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: Saturday 1st December 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019
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Latest report posted at 7:57am on Friday 14th December 2018
Official snow depth 130cm (10cm) [updated on 14th December 2018]

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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

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
18/19
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17/18
season
18/19
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17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
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17/18
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1st 30cm 120cm 1st - 250cm 1st - 350cm 1st - 420cm
2nd 70cm 130cm 2nd - 250cm 2nd - 360cm 2nd - 420cm
3rd 70cm 130cm 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 360cm 3rd - 420cm
4th 70cm 140cm 4th - 250cm 4th - 360cm 4th - 420cm
5th 50cm 140cm 5th - 250cm 5th - 360cm 5th - 440cm
6th 50cm 140cm 6th - 250cm 6th - 360cm 6th - 450cm
7th 25cm 140cm 7th - 260cm 7th - 360cm 7th - 450cm
8th 60cm 140cm 8th - 260cm 8th - 360cm 8th - 450cm
9th 80cm 145cm 9th - 260cm 9th - 360cm 9th - 450cm
10th 100cm 145cm 10th - 260cm 10th - 360cm 10th - 420cm
11th 120cm 145cm 11th - 260cm 11th - 360cm 11th - 420cm
12th 120cm 145cm 12th - 260cm 12th - 360cm 12th - 420cm
13th 120cm 160cm 13th - 260cm 13th - 380cm 13th - 430cm
14th 130cm 160cm 14th - 260cm 14th - 380cm 14th - 430cm
15th - 160cm 15th - 260cm 15th - 380cm 15th - 430cm
16th - 160cm 16th - 270cm 16th - 380cm 16th - 420cm
17th - 160cm 17th - 280cm 17th - 390cm 17th - 410cm
18th - 170cm 18th - 280cm 18th - 390cm 18th - 410cm
19th - 180cm 19th - 280cm 19th - 390cm 19th - 410cm
20th - 190cm 20th - 280cm 20th - 390cm 20th - 410cm
21st - 210cm 21st - 280cm 21st - 400cm 21st - 410cm
22nd - 220cm 22nd - 290cm 22nd - 400cm 22nd - 410cm
23rd - 220cm 23rd - 290cm 23rd - 400cm 23rd - 410cm
24th - 220cm 24th - 290cm 24th - 410cm 24th - 390cm
25th - 220cm 25th - 300cm 25th - 410cm 25th - 410cm
26th - 220cm 26th - 300cm 26th - 420cm 26th - 400cm
27th - 230cm 27th - 300cm 27th - 420cm 27th - 390cm
28th - 230cm 28th - 300cm 28th - 420cm 28th - 390cm
29th - 240cm 29th - 310cm 29th - - 29th - 380cm
30th - 250cm 30th - 310cm 30th 30th - 380cm
31st - 250cm 31st - 350cm 31st 31st - 380cm

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 two 'Beginner Areas' - one by the Upper Village Gondola and the other near the Hilton Niseko Village. 
Park Information
Park information
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 8:00pm.

Nighta is planned from Tuesday 11th December 2018 until Wednesday 20th March 2019.

Niseko Village Ski Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Age 6-12
Older Child
Age 13-15
Senior
Age over 60
12 points 4,200 yen 3,100 yen 3,700 yen 3,700 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 ** 2018-2019 LIFT TICKET PRICES **

The tickets shown are valid at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko HANAZONO, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resorts.

A returnable deposit of 1000 yen is required to purchase tickets.
The charges shown are valid for the peak season period - Tuesday 11th December 2018 until Wednesday 20th March 2019.
Cheaper lift tickets are available for early and late season periods before and after the above dates.
Nighta (where available) is from Tuesday 11th December 2018 until Wednesday 20th March 2019.

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.

Note:
Individual lift tickets that are valid at just Niseko Village are also available.
The main season charges from December 11th 2018 until 20th March 2019 are as follows:

1 Day: 5,900 yen (adults); 3,600 yen (age 7-12); 4,500 yen (age 13-15 & over 60)
2 Days: 11,000 yen (adults); 6,600 yen (age 7-12); 8,400 yen (age 13-15 & over 60)
3 Days: 16,000 yen (adults); 9,600 yen (age 7-12); 12,300 yen (age 13-15 & over 60)
4 Days: 21,000 yen (adults); 12,600 yen (age 7-12); 16,200 yen (age 13-15 & over 60)
5 Days: 26,000 yen (adults); 15,600 yen (age 7-12); 20,100 yen (age 13-15 & over 60)
6 Days: 31,000 yen (adults); 18,600 yen (age 7-12); 24,000 yen (age 13-15 & over 60)
7 Days: 36,000 yen (adults); 21,600 yen (age 7-12); 27,900 yen (age 13-15 & over 60)

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
2018-2019 SEASON UPDATES
As of Sunday 9th December, we still need to update the information for about 50 ski hills around Japan. They are mostly very small ones and the information can be very hard to find. We are working to get them all updated as quickly as possible... hopefully within the next week!
Current resort snow depth
130cm
(10cm)
(change since last update)
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