Niseko (ニセコ) is a town and ski resort on the northern island of Hokkaido. Niseko is an increasingly popular destination for powder hungry skiers and boarders, and nearly alone among Japan’s ski resorts is drawing increasing numbers of overseas visitors year-on-year as well. Niseko is highly favored by Australians, and more recently, Asian tourists. The resort boasts four ski areas: Hanazono, Hirafu, Niseko Village (formerly Higashiyama) and Annupuri. Most activity is centered around the village of Hirafu, approximately 20 minutes from the main town and administrative centre in the area, Kutchan.

Skiing. Skiers love the deep, reliable powder, tree runs and relative ease to find untracked snow. There are no real steeps here (max slope is approx 35 degrees) but there are lots of great runs, serviced by good quality lifts, most of which are gondolas or covered chairs. Niseko is renowned for its huge amount of powder brought from Siberia by northern weather patterns.

Onsen. Onsens, Japanese hot springs, are popular places to relax. Some are natural, and some are not. …WikiTravel


26 Feb

A New Zealand man who died after an avalanche swept him away at a ski resort yesterday in Japan has been remembered as a guy with a “massive heart” who had an “infectious energy”. (

25 Nov

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party is drawing up plans for new legislation that will make it harder for foreign companies or individuals to purchase land close to sensitive military facilities.

2 Jul

This year’s land value figures, released Friday by the National Tax Agency, rose sharply in sightseeing areas and on busy streets across the country, thanks to development projects and the opening of new stores to attract foreign tourists. (

27 Apr is pleased to announce an exciting addition to our Japan winter season – HAVEN Niseko – a brand new boutique luxury chalet-hotel for the 2016/17 accommodation selection, reflecting the heart and soul of Niseko. (

9 Mar

Tokyu Land is set to grow lift capacity at its main ski resort, looking to pull in more visitors as foreign tourism in Japan grows. (Nikkei)

24 Dec

Niseko’s premiere Snowsports rental, retail and Snowsports school is proud to announce a brand new boutique shop in the Shiki Niseko Apartment building for season 2015/16. (

14 Dec

Fire and ice: An eye-popping volcano and one of the best snow records in the world makes Japan’s Niseko ski resort the peak of perfection (the luxury lodgings help, too) (

7 Dec

New updated ‘The Niseko App 1.7.1’ version for Season 2015/16 is now available and ready for travellers & locals to use in Niseko — Free for download on both iPhone and Android devices! (

29 Nov

Ritz-Carlton has signed a management agreement with YTL Hotels for the development of a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Niseko Village at the base of Mount Niseko-Annupuri in Hokkaido. (Japan Today)

21 Oct

Located 2.5 hours drive from Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, Niseko has taken out top spot of #1 Japanese Ski Resort by the World Ski Awards for the last 2 years. (

27 Feb

Qantas plans to double service between Australia and Japan in August, part of an effort to shore up its international business. (Nikkei)

10 Feb

World-class skiing; Japan’s largest national park; even ice hotels. For those who are looking to experience Japan outside of Tokyo or Kyoto, Hokkaido remains a prime destination. Indeed, as the last major island to be settled by the Japanese, Hokkaido arguably stands out from the rest of the nation in everything from topography to daily life. (

23 Jan

Foreign visitors have been visiting Niseko, an international ski resort area in Hokkaido, at a record-setting pace this fiscal year. (The Japan News)

20 Nov

We’ve got some good news; steady snow has been falling in Niseko since last week, pretty intensely further up the mountain. (

1 Sep has been nominated for the award of World’s Best Ski Tour
Operator by the prestigious World Ski Awards in Austria.

21 Nov

Come winter, Japan becomes a sparkling wonderland of unforgettable sights and experiences. (InsideJapanTours)

14 Nov

The world famous powder resort of Niseko has recently experienced its first major snowfalls, with over 40 cm falling in the village in the past few days. (News On Japan)