Winter in Niseko

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Kihaku - Lower Hirafu

Kihaku is the latest edition to Holiday Niseko's portfolio of vacation rental properties and it is a stunner. Set in lower Hirafu Village far enough away from the center to enjoy peace and quiet yet close enough to be convenient and within easy walking distance of some of the most popular bars and eateries including Ebisu Tei and the famous fridge door bar, Bar Gyu. 

Gigi in Japan

Ski and snowboard videos are what hungry powder hounds feast on during  the summer months and the more video's you watch the more you realise Japan is the place to be if you want deep, dry all you can eat powder.  Japan video parts are timeless and one man that defines snowboarding in Japan is Gigi Ruf. Gigi has been filmed in Japan by countless videographers and production companies over the last deacde and every part leaves you wanting more, none less than his part from the Union Team Movie, Stronger.  Enjoy.


Maruyama Park Sapporo

Many people who travel to Hokkaido will often not see much more than Chitose Airport and the resort area of Niseko. While this is in fact more than enough adventure for most and makes for an incredible ski holiday, with just a little deviation from the more well trodden path there is a whole island of adventures to embark on. Just an hour and a half by car lies Sapporo, the largest city in Hokkaido and 5th largest in Japan. This vibrant metropolis is of course a detsination of its own full of fantastic eatieries, restaurants and shopping opportunities.

Opening Day 2020!

Opening day is always an exciting one, you've waited the whole summer and a seemingly an even longer autumn and finally the day has arrived! Now you're standing in line for the first chair of the winter, your gear is waxed, the new jacket and pants are looking aweseome, boots still feel good and you're ready to roll. Hope the technique's still there! 

Niseko United Operations 2020/21

The 2020/21 winter for better or worse is going to be a bit different to usual in Niseko with unfortunately little or no international tourism possible, at least for the moment. Due to the subsequent decrease in customers there have been some changes made to the lift operations and opening dates.

Grand Hirafu, Hanazono and Niseko Village are scheduled to open on the 5th of December, about 2 weeks later than usual . Annupuri plans to open on November 28th, which fingers crossed should go ahead as planned as snow is forecasted throughout this week.

First Snow

The first snow for the 2020/21 winter has arrived here in Hirafu. The snow to village level began on November 9th 2020, with snow to the base of Hirafu pushing away the subtle colours of autumn and replacing them with the stark yet beautiful black and white vistas that define the Niseko winter landscape.

Airport Transfers to Niseko

So you've booked your accommodation and plane tickets and are looking forward to your upcoming Niseko experience and perhaps your first experience of Japan! With tickets booked to Chitose Airport al that remains is getting to Hirafu, where most likely your accommodation has been booked. From Chitose there are 3 main methods of transportation. A coach bus service, a private transfer or the train. All of these options have their merits and of course there pit falls too,  more on these below.

Shimamaki Snow Cats

Shimamaki Snow Cats is said by many to be one of the best cat skiing operations in Hokkaido. Run by Hokkaido Back Country Club they provide access to some incredible terrain and of course acres of bottomless powder.

Combine this with its unique oceanside location with incredible views of the surounding peaks and the Sea of Japan you have an experience not to be missed.

If this wasn't enough just imagine a 2 or even 4 day tour with a Japanese Ryokan style hotel stay, onsens and an incredible dinner of freshly caught seafood and locally sourced ingredients.

Spring is here again!

Spring is back here in Niseko and its awesome, soft snow,  stunning views and sunshine!

I has been a fantastic easter, with easter egg hunts, free passes and rentals for the kids, uncrowded slopes and great spring skiing for all.

Well worth the journey for those who took advantage of our super cheap March rates!


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