine

On to the winners!

Winning third place and ¥2,000 MTB voucher from Niseko Nine and ¥2,000 cash prize is Yuuya Okuno - @yuuyadayoo.

The clear night skies over Mt. Yotei made a big impression on judges, with strong visual lines leading right up through the foreground of the image.

Winners - Niseko Summer Shootout 2020

Winning second place and a ¥5,000 MTB voucher from Niseko Nine and ¥5,000 cash prize is Reilly McGlashan - @reilly_mcglashan.

This hidden waterfall and pool is an instant classic that showcases just how magical the landscape can be.

Winners - Niseko Summer Shootout 2020

Winning 1st place and taking home a ¥10,000 MTB voucher from @nisekonine , an avalanche course from @risingsunguides valued at ¥25,000, and a ¥10,000 cash prize is Takashi Okada - @oka_photo.

It's often hard to describe the 'feeling' of Niseko, but this image by Takashi Okada achieves exactly that. This image has beautifully captured the ever-changing mood of the Niseko ranges. Well done to Takashi on a well-deserved first place!

Winners - Niseko Summer Shootout 2020

Congratulations again to all the winners and we're looking forward to next Summer!

Grand Hirafu Operating Schedule - 2020/21 Winter

Grand Hirafu Operating Schedule - 2020/21 Winter

Grand Hirafu Operating Schedule - 2020/21 Winter

Grand Hirafu has announced their operating schedule for this winter. There are a number of changes due to COVID-19, including operating lifts, opening dates, shuttle bus, and lift capacity. The good news is that most of the resort lifts will be operational meaning that guests and locals will still be able to have a great resort experience.

Dates:

  • Planned Opening: December 05
  • Planned Closing: May 05
  • Planned Night Skiing: December 19 - March 7
  • The above are subject to change due to weather or COVID situation

Lifts Operating:

  • Ace Family Quad
  • Ace #2 Quad (Center Four)
  • Holiday #1 Pair
  • King #3 Quad
  • King #4
  • Swinging Monkey
  • Hirafu Gondola
  • Night Skiing:
  • Ace Family Quad
  • Ace #2 Quad (Center Four)

Bus:

  • Hirafu Village Shuttle will not be running
  • Niseko United Shuttle bus will be running

Lift Capacity:

  • The number of people allowed together on lifts will be halved
  • Family & friend groups can get on together

Terrain Park:

  • There will be no terrain park in Grand Hirafu this winter
  • There will be no spring park

Please note that the above information can change depending on the COVID situation.

Please read the full announcement HERE (Japanese only).

For inquiries:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Tel: 0136-22-0109

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