As high as a kite in Annupuri

If you are driving near the Annupuri ski resort around dawn or dusk during the summer months you may have noticed a strange yellow object in the sky.  It is the Niseko Balloon and recently I got the chance to check it out. I headed out to the Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort at 4pm as I wanted to see the whole process of setting up a hot air balloon.

Step 1: lay out your balloon
set up
Step 2: Use a big fan to fill balloon
Filling the Balloon
Step 3: Stand inside the balloon
Inside Balloon
Step 4: Turn up the heat
Heating up
Step 5: Keep heating until the balloon rises
we have lift off
Step 6: Yatta! & don't forget to tie it down

Interesting but obvious fact: The temperature of the air at the top of the balloon is around 100 degrees Celsius. The Niseko Balloon operates mornings and evenings from June 1st to October 12th weather permitting.  The balloon is tethered so you won't accidentally fly away and will take you to a height of 30m providing great views of the surrounding area.

All good things come to an end
Pack up

A big thanks to the great Niseko Balloon staff (I owe you a beer)