Niseko, Japan

Niseko has won all categories for Japan at "World Ski Awards" .

Niseko News

Niseko has won all categories for Japan at

The 2nd Annual World Ski Awards winners were announced in Kitzbühel, Austria, and Niseko United honorably won Japan's Best Ski Resort for two consecutive years! 

Launched in 2012, World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field. World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards, often referred to as "the Oscars of the travel industry".

This year, the following local facilities also received awards as follows:
 Japan's Best Boutique Hotel 2014 
*The Vale Niseko won Japan's Best Ski Chalet 2013

  • The Vale Niseko 

     World's Best Boutique Hotel 2014

  • Hilton Niseko Village 

    Japan's Best Ski Hotel 2014 (second straight year)

  • Sekka Kan 

    Japan's Best Ski Chalet 2014

    The evenings awards were topped off with a special award to local legend Mr Akio Shinya chief of the Niseko Avalanche Research Institute in Niseko, for his mamoth efforts in the ski industry of Niseko over many years and for his contribution to mountain sports in general.

    Please see other winners from the following link.

    World Ski Awards 2014 

    Press release  

Chirstmas Mass at Kutchan Catholic Church, 25 December

Niseko News, Winter News

Let's say Mass for Chirstmas at Kutchan Catholic Church.

Due to the only priest in the region being scheduled to celebrate the mass in Otaru on the 24th, this year's Mass in Kutchan will be held on the 25th instead of on Christmas Eve.

    Date and time: 25 December, 18:30pm-20:30pm

Mass will be followed by a celebration party. Let's share the joy of the birth of Christ!!

For more information, please call Kutchan Catholic Church (Tel: 0136 22 1099) after 3pm.

Church address: 1-132, Kita5 Nishi 1, Kutchan Town

Chirstmas Mass at Kutchan Catholic Church, 25 December

Niseko Steam Locomotive Train

Niseko News, Summer News

Niseko Steam Locomotive Train comes back as the last season!

Every Saturday, Sunday and national holidays from September 20 through November 3. 

*Departs Sapporo at 8:31am - Niseko (12:02pm) - Rankoshi(12:27pm)
*Departs Rankoshi (12:32pm) - Niseko(12:56pm) - Kutchan(13:16pm)
*Departs Niseko (15:40pm) -Sapporo (19:00pm) 

Seats should be reserved from Sapporo to Kutchan.
No reservation required from Niseko to Sapporo.

Contact: JR Hokkaido (Japanese only)
http://www.jrhokkaido.co.jp/travel/slniseko2014/index.html

Niseko Steam Locomotive Train

International driver's licence required for international guests to rent/drive a car in Japan (Request from Toyota Rent-a-Car)

Niseko News

Every year problems in which international customers come to Toyota Rent-a-Car offices to rent a car and fail because of their lacking international driver's license occur so frequently.  When you receive inquiries or take bookings from international guests, it would be so much appreciated if you could advise them terms and condition to rent (or drive) a car in Japan as indicated on the following linked page: http://www.toyotarentacar.net/english/guide/license/ . 

Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation.

<Inquiries on this issue>
Toyota Rent-a-Car Sapporo Niseko Hirafu Branch
(Attn: Kageyama)

Address: SHIKI Niseko, 190-4 Aza Yamada,
               Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 044-0081

TEL: 0136-21-2005 / FAX: 0136-23-3666
Email: y-kageyama@st-g.co.jp

“Autumn Sake Tasting”

Dining News

“Autumn Sake Tasting” produced by Otaru Sakasyo Takano will be held at Hotel Alpen on October 3rd,18:30-19:30. You will be tasting “Chitose Zuru”, “Takasago Shyuzo”, “Kitanohomare

Syuzo” “Kunimare” and other special autumn Sake with Chef’s recommended dinner. Also enjoy lottery and acoustic guitar live on site. 4,000JPY per person. Free transportation available from Kutchan town.

Special package, one night / 5,000yen included breakfast is now available.

Contact: Alpen Hotel 0136-23-0484 

“Autumn Sake Tasting”