2017-18 Winter Bus Schedule in Kutchan & Niseko area!

Convinient transporation between Kutchan downtown and Niseko Hirafu area!

Coming to Niseko this winter? Use the shuttle bus to access Kutchan downtown and Niseko Hirafu area! There are three types of buses here to connect the different areas, so you can explore the different places all around town!

Download the PDF here!

World Ski Awards 2017

World Ski Awards 2017 winners have been announced!

Congratulations to The Vale Niseko for winning Japan's Best Ski Boutique Hotel and Sekka Kan for winning Japan's Best Ski Chalet! Find out more about the the World Ski Awards and the winning properties!


World Ski Awards

The Vale Niseko (NISADE)

Sekka kan(Nieko Central)

Experience Niseko 2017-18 Now Available!

Pick up your free copy of the new Experience Niseko Magazine.

Experience Niseko's Winter 2017/18 magazine is now available throughout the Niseko area; it's your ultimate guide to Niseko! The free publication can be picked up in local stores, restaurants, supermarkets, activity centres and cafes.

It includes everything you need to know about Niseko including what's on, where to go, what to taste, exclusive interviews with Niseko's local movers and shakers and of course, Niseko's famous snow!

Find out more here!

2017-18 Niseko Grand Hirafu Shuttle Info

Guide to free shuttle buses!

The free shuttles in Hirafu and to HANAZONO will begin from Sat, 2nd Dec and end on Sun, 8th Apr, 2018.

Operating hours for Grand Shuttle Bus (in Hirafu Village): 8:30~16:30.

Operating hours for HANAZONO Shulttle Bus (to HANAZONO): 7:50~17:10.

Please DO NOT carry large luggage (i.e. suitcases, skis or snowboard bags, etc)  to board the shuttles.

You can find the shuttle info on link here.

Kamori Kanko and NISADE Partnership Launches Groundbreaking Hokkaido Development The Vale Rusutsu

Kamori Kanko, Hokkaido’s leading private tourism company and once the USA’s largest ski resort operator, has partnered with award-winning developers Niseko Alpine Developments [NISADE] of The Vale Niseko fame for the strategic development of flagship Rusutsu Resort.

The first phase of development is valued at circa USD 200 million and includes luxury hotel The Vale Rusutsu and a bespoke
onsen and spa facility. Additional phases scheduled for release in 2018 will include new retail and entertainment developments and further hotel facilities, estimated at circa USD 500 million.

Kamori Kanko President Kimihito Kamori said Rusutsu Resort’s unique operation necessitated long-term planning for redevelopment.

“Unlike the structure of other Hokkaido resorts, we own Rusutsu in its entirety, including the resort, ski lifts, golf courses and theme park,” said Mr. Kamori.

“Subsequently, Rusutsu’s redevelopment requires a highly strategic approach and we found the perfect partner in NISADE, who have been instrumental in identifying the path to executing Rusutsu’s long-term growth plan.”

NISADE Chairman Jonathan Martin said the plans for the future of Rusutsu Resort include groundbreaking tourism developments on a regional and national level.

“The plan includes a strong bid platform for one of the upcoming Integrated Resort Licenses for Japan – possibly one of the first casinos in the country,” said Mr. Martin.

“We’re also excited to offer private ownership within Rusutsu Resort; a new way for property owners to partner directly with the resort operator.”

Master planned 30 years ago, Rusutsu Resort remains Hokkaido’s largest all season resort, comprised of four golf courses, a
theme park and extensive ski areas.

Supported by Hokkaido’s growing popularity as a travel destination and Prime Minister Abe’s focus on inbound tourism, Rusutsu
represents a significant year-round opportunity in the Japanese leisure industry.

The combined ski resorts of Niseko, Kiroro and the new-look Rusutsu are set to become the most desirable ski region in Asia, rivalling the multi-resort destinations of North America.

Kamori Kanko and NISADE’s announcement coincided with the 2017 World Ski Awards, where Rusutsu was crowned Japan’s
Best Ski Resort and The Vale Niseko retained its title of Japan’s Best Boutique Ski Hotel.

The partners’ acclaimed credentials ensure that Rusutsu’s future provides a robust and sustainable environment for guests
and investors.

For further information contact:

Jonathan Martin, Yi-Mei Lee or Hisatake Kamori

Email: [email protected]thevalerusutsu.com

Phone: +81 136 23 1724

Web: www.thevalerusutsu.com




Autumn sale 1th - 15th Nov. Helmet, groves and backpack and more There are 30%~50%OFF. Don't miss it!

NAC Climbing Memberships

We will sale a winter pass of climbing gym. Sales period 15th Nov - 31th Dec. Valid term 4 month. We are waiting for you!

New Seafood Restaurant & Shop "Kagra" from Suttsu town opens this Saturday, 11th Nov!

Make sure to stop by the new spot in Niseko Town.

Seafood Restaurant:

Lunch 11:00-14:30 (Japanese set meal style)

Dinner 17:00~21:30 (Izakaya style)

TEL: 0136-55-6332

FAX: 0136-55-6333

EMAIL:   [email protected]

Fish Shop


TEL: 0136-55-6337

FAX: 0136-55-6338

EMAIL:   [email protected]

TEL: 0136-55-6337

Follow them on Facebook & Instagram.

Rhythm Japan Launches New Website

Japan’s most comprehensive ski and snowboard rental and retail store, which has multiple shop fronts across Niseko and Hakuba, has given its website a complete overhaul. The site now includes an easy-to-use calculator that works out the cost of rental packages quickly and easily, along with an interactive ‘Book Now’ button so customers can begin renting from any page on the site and a weather report plugin that covers Niseko and Hakuba.

By using the calculator, customers are just two clicks away from finding out the cost of their ski or snowboard rental. They can easily select their desired package and the number of days they wish to hire for and then the calculator will do the rest.

The interactive ‘Book Now’ button appears on each page of the site so customers don’t have to navigate back and forth to book their gear.

When clicking on the weather plugin, users are given a snapshot of what the weather will be like over the next five days at key locations including Niseko, Hakuba and the Snowy Mountains in NSW, Australia which is where Rhythm’s Australian store is located.

The site also comes with a brand-new look, including fresh, high resolution images and simple navigation buttons. Visitors to the site will find plenty of useful information about skiing and snowboarding in Niseko and Hakuba. There are also links to Rhythm’s partner stores including Rhythm Summit, Boot Solutions and Zaka Niseko. And, of course, there is plenty of information about our rental and retail range so customers can make informed decisions before they enter our doors in Niseko and Hakuba.

Be sure to keep up to date with all of Rhythm Japan’s news by checking out our blog and news pages! You can also sign up to Rhythm’s newsletter and be the first to find out about special deals, sales and snow conditions.

For more information:
Contact: Sherry Yen
Marketing Manager
Email: [email protected]

Rhythm Japan Head Office

190-1 Aza Yamada, Kutchan-cho,
Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 044-0081
Phone 0136-23-0164
Email [email protected]