Dog friendly spots in Niseko, Japan

  • January 16, 2021

Niseko is a year-round paradise for lovers of the outdoors, not excluding the furry ones! With expansive nature to explore, wide open spaces and self-contained accommodation that feels like a home-away-from-home, there's no reason why the whole family, fur babies and all, can't come along on an adventurous holiday to Niseko.

Here are some Niseko spots that offer a dog-friendly environment so man's best friend won't miss out on the action.

SnowDog Village, Higashiyama

SnowDog Village is Niseko's premier dog-friendly accommodation. With a host of studios and 1/2/3BDR apartments, you'll feel extra comfortable with a self-contained accommodation that includes a kitchen, laundry and spacious living areas. SnowDog Village also has a host of onsite dog-friendly facilities like a dog run in Summer, onsite reception, and two dining options including Upashi Seta and 36 Parlour (more info on those below).

Upashi Seta, Higashiyama

Upashi Seta is a locally run izakaya and lunch spot that is totally dog-friendly. Open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, it's the perfect spot to drop in for some delicious dishes like tonkatsu, zangi chicken or freshly grilled fish after a day on the slopes. They also have a full bar and a signature 'paw latte'!

36 Parlour, Higashiyama

36 Parlour or SanRoku Parlour is a trendy shipping-container cafe that's onsite at SnowDog Village in Higashiyama. People travel from all over Hokkaido to visit this shop for their delicious coffee and unique sandwich options (like Hokkaido venison!). The owners of the cafe welcome dogs to dine with their owners at the outdoor seating area in Summer, so it's perfect for a drop-in while you're on your morning walk.

Park Hyatt Niseko, Hanazono

The newest high-end hotel in Niseko has multiple dog-friendly rooms that are open to guests with small dogs. The hotel is ski-in ski-out at Hanazono Resort, and has a great onsite facilities including an onsen, gym, rental and retail shop, multiple restaurants, karaoke and event space.

Dog Tail, Niseko Town

This Japanese-Western restaurant in Niseko town offers classics like Japanese curry, katsudon, ebi fry and hamburg set meals to satisfy your hunger after a day adventuring in the great outdoors. As the restaurant's name suggests, it welcomes dogs inside, so feel free to bring your furry friend along! We recommend calling the restaurant (+81 (0)136-55-5114) before visiting to confirm they will have dog-friendly hours that day, as it can change daily.

Burton Store, Hirafu

Located in the heart of Niseko at Hirafu Intersection, the Burton Hirafu store is the best place to get all the latest mountain gear from the world's leading snowboard brand. Inside you'll often spot local dog Winston snoozing in the corner by the window, so feel free to bring along your dog to meet him!

Niseko trails and backcountry

The Niseko wilderness is heaven for dogs, no matter which season you visit. With endless hiking and walking trails available in Summer and pillows of snow for dogs to frolick in in Winter, man's best friend will have the time of its life in one of the most beautiful natural areas in Japan. In Winter, make sure you are trained in backcountry safety and that your dog is comfortable in deep snow if you intend to bring them along for a backcountry ski/snowboard adventure, or simply take them for a stroll in the forest around SnowDog Village for a beautiful and relaxed daily walking route. In Summer, you can use SnowDog Village's dog run (guests/Upashi Seta diners only), or take your dogs to other popular spots like Soga Forest Park in Niseko Town, Fukidashi Park in Kyogoku or Hirafu Koen park in Hirafu village.

Check out all of these places on the map below:

To book your dog friendly holiday in Niseko, check out SnowDog Village or contact our team!


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