"Hatsumoude" (Traditional New Year's shrine visit) at Yamada Shrine, 1st 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 1st January 2017 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!


Dangerous site in Niseko area for winter driving

Snow and ice road changes the condition everyday, every time depends on the weather situation in winter season. If you drive a car here, please check it out the map first!! Drive safety!! PDF download 

Night operation schedule 10 Dec. 2016 Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri ski resort


The Grand Hirafu Ski Resort, Niseko Village and Annupuri Ski Resort starts night operation from 10 Dec, 2016!!

For further information, pleas see here. ​

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Night operation lift: Ace Family Lift, the operation of Hirafu Gondola will be postponed due to lack of snowfall. Thank you for your understing.

Niseko Village

Niseko gondola opens from 10 Dec. and night operation starts!! A part of the course opens due to lack of snowfall.

・Niseko Gondola      8:30am〜3:00pm

・Village Express   8:45am〜9:30pm
・Upper Village Gondola 8:30am〜9:30pm
・Community Chair    8:30am〜8:00pm

Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort

Nighit operation and the Jumbo #2 pair lift  opens 10 Dec. 2016.

Annupuri Gondola      8:30am 〜 3:15pm
Jumbo #1 Quad Lift         8:30 am〜 8:30pm
Jumbo #2 Pair Lift        9:00am 〜 3:30pm
Jumbo #3 Pair Lift    8:45am 〜 3:30pm

6 Courses available
Utopia sours, Shirakaba course, Silver course, Paradise course Junior course and Family course

*Please be careful for course condition due to lack of snowfall. Crossing boundary rope is prohibited.


■Operation period: Until 7 May, 2016 2016年11月26日(土)〜2017年5月7日(日)
■Night operation period: From 10 Dec. 2016 - 20 March, 2017

Annupuri Ski Resort opens the Jumbo Hooded Quad Lift #1

Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort  opens the Jumbo Hooded Quad Lift #1 from Dec. 8. Please see the course available as following and be careful for course condition due to lack of snowfall now.

■Operation Lift

Gondola  8:30 - 15:15

Jumbo Hooded Quad Lift #1 8:30 - 16:00

Jumbo Pair Lift #3  8:45 - 15:30

■Course available


Utopia course, Shirakaba course, Paradise course, Junior course

Tamashii Bar Opening Party, 7 Dec, 2016!!

Tamashii Bar is excited to announce we officially open our doors on Wednesday 7th December. We will hold our first Beer Pong tournament, teams of 2, ¥1000 per team, winner takes the lot! Limited number of teams so please sign up before 6pm on the day.

The 4th Anniversary Udon restaurant GOKORO in Hirafu

To mark the 4 anniversary, the Udon restaurant GOKORO will be held celebration campaign on 9 Dec. Those who ordered Udon menu on the day, receive a half-dried Udon noodle. Quantity limited, please don't miss the chance!! ​