Niseko Winter Snowsports and Adventure

Ski Niseko | Grand Hirafu | Hokkaido Japan

Niseko is located on Hokkaido, the North island of Japan. It is the major part of the Niseko Ski Area that comprises the Grand Hirafu, Higashiyama and Annupuri resort areas. The powder snow of the Niseko region is legendary with up to 600 inches or 15 meters of snowfall each season. This compares to about 500 inches of snow that are recorded in some of the snowiest ski resorts in North America or Europe. The season extends from late November until early May and fresh powder snow falls on an almost daily basis arriving on the cold frontal systems that flow down from Siberia, picking up moisture as they cross the Sea of Japan.

  • Higher average snowfall than Whistler, Canada.
  • Consistent low temperature maintains excellent snow quality.
  • Terrain to suit all levels of ability.
  • Slopes are open from 8:30 am until 9 pm (Hirafu area).
  • An enormous floodlit area makes night skiing truely awesome (Hirafu).
  • Season starts late November and runs until early May.
  • Best powder mid December to mid March.

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This makes Niseko Hirafu a powder Mecca.A holiday in Niseko combines incomparable snow conditions with excellent cuisine and culture.
Spend your après time at one of the many bars or
relax and rejuvenate in the therapeutic waters of the open air hot springs.
Ski Niseko | Grand Hirafu
The Grand Hirafu area combines three connected areas (Alpen, Kogen and Hanazono) with 61 runs, 38 lifts and over 47 kilometers of groomed runs to suit all levels. Depending on the ticket you purchase, you can directly access two aditional connected areas (Higashiyama and Annupuri). The lifts are open from 8.30 am until 9.00 pm and this is arguably the largest night lit area in the world. Night skiing is an amazing experience not to be missed!
Ski Hire | Niseko Japan
INSKI
One of Australia’s premier ski store chains has opened in Niseko, Japan. Well known to Australian skiers and snowboarders since 1975, Inski is easy to find at the traffic lights in the heart of Hirafu village, Niseko, Hokkaido. Inski has the right skis and Snowboards for all conditions in Japan. Regular carve skis, high performance, twin tips, snowblades,junior skis, mid fat and fat skis, all mountain boards, wider boards available for hire. Open 7 days 8am to 8pm.
www.inski.com.au
Niseko onsen & Hot springs | Outside spa
An Onsen is an open-air hot spring. In Niseko, Onsen’s range from simple hotel mineral baths toluxurious pools but in essence the origin of the water must originate from a volcanic source.At Niseko Grand Hotel, one of the few mixed-gender onsen, snowflakes melt just as they hit steam that rises in great wafts from the outdoor rock pool. At the Park Hotel there are seperate areas indoors. There are separate male and female changing rooms, but the onsen tradition is considered a great social leveller. All that protects bathers from baring all is a small white modesty towel used to cover yourself as you inter the spring.

The Niseko area has 16 onsens open to the public year round.

On average adults will pay around ¥700 ($9.00 AUD approx) for a relaxing and therapeutic bath in naturally heated volcanic water. Onsen to the Japanese are a way to relax and revitalise, many are rich in minerals which are associated with numerous health benefits, helping to relieve muscle and joint pain and arthiritis. But even if you don’t have any serious ailments or injuries they are well known for the relaxing effect they have on your body.Onsen hot springs are essentially a communal bath or sento and these days are generally single sex where women and men bathe seperately. Onsen ediquette is some what different from using hot springs or spas in other countires. One of the major differences is that bathers bathe naked using a small “modesty” bath towel while entering and leaving the onsen.Diving and swimming is not allowed – the idea is to simply relax and allow the water to soothe and rejuvenate. Refreshments are available, a beer in an Onsen after a hard day on the mountain, you cannot beat it!

Lift charges | All mountain lift pass

The price during the reduced-rate season is shown in parentheses.

  • 8-hour tickets are valid for the 8 hours after entry through the gate on the day of purchase.
  • A deposit is required for the key card.
  • From this winter, all day tickets are good for night skiing on the final day of the ticket.
  • Regular SeasonDecember 16 (Sat), 2013 – March 11 (Sun), 2014
  • Reduced-rate SeasonNovember 23 (Thu) – December 15 (Fri), 2013March 12 (Mon) – April 8 (Sun), 2014
  • Spring Season April 9 (Mon) – May 6 (Sun), 2014
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  • March 12, 2007
  • Adult
  • 3,000 yen
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  • Age 7-12
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  • 150,000 yen
  • 3,500 yen
  • 120,000 yen
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  • 75,000 yen
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  • Hours and days of operation are subject to change according to snow and weather conditions.
  • The seniors’ rate applies to patrons age 60 and over. (Preschoolers are free of charge.)
  • Proof (student card,driver’s license) is required for age 13 – 15 and seniors’ discounts.
  • For Point Ticket holders,each gondola ride costs 4 points;each high-speed lift,2 points;and other lifts,1 point.
  • Night skiing tickets are available at each ski area.
  • Lift fates are subject to change.
  • Business hours are 8:30 to 21:00(9:00 to 16:00 in Hanazono Area).
A deposit of 1000 yen is added to the lift fee when the ticket is purchased.The deposit is refunded when you insert the key card to a refund machine.
* Refunding machines are located at each ski area.
* The deposit will not be refunded for damaged or expired cards.
* For more information,please contact our staff.