Jack Taylor
SnowPak Local Insider
Jack Taylor
  • Great village vibe with a vibrant nightlife
  • Easy to get to with plenty of transport options at the base areas
  • Caters for overseas skier as English is widely spoken
  • One of the most expensive places to ski in the country

Niseko Ski Packages

Lodging Discount Price
The Orchards Niseko
28% off $1,039
Country Resort Niseko
28% off $862
22% off $351

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Japow! Welcome to one of the snowiest ski resorts on the planet and the most popular powder haven in the Land of the Rising Sun. If you absolutely, positively, have to get up to your eyeballs in the white stuff, there are few others places that give you better odds than Niseko. Japan’s premier winter wonderland has quite rightly earned a reputation as an essential destination for any self-respecting powder hound, with an average annual snowfall of over 80 days and record snow depths of more than 13 ft!

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

Late December to mid-February

The first lifts turn on as early as the end of November and the last one doesn’t shut off until the beginning of May, but Niseko’s peak season sits firmly between late December to mid-February. If you’re here then, expect three or four powder days a week! There is a slight downside to all that snow, namely being that visibility can be particularly poor, but we’re happy with the compromise. If you’d prefer a few bluebird days then visiting Niseko at the start of March is a good call and a good time to pickup a great deal. If there is any time to avoid going to Niseko, it’s around Christmas and Chinese New Year, prices are hiked up and the slopes get packed.


New Chitose Airport


Niseko (2-3 hours)

Hirafu (Walk)

  • Majority of hotels, dining and nightlife
  • Wide range of lodging options
  • Great for groups

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Niseko Village (Walk)

  • Easy to get around compact ski village
  • Has the best ski facilities for kids in Niseko
  • Great for families

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Annapuri (Walk)

  • Quiet and peaceful ski village
  • Limited dining and nightlife
  • Less accommodation options

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Hanazono (Walk)

  • Limited accommodation options
  • Quiet place to stay
  • Limited dining and nightlife

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For beginners

Niseko has many options available for beginners. For the most beginner-friendly slopes test out Paradise and Family at Annupuri where the terrain is wide, gentle and the longest for beginners in Niseko.

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For intermediates

Intermediates will be spoilt for choice at Niseko. Namara in Niseko Village is wide, straight and long run, great for perfecting turns and switching edges on your board. Another top pick of ours would have to be Youtei Sunset in Hanazono, a 3,900 ft slope that is nice and high and away from the crowds found on the main runs on Hirafu.

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For experts

The off-piste experience is what Niseko is known for, with almost all runs accompanied by amazing sidecountry. The Strawberry Fields in Hanazono is our pick of the lot with perfectly spaced trees and the perfect gradient!The backcountry off Gate 9 is also unreal. Think face shots, deep untouched powder, tree runs, and stunning scenery. Just watch out for the waterfall!

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Find freshies

You'll find plenty of great pow anywhere outside of the boundaries but some of the best can be found off Gate 8 and beyond!

Ditch the crowds

The Hirafu ski area is the most busiest, so head up high and get yourself on Youtei Sunset, a long slope that hardly ever sees the masses. Otherwise, opt for the quieter slopes of Annupuri. 

Non skiers

Niseko has tons of activities and attractions to keep non-skiers happy. They can go snow rafting and tubing, soak in the many onsens (hot springs) or visit the Snow Festival during February.


Niseko is a magical wonderland with things to do for the whole family including tubing, restaraunts and the Sapporo Snow Festival which is held every February. The resort also has plently of childcare and baby sitting services if you want some time for yourself.


NisekoAkakura Kanko
beginner38 %40 %
intermediate32 %30 %
advanced30 %30 %
total runs81 10
ski area--
summit elevation3,937ft 4,921ft
total lifts31 7
child lift ticketFree ¥3,000 JPY ($28 USD)
adult lift ticket¥7,400 JPY ($68 USD) ¥4,300 JPY ($40 USD)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall416″ -

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Niseko Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 76 reviews

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Superb!4.6 / 5Feb 20, 2020
expert snowboarder
Awesome group of hills! The four resorts connected on the same mountain with same pass made for an incredible experience. I was there at a supposedly busy time but never waited in a line, and the snow was incredible. Even after 2 days of a snow fall there was still untracked powder to be found. And some of the best glades and easily accessible out... More
Superb!5 / 5Dec 27, 2019
Niseko ReviewsJenny V.
beginner snowboarder
I loved it! The restaurants and shops there were expensive as expected but they were of the highest quality. The workers and businesses there were very catering to the english speaking foreigners and there are many foreign owned businesses too. I enjoyed the ski runs as they were very much groomed and perfect for beginners to advance skiiers. The... More
Average!3.2 / 5Nov 19, 2019
Niseko ReviewsTony L.
advanced snowboarder
Fun mountain with great views throughout. The variety of terrain is a big draw to go to the besides hills in Niseko. Good resort with lots to do. The only complaint I have is the logistics of getting there from major airports.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Niseko ReviewsLee D.
expert skier
Niseko is a wonderful ski resort actually 4 ski resorts connected by lifts they all share the same Peak but offer different types of terrain and they all have lodging at the base of each one of them... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Jun 08, 2018
Niseko ReviewsShin Y.
intermediate skier
Absolutely sick. I have never seen that kind of powder anywhere in the world that it's was almost scary since I'm not the best skier... but mostly fun. There's only a couple weeks or so of "bad" snow during the season but that being said, the bad snow is still better snow than most resorts in the world.... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5May 28, 2018
Niseko ReviewsNoriko T.
advanced snowboarder
The snow quality was great and this resort was very friendly for people from other countries. There were a lot of sign in english and staff. And the resort was very wide and have variety of caurses. So, all level's skier and snowboarder can enjoy, I think.... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5May 25, 2018
Niseko ReviewsNicole R.
intermediate skier
Niseko was amazing! The snow is normally quite good compared to back in Aus however when you get fresh powder that is worth everything :) It could cater for all ranges of skiiers with basic beginner runs to off piste through trees for advanced skiiers. We booked a bus directly from the airport which dropped us at our front door, a great start. I... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5May 16, 2018
Niseko ReviewsAndrew C.
advanced skier
This was the best quality snow I've skied on. The 4 resort areas provide great lift and ski run options although traversing between them all may be dependent on weather, lift availability and visibilty. The ticket prices are very reasonable compared with Australia and North America (so this leaves more to spend in Apres ski!). Apres ski in Hirafu... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5May 11, 2018
Niseko ReviewsPatrick B.
intermediate snowboarder
Niseko is the mecca of the snowsports world with a tsunami of powder covering a picturesque Japanese village that could only exist in your imagination. If there is one place on Earth not to be missed it is here!... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5May 11, 2018
Niseko ReviewsAndres S.
advanced snowboarder
great snow and fun mountain runs are short but great off piste tree skiing and easily access to lap able side country with 4 resorts covering the mountain there is something for everybody... More

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