Niseko Annupuri Kokusai (Niseko Town, Hokkaido)

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
ニセコアンヌプリ国際 (北海道 ニセコ町)
Planned season: Saturday 26th November 2016 until Sunday 7th May 2017
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Official snow depth 230cm (0cm) [updated on 24th March 2017]

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Niseko Annupuri Kokusai - often just known as Annupuri - is located in Kutchan town in the western region of Hokkaido. It is one of the four connected ski resorts that share a joint lift ticket and make up 'Niseko United' (the others being Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu, Niseko HANAZONO Resort and Niseko Village Ski Resort. This map shows the location of the Niseko ski and snowboard resorts.

The Niseko resort area is one of the most popular ski resort regions of Japan. Located to the west of Sapporo city on the eastern and southern slopes of Mt Niseko Annupuri and with stunning views of nearby Mt Yotei, it's often top quality dry powder snow conditions are now popular with skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Niseko certainly has a different feel from many other Japanese ski resorts, if not only because of the higher percentage of visitors from around the world and subsequent catering to their needs.

Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and also the largest and northernmost prefecture (though it is not usually referred to as a prefecture). It has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and also the Pacific Ocean. Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and was host to the 1972 Winter Olympics. Hokkaido is home to the largest number of ski hills in Japan. While the majority of them are very small, some of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Hokkaido - mostly found in regions to the west and east of Sapporo - are amongst the most famous in Japan.

Regional information Learn more about the Niseko region

The Mountain

1156m
756m
400m
34"
13
4000m
5
20%
50%
30%
Skiers
65%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
35%
0 1 1 0 3 0 0
Niseko Annupuri Kokusai is lift-connected with:
Niseko HANAZONO Resort, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village Ski Resort

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
16/17
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15/16
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16/17
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15/16
season
16/17
season
15/16
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16/17
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15/16
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1st - - 1st 140cm 120cm 1st 290cm 285cm 1st 315cm 385cm
2nd - - 2nd 140cm 125cm 2nd 300cm 290cm 2nd 315cm 390cm
3rd - 80cm 3rd 140cm 125cm 3rd 305cm 300cm 3rd 315cm 390cm
4th - - 4th 145cm 130cm 4th 305cm 300cm 4th 315cm 390cm
5th - - 5th 150cm 135cm 5th 310cm 305cm 5th 315cm 390cm
6th - - 6th 155cm 140cm 6th 305cm 310cm 6th 315cm 390cm
7th - - 7th 155cm 145cm 7th 305cm 315cm 7th 315cm 380cm
8th - - 8th 155cm 150cm 8th 315cm 320cm 8th 315cm 370cm
9th - - 9th 155cm 150cm 9th 315cm 320cm 9th 315cm 370cm
10th - - 10th 160cm 150cm 10th 315cm 330cm 10th 315cm 370cm
11th - - 11th 175cm 165cm 11th 315cm 330cm 11th 315cm 380cm
12th - - 12th 185cm 170cm 12th 315cm 330cm 12th 315cm 390cm
13th - - 13th 185cm 180cm 13th 315cm 330cm 13th 315cm 390cm
14th - - 14th 190cm 185cm 14th 315cm 320cm 14th 315cm 390cm
15th 70cm 50cm 15th 210cm 200cm 15th 315cm 320cm 15th 315cm 380cm
16th 100cm 50cm 16th 210cm 220cm 16th 315cm 330cm 16th 300cm 370cm
17th 100cm 60cm 17th 210cm 230cm 17th 315cm 350cm 17th 315cm 370cm
18th 100cm 70cm 18th 215cm 230cm 18th 315cm 350cm 18th 315cm 365cm
19th 100cm 70cm 19th 220cm 230cm 19th 315cm 350cm 19th 295cm 360cm
20th 100cm 70cm 20th 225cm 230cm 20th 315cm 350cm 20th 295cm 360cm
21st 100cm 70cm 21st 225cm 240cm 21st 315cm 350cm 21st 260cm 360cm
22nd 100cm 75cm 22nd 225cm 240cm 22nd 315cm 350cm 22nd 295cm 360cm
23rd 100cm 75cm 23rd 225cm 250cm 23rd 315cm 360cm 23rd 230cm 360cm
24th 100cm 75cm 24th 230cm 250cm 24th 315cm 360cm 24th 230cm 360cm
25th 105cm 80cm 25th 240cm 250cm 25th 315cm 370cm 25th - 360cm
26th 105cm 90cm 26th 245cm 260cm 26th 315cm 380cm 26th - 350cm
27th 110cm 105cm 27th 250cm 260cm 27th 315cm 385cm 27th - 350cm
28th 115cm 110cm 28th 250cm 260cm 28th 315cm 385cm 28th - 350cm
29th 130cm 115cm 29th 275cm 270cm 29th - 385cm 29th - 350cm
30th 130cm 120cm 30th 275cm 270cm 30th 30th - 350cm
31st 140cm 120cm 31st 280cm 280cm 31st 31st - 350cm

Previous Statistics

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
A number of ski and snowboard schools operate around the Niseko resort areas. Check our Lessons in English page for any current ski school listings on SnowJapan. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
A number of ski and snowboard equipment and wear rental facilities are available around the Niseko resort areas. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
'Kids Land Annupuri' is located near the Annupuri Gondola and is open from late December until late March (9:30am until 4pm). The area features sledging, a tubing course, a beginners slopes and an area for playing in the snow. Tube rental costs 500 yen and sledge rental costs 300 yen. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities but there are usually a few items on the courses. 

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:30pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Niseko Annupuri Kokusai is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm in the daytime.

Nighta is from 4:30pm until 8:30pm.
Nighta is planned from Saturday 10th December 2016 until Monday 20th March 2017.

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Age 7-12
Older Child
Age 13-15
Senior
Age over 60
8 hours 6,300 yen 3,800 yen 4,800 yen 4,800 yen
1 Day 7,400 yen 4,500 yen 5,600 yen 5,600 yen
2 Days 13,600 yen 8,200 yen 10,200 yen 10,200 yen
3 Days 19,800 yen 11,900 yen 14,900 yen 14,900 yen
4 Days 26,000 yen 15,600 yen 19,500 yen 19,500 yen
5 Days 32,200 yen 19,300 yen 24,200 yen 24,200 yen
6 Days 38,400 yen 23,100 yen 28,800 yen 28,800 yen
7 Days 44,600 yen 26,800 yen 33,500 yen 33,500 yen
8 Days 50,800 yen 30,500 yen 38,100 yen 38,100 yen
9 Days 57,000 yen 34,200 yen 42,800 yen 42,800 yen
10 Days 63,200 yen 37,900 yen 47,400 yen 47,400 yen
11 Days 69,400 yen 41,700 yen 52,100 yen 52,100 yen
12 Days 75,600 yen 45,400 yen 56,700 yen 56,700 yen
13 Days 81,800 yen 49,100 yen 61,400 yen 61,400 yen
14 Days 88,000 yen 52,800 yen 66,000 yen 66,000 yen
15 Days 94,200 yen 56,500 yen 70,700 yen 70,700 yen
16 Days 10,400 yen 60,300 yen 75,300 yen 75,300 yen
17 Days 106,600 yen 64,000 yen 80,000 yen 80,000 yen
18 Days 112,800 yen 67,700 yen 84,600 yen 84,600 yen
Free 50 Hours 64,000 yen
Season Ticket 115,600 yen 69,300 yen 86,700 yen 86,700 yen
Lift Ticket Information The tickets shown are all valid at the Niseko United All Mountain Pass.
These tickets are valid at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko HANAZONO, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resorts.

The 8 Hour ticket is valid for 8 hours from the time of purchase.
A returnable deposit of 1000 yen is required to purchase tickets.
The charges shown are valid for the peak season period - 10th December 2016 until 20th March 2017.
Cheaper tickets are available for early and late season periods.
Nighta is from 10th December 2016 until 20th March 2017.

The 8 Day Ticket can be used on any 8 days over a period of 10 consecutive days.
The 9 Day Ticket can be used on any 9 days over a period of 11 consecutive days.
The 10 Day Ticket can be used on any 10 days over a period of 12 consecutive days.
The 11 Day Ticket can be used on any 11 days over a period of 13 consecutive days.
The 12 Day Ticket can be used on any 12 days over a period of 14 consecutive days.
The 13 Day Ticket can be used on any 13 days over a period of 15 consecutive days.
The 14 Day Ticket can be used on any 14 days over a period of 16 consecutive days.
The 15 Day Ticket can be used on any 15 days over a period of 18 consecutive days.
The 16 Day Ticket can be used on any 16 days over a period of 19 consecutive days.
The 17 Day Ticket can be used on any 17 days over a period of 20 consecutive days.
The 18 Day Ticket can be used on any 18 days over a period of 21 consecutive days.

All day tickets are valid until the end of nighta on the final day of the ticket.

Getting to Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

By public transport
Train
Train
7.7km from Niseko Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
18.2km from Hirafu Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
Transport Information
Information
Kutchan Station on the Hakodate Honsen line is the main and most convenient train station used by people travelling to the Niseko area for the ski and snowboard resorts, though many people actually prefer to use direct bus services to Niseko from Sapporo and New Chitose Airport.

Trains
Train services operate between Sapporo Station and Kutchan Station, with many requiring a transfer at Otaru Station on the way. With good connections this can be done in as little as around 100 minutes - but sometimes waiting for connections at Otaru can be fairly lengthy and greatly increase that time. During the winter season, there is a limited express 'Niseko Ski Express' service a few times a day which goes directly from Sapporo Station to Kutchan Station using the Hakodate Honsen lines. This service takes around two hours. The Niseko Ski Express train stops at Niseko Station, Kutchan Station, Otaru Station, Otaru Chikko Station, Teine Station and Sapporo Station.

The journey from New Chitose Airport Station usually takes around 2.5-3 hours.

Buses
During the main winter months a number of private bus companies offer direct services to Niseko from Sapporo City and also from New Chitose Airport. These regular and convenient services are probably the most popular way to get to Niseko.

There are also a number of buses scheduled between Rusutsu and Niseko each day during the winter season. This journey usually takes around 40 minutes and costs around 1,000 yen.

>> More information on getting to Niseko by public transport
bus
Bus
Niseko United Shuttle Bus
The Niseko United Shuttle bus service operates from the opening day of the season until late in the season. It is free to use for anyone who has an Niseko All-Mountain Hourly Pass or a Day Pass lift ticket. People without those tickets can also board the bus at a small charge. The bus connects Kutchan Station and Niseko Station with the Hirafu Welcome Center and the other main ski resorts on the mountain with many drop off points on the route. There are four main routes.

There is also a Hanazono Shuttle bus service that goes from the Hirafu Welcome Center to the Hanazono resort area.
By Car
Car
37.8km from the Kuromatsunai IC on the Kuromatsunai Shindo
77.8km from the Asari IC on the Sasson Expressway
79.2km from the Otaru IC on the Sasson Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 5 (8.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 66
Direction
Direction
The base of Niseko Annupuri Kokusai base is just over 18km from the central area of Kutchan town.

Getting to Niseko Annupuri Kokusai from central Kutchan town
Heading south from Kutchan Station on Route 5 either turn right onto Prefecture Road 343 and follow the road until traffic lights about 5km further on, then turn right to head into Hirafu. Or, continue a bit further on Route 5 and turn right onto Prefecture Road 631 and then continue on Prefecture Road 343 to head up to Hirafu. Continue through the Hirafu area and also past the Niseko Village turn off, until reaching a junction after about 7km. Turn right here onto Prefecture Road 66 and continue for just under 3km until reaching the turn off for Niseko Annupuri. Turn right to head up to the resort base.

Approaching the Niseko region from Sapporo City
From central and the southern part of Sapporo City, take Route 230 south via the Nakayama Pass and Kimobetsu town. At the traffic lights on the far side of Kimbotsu town, turn right onto Route 276. This road continues through to Kutchan town. This route is about 100km and in normal conditions takes up to two and a half hours by car.

From areas to the north of Sapporo City either take the Sasson Expressway or Route 5 towards Otaru City. From the Asari IC exit turn right onto Prefecture Road 1 and then after a few hundred metres turn right again onto Prefecture Road 956. Kutchan and Akaigawa are on the main road signpost. After about 4km, turn left onto Route 393, also known as the Askaigawa National Highway. The road turn off for Kiroro resort is about 17km along this road. Continue on Route 393 following the signs through to Kutchan.

Alternatively continue on Route 5 through and beyond Otaru City. Route 5 generally follows the same route as the Hakodate Honsen train line through to the Niseko region. There are less of the curves on this route than there are on parts of Route 393, but it is a slightly longer drive (about 7km).

Approaching the Niseko region from New Chitose Airport
From the main exit of New Chitose Airport, head towards Tomakomai on Route 36 and Prefecture Road 781. After 23km turn right onto Route 276 (signposted as Kimobetsu and Lake Shikotsu). Continue for about 18km and turn left at the signs to stay on Route 276. Go past Lake Shikotsu and keep following Route 276 signposted as Kuchan and Kimobetsu. On reaching the Route 230 junction, turning left goes into Rusutsu. For Niseko, turn right here onto Route 230 for just 1km before turning left to join Route 276 once again. Route 276 continues into central Kutchan town and the station area.

Enjoy the views of the northern slopes of Mt Yotei on the way!

This route is about 115km and in normal conditions takes up to two and a half hours by car.

>> More information on getting to Niseko by car
Parking
Parking
There is parking for about 1200 vehicles close to the base of Niseko Annupuri. Parking is free every day of the season.

More Information

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Address
Address
Niseko 485
Niseko-cho
Abuta-gun
Hokkaido
048-1511
Telephone
Telephone
0136-58-2080
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