Although Niseko is best known as Asia’s most awarded ski resort, and one of the snowiest resorts in the world, it is also an all-season destination of summer activities, onsens, and exemplary culinary experiences.
The cold storm winds from Siberia over the Sea of Japan guarantee snow that is not only abundant in the winter months, but also some of the very lightest power in the world. Skiers and boarders from North America to Europe flock to join the local visitors and Asian connoisseurs to revel in the sublime champagne powder.
Though a ski haven in the winter months, Niseko also offers a plethora of treats throughout the year – long appreciated by the Japanese tourists, and less known to international travellers.
The extraordinary quality of Hokkaido produce ensure that a gourmet tour is well rewarded with some of the finest cuisine not only in Japan, but also in the world. Niseko is also well placed to access other gourmet destinations – hidden sublime local bakeries and Michelin-starred restaurants – as well as the famous Nikka Distillery in Yoichi, the seafood mecca of Otaru, as well as local vineyards, various markets and fruit orchards bursting with the most succulent and sweetest produce.
For active visitors, Niseko has a wealth of choice for all ages and fitness levels: from golf and fly fishing to whitewater rafting, canyoning and kayaking; from zip lining and tree trekking, road cycling and mountain biking, to beautiful hikes and walks through woods and up mountains. Gentle horse riding, park golf, fishing and inflatable slide parks are also popular with younger visitors.
Serious golfers will be thrilled by the world class courses available – Hanazono, Niseko Village, and Niseko Golf courses, as well as others in neighbouring resorts.
Please see ‘Beyond Zaborin’ for further ideas for seasonal activities.