Niseko Summer Shootout 2020

The Niseko Shootout photography contest is back with the first ever Summer Shootout!

Things are heating up in Niseko with the launch of the first ever summer edition of the Niseko Shootout series.

Niseko Shootout Summer Series is on the search for Niseko’s best and most unique summer moments. No matter what you’re doing - enjoying a round of golf, mountain biking down Mt Annupuri or SUP boarding on Lake Toya, we want you to share your awesome Hokkaido summer time with us.

To enter simply post your entry on Instagram and use the hashtag #nisekoshootout on your photos taken from 21 June 2020 and posted before 14 September 2020.

Winners will be announced at this year's Niseko Autumn Food Festival on 21 September 2020. Prizes will be presented on the day or can be collected from Niseko Tourism at Sun Sports Land.

1st Place ¥10,000 cash, ¥10,000 MTB voucher from Niseko Nine, Avalanche Course from Rising Sun Guides valued at ¥25,000
2nd Place ¥5,000 cash, ¥5,000 MTB voucher from Niseko Nine
3rd Place ¥2,000 cash, ¥2,000 MTB voucher from Niseko Nine

The team from Summerlife will also choose one photo to fill the pages of the next issue of Summerlife magazine.

Follow @nisekoshootout to see your shots feature and get an idea of what the judges are looking for.

The contest is presented by Niseko Tourism with support from Rising Sun GuidesNiseko Nine, and Summerlife Magazine.

*Please make sure you don't tag @nisekoshootout - rather be sure to use the hashtag #nisekoshootout so the judges can see your picture.

Full contest rules:


  • All images using #nisekoshootout taken and posted between 21 June 2020 - 14 September 2020 in the Shiribeshi Iburi region are eligible.
  • Three winners will be selected from all entries by a panel of judges. The contest will be run in an open format with no sub-categories.
  • Judges will be asked to assess images based on the following criteria: Visual Impact, Creativity, Composition, Point of Interest, Lighting, & Originality.
  • The winner is the photographer. The poster and/or subject may be credited if different from the photographer, but the winner is the photographer.

Enquiries: [email protected]


Who is up for this? Well we are! TOSHIRO'S BAR is offering happy hours!

Time: 5pm~8pm

You will be able to enjoy:

Draft beers, high balls 500JPY

Glass of wine 600JPY

Also the drinks on the menu are 20% (conditions apply)

Do not miss this out!

For inquiries:

Phone: 0136-23-3377

Bang Bang 2020 Summer

Welcome Back, Bang Bang!

I am sure that everyone has been waiting for this moment!

Bang Bang is back for the summer! They have been opening since July 23rd.

Make sure to stop by at one of our favorite places to be!

This information can also be found on their Instagram page.

Youtube Video "Arisa's Life in Hokkaido" × Niseko

Niseko Tourism worked together with TREASURE IN STOMACH.Co (Sapporo, CEO: Arisa Shibata), with the aim of broadcasting and promoting the charms of Niseko.

The video showcases the agricultural products and other specialty goods from Niseko area in a Youtube channel called 『愛里沙の北海道暮らし』(Arisa’s Life in Hokkaido).

Vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free recipes are popular amongst foreigners who visit/live in the Niseko area. The original vegetarian/gluten-free recipe that uses Niseko products, was devised to suit the area’s characteristics.

■Youtube Video Released on July 17th (Fri)

Using Niskeo’s products, the video showcases 3 different recipes - “Gluten-Free Cake Sale”,  “Vegetable Soup” and “Ginger Pudding”.

・Gluten-Free Cake Sale

Ingredients include potatoes and zucchinis from Niseko town and the cheese from Takahashi dairy farm.

・Turnip and Sasage Soup

It is a very simply seasoned soup that kids and elders can also enjoy. The sole seasoning is salt, as the vegetables from Niseko provides a naturally rich and delicious taste.

・Ginger Pudding

Ingredients are ginger syrup (fragmented ginger), milk, and beet sugar.

Gelatin is not used because it hardens with the ginger syrup’s enzyme and milk’s casein.

The ginger pudding is a traditional dessert from Hong Kong, so Niseko visitors/residents from Hong Kong can make this dessert using Niseko’s local products.

■ Niseko Products

・Turnip, Zucchini, Sasage: Niseko View Plaza

・Gynger syrup: Hand made by the owner/chef of 杏ダイニング

・Cheese: Takahashi dairy farm

・Potato: (Kutchan Potato)

■ Recipe Blog

Details of each recipe will be uploaded HERE

■ About “Arisa’s Life in Hokkaido”

Supported by:Hokkaido Tourism Association URL: Youtube channel  “Arisa’s Life in Hokkaido” is supported by Hokkaido Tourism Association, and showcases the great nature of Hokkaido and recipes using its products.



  • CEO: Arisa Shibata
  • Confectionery manufacture and sales for vegan, Muslims, and people with allergy.
  • Content production and operation.
  • Established in 2017, April
  • URL :

Niseko Summer To Do List

We have put together a list of things to do in Niseko during its beautiful green season. You will be surprised to see how much Niseko has to offer during summer!

So are you ready?

~Outdoor Activities~Take your pick:

*Places to be discovered are: Shakotan, Furano/Biei, Sapporo, Otaru, Shiribetsu river, Toya/Noboribetsu, etc.

~ To Relax~ Also for the sporty types to relax with some sweets after sweating:

  • Annupuri Gondola: Keen on taking a quick nap on top of Annupuri and charge for the rest of the day? Or you can simply ready your favorite book with an amazing view!
  • Upopoy Museum: Get to know the Ainu culture
  • Farmer's Camp at Camp&Go by Niseko Green Farm: Held every 2nd and 4th Sunday till September. Get your fresh veggies here and enjoy a relaxed Sunday.
  • Green Farm Cafe: Amazing coffee, bread, pastries and ambience. Read your favorite book at Niseko's favorite cafe. Visit their Facebook page to see some images! They also have a delicious daily lunch too.
  • Milk Kobo: Get your sweets here! Relax your muscles to charge for the night at this beautiful space.
  • Niseko Gelato at Niseko View Plaza: Niseko's favorite gelato. Make sure to explore other options with a gelato in your hand!
  • Hokkaidian: Enjoy their open garden lunch!
  • Onsens!

Feeling extra active?

Niseko night life (Click here for all the different events)

  • Lupicia Beer Garden: Held every Friday and Saturday from 4pm~9pm. You can still enjoy their elegance through their beer garden as well!
  • Abucha 2 Beer garden: Niseko's favorite place to dine out! Get out there to socialise and enjoy their yummy dishes! 4pm~10pm. (closed on Monday)
  • Green Farm Cafe BBQ: Niseko's iconic public BBQ. Enjoy the juicy meats! Keep an eye on the event date.
  • Toshiro's Bar: Feel like sipping a drum of whisky? Their cocktails are delicious too!
  • Mick's wine tasting: Educate yourself on wine and food pairing at Mick's!

Also looking for restaurants to dine out? You can check out our post HERE.

Annupuri Gondola & Activities

Finally the sun has been continuously cooking up 2020 summer in Niseko!

Here we have some information on Annupuri Gondola summer operation details and activities around it.

Details to be found on HERE.

Time to indulge yourself with Annupuri charms!

For the PDF versions of the images please click HERE and HERE (Japanese only).


Abucha is On their move

One of Niseko's favorite places to be, Abucha 2, will start accepting 2020-21 winter season online reservations from 6pm, August 1st, instead of September 1st as they used to annually.

Online reservation applicable period: December 1st 2020~March 31st 2021

To make a reservation please click HERE.

Abucha Beer Garden & BBQ

Also starting from next week, they will be holding a beer garden and a BBQ!

Period: July 21st~August 16th (Monday to be their closed day)

Time: 16:00~22:00

Venue: Parking lot of Suiboku (map HERE)


Do not forget to enjoy their take out service either!

For inquiries:

Abucha 2

Phone: 0136-22-5620

Spirit of the Mountain

The Spirit of the Mountain Welcomes Visitors back to Niseko

Spirit of the Mountain

Hokkaido’s most famous resort area, Niseko, is releasing a new campaign titled “The Spirit of the Mountain” to showcase the region and reinvigorate tourism. Niseko Tourism is spearheading the project with the goal of welcoming visitors back to the four-seasons resort.

For the first time, the video reveals to the world “The Spirit of the Mountain (山の気魂, Yama no kikon)” – the unique vibrance that permeates Niseko, is embodied in its people, and is responsible for making Niseko Japan’s most internationally loved resort.

Featuring the faces of dozens of the region’s most well known and loved personalities – including the mayors of the three towns that encompass the region – this new video illustrates the depth of the spirit that resonates through Niseko’s seasons.

Niseko Tourism Marketing Director Acme Wu says “The Spirit of the Mountain” encompasses the diversity of Niseko. “The Spirit of the Mountain explains why so many people from all over the world have gravitated to and fallen in love with Niseko,” Ms Wu said. “It’s something that everyone shares; it’s the reason people come to visit and it’s the reason people choose to live here. We want visitors from all over Japan – and eventually all over the world – to come to Niseko and feel the Spirit of the Mountain for themselves”.

Behind the scenes - filming

The mayors from each of the three towns that make up the Niseko area are pleased that the region’s best attributes are illustrated through this project.

“The grandeur of Niseko’s four-seasons is showcased so clearly, which is wonderful to see.” - Kenya Katayama, Niseko Town Mayor.

“It’s great that Niseko’s most important elements, including its natural environment, have been captured and shown so succinctly. It’s a very important time to send such a reassuring message.” - Kazushi Monji, Kutchan Town Mayor.

“I am pleased to share our wonderful natural environment through this message, and I’m looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Niseko once the coronavirus situation settles.” - Hideyuki Kon, Rankoshi Town Mayor.

Mayor of Kutchan

Video Director Aaron Jamieson was very passionate about the project. “The idea of this project resonated so strongly with me that I wanted to volunteer my time to direct the filming and make sure we made something that spoke from the heart of all Niseko residents”.

Niseko’s winter started winding down back in March, about a month earlier than usual, as COVID-19 concerns impacted international travel.

The resort saw very few cases of the virus, and following a light lockdown over April and May, the island of Hokkaido is fundamentally back to business as usual.

Domestic tourists are expected to visit over the popular summer period to experience the cooler northern temperatures, famous fresh produce, and outdoor activities, while international tourism will be limited due to border restrictions.


Email: [email protected]

Phone: (+81)136-21-2551


Rankoshi Shellfish Museum

Shellfish Museum of Rankoshi is Open

Enjoy the underwater world of Hokkaido!

Rankoshi Shellfish Museum

Among the seven towns and villages around Mt. Yotei under the jurisdiction of the Shiribeshi branch office, only Rankoshi-cho has a beautiful coastline (about 4 Km).

The town aims to promote the region by making the most out of the sea. "Shellfish Museum of Rankoshi" was built as one of the "Seaside Park Minato Concept" that promotes a new relationship with the sea and marine ecosystem.

Opened in 1991, this is a shellfish museum that displays fossil shells such as marine and land snails living worldwide and ammonites in Hokkaido.

The museum is open everyday in July and August. Please check HERE for more details and further schedules of the museum.

For inquiries:


Phone: 0136-56-2102

Tomo 2020 Summer Operation Hours

Tomo is happy to announce that they have begun their summer operation hours from this past Sunday.

Open hours: Lunch 12pm-2pm | Dinner 4pm-8pm

Items on the lunch/dinner menu are available for takeaway (some exclusions) and they also have a takeaway drink menu, both available for the whole day.


July operation hours are a bit shorter as they have reduced working days so they are open from:

Sunday-Wednesday (closed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday) 

Here is the LINK to their full summer menu!

For inquiries:


Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0136-55-5524