Niseko wins all categories for Japan at World Ski Awards 2015!!

The 3rd Annual World Ski Award winners were announced in Kitzbühel, Austria, and The Vale Niseko honorably won World's Best boutipue Hotel for the second consecutive year. And Niseko won the all divisions out of the Japan's Ski Awards as below.

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 organization of World Travel Awards, often referred to as "the Oscars of the travel industry".

The winners are as follows:

Click on the following link to see other winners and more information on the awards. United


Come to Ki Niseko for reindeer rides this Christmas!

Santa's reindeer have booked a Christmas play date with the kids of Niseko, and will be giving rides to anyone who'd like to come along!

The action will be taking place out the front of Ki Niseko on December 24 & 25 from 10am to 4pm. Rides are free for everyone to enjoy and don't forgot to pop in to An Dining before or after to enjoy a hot chocolate, some lunch or a cold drink!

Location: Outside Ki Niseko
Date: December 24 & 25
Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: FREE

For more information, please contact Ki Niseko on +81 (0) 136 21 2565

Aiming to create a Wi-Fi Hotzone to cover the entire Niseko resort area with FON and Wireless Gate

Niseko Promotion Board has made headway in the Wi-Fi infrastructure business.

Niseko Promotion Board, Wireless Gate, a wireless broadband service provider (Head Office: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo), and Fon Japan K.K. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo), the Japanese subsidiary of the world's largest community Wi-Fi “FON,” will jointly launch the project to construct a Wi-Fi environment that covers all the tourist areas in Niseko, Hokkaido, and will start providing a free Wi-Fi service to visitors in the area including inbound tourists (foreign visitors in Japan) from November 21.

In the hotels, restaurants and activity facilities in the Niseko area, WirelessGate will install, operate and support the high-performance, low-cost wireless LAN routers manufactured by FON, which has developed over 17 million spots around the world and has users in more than 200 countries.

This will enable the facilities in the area to introduce Wi-Fi at a low cost and provide a Wi-Fi service to the tourists using their facilities free of charge for a set amount of time. Because FON is widely recognized around the world, the facilities will attract more foreign tourists and improve their convenience through the Wi-Fi service. The tourists will be able to use the service easily and safely by using the Facebook login function offered by FON without the bothersome task of entering personal information.

The service will commence on November 21, and approximately 100 facilities will provide the Wi-Fi service in Niseko area before the end of this year. WirelessGate will expand the area where the routers are installed sequentially so that Wi-Fi spots will be available in over 300 facilities in the future.

■About FON
FON Ltd. was founded by serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky in February 2006 with the goal of blanketing the world with Wi-Fi. The FON community where users share their own Wi-Fi with each other has expanded as an original cloud sourcing approach and has grown into the world’s largest global Wi-Fi network, covering over 17 million Wi-Fi spots around the world. The company has business tie-ups with the communication carriers around the world including BT (UK), Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Vodafone (Spain, Italy), SFR (France), KPN (the Netherlands), Proximus (Belgium), NOS (Portugal), Netia (Poland), OTE (Greece), MTC (Russia), Oi (Brazil), KT (Korea), Telstra (Australia) and MWEB (South Africa). In addition, it has capital tie-ups with leading companies around the world including Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, ITOCHU Corporation, Atomico, Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital.

FON’s website:
■Wireless Gate, (Head Office: Shinagawaku, Tokyo)
Wireless broadband service provider.
Wireless Gate combines public wireless LAN providers’ Wi-Fi access points with telecoms carriers’ networks to offer wireless communications services tailored to the needs of our users.
Their services are sold at electronics retailers and mobile phone stores.

Three main segments:
Wireless Broadband Services
Wireless Platform Services
Wi-Fi Infrastructure Business (a new business)

Explanatory meeting is scheduled as following, please attend the meeting. For queries, please contact NPB secretariat, TEL 0136-21-2551.


Time & Date:  2pm on Friday, 27 November, 2015
Venue :  Sunsports Land Kutchan
Person in charge : Shimada

"Hatsumoude" (Traditional New Year's shrine visit) at Yamada Shrine, 1 January

"​Hatsumoude" is the first visit of the year to a Shinto shrine. While you're in Japan, why not experience the New Year in a traditional Japanese way?

Yamada Shrine is located in the Hirafu area (please see the map below) and will welcome visitors who wish to pray for happiness in the coming year.

Those who visit the shrine between midnight and 2am on 1 January 2016 will be offered free "sacred sake"! Yakitori, sweet sake (traditional New Year's drink), and butajiru (pork miso soup) stalls will be on site, too!

For more information, please contact Kutchan Tourism Association on 0136-22-3344 or email to [email protected]

NPB publications will be ready soon!!

The most essential publications(W&D, Area Guide, Resort Map and Transport Guide 2015-16 season) will be arrived to Niseko area on Friday, 24 November, 2015. Picking up available on Friday afternoon, 24 Nov, 2015 at tourism office below. For queries, please contact to NPB office, TEL0136-21-255, [email protected]

- Kutchan Town Office
- Kutchan tourism association
- Niseko tourism association
- Niseko Town Office
- Rankoshi Town Office
- NPB Office

■ Wine&Dine and Area Guide (Web magazine: Hokkaido e-book)
*2015-16 version will be available from 12 November, 2015


■ Resort Map and Transport Guide
Here is the link:
2015-2016 Resort Map link(English)
2015-2016 Resort Map link (Japanese)
2015-2016 JR & Bus timetables link

Christmas in Niseko Village

December 24th, 2015 Christmas Event at Niseko Village

  • Reindeer Photo Session - Take a photo memento with Santa and his reindeer (17:30~17:45)
  • Christmas Night Santa will drop in with gifts for the little ones! @(1)Hilton Niseko Village 1F lounge 17:00~17:20, (2)The Green Leaf Hotel 1F lounge 18:30~19:00,
  • Christmas Fireworks (start 20:20)


New Year's Eve Event in Niseko Village

Hilton Count Down Fireworks

A gorgeous display of "hanabi" to ring in the New Year in style with your loved ones.

  • Date & Hours:December 31, 2015 Start at 24:00
  • Place: Hilton Niseko Village