Niseko Village Ski Resort (Niseko Town, Hokkaido)

Niseko Village Ski Resort
ニセコビレッジスキーリゾート (北海道 ニセコ町)
Planned season: Tuesday 1st December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
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Niseko Village Ski Resort is located in Niseko 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 Annupuri Kokusai and Niseko HANAZONO Resort). This map shows the location of the Niseko ski and snowboard resorts. Niseko Village used to be known as Niseko Higashiyama.

There are some major developments around the base area of Niseko Village for the 16-17 season including a new course and new lifts. The new 1.2km beginners ‘Ageimo’ course effectively connects the base Green Leaf hotel with the Shopping & Dining Area of the resort. A new 816m Village Express lift runs alongside the new course and both gondola cabins and 6-person chairs will share that lift. Yet another new Gondola lift - the 250m long Upper Village Gondola, running two gondola cabins together with each holding up to 8 people – runs from by the hotel to near the top of the Village Express gondola. These developments should greatly improve access around the base areas of Niseko Village.

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.

The Mountain

1170m
890m
280m
35"
27
5000m
8
32%
32%
36%
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 0 0 4 2 1
Niseko Village Ski Resort is lift-connected with:
Niseko Annupuri Kokusai, Niseko HANAZONO Resort, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu

Niseko Village Ski Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
16/17
season
15/16
season
16/17
season
15/16
season
16/17
season
15/16
season
16/17
season
15/16
season
1st - - 1st 140cm 185cm 1st 250cm 280cm 1st 315cm 370cm
2nd - - 2nd 140cm 185cm 2nd 260cm 280cm 2nd 315cm 380cm
3rd - 50cm 3rd 140cm 185cm 3rd 280cm 290cm 3rd 315cm 380cm
4th - - 4th 140cm 185cm 4th 280cm 290cm 4th 315cm 380cm
5th - - 5th 140cm 185cm 5th 280cm 300cm 5th 315cm 380cm
6th - - 6th 140cm 190cm 6th 280cm 300cm 6th 315cm 380cm
7th - - 7th 150cm 190cm 7th 280cm 300cm 7th 315cm 380cm
8th - - 8th 150cm 190cm 8th 280cm 310cm 8th 315cm 370cm
9th - - 9th 150cm 190cm 9th 280cm 310cm 9th 315cm 370cm
10th - - 10th 150cm 200cm 10th 280cm 310cm 10th 315cm 370cm
11th - - 11th 160cm 200cm 11th 280cm 310cm 11th 315cm 360cm
12th - - 12th 180cm 200cm 12th 280cm 310cm 12th 315cm 360cm
13th - - 13th 180cm 210cm 13th 280cm 310cm 13th 315cm 360cm
14th - - 14th 190cm 210cm 14th 280cm 310cm 14th 315cm 360cm
15th 80cm 80cm 15th 190cm 230cm 15th 280cm 310cm 15th 315cm 360cm
16th 100cm 40cm 16th 200cm 240cm 16th 280cm 320cm 16th 315cm 350cm
17th 120cm 65cm 17th 200cm 250cm 17th 280cm 330cm 17th 315cm 350cm
18th 120cm 70cm 18th 200cm 265cm 18th 280cm 340cm 18th 315cm 340cm
19th 120cm 80cm 19th 200cm 260cm 19th 290cm 340cm 19th 300cm 340cm
20th 120cm 80cm 20th 210cm 260cm 20th 300cm 340cm 20th 300cm 340cm
21st 120cm 80cm 21st 210cm 270cm 21st 300cm 340cm 21st 300cm 340cm
22nd 120cm 80cm 22nd 210cm 270cm 22nd 300cm 340cm 22nd 300cm 340cm
23rd 120cm 80cm 23rd 220cm 270cm 23rd 300cm 340cm 23rd 295cm 340cm
24th 130cm 80cm 24th 220cm 270cm 24th 300cm 340cm 24th 295cm 340cm
25th 130cm 85cm 25th 220cm 270cm 25th 315cm 340cm 25th 295cm 340cm
26th 130cm 140cm 26th 220cm 270cm 26th 315cm 350cm 26th 280cm 340cm
27th 130cm 100cm 27th 220cm 270cm 27th 315cm 360cm 27th 280cm 340cm
28th 130cm 180cm 28th 230cm 270cm 28th 315cm 360cm 28th 270cm 340cm
29th 130cm 180cm 29th 230cm 270cm 29th - 360cm 29th 260cm 340cm
30th 130cm 185cm 30th 230cm 270cm 30th 30th 255cm 340cm
31st 140cm 185cm 31st 230cm 280cm 31st 31st 255cm 340cm

Previous Statistics

Niseko Village Ski Resort 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
There is a 'Niseko Kids Area' (near the Niseko Gondola) and a 'Green Leaf Beginners Area' (near the Hilton Niseko Village hotel) for young children, both featuring a 'magic carpet' escalator. There is also a special Kids Snow School at Niseko Village. The 'Niseko Kids Center' is the Hilton Niseko Village building.  
Park Information
Park information
There is no special snow park at Niseko Village during the main season but a number of activities are available including snowmobiling, first tracks cat skiing, cross-country, guided snowshoe tours, snow rafting, horseback riding and reindeer sledding. 

Niseko Village Ski Resort Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Niseko Village is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm in the daytime.

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

Niseko Village Ski Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Age 6-12
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 5,700 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 Village Ski Resort

By public transport
Train
Train
5.5km from Niseko Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
14.5km 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
38.7km from the Kuromatsunai IC on the Kuromatsunai Shindo
74km from the Asari IC on the Sasson Expressway
75.4km from the Otaru IC on the Sasson Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 5 (6.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 343
Direction
Direction
The base of Niseko Village Ski Resort base is about 14.5km from the central area of Kutchan town.

Getting to Niseko Village Ski Resort 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.

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 1650 vehicles close to the base of Niseko Village. Parking is free every day of the season.

More Information

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Address
Address
Higashiyama Onsen
Niseko-cho
Abuta-gun
Hokkaido
048-1592
Telephone
Telephone
0136-44-2211
Season dates and information
At the time of writing (3rd April 2017), many ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season - though some remain open. Season dates shown on these pages are the original planned dates and subject to change.

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Information will be reviewed and updated over the coming months. Data for every ski resort should be updated in time for the start of the 2017-2018 winter season.
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