Niseko Summer 2022 Events
The lifts have closed & Niseko is zipping towards another summer – here are a few new developments for 2022 (and a few of our old favorites):
Hanazono Zip World
Japan’s first multi-stage dual-cable zipline park, Hanazono’s new zipline park will boast a total of 2,591 meters of ziplines & features the longest zipline in Asia: the Black Diamond Superfly. At 1,700 meters, this zipline will take riders up to 110kph through the scenic Hokkaido wilderness. More information can be found at the Hanazono Zip World website.
Photo credit: Hanazono Resort
Niseko Area Mountain Bike Association (NAMTBA) has plans to build publicly accessible trails in the Niseko area this coming green season. Schedules have yet to be finalized, but the organization may have its first trails open to the public in late August or September of this year.
Mountain Lights in Hanazono
Renowned artist Bruce Munro has conceptualized a unique and immersive experience for visitors to Hanazono: a 1,300 meter path illuminated with 180,000 points of light said to be inspired by fireflies, working in perfect harmony with the surrounding environment. The installation will run from July to October of 2022. Click here for more information.
Photo credit: Hanazono Resort
With easing coronavirus restrictions, it is our hope that we will see a return of the Kutchan Potato Festival, or Jaga-matsuri, in 2022 – a favorite of locals and travelers alike. Jaga-matsuri fills Kutchan Town with food, drink, fireworks and merriment. Check out our blog post on the event here for more information.
Niseko View Plaza
Though not an event, it is certainly not something to be missed in Summer. Niseko’s View Plaza “Michi-no-eki”, or roadside station, is always abuzz on weekends – fresh produce, local cuisine, gelato, coffee… a perfect excuse to go for a bit of sightseeing. Never heard of Michi-no-eki before? Check out a few of our favorite local spots on our blog!
June 2022 will see the long awaited return of the ANA Niseko Classic – this UCI sanctioned cycling race attracts professionals from all corners of the globe & serves as a qualifier for those with aspirations to reach the UCI Gran Fondo World Series! Not a pro? No problem! The event offers a total of 4 races of varying difficulty and distance ensuring riders of all abilities can challenge themselves & enjoy the stunning scenery of Niseko.
Hanazono Hill Climb
The Niseko Hanazono Hill Climb has been scheduled for August 2nd, 2022. This hill climb winds 15km up from the flatlands of Kutchan to the highlands of the Goshiki Onsen area. With an average grade of 4.6% and more than 600m of elevation gain, riders will surely find themselves (and their legs!) challenged.
Niseko is a dream destination for road cyclists – the area proudly hosts events like the aforementioned UCI sanctioned Niseko Classic & the Hanazono Hill Climb. 2021 saw the first running of Niseko Gravel, now helping to put Niseko on the map for cyclists who prefer to stray from the tarmac & into new and undiscovered areas.
2022 will see two runnings of Niseko Gravel, the Spring Course on May 15th and the main event on September 4th. Check out their website here for more information.