Niseko Village Ski Resort (Niseko Town, Hokkaido)

Niseko Village Ski Resort
(北海道 ニセコ町)
Planned season: Friday 3rd December 2021 until Sunday 4th May 2022
* Full details yet to be confirmed
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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).

Niseko Village used to be known as Niseko Higashiyama.

A new course and two new lifts were introduced for the 2016-2017 season. The 1.2km beginners ‘Ageimo’ course effectively connects the base Green Leaf hotel with the Shopping & Dining Area of the resort. A 816m Village Express lift runs alongside that course, and both gondola cabins and 6-person chairs share that lift. The 250m long Upper Village Gondola lift - running two gondola cabins together with each holding up to 8 people – also now runs from by the hotel to near the top of the Village Express gondola. These developments improved access around the base areas of the Niseko Village resort area.

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

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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
1st - - 1st - 160cm 1st - 250cm 1st - 330cm
2nd - - 2nd - 180cm 2nd - 250cm 2nd - 330cm
3rd - - 3rd - 180cm 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 330cm
4th - 40cm 4th - 185cm 4th - 250cm 4th - 330cm
5th - 40cm 5th - 190cm 5th - 250cm 5th - 330cm
6th - 40cm 6th - 190cm 6th - 270cm 6th - 330cm
7th - 60cm 7th - 190cm 7th - 275cm 7th - 330cm
8th - 60cm 8th - 200cm 8th - 275cm 8th - 341cm
9th - 60cm 9th - 200cm 9th - 275cm 9th - 341cm
10th - 60cm 10th - 210cm 10th - 338cm 10th - 341cm
11th - 60cm 11th - 210cm 11th - 340cm 11th - 340cm
12th - 60cm 12th - 210cm 12th - 340cm 12th - 341cm
13th - 50cm 13th - 210cm 13th - 340cm 13th - 338cm
14th - 60cm 14th - 220cm 14th - 236cm 14th - 338cm
15th - 80cm 15th - 230cm 15th - 234cm 15th - 338cm
16th - 90cm 16th - 230cm 16th - 234cm 16th - 331cm
17th - 110cm 17th - 230cm 17th - 260cm 17th - 320cm
18th - 110cm 18th - 230cm 18th - 270cm 18th - 320cm
19th - 120cm 19th - 230cm 19th - 270cm 19th - 320cm
20th - 130cm 20th - 230cm 20th - 270cm 20th - 317cm
21st - 130cm 21st - 230cm 21st - 270cm 21st - 317cm
22nd - 130cm 22nd - 240cm 22nd - 270cm 22nd - 320cm
23rd - 130cm 23rd - 240cm 23rd - 293cm 23rd - 320cm
24th - 130cm 24th - 240cm 24th - 310cm 24th - 320cm
25th - 130cm 25th - 240cm 25th - 310cm 25th - 320cm
26th - 135cm 26th - 240cm 26th - 310cm 26th - 315cm
27th - 150cm 27th - 240cm 27th - 330cm 27th - 315cm
28th - 150cm 28th - 240cm 28th - 330cm 28th - 303cm
29th - 150cm 29th - 240cm 29th - - 29th - 298cm
30th - 150cm 30th - 240cm 30th 30th - 298cm
31st - 160cm 31st - 250cm 31st 31st - 278cm

Previous Statistics

Niseko Village Ski Resort Facilities

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. 
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 an 'Activity Area' near the Gondola base and also two special 'Beginner Areas' - one by the Gondola base and the other by the Upper Village Gondola base. 
Park Information
Park information
No specific Snow Park as such. There are a number of activities available including snowmobiling, first tracks cat skiing, cross-country, guided snowshoe tours, snow rafting and reindeer sledding. 

Niseko Village Ski Resort Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Late April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:00pm
'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.

Night skiing is planned from Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 20th March 2022.

Niseko Village Ski Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Age 6-12
Older Child
Age 13-15
Age over 60
12 points 4,900 yen 3,600 yen 4,300 yen 4,300 yen
1 Day 8,100 yen 4,900 yen 6,500 yen 6,500 yen
2 Days 14,800 yen 9,000 yen 11,900 yen 11,900 yen
3 Days 21,500 yen 13,000 yen 17,200 yen 17,200 yen
4 Days 28,200 yen 17,000 yen 22,600 yen 22,600 yen
5 Days 34,900 yen 21,000 yen 27,900 yen 27,900 yen
6 Days 41,600 yen 25,000 yen 33,300 yen 33,300 yen
7 Days 48,300 yen 29,000 yen 38,700 yen 38,700 yen
8 Days 55,000 yen 33,000 yen 44,100 yen 44,100 yen
9 Days 61,700 yen 37,000 yen 49,400 yen 49,400 yen
10 Days 68,400 yen 41,000 yen 54,800 yen 54,800 yen
11 Days 75,100 yen 45,000 yen 60,100 yen 60,100 yen
12 Days 81,800 yen 4,900 yen 65,500 yen 65,500 yen
13 Days 88,500 yen 53,000 yen 70,900 yen 70,900 yen
14 Days 95,200 yen 57,000 yen 76,200 yen 76,200 yen
15 Days 101,900 yen 61,000 yen 81,600 yen 81,600 yen
16 Days 108,600 yen 65,000 yen 86,900 yen 86,900 yen
17 Days 115,300 yen 69,000 yen 92,300 yen 92,300 yen
18 Days 122,000 yen 73,000 yen 97,700 yen 97,700 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season: Niseko United lift tickets

The lift tickets shown above are valid for all four of the Niseko United resorts - Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko HANAZONO Resort, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri Kokusai - during the peak season period (Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 20th March 2022). Cheaper lift tickets are available for the early and spring season periods.

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 night skiing on the final day of the ticket.


2021-2022 Season: Niseko Village only lift tickets

To be added at a later date


'Regular Season' is from Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 20th March 2022.
'Early Season' is from opening until Friday 17th December 2021.
'Spring Season' is from Monday 21st March 2022 until Sunday 3rd April 2022.

Night skiing is from Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 20th March 2022.

Getting to Niseko Village Ski Resort

By public transport
5.5km from Niseko Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
14.5km from Hirafu Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
Transport 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.


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.


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

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