December – March
Skiing, Snowboarding, Gastronomy, Onsen Bathing
8 days/7 nights
Niseko is the jewel in the crown of Hokkaido, the powder Mecca of Japan, and a dream come true for any ski or snowboard enthusiast. Enjoy a week of perfect slopes, Michelin star cuisine, and onsen baths paired with luxury accommodation and concierge service – the perfect formula for the perfect week on the snow!
Renown for having some of the world’s best and lightest snow, Niseko is the most famous ski resort in Japan and draws large numbers of visitors, who have contributed in the past few years to popularize this area abroad. The town sits at the bottom of the perfect cone of Mount Yotei, which is now a dormant volcano, and offers an incredible choice of ski trails, world-class restaurants, bars, onsens, and off-the-ski tours & activities.
The closest airport to Niseko is Sapporo: from here we can pick you up or we can arrange to have a car ready for you to self-drive during your week’s vacation. If you happen to travel in February, before heading to Niseko you should stop in town for the Sapporo Snow Festival. This annual festival is held each February and lasts just under two weeks: imagine snow sculptures scattered around the city, going from the size of a person to that of a three to four storey building. It’s truly a sight to behold!
Mount Niseko Annupuri is the heart of Niseko. The town’s four major resorts – Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and An’nupuri – are here, and and it is possible to ski between them with the Niseko United All Mountain lift pass. Besides these trails, experienced skiers can explore the backcountry on off trail skiing guided tours or even helicopter tours.
Hirafu is the ideal place to stay, the center of Niseko in a sense, and where you’ll find most entertainment after skiing. It is a very foreign friendly town and has plenty of outstanding restaurants, bars, cafes and shops.
If skiing, snowboarding, and eating amazing food is not enough, you can also partake in other activities like snowmobiling, snowshoe hikes, snow rafting, art browsing (Shu Ogawara Art Museum and Somoza Gallery are both amazing), and of course onsens bathing – you could even make a day of it by visiting picturesque Toyako town with its onsens and beautiful lake.
Everything that has got to do with the snow!
Depending on your skill level, we can arrange hassle-free skiing lesson + equipment rentals for beginners; small size group classes divided by 5 levels to allow for great progression; private lessons tailored to each guest’s individual needs and aspirations; private or group tours for backcountry skiers; and cat assisted ski and snowboard adventures on a private mountain with a maximum of 12 guests per day to guarantee line after line of fresh tracks without queueing for lifts or hiking.
Kids have the best time in Niseko too with two age defined children’s programs designed to provide a safe, structured learning environment that is fun and engaging at all times. As an added bonus, by enrolling children into these program, parents have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed group lesson for a fraction of the cost with other like-minded parents! After signing in for the children’s programs, parents can meet the instructor and hit the slopes at 10:30am with guests of similar ability. It is a fantastic way to connect with other families while on holiday. Once you’re done with skiing, take the kids to slide down a fun tube park – magic carpets take you back to the top of the tubing lanes for easy slide-and-repeat.
Want to get off the skies for a day? Take an adventure through lush forests, snow-covered pastures and some of the most awesome views of the Niseko on a high-performance snowmobile. Or join a guided Snowshoe Tour to explore the beautiful nature of Niseko.
Visiting an onsen, is a great experience: imagine vapors drifting over a snowy landscape, and wonderfully soothing hot spring waters to relax your muscles. What’s not to love?
Having a bit of a culinary adventure should be on the list for everyone visiting Niseko: the town is famous for it’s amazing restaurants and bars. Be aware than in peak season the best restaurants can get fully booked months ahead – we can organize a gastro-tour and make sure you get to try everything that is on offer.