You have come for world-class skiing and snowboarding, but there are many other things to do in Niseko. Find out the best ways to
relax and unwind below during your time away from the slopes.
Soak in Niseko Onsens
One of the best experiences on offer in Japan, with Hokkaido being no exception. There is nothing quite like relaxing in a Niseko Onsen after a day on the slopes.READ MORE
Soaking your muscles while watching the snow fall around you is something not to be missed! Several Niseko hot-springs are on offer, from the conveniently located Alpen Hotel in Hirafu Village, to the popular Goshiki onsen; a classic traditional onsen set at the foot of Mt Annupuri, with stunning views of the surrounding area. For those missing the famous Yukoro Onsen in lower Hirafu, which sadly closed its doors in 2018, Yugokorotei and Iroha in Annupuri both represent excellent alternatives. Both have stunning outdoor baths surrounded with snow covered rocks as well as a traditional feel to rival that of Yukoro. No matter where you stay in the area, there will be Niseko onsens available for you to visit. With prices ranging from 500 to 1,200 yen per visit, this is an activity you can enjoy every day!
Go Night Skiing
Too tired to hit the slopes in the morning? That’s ok, take advantage Niseko night skiing with and get out there in the evening!READ MORE
Since the 2021-22 ski season, all 4 resort areas in the Niseko United area offer night skiing until 7pm. With these new openings, Niseko now offers some of the most extensive night skiing of anywhere in the world. Experience powder snow under the floodlights, truly one of the most magical things to do in Niseko. With less people on the slopes and regular snowfall throughout the day, this is the perfect time to find some deep powder all to yourselves! Lift passes are valid throughout the day into the evening, leaving you free to choose when you hit the slopes.
Enjoy Family Activities
For those looking for a fun day out for all the family, look no further than Hanazono Resort, which has been lavishly developed with all the services a family is looking for.READ MORE
Whether you need someone to take care of your children while you’re on the slope, or whether you’re looking for family fun activities to share, Hanazono has something for you. The Niseko Kids Club is able to accommodate children anywhere from 12 months up to 6 years, and the internationally friendly environment is the perfect place for your child to enjoy their day. A wide variety of other activities are available, from snow shoe tours, snow rafting and snowmobiling.
Ride Niseko Powder
Skiing and snowboarding in Niseko’s powder snow is the main reason so many travel to the area. The beauty of Niseko is that it is never hard to find good snow.READ MORE
With regular snowfall through a large portion of the season, powder can often be found on the side of groomed runs. This makes the resort great for less experienced skiers and snowboarders, who are still finding their feet in deep snow. For the more adventurous among us, there are specially monitored Niseko gates. These access out of bounds areas, with more advanced terrain and often unbelievable snow. Gates are monitored by Ski Patrol and may or may not be open depending on the weather conditions. Lastly, the Niseko backcountry areas provide the ultimate powder skiing experience for those looking for the steepest, deepest and untracked terrain. Several operators provide guiding services around the Niseko backcountry, from lift-accessed terrain in the resorts, to more remote areas including the famous Mt Yotei.
Eat out at Niseko Restaurants
Niseko is home to a wealth of restaurants; from Japanese cuisine to fantastic fusion options serving fresh Hokkaido produce that won’t leave you disappointed.READ MORE
Whether you are looking for a refined dining experience, or a relaxed evening with the locals, Niseko has restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Popular choices include Wild Bills Niseko, with a relaxed atmosphere and delicious locally inspired dishes, as well as The Barn Niseko, providing an elegant and intimate dining experience. Staples such as Italian style pizza, burgers and modern cafes provide safe options for those with children, but Japanese Izakaya style restaurants such as Abucha are also family friendly and offer a wide selection of Japanese and international dishes.
Take a Day Trip to Rusutsu
Rusutsu Ski Resort is located just a 40 minute drive from Niseko and is a must visit location for all powderhounds and those seeking immaculate groomed runs.READ MORE
With over 42km of runs available, including long, cruisy groomers to steeper, powder-filled gullies, Rusutsu Resort caters to all ability levels. With less infrastructure in the surrounding area compared to Niseko, the resort can be a lot quieter, and with stunning views of Mt Yotei, and on a clear day, as far as Lake Toya, it is well worth a visit. Rusutsu day trip packages are available from Niseko and include return transportation and a one-day lift pass. Get in touch with Japan Ski Experience staff today to find out about day trips or stays in Rusutsu.
Discover Niseko Nightlife
At night, Niseko really comes to life. Bustling bars, relaxed Izakayas and wood burning fireplaces all entice you out of the cold and make for a holiday to remember.READ MORE
Sample locally inspired cocktails at the famous Fridge Bar Niseko, a staple of the Niseko Nightlife scene. Whether you’re looking for an intimate experience with your partner, or a lively party, Niseko has you covered. Several bars are open for apres drinks and run long into the night, with events and international DJs often scheduled. During special holiday periods, such as Christmas/New Year and Chinese New Year, there are also scheduled cultural events that shouldn’t be missed. Wrap up warm and enjoy the fantastic fireworks displays or even traditional Japanese Taiko drumming!
Cruise the Groomers
Niseko is famous for its powder snow, and that makes for exceptionally soft, easy groomers that offer satisfying turns and forgive most falls!READ MORE
For our favourite groomers, head over to Annupuri where wide open pistes with immaculately groomed snow await.
Visit Sapporo Snow Festival
Famous in Japan and around the world, the Sapporo Snow Festival is Hokkaido’s biggest event of the year and one of Japan’s most famous festivals.READ ARTICLE
Go on a Snowmobiling Tour
In Niseko, snowmobile tours are for everyone from experienced riders to children and beginners. Get off the beaten track and explore Hokkaido’s rural beauty.READ MROE
Snowmobile tours provide a thrilling adventure through forests and pastures, experiencing panoramic Niseko views that you would not get from the resort.
Visit Otaru Snow Light Festival
Held every year in February at the same time as Sapporo Snow Festival, Otaru Snow Light Path Festival is the perfect chance to combine skiing and culture.READ MORE
Otaru Snow Light Path Festival is far lesser known than the Sapporo Snow Festival offering a more intimate and spiritual experience. It is also far closer to Niseko resort, making it a superb alternative for those not keen on the trek to Sapporo.
Freestyle at Hanazono Park
On sunny days, head to Hanazono terrain park for a change from riding Niseko’s deep powder. Intermediate and advanced freestyle riders can head to the main park.READ MORE
Jumps, half-pipes and more are built throughout the season, increasing in size as the snow depth builds. Beginners and intermediates can head to the jib park near the base of Hanazono for low speed jibs, rails and beginner jumps.