Illuminating the International Atmosphere in Niseko

The Japan Tourism Agency has helped illuminate Niseko for domestic visitors this winter.

Shimmering golden lights have been installed at six iconic Niseko locations to highlight the beautiful surroundings in the Niseko area. Visitors will be able to enjoy the special displays in the evenings during apres-ski from late December through February, 2021.

This project was supported by the Japan Tourism Agency in response to the challenges that the tourism industry is facing this winter season. The Niseko area has a certain atmosphere unlike any other resort in Japan and is known for its modern architecture and stunning scenery.

The goal of the illumination campaign is to increase new interest and long-term demand from domestic tourists by creating engaging and visually appealing attractions and content.

The first part of the project was to select iconic buildings and trees in the wider Niseko area including both Kutchan Town and Niseko Town; various locations were chosen, such as the beloved pension “Full Note”, which was established in 1982, as well as Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono, which opened in January 2020.

Secondly, the project aimed to create a unified look, covering the entire area with golden lights. Golden lights were chosen to harmonize with the different types of buildings and trees.

The light installations were created with respect to the current requirements of social distancing, so this project can be enjoyed by all the visitors in Niseko safely.


  • Main Event Organizer: Niseko Promotion Board (DMO)
  • Lights installation period: Mid-December 2020 - End of February 2021 (tentative schedule)
  • Locations:
    • Hirafu Zaka
    • Half note (lower Hirafu)
    • NAC Adventure Park
    • Niseko Village Resort Shopping & Dining Area
    • Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
    • Niseko Annupuri Iroha Onsen
  • Light bulb color: golden (LED)

About Niseko Tourism:

Niseko Tourism, also known as Niseko Promotion Board is the official destination marketing organisation for the Niseko area. It is a non-profit, member-based marketing organisation that was established in 2007 and now represents over 400 members in the region. It was selected by Japan Tourism Agency as one of the 32 most important DMOs in the country in August, 2020.



Email: [email protected]

Phone: (+81)136-21-2551

Free Entry to This Year’s ¥200,000 Niseko Shootout ProAM Announced

Grab your best partner and capture your Niseko moment between 7 – 10 January, 2021!

There are no barriers to entry for this year’s Niseko Shootout ProAM – Niseko Tourism has announced entry is free, giving anyone who wishes to enter a chance at sharing the ¥200,000 prize pool.

Two person photographer and athlete teams will compete over a 4-day window in January 2021. Each team will submit just one shot which will be posted  on Niseko Tourism’s Facebook page. There are two categories to win – Judges Choice  and Public Vote. Each winner  shares from a cash prize  pool of ¥200,000!

This year, we invited world-renowned riders and photographers to join us as guest judges, including Eric Pollard, Torah Bright, Taro Tamai, Tsutomu Nakata & Matias Fredrickson just to name a few. Full list to come soon.

Contest Timeline:

  • Registration is open from now until January [email protected]:59pm
  • Contest will run from January [email protected]:00am – January 10th,@11:59pm day and night
  • Shots will be posted from January 15th(~10am) – January 18th (11:59pm)
  • Contest winners will be announced on January 20th, 2021 at the Award Ceremony.


  • 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.

Terms & Conditions

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



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 11th by 10AM JST via email to [email protected]


Entry shot must be take from January 7th 12:00am to January 10th 11:59pm JST 2020.


Voting will be open from time of posting on January 15th (~10AM) to January 18th at 23:59 JST SHARP! 


Contest winner will be announced on January 20th at the Award Ceremony. If winners are not present in the Niseko area for cash prize pick-up at Niseko Tourism, 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 reuse shots (along with a name credit) on social media, websites and blogs.

EZO, Pub will open from this Saturday, 26th Dec!

Your perfect Après-ski option at Niseko Village!

This winter, EZO offers new menus including burgers, pizza and beers!

In addition to the classic “Ezo burger”, three new ones are available: “Black Burger” made by premium venison and Hokkaido Yama-wasabi, “Grilled Salmon Burger”, and “Little Italy” vegetarian burger. A wide selection of Japanese beers can be enjoyed with Beer Flight or Tasters’ Choice – beer tasting sets that you can choose your favorite 4 beers.

Enjoy your Après-ski time at EZO with your friends and family. Open 4pm – 11pm, Last order: Food 9:30pm / Drink 10:30pm

More details HERE

Yoga with Jac

Enjoy a wide variety of yoga styles in Niseko with “Yoga with Jac”.

Group & Private Classes: Hatha Flow, Power, Yin Yoga, Restorative

Yin Yoga (90 mins)

1 hour 30 minutes

An evening Yin Yoga class with the integration of breathwork to allow you to relax and restore. We’ll work on the connective tissues, tendons, fascia, and ligaments of the body. This class is great for anyone looking to complement a more dynamic practice, or simply to slow down, recharge, heal and connect inwards. Suitable for all levels.

Hatha Flow 1-2 (75 mins)
1 hour 15 minutes


A well-rounded Hatha Vinyasa practice that includes core conditioning, flexibility, balance and movement. Modifications and options throughout the class will be given to cater to each student’s ability. Hatha Flow 1: Suitable for beginners, all levels welcome. Hatha Flow 2: All levels are welcome, though some experience is recommended.
Sunday Hatha Flow 2 (90 mins)
1 hour 30 minutes


A well-rounded Hatha Vinyasa practice that includes core conditioning, flexibility, balance and movement. Modifications and options throughout the class will be given to cater to each student’s ability. Hatha Flow 1: Suitable for beginners, all levels welcome. A well-rounded Hatha Vinyasa practice that includes core conditioning, flexibility, balance and movement. Modifications and options throughout the class will be given to cater to each student’s ability. Hatha Flow 1: Suitable for beginners, all levels welcome. Hatha Flow 2: All levels are welcome, though some experience is recommended.


Private class: Hatha-Vinyasa, Yin
1 hour and over · Ask for price
Location: At your accommodation / Hirafu188 / Niseko Chomin Centre / Zoom Hatha-Vinyasa, Yin, Gentle slow, Beginner Yoga. 60mins – 120mins 1–2 / 3–5 pax Custom packages/programs available.

ZOOM Morning Hatha Flow 1 (45 mins)

45 minutes
Roll out your mat and join me for a gentle morning Hatha yoga practice on Zoom. Suitable for beginners, all levels welcome. Book here or DM me for the Zoom link. + Doors will open 10 mins before class begins, and will shut once class has started. + Participants are responsible for their own safety + Do position your camera from the side or diagonally from the front so that I’d be able to follow your practice better.
Book HERE.

Powder Yoga Niseko

Powder Yoga Niseko

Get ready for daily YOGA & FITNESS classes, guest teachers and workshops.

Powder Yoga Niseko’s international instructors bring you world class yoga instruction in the heart of Niseko. We have drop in, weekly, monthly and seasonal passes on offer so you can get the most out of your time in Niseko. Passes are valid for any regular scheduled classes, workshops and events are priced separately.

Book your class today!

Find out more HERE.

Cafe Cubanos Open on Friday, 18 December!

Craving some delicious Cubano sandwich and coffee? This is the spot for you.

Cafe Cubanos is back to fuel your deep pow days with your all-time favourite Cubano sandwich, delicious all press coffee, and more!

Come in and check out their new winter menu with burgers, winter salad, and cakes! This season we will continue to have low prices on our menus. We’ll also throw in a discount with your coffee with your locals card. Don’t miss it!

Night Skiing Opening - 2020/21

Powder by Night – Niseko Night Skiing

Evenings in Niseko just got even more exciting with the opening of night skiing from this Saturday!

Niseko United has one of the largest night skiing areas in Japan making its powder snow even more enjoyable.

Night skiing in Niseko is one of the top recommended activities, so make sure to try it during your visit.

Niseko United will be opening for Night Skiing for the 2020/21 winter season Saturday the 19th of December and will run until the 7th of March 2021.

Annupuri, Niseko Village, and Grand Hirafu will each be open until 8 pm.

  • Night Ski Open: 19 December 2020
  • Night Ski Closes: 7 March 2021
  • Open until: 8 pm each night

Complete your night by visiting Niseko’s many famous bars and restaurants.

Check out the GoTo Niseko Guide for the best places to drink and eat.

Holiday Feast with Hokkaido Tracks and Haku Life

Christmas and New Years Done Right!

Stunning meals prepared and delivered for the best holiday celebration ever!

Hokkaido Tracks and Haku Life have teamed up to offer a special Christmas dinner catering and delivery service and New Years Dinner delivery service for up to 20 orders per day.

The generous Christmas menu features holiday classics including glazed ham, roast turkey, and a Christmas Log for dessert.

The elegant New Years’ menu includes hero dishes such as Slow-Roasted Strip Loin, Baby Back Ribs and includes two free bottles of wine to help get the New Years’ celebration started.

If you’d like to book the Christmas meals, make sure to make your reservation before December 21 so you don’t miss out.

Reservations for New Year’s are advised before December 28th to avoid disappointment.

To make your booking, email the H2 group at [email protected]

Check out the full menu below.

Christmas Menu

New Years Menu

Niseko Area Circuit Bus 2020-21

The Niseko Area Circuit Bus timetable has been released for the 2020-21 winter season.

The bus will make stops between Niseko JR Station, the Hilton in Niseko Village, Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort, Konbu Onsen, and Moiwa.

A number of stops are only available on weekends and holidays so make sure to check the full bus schedule for details.

Services will start from 19 December 2020 and run until 28 February 2021 and will cost just ¥500.

Download the full bus schedule HERE.

Pow Bar Creates Special Christmas Panettone

Christmas Special Panettone

The Pow Bar is creating a Christmas special Panettone cake for this holiday period.

Panettone is a special Italian cake enjoyed around Christmas and New Year. The POW BAR special panettone is using lots of organic fruits soaked in fragrant rum and white wine.

It is rich and fluffy without egg and butter. When you cut into this cake, you will smell the delicious ingredients immediately.

Pow Bar is sure that guests will enjoy this cake with friends and family during the holiday season this year.

・Price: ¥3400 (includes tax) /1 (diameter 134mm, height130mm - Sizes will vary slightly.)

・How to keep: If not eating immediately, keep sealed and at room temperature.

・Best before: 2weeks

・Ingredients: Hokkaido flour, soy milk, coconut oil, beetroot sugar, California raisin, Australian sultana raisin, sun muscat raisin, lemon peel, orange peel, rum, white wine, panettone yeast, vanilla beans,salt.

・How to eat: 2-3 days after made it will still be fluffy, so eat as is. After 3 days, heat up slices in a toaster oven and add butter or coconut oil to taste a different texture.

Bookings between: 11/22 (Sun) - 12/15 (Tue)

Pickup: Either 12/18 (Fri), 19 (Sat), 20 (Sat)

Payment:When you book or pickup

How to book: SNS (InstagramFacebook), CAFE, DM

Email: [email protected]


Please provide: Name, Phone number, How many, Pickup date