Modern Japanese Izakaya, Tomo Niseko, Opens This Winter

A new place in the heart of Niseko to BE TOGETHER.

Tomo Niseko is a modern Izakaya restaurant that features local ingredients, a welcoming and knowledgeable service team, and is housed within a contemporary chalet style design featuring views of Mt. Yotei. The Japanese Kanji for Tomo, 共, means together and the dishes are created to be shared. The guest experience centres upon enjoying a meal in either the main bar, the private room, or the upstairs dining area. The restaurant’s interior utilises a clean, welcoming aesthetic with
locally sourced materials, and artworks by Jonathan Jay Lee.

Johan Soignet is the Head Chef of Tomo Niseko, with experience working in restaurants around the world, most notably Ronin in Hong Kong, Sake no Hana in London, and Kikunoi in Kyoto, Japan. Johan’s cooking is influenced by flavours from Europe and Asia using classic and progressive cooking techniques. The result is a menu that reflects his global experience, and also pays homage to traditional Japanese cooking with ingredients-driven dishes showcasing local, seasonal produce.

The restaurant is managed by Tim King. In addition to managing food and beverage events in Niseko since 2014, Tim has been a key contributor at events in Hong Kong such as Taste of Hong Kong, Wine & Dine Festival, Art Basel and Art Central while working with Yardbird and Chinos restaurants, and the craft distiller Fernet Hunter. His experience abroad and within Niseko brings a professional and warm service style that will welcome out of town and local guests alike.

Tomo Niseko provides a space where resort guests and local residents can gather to eat, drink, and share together in a casual setting. The restaurant is located within The Orchards, an award-winning community of luxury homes managed by MnK Niseko, located 1km from Hirafu Village. The restaurant is open daily in the winter from 4:00pm until late. While reservations are encouraged, walk-ins are also welcome. The restaurant seats up to 50 people with a private dining room and bar on the ground level. The address is 48-37 Aza Kabayama, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, Japan 044-0078, phone +81 0136-55-5524, email [email protected]

About MnK Niseko:

MnK Niseko is an integrated real estate company that provides year-round accommodation and hospitality solutions to guests across three unique resort properties – Akazora, Country Resort and The Orchards. The team at MnK Niseko also provides EdVenture camp, the internationally recognised education and adventure programs for children and young teenagers. For more information visit

2019-20 Lake Toya <=>Niseko <=> Kutchan Winter Shuttle Begins from Dec 21st!

Access all the scenic spots can be easy breezy through February 11th!

Coming to Niseko this winter and wanting to explore more? Starting from Saturday, Dec 21st till Tuesday, Feb 11th, you can visit the famous Lake Toya with this convenient shuttle from Niseko/Kutchan area. Please note that after Jan 14th, the shuttle operates only during weekend and holidays. View the flyer HERE.

Please contact 0136-22-1558 to book in advance - by 6pm the day before. First come first served!

Simply download the FREE official Niseko resort app to have all the useful transportation information available in the palm of your hand!

Temporary Parking Space in Sun Sports Land will be opened, 21 December 2019

Temporary Parking Space at Sun Sports Land will be open from 21st Dec.

Please watch out for the muddy ground (particularly around the parking entrance ).

・Available Period: From 21st December 2019 to 31st March 2020

 *It may vary pending on snow condition.
・Available Hours: 8am-0am (No parking is allowed from 0am to 8am.)
・Fee: Free of Charge.
・Permit: No permit is required.

Please see the following URL

Any questions, please contact Kutchan Town Tourism Department: 0136-23-3388 or [email protected]

Breakfast Buffet @Hotel Niseko Alpen

​Service hours: 7:00am-9:00am

Fee: Adult2600JPY Child1600JPY (age 6-12)

*Please show this coupon at your payment.

GAN-WU English Adventure

For the PDF flyer, please download from HERE. 

Second Demonstration Experiment Commences for NISEKO Pay, an Electronic Community Currency

News Release

December 6, 2019
Niseko Hirafu Area Management
Tokyu Resort Service Co., Ltd.
Orb Inc.
North Detail K.K.

Second Demonstration Experiment Commences for NISEKO Pay, an Electronic Community Currency 

Available for Visitors to the Area Including Inbound Tourists, Aiming for Greater Circulation Within the Region 

Niseko Hirafu Area Management (President: Junko Watanabe; hereinafter, “NHAM”), Tokyu Resort Service Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Motoyoshi Kumazawa; hereinafter, “TRS”), Orb Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Mamoru Fujimoto; hereinafter, “Orb”), and North Detail K.K. (Headquarters: Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido; President: Jun Shibuya; hereinafter, “North Detail”) hereby announce the start of a demonstration experiment for NISEKO Pay, an electronic community currency offered by NHAM to revitalize the economy of the Niseko area. The demonstration experiment commenced on November 23, 2019, and is being conducted with Orb DLT, a community currency platform that uses blockchain/distributed ledger technology.

NISEKO Pay is an electronic community currency issued in the Niseko area. It can be used at ski resorts including the Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu, which is operated by TRS, as well as nearby restaurants and shops.
Last fiscal year, a demonstration experiment was conducted involving 250 people working in the Hirafu area with the cooperation of 50 nearby restaurants and shops. About 90% of the subjects recognized the convenience of NISEKO Pay. The experiment this fiscal year will expand the range of subjects to include tourists. In addition, the electronic currency can be used at restaurants and shops in the Kutchan/Hirafu area to improve user convenience and promote its use.
It was also decided that Sapporo Drug Store Co., Ltd., which operates stores all over Hokkaido and is popular with local people, will cooperate in the experiment as a member company. The company agrees with the idea of local revitalization in Hokkaido.

Among the 200 drug stores in Hokkaido that are operated by Sapporo Drug Store, three in the Niseko area have joined the project. This is believed to contribute greatly to revitalizing the local economy, which is the goal of the project. NHAM, TRS, Orb and North Detail will work even more closely with the local community than in the previous fiscal year, aiming to strengthen the project.


■ About the demonstration experiment

In this demonstration experiment, local volunteer participants receive bonus coins as a special offer. Italso allows users to donate to NHAM in the app, forming the basis of NHAM’s activities. In this project, NHAM plays the leading role in promoting production and consumption of money within the area, leading it to the future revitalization of local economy in the Niseko area and sustainable town development, and helping to make the area an attractive international tourist destination. Coins offered by participants in last fiscal year’s experiment became part of the fund for town development activities, including a local cleanup, which were implemented using this fund.

The Orb DLT is a community currency platform that uses unique distributed ledger technology (DLT). It enables multiple unique currencies with various characteristics to be issued and used for payment, money transfer and similar purposes at brick-and-mortar stores and other facilities. It also enables customization of currency with various functions, such as granting of bonus points, discounts, limited-time offers, and conversion into other currencies. Thus, Orb DLT enables currencies to be designed according to the needs of communities and areas. The technology aims to serve many community currencies, regional currencies, bonus point programs, settlements with companies’ internal currencies and others. The Wallet app was developed by North Detail K.K., a Hokkaido-based company that engages in the development of digital government and mobility IoT services.

*“QR Code” is a registered trademark of DENSO Wave Incorporated.


Reference: Screenshots of NISEKO Pay (for illustrative purposes only)
・ Japanese version

・ English version

Contact Information:

[Inquiries about this demonstration experiment]

Niseko Hirafu Area Management
E-mail: [email protected] TEL: 03-6455-5906

[Inquiries about the ski resort]

Tokyu Resort Service Co., Ltd.
E-mail: [email protected] TEL: 0136-22-0109

[Inquiries about the system and technologies]

Orb inc.
E-mail: [email protected] TEL: 03-6820-2100


North Detail K.K.
E-mail: [email protected] TEL: 011-204-7007

2019-20 Niseko Holiday Specials

Here are all the different things you can enjoy during your Christmas and New Year with us in Niseko!

Coming to Niseko to enjoy Christmas and New Year season with your friends and family? Wondering where all the fun things are happening in town? Here is a quick list of different activities, events and specials you DO NOT want to miss!



DATE Annupuri Ski Resort Area Niseko Village Ski Resort Area Grand Hirafu Ski Resort Area HANAZONO Ski Resort Area
Dec 22 Free photos with Santa at NBS
Dec 23 Free photos with Santa at NBS
Dec 24 Santa Claus visiting Santa Claus coming to Niseko; Christmas Fireworks
Dec 25 Santa Claus visiting Santa Claus with Reindeer visiting; DJ party at Two Sticks Santa Claus coming to Niseko Meet Santa
Dec 26 Apres Ski Party at Two Sticks
Dec 28 Christmas Party at Ichiseko
Dec 30 The Collective Film Niseko Premiere at Rhythm Base
Dec 31 Night riding for free; Torch Light Skiing & Fireworks Fireworks New year Countdown and The Torch Light Skiing


DATE Annupuri Ski Resort Area Niseko Village Ski Resort Area Grand Hirafu Ski Resort Area HANAZONO Ski Resort Area
Jan 1 First Run (7:20〜8:20) Hatsumoude at Yamada Shrine; Kagami Biraki (King Bell Hut) & Rice-cake making (Hotel Niseko Alpen) Sake Cask Opening Ceremony & Yotei Daiko Performance
Jan 2 First Run (7:20〜8:20) Apres Ski Party at Two Sticks
Jan 3 First Run (7:20〜8:20)

Enjoy Japanese Craft Pop-up Store at Midtown during Dec 21-24 from 12:00~19:00 at Midtown Niseko.

Make sure to book your holiday cakes for special celebration with all the local restaurants/bakeries: Graubuden or L'ocanda or Abucha Sweets.

Niseko Pizza is serving special Roasted Whole Chicken on a bed of hand cut Niseko fries. Juicy, crispy skin and flavored to perfection, as the perfect chicken should
be. Baked on our traditional wood fired oven. A great winter treat to remind you of home!

If you order the delicious party set from Taj Mahal (min 4 ppl), you'll get to enjoy complimentary glass of house wine! Cheers---

Drop by Niseko Taproom and pick up the beautiful rotisserie chicken. While you wait, make sure to grab a quick Niseko local beer!

New kids on the block: Tomo Niseko opened this December will be offering a special Xmas and NYE set menus. Make sure to check out on their website and book online!

Bar Gyu+ is hosting a NYE Countdown Party with free-flow cocktails, bubbles & sake! Need us to say more?

Mick's Niseko gets their holiday games ON: Lucky Dip with 20 different wines all wrapped up in newspaper with Father Micklaus: Get lucky with a vintage bottle of something special. In addition we will have special mixed cheese and charcuterie boards with a glass of red on offer and if that wasn't enough mulled wine and whisky nips to fend off the cold. For NYE, they celebrate "A Decade of Decadence: Fine Wines, and Fine Friends". 4pm till 7pm: Mick's will open Methuselah Of Redman (6 litres) 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon served by the glass! Offers on vintage reds & whites, cheese and charcuterie available! 7pm till late: ¥1500 glasses of Champagne.

Special DJ nights at Wild Bill's & Temporada during X'mas & NYE. Get your dance shoes on!

Powder Yoga Niseko offers Christmas Eve Powder into Stretch to work out all the delicious food and drink everyone is about to consumer on Dec 24. Then a Christmas Day Slow Flow on Dec 25 - a nice relaxing class after all the celebration. On NYE, a New Year Resolution themed Powder into Stretch on Dec 31 and another Flow Flow class for post-New Year fun.

If you are looking for Japanese play-based learning and activities during the holiday season, make sure to check out Niseko4kids!

Last but not least, DOWNLOAD the official resort APP "NISEKO" and access all these information and more right in the palm of your hand.

2019-20 Niseko Shootout ProAM Calling for Entries!

From Jan 9th through Jan 12th, grab your best partner and shoot! May the best team WIN!

The Niseko Shootout ProAM is back - an all out, team format, photography throw down.

Two person photographer and athlete teams will compete over a 4-day window in January 2020. Each team will submit one shot for posting on Niseko Tourism’s Facebook page for voting by our judges (Judges Choice Winner) and the public (Public Vote Winner) over 4 days. The 2 winners win a cash prize from a pool of ¥200,000!
Here is the contest timeline details:

  • Registration is open from now until January [email protected]:59pm
  • Contest will run from January [email protected]:00am -12th,@11:59pm day and night
  • Shots will be posted from January 17th(~10am) -20th (11:59pm)
  • Contest winners will be announced on January 21st at the Award Ceremony Party @Rhythm Base

ProAM Judges' Choice Winners: ¥120,000 

ProAM Public Vote Winners: ¥80,000

Teams are rolling in so make sure to claim your spot in the comp before time runs out! Registration ends January [email protected]:59pm.

To register, entrants must fill out the ProAM registration form and bring ¥10,000 entry fee to the Niseko Tourism office to complete the registration.

Niseko Tourism:

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

Phone: 0136-21-2551

Email: [email protected]

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


Terms & Conditions

Entrants may be sponsored by a company. The sponsoring company will be given credit along with photographer and athlete names.

All entry fees will go towards prize pool and contest presentation expenses. The prize pool will remain JPY 200,000 min regardless of number of entrants. 

The titles “photographer” and “athlete” are interchangeable amongst the team of two.

Shots may be taken at any time of day in the given window in Shiribeshi area.

Paid votes are not allowed. Niseko Tourism reserves the right to disqualify and remove entries at their own discretion regarding the suspicion of paid votes.

The high resolution Entry Shot must be submitted on January 13th by 10AM JST via email to [email protected]

Entry shot must be take from January 9th 12:00am to January 12th 11:59pm JST 2020.

Voting will be open from time of posting on January 17th (~10AM) to January 21st at 23:59 JST SHARP! 

Contest winner will be announced on January 21st at the Award Ceremony. If winners are not present in the Niseko area for cash prize pick-up at NPB, winnings can be awarded via bank transfer. 

Submitted photos must be original, created and/or taken by the contestant. It must not contain any materials owned or controlled by a third party for which you have not obtained a license, must not infringe the copyright, trademark, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity.

Submitted photos must not depict scenes of action deemed illegal by Japanese law. This includes, but is not limited to trespassing and the damage of public/private property, i.e. Avalanche barriers, rails, public/private structure, etc.

All entrants grant the Niseko Shootout presenters permission to repost shots (along with a name credit) on social media, websites and blogs.

Japanese Language Program for Kids

Want to introduce some Japanese experience to your guests who are visiting with their family?

This new play-based learning taking place at a traditional Japanese school at Bouken Kazoku Niseko is the new activities for them. Find out more details HERE.


Any questions, please contact the Niseko4Kids team:
Email: [email protected]


"Guru Guru Niseko San" is an information magazine which introduces items and services with illustrations. The magazine’s editor and illustrator value the idea of being actually there to “experience” the products of the facilities they intend to feature in the publication. After many visits and interviews with the people involved with the products in Niseko, the illustrator portrays her fresh experiences through the perspective of a customer’s eyes and introduces each facility with her elaborate illustrations based on the concept of "eat", "play" and "relax".

First published in 2004, the magazine celebrates its 16th anniversary this year! A guidebook that introduces so many facilities with illustration is very rare even across the country.

Guru Guru Niseko San includes:
- introduction pages with illustrations for all the featured facilities
- information pages with pictures and general information

The illustrator and editor will visit and ask you about the facility – your pages will be created after their hands-on interviews, inspection tours, relishing what you have to offer, and discussions with you.

The easy-to-carry A5 size publication can be put in a small purse, opened while walking or in a car, bus and train.

The publication will be on sale at bookstores, convenience stores, and road stations. Compared to free papers, chargeable information magazines are more likely to be viewed not only by the purchaser but also by the people around him/her.
Hakodate, Tomakomai, Muroran, Chitose, Tokyo (some stores in Marunouchi etc.)

  • Scheduled issue date: Late April 2020 (before GW)
  • Format and circulation: A5, 74 pages (TBC) - 12,000 copies
  • Price: 400 yen (tax included)
  • Available at:Major bookstores in Sapporo and Otaru; convenience stores, bookstores, road stations (Michi-no-eki) around the foot of Mt. Yotei; the facilities featured in the book  amazonFor PDF flyer, please download from HERE.

Application deadline: 20 January 2020 


Contact & Applications:
Yamato Corporation (Atten: Kinoshita)
TEL: 090-8909-9877  FAX : 0136-55-8150
Email : [email protected]