Guide to Niseko

Nomadice - Richie Webb

Niseko, Japan is a dream destination for snowboarders. While the expansive Niseko United is a huge area which is fully geared for snowboarders, ensuring thrilling descents down its slopes, tree runs and even terrain parks. The winter season in Niseko starts in late November and stretches until early May, making it a haven for winter sports lovers.

Flying into Niseko is relatively straightforward. The New Chitose Airport (CTS) outside Sapporo is the gateway, located just 110km away.  Bus transfers, train transport and car rental make the transfer easy.

For accommodations close to the action, consider staying in Niseko, Niskeo Village, Hanazono or nearby Kutchan.  Aside from Kutchan proximity to the slopes is right there with several ski-in-ski-out accommodations. Plus, it ensures easy access to a large variety of restaurants and bars, ensuring your evenings are as enjoyable as your days on the slopes.

Even though some might rush to the apres ski once the legs are done, don't miss out on the incredible night riding on offer in Hirafu.  This is one of the best nightime shred experiences around, powder runs under floodlights is something else.

  1. Travel to and from Niseko from Sapporo and Tokyo: Traveling to Niseko is often done by flying into New Chitose Airport, then taking a bus to Niseko, especially during the winter months. This route is popular and recommended to be booked in advance. If coming from Tokyo, one can fly into New Chitose Airport and then proceed to Niseko.

  2. Getting around Niseko: The resort town is popular for skiing and snowboarding, attracting many foreigners. Niseko is known for its powder snow and backcountry. Buses are a popular mode of transportation, especially from the airport.

  3. Restaurants on the mountain and in town: Niseko boasts a diverse nightlife scene with numerous bars and restaurants, offering a wide variety of options for visitors.

  4. Nightlife: The town is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, housing more bars and eateries than any other Japanese resort.

  5. Onsens: Search results did not provide specific details on onsens in Niseko.

  6. Kids entertainment: Search results did not provide specific details on kids' entertainment in Niseko.

  7. Shopping: Search results did not provide specific details on shopping in Niseko.

  8. Other things to do other than skiing and snowboarding: While Niseko is celebrated for its skiing and snowboarding, there are other activities to engage in. However, specifics were not detailed in the search results.

Useful links:

  1. - Niseko Travel Guide

  2. - Where to Stay in Niseko: Guide for First-Time Visitors

  3. - How to Get to Niseko | Getting Here

  4. - 10 Best Things to Do in Niseko When You’re Not Skiing

  5. - Tokyo to Niseko Ski Resorts, Japan's Powder Paradise

  6. - 25 Things to Do Around Niseko & Where to Stay