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 2020 until Sunday 4th April 2021
Possibly re-opening 1st-5th May)
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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
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20/21
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1st - 30cm 1st - 115cm 1st - 175cm 1st - 190cm
2nd - 30cm 2nd - 120cm 2nd - 175cm 2nd - 190cm
3rd - 30cm 3rd - 120cm 3rd - 175cm 3rd - 190cm
4th 40cm 40cm 4th - 130cm 4th - 185cm 4th - 190cm
5th 40cm 50cm 5th - 135cm 5th - 185cm 5th - 190cm
6th - 50cm 6th - 140cm 6th - 200cm 6th - 190cm
7th - 80cm 7th - 140cm 7th - 200cm 7th - 190cm
8th - 85cm 8th - 140cm 8th - 200cm 8th - 190cm
9th - 90cm 9th - 140cm 9th - 200cm 9th - 190cm
10th - 90cm 10th - 140cm 10th - 200cm 10th - 190cm
11th - 70cm 11th - 140cm 11th - 200cm 11th - 190cm
12th - 70cm 12th - 140cm 12th - 200cm 12th - 190cm
13th - 70cm 13th - 140cm 13th - 200cm 13th - 190cm
14th - 70cm 14th - 145cm 14th - 200cm 14th - 190cm
15th - 75cm 15th - 145cm 15th - 200cm 15th - 190cm
16th - 80cm 16th - 155cm 16th - 190cm 16th - 190cm
17th - 80cm 17th - 165cm 17th - 190cm 17th - 190cm
18th - 75cm 18th - 165cm 18th - 190cm 18th - 190cm
19th - 90cm 19th - 165cm 19th - 190cm 19th - 190cm
20th - 80cm 20th - 165cm 20th - 190cm 20th - 190cm
21st - 90cm 21st - 175cm 21st - 190cm 21st - 190cm
22nd - 90cm 22nd - 175cm 22nd - 190cm 22nd - 190cm
23rd - 90cm 23rd - 175cm 23rd - 190cm 23rd - 190cm
24th - 90cm 24th - 175cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 190cm
25th - 95cm 25th - 175cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 190cm
26th - 100cm 26th - 175cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 180cm
27th - 100cm 27th - 175cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 180cm
28th - 100cm 28th - 175cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 180cm
29th - 105cm 29th - 175cm 29th - 190cm 29th - 180cm
30th - 105cm 30th - 175cm 30th 30th - 180cm
31st - 105cm 31st - 175cm 31st 31st - 170cm

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 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
                                                           
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.

Night skiing is from 4:30pm until 8:00pm, from 19the December until 7th March 2021.

Niseko Village Ski Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Age 6-12
Older Child
Age 13-15
Senior
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 2020-2021 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 (Friday 11th December 2020 until Sunday 21st March 2021). 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 nighta on the final day of the ticket.

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2020-2021 Season: Niseko Village lift tickets

Morning or afternoon ticket: 5,400 yen (adults); 3,300 yen (ages 7-12); 4,100 yen (ages 13-15 and seniors)
1 day ticket: 6,200 yen (adults); 3,800 yen (ages 7-12); 4,700 yen (ages 13-15 and seniors)
2 day ticket: 11,400 yen (adults); 6,900 yen (ages 7-12); 8,700 yen (ages 13-15 and seniors)
3 day ticket: 16,600 yen (adults); 10,000 yen (ages 7-12); 12,700 yen (ages 13-15 and seniors)
4 day ticket: 21,800 yen (adults); 13,100 yen (ages 7-12); 16,700 yen (ages 13-15 and seniors)
5 day ticket: 27,000 yen (adults); 16,200 yen (ages 7-12); 20,700 yen (ages 13-15 and seniors)
6 day ticket: 32,200 yen (adults); 19,300 yen (ages 7-12); 24,700 yen (ages 13-15 and seniors)
7 day ticket: 37,400 yen (adults); 22,400 yen (ages 7-12); 28,700 yen (ages 13-15 and seniors)
Night skiing ticket: 2,100 yen (adults and seniors); 1,800 yen (children)
Season ticket: 61,500 yen (adults)

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'Regular Season' is from Friday 11th December 2020 until Sunday 21st March 2021.
'Early Season' is from opening until Thursday 10th December 2020.
'Spring Season' is from Monday 22nd March 2021 until Sunday 4th April 2021.
'Finale Season' is from Monday 5th April 2021 until Wednesday 5th May 2021.

Night skiing is from 19th December 2020 until 7th March 2021.

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.

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Address
Address
Higashiyama Onsen
Niseko-cho
Abuta-gun
Hokkaido
048-1592
Telephone
Telephone
0136-44-2211
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