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About Niseko

Welcome to Niseko

The first snowfall on Mt. Yotei marks the transition from Autumn to Winter and Niseko prepares for its yearly dose of legendary powder snow. The lifts begin to run in late November and continue through the first week of May. Guests from around the world travel to Niseko to experience fine dining, Japanese hot springs, unrivaled nature, and of course bottomless powder.

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Niseko Powder

Niseko experiences some of the best powder snow in the world. Cold wind travels from Siberia collecting moisture as it passes over the Japanese sea. The saturated air releases huge amounts of powder when it reaches the mountain ranges of Niseko creating ideal skiing conditions. The average temperature in Niseko is around -8 C which creates dry champagne powder with an average snowfall of 14 meters per winter.

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The Ski Resort

Niseko is made up of 69 runs consisting of 28 lifts and gondolas and totaling over 47 km in groomed slopes with the longest run being 5.6km. With the amount of powder, the terrain offers a good mixture of beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs. Groomed tracks, half-pipes, quarter pipes, table tops, mogul fields, tree runs, and lots of natural hits are all present in Niseko.

Lift facilities operate without rest for over 12 hours a day – starting at 8:30am and closing at 9:00pm. One of the highlights of Niseko is night skiing. The illuminated Niseko skiing areas are huge with fantastic visibility and are available every night of the week; even tree runs are accessible. A powder night session is a must do!

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Niseko’s Hot Springs

Niseko is famous for the abundance of natural hot springs called Onsens. Within the Niseko area there is over 15 different Onsens to relax in after a day on the slopes. Soaking in an outdoor bath with snow falling around you is an experience that is not to be missed.

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Niseko Dining

As a truly international destination, Niseko offers a wide range of dining options. With over 150 restaurants in the combined resort area and nearby Kutchan town, you will be spoiled with choices. Hokkaido is famous for the quality of its produce and seafood which is seen in all of the Japanese style restaurants. French cuisine, Asian ethnic fare, Indian, Italian, and Mexican are all represented in the Hirafu village as well.

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