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

Niseko Featured in Ho Magazine

​Popular travel and tourism publication "Ho Magazine" has featured Niseko resort area over a two-page spread in their latest issue.

Ho Magazine is Hokkaido's most popular travel and tourism magazine with 80,000 copies distributed around Hokkaido.

The story features a number of local restaurants including, "Harvest Cafe", "Bistro Re Arbor", and "Black Wood Grill".

Luxury hotel "The Vale", located in Hirafu received a full page feature, with a focus on its stunning onsen

Another of Niseko's prominent hotels, "Hilton Niseko" in Niseko Village was also featured with a view across its beautiful outdoor onsen.

Ho Magazine can be found at most book and magazine stores throughout Hokkaido.

This feature was organized by Niseko Tourism.

Niseko Featured in HAC Magazine

The resort area of Niseko has been featured in the in-flight magazine "HAC Magazine", which is produced and published for JAL's "Hokkaido Air System".

HAC Magazine provides travellers with interesting and inspiring tourism information about destinations in Northern Japan.

The November / December issue of HAC Magazine features the Niseko area on the cover with views of the iconic Mt. Yotei.

The main feature article of this issue focuses on adventures in Niseko, and features Hokkaido based blogger "Kou Seiyu", who visited Niseko during Summer and Autumn.

The story features a number of local businesses who have worked closely with Niseko Tourism.

All images were shot by Niseko Tourism.

Park Hyatt Hanazono - Dim Sum Brunch

China Kitchen at Park Hyatt Hanazono will be opening each Saturday and Sunday for Chinese Dim Sum Brunch.

Experience the very best of China’s rich culinary heritage right here in Niseko.

  • Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
  • Hotel Lobby Floor
  • 11.30am – 2:00pm every Saturday and Sunday

Make the most of your weekend and enjoy a variety of authentic Chinese dim sum dishes that are sure to satisfy.

Contact the Parky Hyatt Hanazono team to reserve and get your culinary adventure underway.


Phone: 0136-27-1234
Park Hyatt Hanazono

The Hashtag is Back – #NisekoShootout Launching 5 December, 2020

Enter your photos, or just enjoy the entries!

Get ready to enter your photos or just enjoy the entries – Niseko’s Instagram-based winter-long photography competition is back for the 2020-21 season.

Any photo hashtagged #nisekoshootout is in the running!

Niseko Shootout is the region’s official photo contest, presented by Niseko Tourism with support from Niseko United Ski Resort, Powderlife Magazine, Gentemstick, Roko Skis, Rhythm Japan and more.

The search is on for this season’s most uniquely Niseko moments – and it’s up to you to display what they are via the lens of your DSLR or smart phone.

Photos are judged in three categories:
1) Skiing
2) Snowboard
3) Landscape


Post on Instagram and use hashtag #nisekoshootout on any of your photos taken in the Niseko area starting 5 December 2020 until 1 March 2021.

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 next winter’s issue of mag – this winter’s cover photo was a #nisekoshootout entry!

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

*Please don't use carousel to show multiple pictures – post each entry individually.
*The winner will always be the photographer, even if the rider posted it.
*Winners can pick up prizes in Niseko or organise and pay for shipping.

You must HASHTAG, not @TAG, to enter. Ie photos tagged @nisekoshootout only aren't entered – only photos hashtagged #nisekoshootout are eligible to win.


Major prizes this year include a Gentemstick Snowboard, Roko Skis and a Niseko United Season Pass.

1st place: Roko Skis 1st place: Gentemstick Snowboard 1st place: Niseko United Season Pass
2nd place: Iwanai Cat Tour 2nd place: Rhythm Japan + Oyuki prize pac 2nd place: Yama Plus prize pack
3rd place: Icelantic prize pack 3rd place: Boot Solutions prize pack 3rd place: Niseko 343 prize pack


Images above featuring 2019-20 Niseko Shootout ProAM Judge's Choice Winner

Photographer: Tanner Dobbins

Athlete: Ryu Atobe

Caption: "Bad snow conditions' in Niseko featuring Mt Yotei"

ALSO Enter the ProAm & Film Festival

The Shootout has grown to incorporate two major events through the season:

•The Niseko Shootout ProAm runs from 7 to 10 January, 2021 and is a photo contest in which athlete-photographer teams (professional and amateur alike) enter the best image they capture within a four-day window. In the past pro and Olympic athletes including Torah Bright, Pep Fujas and Chris Benchetler have taken part. Check HERE for last year's info. This year's contest details will be shared shortly.

• The Niseko Shootout Film Festival on March 13, 2021 showcases the best Niseko-themed short films made within the previous 15 months. Held towards the end of winter, the Short Film Festival acts as the Shootout. Find out last year's amazing works and winner HERE. More contest details will be announced soon.

Thank you to all our sponsors:

Niseko UnitedRoko SkisGentemstickIwanai ResortRhythm JapanOyukiYama PlusIcelantic SkisBoot Solutions & Niseko 343

Media partner: Powderlife Magazine

Hirafu Parking Updates 2020/21

Hirafu Parking Updates for 2020/21 Winter

Parking is limited in Hirafu, particularly during the busy winter season.

Kutchan Town has provided the following information and rules to help ensure safety and the smooth operation of traffic.

Public parking in the Niseko Hirafu area

  • No parking overnight in the public parking lot due to snow removal.
  • When you park overnight, your car will be stuck in the snow and it will be extremely difficult to move.
  • If you are staying at a hotel or condominium, park in the provided parking lot of each accommodation at night.
  • Street parking is a hindrance to pedestrians and is a cause of traffic problems. Hirafu-zaka St. has a steep slope, so parking and stopping are prohibited.
  • In winter, street parking is tightly controlled, and local authorities will be patrolling the area.

Hirafu Parking Lot #1

Access to the pick-up and drop-off area near the Welcome Center is one-way only.

  • Follow the instructions of the parking staff in Hirafu Parking lot #1.
  • Do not park overnight. If you do, your car will be stuck in the snow and will be extremely difficult to move.
  • Clearly display the name of the company on service vehicles.
  • Hirafu Parking lot #1 is for National park use such as visiting the ski resort. Employees working in the Hirafu area should park at the office parking lot or the Sun Sports Land temporary parking lot.
  • Don’t park on Hirafu-zaka St. for a long time because it will interfere with other cars and pedestrians.

Sun Sports Land Temporary Parking Lot

  • Available Period: From Mid December to Mid March 2020.
  • Available Hours: 8am-12am (No parking is allowed from 12am to 8am.)
  • Eligible Users: Anybody needs to park
  • Do not leave your car parked overnight. If you do, your car will be stuck in the snow and will be extremely difficult to move.
  • The parking space directly in front of Sun Sports Land building is only for visitors to Sun Sports Land.

Hirafu Police Box Parking

  • Hirafu Police Box Parking can only be used temporarily as a pick-up location. Do not park here.
  • If there is an emergency vehicle, give priority to that emergency vehicle.
  • Never park and stop on Hirafu-zaka St. because it will cause traffic problems.
  • Do not leave your car parked overnight. If you do, your car will be stuck in the snow and will be extremely difficult to move.

Announced by Kutchan Police Station, Kutchan Tourism Association, Niseko Hirafu Area Management, Niseko Hirafu Neighbourhood Watch, Kutchan Town Office Tourism Division

Introducing Rakusuisan Niseko

Shin Nihonkai Ferry Group's Authent Hotels Co., Ltd. is opening a new Ryokan named "Niseko Kabayama no Sato Rakusuisan", located in Kutchan-cho, Hokkaido featuring 18 rooms.

The accommodation is a wooden, one-story structure, all rooms overlook Mt. Yotei, and all 18 rooms are separated by a corridor.

All rooms are equipped with an open-air bath that uses naturally flowing water, providing guests with a private relaxation experience complete with a comfortable Japanese style space built using wood from Hokkaido.

"Rakusuisan" is located between Niseko Grand Hirafu and Higashiyama Niseko Village Ski Resort. It is a quiet area with beautiful natural surroundings overlooking Mt. Yotei.

The dishes at Rakusuisan are created using freshly picked ingredients sourced from the land and sea of ​​Hokkaido, with the menu being decided each day by the chefs.

There are 3 restaurants with counter seats where guests can enjoy teppanyaki, sushi, and tempura.

Rakusuisan aims to be a comfortable place that can be enjoyed by long-term residents, who relish the charm of Niseko each season in the foothills of the mountains.

In addition, there are common spaces, a fitness gym, and a day spa, facilities to dry ski equipment and locker rooms.

【Facility outline】

Facility name: Niseko Kabayama no Sato Rakusui-san

Location: Kabayama, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido

Number of guest rooms: 18 rooms (13 Western-style rooms 75㎡, 5 tatami mats and 5 Western-style rooms 95㎡)

Source name: Kabayama Onsen Annupuri no Yu

Spring quality: Sodium-chloride / hydrogen carbonate hot spring

Opening date: December 1, 2020

Price: Winter season per person, 1 night with breakfast

From 110,000 yen (service charge included, tax not included)


According to Metro Engine Research, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido has 290 accommodations and 4,011 rooms. There are 6 facilities scheduled to open, and 627 new rooms are expected to be supplied.

Niseko Resort Area Implements AI-based Chatbot “Bebot”

Niseko Resort Area Implements AI-based Chatbot “Bebot”

Leading resort destination Niseko is introducing an innovative AI chatbot as “Bebot”, as Niseko Tourism Zone (chairman: Kenya Katayama/ Niseko Town Mayor)project to provide visitors with real-time answers and information.

December 1, 2020 – The world-famous resort of Niseko, Japan is leveraging innovation in a time of crisis. “Bebot”, the AI-based chatbot, now offers tourists reliable information and answers to frequently asked questions in real-time. The communication tool developed in-house by Bespoke Inc. is evolving into an indispensable travel tool for tourists across the globe as well as for companies in the tourist business.

“With Bebot, we are taking the next step towards a more digitally focused future for Niseko. It is essential to provide tourists with real-time, easily accessible, information and assistance, particularly during the current tourism climate”, says Alister Buckingham, Marketing Manager of the Niseko Promotion Board.

“We are very delighted to support the communication work of the winter sports region of Niseko. Winter sports enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world appreciate receiving reliable information in real-time. The introduction of Bebot in the Niseko Ski Resort represents the first time the software is being used in a Japanese skiing area,” states Akemi Tsunagawa, founder and CEO of Bespoke.

Artificial intelligence for versatile communication

The Bebot chatbot for tourist inquiries is now available in real-time in one of Japan’s largest and most popular ski areas. Tourists are provided with all kinds of tourism-related information and can get immediate responses to frequently asked questions from Bebot via their smartphones without having to call a service line or search online. Bebot also supplies real-time data on the current COVID-19 situation, lift operations and the current weather on mountain peaks to enable improved planning of ski tours and day trips in the mountains. Users can ask questions such as “Can you tell me the lift status?” or “Where can I get a PCR test in Niseko?”. Bebot can be accessed by visiting either the Niseko Promotion Board or partner websites or by using the official Niseko App. Visitors on site can also access the AI chatbot by scanning a QR code with their smartphone. Interaction with the chatbot is currently possible in English and Japanese. The tool will be expanded to include other languages in the future.

Useful customer feedback to adapt offerings

Not only does Bebot provide tourists and locals with valuable and reliable information, but it also conducts simple surveys of users. In addition, the inquiries recorded by Bebot serve as the basis for deducing trends and special needs.

The chatbot Bebot promotes interaction with target groups

The AI-based chatbot “Bebot”, Japan’s first and most widely used travel chatbot, was developed in-house by Bespoke Inc. and initially released in April 2016. Bebot provides assistance on a wide range of customer and corporate issues. It is a customizable and versatile chatbot offering
accurate information for the respective target group, from crisis management to serving as a virtual info point or analytical tool for the purpose of revenue enhancement. Numerous international airports, tourist areas, and governments already rely on the AI-based Bebot technology to provide real-time responses to their customers.

About the Niseko Promotion Board

Niseko Tourism is a non-profit organization with the aim of promoting the tourist area Niseko as a four-season holiday destination and increasing the overall number of visitors to the area. Overall, more than 400 companies such as hotels, restaurants, leisure facilities and shops in Niseko are represented by Niseko Tourism.


About Bespoke


Headquartered in Tokyo, Bespoke Inc. is the world's leading developer of multilingual Artificial Intelligence solutions serving the travel and tourism industry. Bespoke provides solutions to major airports, cities, and transport authorities to aid in congestion management, emergency communication and driving in-market spend. Bespoke's partners include Narita International Airport, Sendai International Airport, Mie Prefecture, Holiday Inn, Tampa International Airport, and Vienna International Airport. Bespoke has also developed a chatbot to combat the current coronavirus pandemic for use in Japan and globally. As of January 2020, over twelve million travelers interact with Bespoke's Chatbot annually.

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