MAPTOTE x Niseko Original Products = The Perfect Souveniors

Looking for the perfect souvenirs during your trip? Come on over to Gentemstick Niseko Showroom today and check out the MAPTOTE x Niseko Original Product selections, including mugs, pouches, totes, etc. Bring a piece of Niseko fun back home with you!

GOYOH to Launch Gastronomy Japan in Niseko from January 24th, 2020!

GOYOH, who specializes in luxury and lifestyle concierge services has launched exclusive gastronomic event in collaboration with Tempura Araki and Ginger Restaurant in Niseko.

Chef ARAKI Yoshiyuki, owner of the best tempura restaurant in Sapporo, awarded 2 Michelin stars, will offer limited edition Deluxe “Ten-don”, available during this event only.

Event details

❖ Schedule:  2020, Jan. 24th (Friday) 〜 2020, Feb. 29th (Saturday)
❖ Opening Hours:  14:30 - 22:30 (Last Order - 21:45)
❖ Venue:  Ginger Restaurant (AYA Niseko 1F)

❖ Menu: Deluxe Ten-don: ¥3,500+tax (Take-out available 4,000 ¥+ tax)

Tempura Araki by Chef ARAKI Yoshiyuki

After honing his cooking skills for almost 10 years in Tokyo, the city he was born and raised, chef Araki decided to settle in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Tempura Araki opened its doors in September 2015. Hardly two years later, his restaurant became the only tempura restaurant in the city with two Michelin stars.

Drop by Ginger Restaurant located on the first floor of Aya Niseko today to enjoy this exclsuive

2020 Niseko Classic Entries Open!

Come join this exciting international cycling race at Niseko this summer.

The 7th Niseko Classic Festival, combining Fun Ride, Time Trial and Road Race is being held 12-14 June this year.

An exciting weekend for all, the Niseko Classic Festival includes live music, stage events, food, drinks, fresh local farm produce, cycling gear booths, kids play area, prize giveaways and so much more.

Come enjoy Niseko's beautiful summer season, and see Japan's exclusive UCI Gran Fondo World Series qualifier event take place on pristine, closed
roads attracting 2,000+ riders from around the world!

Race Registration is open and filling up fast. ENTER NOW not to miss out!


For more Festival, accommodation and other details please visit the Niseko Classic website.


Enter Your Film for 2019-20 Niseko Short Film Festival!

Don't miss out on this must-see Spring event in Niseko!

The Niseko Shootout Film Festival is the grand finale to this year’s Niseko Shootout series - and we want you to put your time in Niseko this winter to good use by entering your own film!

The finalists’ films will be shown on a big screen on Saturday, March 14 at Hanazono Edge, including winners judged and awarded on the night along with the winners of the #NisekoShootout Instagram Contest.

JPY250,000 in cash and seriously cool prizes including Icelantic skis and a Gentemstick snowboard are up for grabs!

Selected films (max 7 minutes) will be premiered in 5 categories:

  • Person Profile
  • Culture
  • Nature/Environment
  • Park Riding
  • Adventure/Exploration

Registration is free and simple Just submit the registration form; open from now until March 2nd. Come one, come all for an end of season celebration of Niseko winter through film and photography!

1st Place: 120,000 JPY Cash Prize

2nd Place: 80,000 JPY Cash Prize

3rd Place: 50,000 JPY Cash Prize


MORE DETAILS on the 2019-20 Short Film Festival event will be announced soon.

Short Film Festival Guidelines:

Registration is free.

Entrants must fill out the Niseko Shootout Short Film Fest Entry Form by March 2nd, 2020.

Films must be submitted by March 2nd, 2020.

Entries can be of any duration - max 7 minutes.

Foreign language films must be accompanied by an English translation or have English subtitles.

Films must have been completed after March 14th, 2018.

Films must contain footage filmed in and/or around Shiribeshi region.

Films 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.

If the films contain words, captions are strongly recommended considering the native languages of the judges panel (English & Japanese).

Entrants are responsible for ensuring films have all music (festival rights) and talent permissions required for public display. Please submit relevant documentation with your film entry.

Entrants are required to supply promotional materials: 3x still images and a 10-15 second teaser clip for the purpose of promoting the film and film fest.

Entrants will be judged by the below 5 criteria:

  • Niseko soul
  • Story telling
  • Innovation
  • Cinematography
  • Production & Editing 

*I acknowledge that the Niseko Shootout jury will select the winning films and no discussion into the final decision will be entered into.

*The entrant acknowledges and agrees that all matters not covered by these guidelines, and questions arising from them, will be decided at the sole discretion of the Film Fest organizers.


Person profile


Park riding



There are 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners only. Each winner can come from any category. For Example: All winners can come from 1 category.

Technical Requirements:

Entrants are required to provide an HD high-resolution version of the film.

Means of submission will be discussed via email upon entrant's registration.

2019-20 Niseko Shootout ProAm Begins!

Tim McChesney, Gen Sasaki, Anna Segal along side with amateurs from Japan and around the world are ready to kick off Niseko Shootout ProAM.

A total of 22 professional and amateur athlete-photographer teams will take to the mountains in and around Shiribeshi region between January 9-12, day and night with the aim of capturing the best photo of the period, with ¥200,000 up for grabs.

Contest organiser Winstead Heyward noted with no significant snowfalls in the forecast, we could be looking at a similar comp to last year… teams getting creative with an edge given to local knowledge.

“Conditions wise its a level playing field. Japow doesn’t necessarily define Niseko. This place is magic regardless of snow depth which these teams have a chance to prove. ” Heyward said. “Fingers crossed for some fresh snow, though. Even small forecasted snow can turn big here and it’s snowing right now!”

“Stoked to see more local Japanese teams come out and looking forward to the level of competition this year’s line up offers!”

Pro Teams

Oyuki Japan Tim McChesney Nolan Yoshiaki Isozaki
Oyuki Japan Anna Segal Nolan Yoshiaki Isozaki
Niseko Grand Hirafu Gen Sasaki Aaron Jamieson
DAYZE Yusaku Horii Junichiro Watanabe
K2 Snowboarding Daisuke Watanabe Dany kean
Yuki Kamui, Iwanai Resort Haley Guttin Kyler Chambers
Glen Claydon Photography (DNS) Jaimi French Glen Claydon

Amateur Teams

FinnAir Freddie Mills Nick Savage
Independent Theo Morton Shotaro Koyama
Independent James Winfield Teddy Laycock
Independent Ryu Atobe Tanner Dobbins
Independent Aron Hayes Tomasz Ustupski
SnowPlus Snowsports Eden Gao Eason Kuo
Dragon Alliance Samuel Nelson Neil McNair
Independent Robert Buchanan Lukas Eibenstein
Independent George Treble Jonas Eibenstein
Hanazono Niseko Jimi Oertli Toshi Pander
Independent Patrick Schuster Markus Paul
Yama Plus Evan Wilcox Toshi Pander
Niseko Black Snowsports Simon Pervez Justin Owers
Niseko Black Snowsports Manuel Ruiz De Somavia Toni Rodriguez
Niseko Black Snowsports Juan Berthold Bianca Peralta

Voting & judging

ProAM Judges' Choice Winners: ¥120,000 

ProAM Public Vote Winners: ¥80,000

The public judging will take place over another four days between January 17th and 20th – voting is by liking photos that will be uploaded into the 2019-20 Niseko Shootout ProAM photo album on Niseko Tourism’s Facebook page! Voting ends at 23:59 on Jan 20th! So VOTE!

Winners will be announced on January 21st at the Award Ceremony [email protected] base.

Japanese / Chinese / English Conversation Classes

◆Japanese Language Class

All classes are free and are located in the Niseko Chomin Center. Participants are expected to cover their own textbook fees.

Beginner Japanese I (Updated Jan 2020)

Learning Points:Finished hiragana, starting katakana and elementary grammar
Schedule:Every Tuesday, 10:00-11:30 am (90 mins)
Textbook:Genki 1(Chapter 2)

Beginner Japanese II (Updated Jan 2020)
Learning Points:Conjugating adjectives, using te-form
Schedule:Every Wednesday 10~11 am (60 mins)
Textbook:Genki 1 (Chapter 6)

◆Eikawa TALK

Eikaiwa Talk (Updated Jan 2020)

Instructor:Michael, Mei, Mitch, Ema
Event Description:Relaxed environment for non-native English speakers to practice casual conversation with each other, receiving general talking points and instruction from English speaking staff and volunteers. Open to English speaking volunteers who would like to interact with Japanese locals.
Schedule:Every 2nd & 3rd Saturday 10~11 am (60 mins)


◆Chinese Class

Chinese Language & Culture Class

Learning Points:Simple conversations, various daily life situations
Schedule:Every Thursday, 10:00-11:15 am (Class is out of session during Jan 2020)


International Exchange Association Niseko FRIENDS(Niseko Town)


担当:Mitchel Lange  TEL0136-44-2121 [email protected]