Because of its famous snow, incredible variety of terrain, abundant activities, and bustling village life, Niseko is at the very heart of the Japanese ski scene. This unparalleled combination of factors has catapulted Niseko to the top of the list of “must visit” ski destinations in the world. Niseko’s growing popularity with western tourists gives this unique destination a welcoming, exciting, and diverse international feel and flare.
Niseko is made up of 5 different interconnected resorts that include Annupuri, Niseko Village, Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, and Moiwa making it the the largest single ski destination in Japan with just over 2,100 skiable acres. All resorts other than Moiwa can be accessed with a single lift ticket known as the “Niseko United”. Abundant beginner and intermediate terrain makes Niseko an extremely user friendly resort for families, while the impressive and easily accessible off piste and backcountry terrain represents the perfect challenge for advanced skiers. Famous for its snow, the dry light consistency and 612 average inches of snowfall is the most in Japan (or anywhere).
Most of Niseko’s large offering of both authentic Japanese and western friendly amenities, restaurants, shops, and nightlife are concentrated in the Grand Hirafu Base Village area known as “Hirafu Town.” Additional options are available to the west in Niseko Village or 15 minutes to the east in the town center of Kutchan. Niseko is renowned for its bustling nightlife scene and international variety of fine cuisine and reasonably priced shops. Because of Niseko’s popularity with western tourists, English is widely spoken the resort’s flavor is very international.