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Niseko

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Niseko is one of the snowiest resorts in the world. Averaging 15 m (49ft) of the lightest and driest powder. It's not just the powder that makes this resort a top pick. There is a great range of accommodation from pension (bed & breakfast style) to luxurious apartments and homes. Add in a town with a good mix of bars, restaurants, and shops, complete that with some great ski schools, backcountry guides, day trips and apres ski and you have a resort that caters for all ages and abilities.

 

RECOMMENDATION

While in Japan it's a great opportunity to explore more of the area and culture of this fabulous country. Take a day trip along the coastline to Otaru a fishing village and visit the real Hokkaido. Visit the Nikka Whiskey Factory, take time to see the historic ‘Hering’ mansion and enjoy Ramen. Contact us to find out more information. 

 
 


FACTS & STATS



 
Base Elevation

BASE ELEVATION


259 metres / 853 feet

Peak Elevation

PEAK ELEVATION


1,120 metres / 3,937 feet

Vertical Rise

VERTICAL RISE


900 metres / 2,952 feet

Annual Snowfall

ANNUAL SNOWFALL


1,511 centimetres / 595 inches

trails

TRAILS


61

Lifts

LIFTS


30

Skiable terrain

SKIABLE TERRAIN


325 hectares / 803 acres

Season

SEASON


November to May



ACCOMMODATION


 

HOKKAIDO

The Vale

★★★★

One of the few luxury properties offering ski in ski out access to the Ace Family Pair Chairlift. Room options range from hotel, studio, one, two and three bedrooms. Some room types have private onsens. This property is for those wanting luxury in a prime location with all the modern comforts.

Features: Restaurant, swimming pool, onsen, Western kitchens, split king beds, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, front desk, ski lockers

 
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Shiki Niseko

★★★★

Located less than a 5 minute walk to the Ace Family Pair Chairlift and with an onsite shuttle service if you don't feel like walking. This property has everything availble from a small supermarket, restaurant, bar, concierge, car rental and all in a fabulous location. Rooms range from one, two, three bedroom and three bedroom penthouses with private hot tubs.

Features: Full kitchens, flat screen TV, Apple TV in 3 bedroom options, communal washer & dryers, free Wi-Fi, village, Mt Yotei or Annupuri views, ski lockers, front desk

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The Greenleaf Niseko Hotel

★★★★

A retreatful modern hotel located at the base of Annupuri mountain in a ski in ski out location.There are 96 deluxe king rooms that interconnect to a deluxe twin room making this a great choice for families. A suite room has the added bonus of a kitchenette, king bed and sofa bed.

Features: Flat screen TV, free wi-fi, kettle, yukata (Japanese robe), free shuttle to the Hilton, Kutchan Town and Hirafu Village, concierge, onsen, spa, ski lockers, Tomioka bar, Goshiki restaurant, complimentary sledding & tubing activities for children and families, own magic carpet, daily housekeeping

 
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Shiki Niseko

★★★★

These stylish modern apartments are in a prime location offering open living, well appointed modern kitchens, good size bedrooms, and elegant bathrooms. The top floor apartments boast outdoor spa baths with stunning views. These are available in a studio, two bedroom, and two bathrooms, three bedrooms and three bathroom option. All bedrooms can be made up as king or twin beds (except the studio penthouse).

Features: Full kitchen (no dishwasher in studio), washing machine, satellite TV, central panel heaters, personal boot lockers & ski racks, elevator

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Alpen Ridge

★★★★

Ideal for couples, families and groups seeking the ultimate in convience and high end self catering apartments. A true ski in ski out accommodation with the convience of on site ski school NBS, retail guest service desk and cafe. Options range from a one bedroom through to a seven bedroom penthouse. Each of the bedrooms can be made up as king or twin beds.

Features: Full kitchen, washer & dryer, Wi Fi, satellite TV, plasma TV in living rooms plus LCD in master bedrooms, central heating, electric fireplace, personal ski locker, elevator

 
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Alpine Apartments

★★★★

A popular choice due to its 60m walk to the Ace Family Chairlift. A great option for families attending NBS ski school and small groups seeking deluxe accommodation. Options are two bedroom and three bedrooms with two bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms can be made up as king or twin beds.

Features: Full kitchen, washer & dryer, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, central heating, gas fireplace, share ski storage

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Sulu

★★★★

These 2 x five bedroom and 3 bathroom apartments sleep 12. A media room doubling as a bedroom is a great escape for the kids. These two x 5 bedroom apartments can be booked together with internal access. Located in the middle village close to popular bars, restaurants, onsens, and shops. Apartments sleep 12.

Features: Full kitchen with wine fridge, washer & dryer, free Wi-Fi, 3 bathrooms plus guest toilet, 2 x flatscreen TVs, central panel heaters, gas fireplace, private ski & drying room

 
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Yutaka

★★★★

Yutaka offers two x four bedroom spacious apartments perfect for families and groups. Located in the middle village and with a 6 mins walk to the Ace Family Chairlift or you can use the free shuttle bus located close by. Each of the apartments has three bedrooms that can be made up as queen beds or twin beds and a media room with bunk beds. Apartments sleep 10.

Features: Three bathrooms plus guest toilet, full kitchen, washer & dryer, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, 2 x flatscreen TVs, Bose sound system, central heating, gas fireplace

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Kamakura

★★★★

One of our family favourites due to the spacious rooms. Located in the heart of the middle village with the free shuttle bus stop right outside the front door. There are just four apartments in this building 2 x two bedroom with 2 bathrooms and 2 x three bedroom with 3 bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms can be made up as king or split to make twin beds.

Features: Full kitchen, foldaway bed or futon can be added, washer & dryer, free Wi-Fi, satellite TVv, central heating, drying room, shared ski locker room

 
HOKKAIDO

Yotei Cottage

★★★★

A cosy and quaint one bedroom plus loft cottage. Ideal for families or a small group of friends wanting a good basic accommodation on a budget. Bedding is three single beds in the loft and a king/split bed in a downstairs bedroom.

Features: Basic kitchen, bathroom, washing machine, free Wi-Fi, TV

HOKKAIDO

M Hotel

★★★★

A great moderate hotel with 36 rooms and a 5-minute walk to the Ace Family Chairlift. Rooms can be made up as twin or double with a suite room that has a king bed. All rooms have ensuites with a suite room having a bath/shower. Includes daily breakfast.

Features: LCD TV, fridge, kettle, microwave, free Wi Fi, communal coin operated washer & dryer, ski lockers, drying room, breakfast included, small gym, games room

 
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Hakuunso Lodge

★★★★

Hakuunso Lodge was Newly rebuilt December 2016, and is located a few minutes away from the Hirafu Gondola.

Features: Ski and snowboard lockers, free Wi-Fi, washing machine and dryer, transport to ski slope

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Pension Locomotion

★★★★

A great option for those wanting communal living and dining space with a good basic option in a lodge type experience. This is modest accommodaton located a short walk to the shuttle and behind JoJo's cafe. Rooms are western style with ensuite.

Features: Breakfast included, Wi-Fi, washing machine, kitchen, twin rooms

 
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Owashi Lodge

★★★★

Backpackers Lodge in a prime location and only 2 mins walk to the slopes. This 50 room lodge comprises rooms with bunk beds that can sleep 2 - 3 people and a 6 person dorm room.

Features: Commerical kitchen, communal showers & bath, coin operated washing machine, games room, separate reading area, TV, free broadband, ski storage & drying facilities



ACTIVITIES


Mountain Guiding

Mountain Guiding

Whether you want to ski or ride inbounds, Niseko gates, backcountry or explore the entire resort, restaurants, and cafes of Rusutsu, Moiwa & Kiroro. This is a great way to learn the best runs and learn local tips and maxmise your time on and off the snow. Available with a half day option, full day or a 5-day package. Contact us to find out the various options available. This must be pre-booked prior to arrival and is for intermediate to expert skiers and boarders.

Otaru Private Day Trip

Otaru Private Day Trip

Let us organise for you a day trip to Otaru a prominent fishing village rich in Japanese culture. This is not a guided tour but if there is somewhere specific you wish to visit we can arrange for your driver to take you there. In February there is the annual Snow Light Festival 06 -15 February where the city is decorated in lights and snow statues for 10 days.The combination of a snowy town and the glittering lanterns creates a magical Winter setting. The festival usually coincides with the Sapporo Ice Festival.

Backcountry trips

Sapporo Ice Festival

Held every year in the second week of February in Sapporo. If you are in the resort over this time then it is a must to see these life size sculptures with all their intricate details, some even the size of buildings. We can get you there on set dates with a guide and transport included.

Ningle Terrace

Japanese Tea Ceremony and Kimono Dressing

Have you ever wanted to dress in a Kimono and experience the etiquette of the tea ceremony? We can make that dream come true. You will participate in a tea ceremony with traditional green tea, maccha and Japanese sweets, Owashi. Class notes will be given out and a professional photographer option available.



GETTING THERE


  • LOCATION
  • 100kms southwest of Sapporo City and the New Chitose Airport

  • CLOSEST AIRPORT
  • New Chitose Airport

  • TRANSFER
  • 2.5 hrs from New Chitose Airport

  • CAR HIRE
  • Yes from New Chitose Airport

  • FLIGHT
  • The most direct route is to fly into Tokyo and connect to a domestic flight to Chitose Airport. Buying separate domestic flights within Japan can be expensive. Let us take care of booking your flights all the way to Chitose Airport.

    Please note that transfers from and to Chitose Airport do not operate after and before certain times . Contact us today at infoski@hot.co.nz



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