THE NISEKO AREA
Located two hours from Japan’s fourth largest city and Hokkaido’s capital city Sapporo, Niseko offers a wealth of activities and famous ski conditions. The Niseko resort encompasses Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and Annupuri – all on Mount Annupuri and interconnected with an all mountain pass. The small independent resort Moiwa is also part of the Niseko region and is an alternative for a day’s quiet backcountry skiing. Niseko United includes almost 50 kilometres of ski runs and the largest night skiing in the country.
Hanazono is just minutes from Zaborin and the newest resort to be developed. It boasts some of the more hidden off-piste skiing and its own snowboard park with Hokkaido’s only FIS-approved half-pipe. Its base station houses the restaurant “Aspèrges” headed by three Michelin Star chef Hiroshi Nakamichi. Just beyond is Niseko’s largest children’s ski school and dedicated learning area.
However, Niseko is not only a ski destination but offers many summer activities, including access to world-class golf courses. Niseko Tokyu Golf Course offers both dramatic scenery, challenging holes, and is just five minutes away. There are a further five excellent courses nearby.
A plethora of activities are available from the spring months, including river rafting, hiking, volcano excursions, cultural tours, fishing and some of the best cycling in Asia.
Finally, and not to be underestimated, is the astonishing quality of fresh local produce and the many exceptional restaurants around the area – including and beyond the Michelin-starred restaurants “Aspèrges” and “Kamimura” – which we would look forward to introducing to you.