2018-19 Niseko Shootout Contest Launch on Nov 28!

This is the contest you DON'T want to miss.

Presented by Niseko Tourism with support from Niseko United, Powderlife Magazine, Hokkaido Core Snow Sports, What's On, Gentemstick, Rhythm Japan and more, the search is on again for the season’s best, uniquely Niseko moments.

There are total 3 categories in the 2nd annual area-wide photography contest "Niseko Shootout":

    1. Ski
    2. Snowboard
    3. Landscape

The rules are simple. Post on Instagram and use hashtag #nisekoshootout on any of your shots in the Niseko area starting November 28th, 2018 until March 10th, 2019. That’s it! You’ll be entered for a shot at one of the prizes from our sponsors listed below. Additionally, the team at Powderlife will pick a shot from #nisekoshootout to be published in the 2019-20 issue of Powderlife Magazine.

*Please make sure don't @nisekoshootout but #nisekoshootout so the judges can see your picture.

*Please don't use carousel to show multiple pictures but post individually.


1st place: Icelantic Skis 18/19' Nomad 105 lites 1st place: Gentemstick Snowboard 1st place: Niseko United 2 x 5 day pass & Oyuki prize pack
2nd place: Rhythm Japan Tyrolia Ambition bindings 2nd place: evo.com ¥20,000 giftcard 2nd place: State of Elevenate prize pack
3rd place: Boot Solutions boot dryers and socks 3rd place: Sungod Revolt goggles 3rd place: Discrete beanie pack

Follow @nisekoshootout to see your shots featured throughout the season and get an idea for what we’re looking for.

The official launch party will take place on Saturday, Dec 15th at The Orchards, MnK Niseko. Find out more HERE!

The JAPOW ProAm will take place between Jan 10-14th, 2019. Find out more HERE.

The Niseko Short Film Festival will take place on Mar 16th, 2019. Find out more HERE.

SPONSORS: Niseko Tourism, Hokkaido Core, Powderlife Magazine, Niseko United, Gentemstick, What's On, Rhythm Japan, Boot Solutions, Oyuki, 360 Niseko, evo.com, Icelantic Skis, Sungod, State of Elevenate and Discrete

Hakodate - Niseko Bus Operation Service Continues!

You can take Shinkansen bullet train or fly into Hakodate airport to come to Niseko! Till 31st of Jan.

Looking for other ways to come to Niseko? The special bus service will continue this winter till end of January, 2019. You can now take Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Hakodate and use this shuttle to come to Niseko or simply fly to Hakodate Airport instead of New Chitose Airport.

You can make reservation via below link: http://www.hakotaxi.co.jp/taxi/noriaitaxi.shtml

Here is the schedule:

Hakodate JR [email protected]:35 => New Hakodate Hokudo JR Station (for Shinkansen train)@11:20=> Hirafu Welcome Center @14:10

Hirafu Welcome [email protected]:50=> New Hakodate Hokudo JR Station (for Shinkansen train)@17:40=>Hakodate JR [email protected]:15

For more details, click HERE.

Photo by Inspiring Grateful Travels

Experience Niseko Winter 2018/19 Magazine Out Now!

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

Experience Niseko's Winter 2018/19 magazine is now available throughout the resort and is your ultimate guide to Niseko!

Experience Niseko Vol. 6 is packed with all of the best parts of winter here in Niseko. Find out what's on, where to go, what to eat, exclusive interviews with Niseko's local legends and most importantly, how to enjoy Niseko's famous powder snow!

2018-19 Niseko United Opening Dates!

Have you mark your calendar yet?

Are you getting ready for the 2018-19 Niseko season? Here are the 2018-19 opening dates for the Niseko United 4 Resorts:

  • Niseko Grand Hirafu: Saturday, 24th Nov, 2018 (from 8:30-15:30, Ace Pair Lift #3) – Monday, 6th May, 2019
  • Niseko Annupuri: Sunday, 25th Nov, 2018 (from 8:45-15:15, Jumbo Pair Lift #3) – Monday, 6th May, 2019
  • Niseko Village: Saturday, 1st Dec, 2018 – Sunday, 7th Apr, 2019
  • Niseko Hanazono: Saturday, 1st Dec, 2018 – Sunday, 31st Mar, 2019

Night skiing starts from December 11th, 2018 till March 20, 2019!


You can find the lift ticket pricing and details here as well.

*dates subject to change due to weather condition

*Photo by Daniel Honda

Download the latest Niseko United Trail Map here.

2018-19 NPB Locals Card Will Launch on Nov 26th!

Fantastic deals available exclusively to “Explore Niseko x NPB Locals Card” holders!

The largest discount program for Niseko locals will launch from Monday, Nov 26th! There are MORE THAN 80 different special offers on restaurants, activities, rentals, etc. for NPB local business members and their staffs.

Please come pick up your cards at NPB office:

41-5 Aza Kabayama, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, Japan 044-0078

Office HR: Mon - Fri 9:00-18:00

When picking up, please bring your identification and proof of the company you work for. If you have 2017-18 Locals Card, please bring it, and you can swap for the new one.


You can find out all the special offers on Explore Niseko website or simply download the FREE official Niseko appto have all the special offers available in the palm of your hand!

*If your company is not NPB member, contact us today and find out how to join!

Temporary Sun Sports Parking in winter

Kutchan Town Tourism Division has decided to open the baseball field of Sun Sport for temporary parking space in winter 2018-19.From this winter, advanced registration is not required. Regardless of whether you’re business operator or not, all general users can use this space.The opening schedule is to be announced. For more information, check our website.

Kutchan Town Tourism Division TEL 0136-23-3388
Email:  [email protected] 

Temporary KOBAN(Police Station) Hirafu Branch Information 2018

Please find below the temporary KOBAN (Police Station) operation period and hours. Please share the information below. ( Image is 2017 season's)

  • 1st Dec. 2018 ~ 19th Dec. 2018:    8:45 - 17:30
  • 20th Dec. 2018 ~ 10th Mar. 2019 :  24hrs *On the last day, it's available until 17:30.
  • 10th Mar. 2019 ~20th Mar. 2019:   8:45 -17:30

INQUIRY: Temporary Hirafu Police Station: TEL 0136-55-6234

Regarding Wi-Fi Services on Rapid Airport

Due to numerous requests made from our foreign passengers for an Internet-friendly environment, JR Hokkaido will now be providing Wi-Fi services.

(1) Available on: Some Rapid Airport train cars
(2) Launch Date: Services will begin on October 30, 2018

(3) How to Use: Unlimited Amount of Use (each continuous connection will be limited to use for a maximum 2 hours.)

关于快速 Airport 号列车内的 Wi-Fi 服务

JR 北海道为满足广大海外旅客对连网环境的需求,特为您提供 Wi-Fi 服务。 (1) 指定列车:部分快速 Airport 号的列车
(2) 开始时间:从 2018 年 10 月 30 日开始,依次实施本服务
(3) 使用方法:1 日内可多次使用(1 次最多可连网 2 小时)

快速 Airport 號的 Wi-Fi 服務

JR 北海道因應海外旅客需要上網的需求,提供 Wi-Fi 服務。 (1)對象列車:部分快速 Airport 號的列車 (2)實施日期:2018 年 10 月 30 日起依序實施 (3)使用方法:1 天內可使用多次(1 次最多可上網 2 小時)

쾌속 Airport 차내에서의 Wi-Fi 서비스 제공에 대하여

JR 홋카이도에서는 해외에서 오시는 고객님의 인터넷 접속 환경에 대한 요청에 부응하기 위해 Wi-Fi 서비스를 제공합니다.
(1) 대상 차량: 쾌속 Airport(일부)
(2) 개시 시기: 2018년 10월 30일부터 서비스 개시

(3) 이용 방법: 하루에 몇 번이라도 이용하실 수 있습니다(1회 접속은 최대 2시간까지).

​Please download the flyer from HERE. 


Hokkaido Railway Company