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Where to Stay in Niseko

Where to stay in Niseko is is a question that deserves careful consideration, with areas offering vastly different on and off-mountain experiences. Hirafu Village is often said to be the best place to stay in Niseko due to its lively and vibrant atmosphere and huge range of amenities accessible on foot, and via the village shuttle. Other places to stay include Niseko Village, which is particularly suitable for families looking for a large hotel with all amenities onsite, and the emerging area of Annupuri where there are an ever increasing number of luxury chalets and ski lodges taking advantage of the area’s quiet, rural charm. There has also been a huge increase of ‘off the beaten track’ places to stay in Niseko over recent years providing both the opportunity to get away from the fray immerse yourself in the rugged, rural beauty of Hokkaido.

In terms of where to stay in Niseko for skiing and snowboarding, with the whole of Niseko United accessible from each resort base, you cannot go wrong in any of the main hubs. All resorts are interlinked at the top of the mountain, so the skiing and snowboarding is available to all. For beginner skiers and snowboarders who are not confident taking the top lifts, a Niseko United bus is free to use with your All Mountain Lift Pass. Nevertheless the runs you use at the start of the day, and the main area you are likely to stay if you are a beginner skier or snowboarder, differ, se we will run through the options in more detail below.

 

Trail Map showing 4 Niseko United ski resorts

 

You will find more information below on where to stay in Niseko. For the most detailed advice, submit an enquiry and a member of our team will be in touch to provide personal quotes and you can take advantage of their expert local knowledge to answer all your questions.

AREAS FOR YOUR NISEKO STAY

Staying in Hirafu Village

The largest cluster of places to stay in Niseko is located in Hirafu Village, a lovely ski resort town chock-a-block full of amenities such as retail shops, rental outlets, restaurants, cafes, and bars at the base of Grand Hirafu. The village is quite compact, making it a very walkable resort-town area, with most properties no more than a 10 minute walk to the lifts (and most less than 5), as well as having a number of prime ski-in-ski-out accommodation options. The Village is divided into several areas: Upper Village, Middle Village, and Lower Village, as well as Kabayama, Izumikyo 1 and Niseko East Village, which are just outside the Village but are still quite close to village amenities and the lifts.

Most places to stay in Upper and Middle Village are about 5 minutes’ walk to the lifts (many also offer ski in ski out access), whereas places to stay in the Lower Village are a 5 – 20 minutes walk from the lifts, and no more than 1 or 2 minutes walk from a shuttle bus stop, which connects guests to the lifts. The shuttles run every 15 minutes or so and are a very convenient way to get yourself (and equipment) up the hill to the lifts.

Niseko Izumikyo 1, Niseko East Village, and Niseko Kabayama are all fringe areas located just outside the main village area. Izumikyo 1 is a small enclave of chalets just 2 minutes’ walk East of the main Village, and those staying in this area can still easily access the lifts and other amenities on foot, including some Izumikyo facilities such as the Lawson convenience store and the Niseko Adventure Center and Cafe.

Beyond Izumikyo 1 lies Niseko East Village, which is another enclave of chalets, townhouses, restaurants, cafes, as well as another Lawson convenience store. Those staying in Niseko East Village will be reliant on shuttle service to the lifts and other amenities, a rental car or a 20-30 minute walk into town. On the other side of Hirafu lies Kabayama, which includes an ever growing range of places to stay in Niseko, from budget hotels to luxury residences. Guests staying here can hop on the shuttle bus and be in the Village in a minute or two, or simply walk to the lifts in 10-15 minutes.

In terms of ski terrain, while the vast accommodation means it is not the quietest part of the mountain, the slopes this is compensated for by excellent variety including vast off-piste areas such as strawberry fields and the peak, together with wide open runs for beginners. Hanazono which is the base of Niseko’s largest ski school, family activities and Niseko’s biggest terrain park, is accessible via a couple of lifts and short ski down red runs. For beginners not confident on reds, the Niseko United shuttle bus is the best option to get over to Hanazono.

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Staying in Niseko Village

If you are wondering where to stay in Niseko for a ski in ski out experience at a renowned hotel such as the Hilton or Ritz Carlton, you need look no further than Niseko Village.  Formerly known as Higashiyama, this area is perfect for anyone looking for reliability and convenience, with easy lift access and all amenities onsite.  Places to stay in Niseko Village comprise mostly large hotels many of which offer ski in ski out access, inhouse dining, bars, spas, hot-springs, rental shops, ski schools etc.

Niseko Village offers quite a bit of beginner terrain so is a great location for beginner skiers and boarders, as well as those with young children. There is a focus on family oriented winter activities at the resort, however amenities can work out somewhat pricier than in other areas.

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Staying in Annupuri

If you are asking yourself where to stay in Niseko for a quieter, more off the beaten track experience which still offers great access to the slopes, Annupuri could be the answer. Here you will find a much quieter resort base which is growing in popularity with an ever wider range of accommodation and restaurants. The slopes of Annupuri, Niseko United’s westernmost resort, are the favourite of many local skiers and snowboarders. Those happy to stay at a resort base with fewer amenities will be rewarded with fewer crowds, wide open beginner runs and 4 backcountry gates. There is arguably no better place to enjoy Niseko’s spectacular powder snow than Annupuri.

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With the extensive range of accommodation in Niseko, there is a suitable option for everyone, no matter your budget or style preference. Get in touch with us and let us help you to choose the perfect accommodation for your group.

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