Niseko United Joins Another Global Ski Pass – Ikon Pass

Niseko United now becomes Japan’s only Ikon Pass partner resort for the 2018/19 season.

Ikon Pass holders can now ski Niseko for up to seven days a season along with a truly stellar lineup of North American ski resorts.

Many of the Ikon Pass’s 35 partner resorts are household names – Aspen Snowmass, Steamboat, Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear, Jackson Hole, Revelstoke, Alta, Snowbird and Thredbo in Australia.

Niseko United now joins that list afterer announcing it will become Japan’s only Ikon Pass partner resort for the 2018/19 season. Ikon Pass is a new global ski pass focused on connecting the most iconic ski resorts across North America, Australia and Japan.

With the addition of Niseko United, Ikon Pass holders will now have access to more than 72,000 skiable acres over three continents. Japan is home to some of the planet’s most plentiful and light snow, making Niseko United a bucket list destination for any skier and rider on the hunt for fresh powder. With Niseko United also a full member of The Mountain Collective, Niseko is set to become a member of one of the largest passholder communities on earth.”

Niseko United is regarded as Japan’s premier international ski resort and has been most awarded as “Japan’s Best Ski Resort” by the World Ski Awards. Niseko consistently receives 50+ feet of cumulative powder snowfall every winter, and at 42 degrees north of the equator on Japan’s northernmost island Hokkaido, it is perfectly situated to crystalize moisture picked up from the Sea of Japan. As such, Niseko United is famous for the consistency and quality of its powder snow, which has been recorded as having just 7% water content.

Niseko United has also become famous over the past two decades as the gateway to international skiing in Japan, with billions of dollars of investment having been invested in accommodation and infrastructure. Niseko United has long been famous domestically as an onsen (hot spring) resort, and it is renowned for its dining and après scene.

“We are delighted to give Ikon Pass holders the opportunity to spread their wings and immerse themselves in the deep powder of Japan’s premier destination, Niseko United,” said Colin Hackworth, President of Hanazono, Niseko Japan. “The Ikon Pass is expanding and the cultural beauty, huge winter snowfall and culinary delights of Japan await. We are truly pleased to partner with the world’s most iconic mountain destinations and to be a part of the Ikon Pass community.”

“Niseko United is an ideal partner for the Ikon Pass, offering some of the best ski and snowboard terrain on the planet, blanketed in its renowned deep, plentiful snow,” said Erik Forsell , Chief Marketing Officer of Alterra Mountain Company. “Japan’s mountains are a longtime bucket list destination for skiers and riders, and we are so excited to open up this part of the world to Ikon Pass holders, providing the opportunity to immerse themselves into the Japanese culture and snow.”


Niseko United will offer 7 days total across its four resorts on the Ikon Pass, and 5 days total on the Ikon Base Pass with 10 blackout dates (Dec. 26 - 31, 2018; Jan. 19 - 20, 2019; Feb. 16 - 17, 2019).

From a week-long vacation to unlimited days, the Ikon Pass was built with the guest in mind, to provide the best experience possible. With 35 destinations, in 12 states, four Canadian provinces, on three continents, the Ikon Pass is the gateway to a like-minded community, enduring memories, and the most iconic destinations on the planet.

The Ikon Pass launched in January 2018 and is a collaboration of industry leaders - Alterra Mountain Company , Aspen Skiing Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, SkiBig3, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Taos Ski Valley, Thredbo and Niseko United. Each demonstrates integrity, character and independence that is reflected in their mountains and guests.
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About Ikon Pass
The Ikon Pass is the new standard in season passes, connecting the most iconic mountains across North America, Australia and Japan, delivering authentic, memorable snow adventures. Brought to you by Alterra Mountain Company, the Ikon Pass unlocks access to a community of diverse destinations you want to ski and ride, including Aspen Snowmass, Steamboat, Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain and Eldora in Colorado; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming; Big Sky in Montana; Stra on, Killington and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain in Michigan; The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington; Tremblant in Quebec and Blue Mountain in Ontario, Canada; SkiBig3 in Alberta, Canada; Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Cypress Mountain in British Columbia, Canada; Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine; Loon Mountain in New Hampshire; Deer Valley Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton Resort, Alta, and Snowbird in Utah; Thredbo in Australia; and Niseko United in Japan. Special offers are available at CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, the world’s largest heli-skiing operation. For more information on the Ikon Pass, visit .

About Niseko United
Niseko United is the joint name for the four independently-owned ski resorts occupying different quarters of Mt Annupuri - Niseko Mt. Resort Grand HIRAFU, Niseko Hanazono Resort, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri Ski Area. At 42 degrees north of the equator on Japan’s northernmost island Hokkaido, Niseko is famous for the consistency and quality of its powder snow, which has been recorded as having just 7% moisture content. All resorts have slopes and terrain to suit complete beginners to professionals, and you can ski, board or bus between all with ease. Niseko is located in the southwest of Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido – 60 miles south of the island’s capital Sapporo, and New Chitose International Airport (CTS), hp:// .

Media Contact
Kristin Rust
Alterra Mountain Company
Director of Public Relations
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Niseko United Media Contact
Scott Mountford
Niseko Hanazono Resorts (Niseko United)
[email protected]
+81(0) 136-21-2500

2018 Niseko Autumn Food Festival Transportation Updates

Coming to Niseko in September can be THIS easy!

During the 2018 Niseko Autumn Food Festival (from Sep 13th through Sep 16th), there are many different ways for you to get to Niseko. Here are some useful information:

1. Supported by Travel Alliance Hokkaido, FREE SHUTTLES BETWEEN SAPPORO and NISEKO are available.

To reinforce our eco-focused goal for the 1st Niseko Autumn Food Festival, we would like to reduce visitors driving themselves. Please click HERE to book (first come, first serve). See below shuttle schedule:

Niseko Hirafu Welcome Center=>Sapporo Odori Park Sapporo Odori Park=>Niseko Hirafu Welcome Center
Thursday, Sep 13th - 9:00 departure from Niseko Thursday, Sep 13th - 15:00 departure from Sapporo
Friday, Sep 14th - 9:00 departure from Niseko Friday, Sep 14th - 15:00 departure from Sapporo
N/A Saturday, Sep 15th - 10:00 departure from Sapporo
Sunday, Sep 16th - 19:00 departure from Niseko Sunday, Sep 16th - 10:00 departure from Sapporo

2. Supported by Shiki Niseko, FREE SHUTTLES BETWEEN KUTCHAN JR STATION and NISEKO HIRAFU CROSS SECTION are available. No reservation required (first come, first serve). See below for schedule:

Kuctah JR Station => Niseko Hirafu Cross Section Niseko Hirafu Cross Section=> Kuctah JR Station
18:00 18:30
19:00 20:00

3. Travel Alliance Hokkaido is offering  ¥2,000 OFF per van per way to/from Niseko anytime in September - mention promotion code “2018NAFF” when booking.

Email: [email protected] today and book your September airport transportation or day trip need!

New Chitose Airport ⇄ Niseko Area: 2018 Summer Shuttle Available Till 14th October!

Now you can take shuttle to Niseko, no reservation needed!

Starting 1 August through 14 October, Chuo Bus provides summer shuttle services between New Chitose Airpot to Niseko Area! No reservation necessary.

Round Trip Fee : Adult: ¥4,500, Child (under 12 years old) ¥2,250. For one way, see below chart!

New Chitose => Niseko One Way Price Bus Station Niseko=> New Chitose One Way Price
10:00↓ 14:00 ↓ N/A for this bus New Chitose Airport #12
10:01↓ 14:01↓ N/A for this bus International line #66 12:09↑ 18:09↑ Adult: ¥2,600 Child ¥1,300
New Chitose Airport 12:08↑ 18:08↑ Adult: ¥2,600 Child ¥1,300
10:10↓ 14:10↓ N/A for this bus JR station Chitose Airport 11:59↑ 17:59↑ Adult: ¥2,600 Child ¥1,300
11:54↓ 15:54↓ Adult: ¥2,050 Child ¥1,025 Rusutsu Resort Hotel 10:15↑ 16:15↑ N/A for this bus
12:21↓ 16:21↓ Adult: ¥2,500 Child ¥1,250 Niseko View Plaza 9:48↑ 15:48↑ N/A for this bus
12:25↓ 16:25↓ Adult: ¥2,500 Child ¥1,250 Hondori in Niseko town 9:44↑ 15:44↑ N/A for this bus
12:32↓ 16:32↓ Adult: ¥2,600 Child ¥1,300 Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort 9:37↑ 15:37↑ N/A for this bus
12:34↓ 16:34↓ Adult: ¥2,600 Child ¥1,300 Potato Kyowakoku 9:35↑ 15:35↑ N/A for this bus
12:35↓ 16:35↓ Adult: ¥2,600 Child ¥1,300 Hotel Ikoi no yu IROHA
12:36↓ 16:36↓ Adult: ¥2,600 Child ¥1,300 Niseko Northern Resort Annupuri
12:38↓ 16:38↓ Adult: ¥2,600 Child ¥1,300 Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort 9:34↑ 15:34↑ N/A for this bus
Niseko Northern Resort Annupuri 9:32↑ 15:32↑ N/A for this bus
Hotel Ikoi no yu IROHA 9:31↑ 15:31↑ N/A for this bus
12:50↓ 16:50↓ Adult: ¥2,600 Child ¥1,300 Green Leaf Niseko Village
12:54↓ 16:54↓ Adult: ¥2,600 Child ¥1,300 Hilton Niseko Village
12:57↓ 16:57↓ Adult: ¥2,600 Child ¥1,300 Niseko Higashiyama Pension Village 9:21↑ 15:21↑ N/A for this bus
Hilton Niseko Village 9:18↑ 15:18↑ N/A for this bus
Green Leaf Niseko Village 9:14↑ 15:14↑ N/A for this bus
13:09 17:09 Adult: ¥2,600 Child ¥1,300 Hirafu Welcome Center 9:00↑ 15:00↑ N/A for this bus

​If you would like to tour around Niseko via bus, you can purchase "Niseko Excursion Bus Ticket : Niseko, Otaru, Sapporo, New Chitose airport"

- 3 days excursion ticket: Adult ¥5,200, Child¥2,600

Operation period: 1 August - 12 October 2018

- 5 days excursion ticket: Adult ¥8,000, Child ¥4,000

Operation period: 1 August - 10 October 2018

For queries, please contact Chuo Bus Company. TEL 0570-200-6000 (7:30am - 6:00pm) Chitose Airport branch TEL 0123-46-5666(7:40am-6:00pm)

2019 G20 Summit Ministerial Meeting Date Annouced!

It will be held in Niseko on Oct 25th & 26th, 2019!

The Japanese Government has announced the final date of the ministries of tourism meeting: it will be held in association with the 20 countries/regions (G20) summit meeting in Kutchan town in the Shiribeshi jurisdiction in 2019. The ministerial meeting was scheduled on 25th and 26th October 2019 in HANAZONO resort district.

The facility in Niseko HANAZONO Resort is currently the most promising option as the meeting venue, and the wide selections of condominiums in the Niseko Hirafu area will be used as accommodations for the expected 200-300 attendees.

Kutchan-town local executive committee has begun to organize the welcoming programs along with the different local organizations and associations. For more information, please contact Kutchan-town office, G20 minister meeting division, TEL:0136-56-8001   Email:  [email protected]

Niseko United Elevated to Full Partner of The Mountain CollectiveTM

It's back. And it's better!

Niseko United has joined a stable of the world's most prestigious ski resorts as a full member resort of The Mountain Collective pass for the 2018/19 season.

Niseko United now stands alongside names like Aspen Snowmass, Banff Sunshine, Coronet Peak, Jackson Hole, Lake Louise, Mammoth, Revelstoke and Thredbo as the only resort in Asia in the Mountain Collective alliance of 17 iconic destinations.

The Mountain Collective Pass includes two days of complimentary skiing or riding at each of its 17 partner resorts across five countries (34 days total), plus a 50 per cent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates. Passholders also receive two free days at each Global Affiliate Destination, Chamonix (France) and Valle Nevado (Chile).

Get your pass today for only $449USD for a limited time and get dreaming of all of the untracked bowls, unspoiled glades and having the best season yet.


Visit Niseko United website for all the details

2018 What's On August Issue is Out!

Find out all the Summer fun in Niseko here!

2018 What's On August


The 2018 August issue of What's On is out! Find out what the must-do summer activities are, where all the fun must-go events are in the Niseko area, and many many more.

Make sure to get a copy while you are in town, or you can download it here.