Article by Sue Thang

Niseko Ski Resort is Japan’s number one snow resort which occupies the northern side of Hokkaido. It is comprised of 4 ski resorts – Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and An’nupuri. It is called the “powder capital of the world” as many say it offers the driest and most powdery snow around the world.


Early season (Dec)
It is easier to get deals on accommodation. However, there might be days where there is very little snow.

Mid-season (Jan – Feb)
The peak powder season, which is the best time to go. They are hardly any days without fresh snowfall during this period. However, it can get very busy at this time of the year so bookings should be made well in advance.

Late season (Mar – Apr)
Can be an excellent time to visit, especially in the first half of this season. You still get decent snowfall with the occasional sunny day here and there. Best part is – it is a lot quieter when compared to mid-season.


At the Niseko Ski Resort, there are a wide range of apartments, resort homes, hotels and lodges. Ranging from ski-in/ski-out to a shuttle bus ride away, most lodging here have easy access to the ski lifts. Accommodation prices starts from around 7,000 JPY per person per night.

The Niseko All Mountain (ski-lift) Pass provides access to all 4 ski villages. With this pass, you will also enjoy unlimited rides on the free bus shuttle service provided by Niseko United Shuttle too.

Adults: 4,000 JPY onwards
Children: 3,000 JPY onwards


Niseko Ski Resort is only 2.5 hours away from Sapporo New Chitose Airport. Transportation options include :
1. Buses from 8,800 JPY Return Per Person
2. Private transfers from 29,300 JPY One Way for two people.

Note: It is best to reserve your ticket prior to your arrival to avoid disappointment!

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