Boot Solutions Open for 2021 Summer

Village Sports is Open from Friday, June 18th.

Village Sports summer operation has begun.

Just a few minutes walk from the Niseko Village Golf Course, you can find a range of stylish and unique golf clothing and footwear along with various accessories, from brands including Peak Performance, Black Clover, Bogner, Footjoy, Montura, Titleist and more. Custom golf insoles made by our qualified technicians.

Business hours are 10: 00-18: 00. June is a three-day business day from Friday to Sunday, and Tuesday is a regular holiday from July.

CONTACT INFO:

TEL:0136-44-1181

E-MAIL:[email protected]

www.villagesportsjapan.com


The Worlds Most Amazing Vacation Rentals

Netflix Features Niseko

Netflix Showcases Niseko's Cuisine in New Global Travel Show - "The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals"

The Worlds Most Amazing Vacation Rentals

A new Netflix travel show featuring Niseko premiered to its audience of 200 million subscribers around the world this week.

The hosts and film crew of The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals stayed at 5-bedroom luxury chalet Seasons Niseko in Annupuri last winter.

The theme of the episode featuring Niseko was “Gourmet Stays” and introduced Niseko as a gourmet food destination.

The hosts of the show enjoyed some of Niseko’s exquisite local produce prepared by Seasons’ in-house chef before they ventured out for soba noodles and kaiseki dinner at nearby Michelin-commended restaurant Rakuichi Soba.

Netflix producers were introduced and encouraged to visit the resort by Niseko magazine and website Powderlife.

Powderlife Magazine Editor Kristian Lund said this was an unprecedented opportunity to introduce Niseko to a worldwide audience, especially the North American market which is just learning about the world-class skiing on Japan’s northern island.

The show will be streamed onto TVs, tablets and cellphones of over 200 million subscribers worldwide.

As well as its powder snow, Niseko is famous for its fresh produce and vibrant restaurant scene which this show focussed on.

Official Netflix Trailer


MnK - Guest Services Agent

MnK has a new position available within our award-winning resorts. We are looking for a Guest Services Agent (GSA) to complement our existing team and help create memorable experiences for our guests.

 

Guest Services Agent

Operations

This position requires native/fluent Japanese language ability, please only apply for this position if you are fluent in Japanese.

MNK Niseko has a wide-ranging customer base from the Domestic Summer market to a year-round presence of international customers. The guest services team undertakes all duties regarding a customer’s stay from pre-arrival, check-in, in resort services and after departure. Individual tasks can include pre-arrival correspondence, handling in-resort queries, additional guest service bookings, maintaining and conducting property checks, and coordinating the day-to-day operations. In peak season our resorts have become very popular, with a range of customers from a wide-ranging demographic. It is key to our business that the customer service team operates efficiently and at a high level of service delivery. We are looking for a responsible and reliable l team member who will go the extra mile to make sure that our guest services run as efficiently and effectively as possible. Our Guest Services team will have the biggest impact on the customer experience. By hiring passionate, outgoing and approachable people, we are ensuring that our guests really do stay as a guest and return as a friend.

Key Responsibilities

You need to be passionate about providing exceptional service and ensuring our guests have a great experience. Your service becomes our company reputation, and you have a big responsibility in looking after our guests, delighting them, and helping them have a wonderful holiday. Your role includes providing a professional, informative and friendly service, and attending to guests, staff and suppliers on the phone, by email and face to face, dealing with queries, arranging services, providing village information and local knowledge.

  • Greeting all guests and suppliers when visiting/calling our resorts
  • Performing guest check-ins/outs for both Japanese and international guests
  • Performing property checks both pre and post guest arrival
  • Full knowledge of all MNK services, products, activities, and accommodations
  • Recommending, booking and confirmation of MNK services, tours and activities.
  • Upselling of EdVenture/Elevate, tours, products and services.
  •  Efficiently handling customer questions and requests on the phone and in person.
  • Checking emails and promptly replying to the customers.
  • Confirmation and administration of transfers and departures for customers.
  • Handle complaints where possible.
  • Clean and maintain the reception and common areas of the resort receptions.
  • Maintain the reception email, daily checklists and administration
  • Performing/Managing and organizing customer shuttle services
  • Communication with Reservations and maintenance teams
  • Snow clearing, safety and maintenance checks or our properties

Selection Criteria

  • Experience in a previous hospitality/guest services role preferred
  • Face to face customer service experience essential
  • Must be able to use your initiative and work well under pressure
  • Applicants must show a level of maturity while still being fun to work with
  • A willingness to go the extra mile to assist our guests
  • Comfortable with physical work and up for a lot of snow clearing and driving!
  • Must have or be able to obtain a Japanese Drivers License
  • Applicants must be a Japanese native speaker and also able to communicate in English

Working Hours

40 hours per week, 5 days per week

Remuneration

¥210,000 monthly salary (depending on experience and language ability)

The Benefits

  • 10 days annual leave (Increasing after the 1st year)
  • 16 additional days off for public holidays
  • Induction and training provided
  • Subsidized staff accommodation available
  • Company incentives and bonus programs
  • Discounts on MNK and partner services and activities

Employment Period

1-year full time, with the possibility of extension

Probationary Period

3 months

How To Apply

Please complete our application from the link below.

https://mnkniseko.typeform.com/to/UwAN3Rzo


MnK - Seasonal Guest Services Agent

We are looking for a Guest Services Agent (GSA) to complement our existing team and help create memorable experiences for our guests. This position requires native/fluent Japanese language ability, please only apply for this position if you are fluent in Japanese

 

Seasonal Guest Services Agent

Operations

This position requires native/fluent Japanese language ability, please only apply for this position if you are fluent in Japanese.

MnK Niseko has a wide-ranging customer base from the Domestic Summer market to a year-round presence of international customers. The guest services team undertakes all duties regarding a customer’s stay from pre-arrival, check-in, in resort services and after departure. Individual tasks can include pre-arrival correspondence, handling in-resort queries, additional guest service bookings, maintaining and conducting property checks, and coordinating the day-to-day operations. In peak season our resorts have become very popular, with a range of customers from a wide-ranging demographic it is key to our business that the customer service team operates efficiently and at a high level of service delivery. We are looking for a responsible and reliable l team member who will go the extra mile to make sure that our guest services run as efficiently and effectively as possible. Our Guest Services team will have the biggest impact on the customer experience. By hiring passionate, outgoing and approachable people, we are ensuring that our guests really do stay as a guest and return as a friend.

Key Responsibilities

You need to be passionate about providing exceptional service and ensuring our guests have a great experience. Your service becomes our company reputation, and you have a big responsibility in looking after our guests, delighting them, and helping them have a wonderful holiday. Your role includes providing a professional, informative and friendly service, and attending to guests, staff and suppliers on the phone, by email and face to face, dealing with queries, arranging services, providing village information and local knowledge.

  • Greeting all guests and suppliers when visiting/calling our resorts
  • Performing guest check-ins/outs for both Japanese and international guests
  • Performing property checks both pre and post guest arrival
  • Full knowledge of all MNK services, products, activities, and accommodations
  • Recommending, booking and confirmation of MNK services, tours and activities
  • Upselling of Edventure/Elevate, tours, products and services
  •  Efficiently handling customer questions and requests on the phone and in-person
  • Checking emails and promptly replying to the customers
  • Confirmation and administration of transfers and departures for customers
  • Handle complaints where possible
  • Clean and maintain the reception and common areas of the resort receptions
  • Maintain the reception email, daily checklists, and administration
  • Performing/Managing and organizing customer shuttle services
  • Communication with Reservations and maintenance teams
  • Snow clearing, safety, and maintenance checks or our properties

Selection Criteria

  • Experience in a previous hospitality/guest services role preferred
  • Face to face customer service experience essential
  • Must be able to use your initiative and work well under pressure
  • Applicants must show a level of maturity while still being fun to work with
  • A willingness to go the extra mile to assist our guests
  • Comfortable with physical work and up for a lot of snow clearing and driving!
  • Must have or be able to obtain a Japanese Drivers License
  • Applicants must be a Japanese native speaker and also able to communicate in English

Working Hours

40 hours per week, 5 days per week

Remuneration

¥1,200 - ¥1,300 per hour depending on experience and language ability.

The Benefits

  • Induction and training provided
  • Subsidized staff accommodation available
  • Discounts on MNK and partner services and activities
  • Opportunity for the right applicant to join the team on a year-round basis

Employment Period

3-month contract with possible extension

How To Apply

Please complete our application form below.

2021 Summer Adventure Camps

The Best Summer Camps for 2021

Adventure camps are a great way to explore the outdoors and breathe in the fresh air of the Niseko area and beyond. Check out Niseko’s best adventure camps for kids and families. There are three main adventure camps in the Niseko area so make sure to check them all out and find the one that’s best for your family.


Park Hyatt China Kitchen

Park Hyatt Summer Restaurants

Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono Restaurants Open for Summer

With the summer arriving at Park Hyatt Niseko, we are delighted to inform you of our restaurant opening times:

Olivio opens for lunch and dinner every Saturday & Sunday. Also open daily between June 19-23, July 21-26 and August 7-11 for lunch and dinner.

China Kitchen opens for lunch & dinner every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Also open on June 24, July 19 & 22, and August 9, 12, 16 & 19.

Molière Montagne daily open for lunch and dinner. Weekly closing day: Wednesday, except on August 11.

Sushi Mitsukawa opens for lunch and dinner. Weekly closing days: Wednesday & Thursday. Exceptionally open on July 22, August 11 and August 12.

Teppan opens for advanced reservations for dinner. Weekly closing days are Sunday and Monday.
For more details and reservations, please check the Dining page on our website, Reservations: 0136-27-1234.


Chatrium Niseko

Chatrium Niseko Offers Upgrades

At Chatrium Niseko, we are offering complimentary upgrades to our Penthouse Suites!

~Complementary upgrade for 2 bookings per day~

Chatrium Niseko

Chatrium Niseko Japan (Location: 190-4 Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Kutchan-gun, Hokkaido, Shiki Niseko) is pleased to launch our exclusive Niseko Penthouse Experience. Guests with a reservation in Two and Three Bedroom Annupuri View Suites are entitled to an upgrade to our Penthouse Suites, subject to availability.
Located on our private 6th floor, our Penthouses offer stunning views directly over Mt. Annupuri or Mt. Yotei. The suites conveniently provide 127 and 169 square meters, a private terrace, fully equipped modern kitchen, private in-room laundry, chrome-cast streaming service and specialized amenities to make your stay comfortable. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, enjoy the Niseko green season in style.
Period of stay available from Tuesday June 1 to Tuesday November 30, 2021. For reservations, please visit our official website, selecting the ‘Niseko Penthouse Experience’ under Accommodations.

Chatrium Niseko

Chatrium Niseko Japan operates under Chatrium Hotels & Residences (Headquarters: Thailand). Chatrium Niseko Japan is the first hotel to be opened in Japan. Nestled between Mt. Yotei and Mt. Annapuri, Hirafu village is the home of Chatrium Niseko Japan, a Niseko hotel unlike any other. Situated within the iconic Shiki Niseko building, and looking toward the Grand Hirafu slopes, the Chatrium Niseko Japan hotel includes 78 spacious apartments, studios and penthouses, offering sublime comfort to the Niseko guest. The hotel facilities include a convenient 24 hour Market for snacks and goodies, a Fitness Centre and an International ATM. For skiers and snowboarders Chatrium Niseko Japan has the resorts premier equipment rental service “Rhythm Japan” based inhouse and all guests have access to a private locker to store their kit, plus Boot Room to ensure warm and dry footwear for the next day on the mountain.

Chatrium Niseko Japan
TEL: 0136-21-4191
E-mail: [email protected]
https://www.chatrium.com/chatriumniseko

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2021 Summer Survey

Fill Out 2021 Niseko Survey to Win  Amazing Prizes! (Worth ¥40,000+)

For the 2021 Niseko Summer Survey, Chatrium Niseko, Aya Niseko, Niseko Wow + Niseko Wow Fitness and Niseko Portfolio are partnering up and offering even better prizes for YOU, who is helping us to make Niseko a better year-round holiday destination with your feedback!

Fill out this quick survey below and you might become one of the lucky winners to win a monthly surprise prize (worth ¥40,000 and MORE).

The winners will be announced on the 13th of every month, starting July 2021 through October 2021. So fill out NOW!

By submitting an entry to this NPB Lucky Prize Draw, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Niseko Tourism, and that you satisfy all eligibility requirements.


World Ski Awards 2021

Niseko Receives Nominations in World Ski Awards 2021

Nominations for The 2021 World Ski Awards are in, and Niseko has once again received numerous nominations. Niseko United as well as Niseko’s best hotels and chalets have made this year’s list.

Out of the 30 nominated accommodations from around Japan, 14 are from the Niseko area, demonstrating just how special the resort area is.

In last year’s awards, Hakuchozan won Japan’s Best Ski Chalet an impressive fourth year in a row. Congratulations to the Hakuchozan team for picking up the win last year, being named Japan’s Best Ski Chalet for 2020!

The World Ski Awards have run every year since 2013, and Niseko United and accommodations have received nominations each year. Niseko United has won Japan’s Best Ski Resort four times since the awards began.

Nominations

Japan’s Best Ski Resort 2021

  • Niseko United

Japan’s Best Ski Hotel 2021

  • Chatrium Niseko
  • Hilton Niseko Village
  • Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
  • The Green Leaf Niseko Village

Japan’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021

  • HakuVillas
  • MUSE Niseko
  • The Vale Niseko

Japan’s Best Ski Chalet 2021

  • Aspect
  • Hakuchozan
  • Kozue


Mt Yotei

Skiing Into Mt Yotei's Crater

Skiing into Mt Yotei’s Crater

– Author: Rebecca Speare-Cole, Writer from Mabey Ski

Mt Yotei

Mt Yotei

Mt Yotei is the supermodel of all volcanoes. A flawless Japanese snow cone planted among smaller, lumpier neighbours. From the village of Hirafu, she stands in full view across a patchwork of snowy fields. Known by locals as ezo-fuji – the Mount Fuji of the north island, Hokkaido – she glows rose-pink at dusk, while her deep-blue silhouette guides you home at night with silent surety.

In Niseko, Mount Yotei is the ski challenge on everyone’s lips. But her reputation also reaches skiers around the world. She is known for being one of the few places in the world where you can drop into a perfectly circular volcanic crater. She has neither ski lifts nor buildings. And she only lets skiers grace her slopes when visibility, wind and avalanche conditions are safe.

So, it’s no surprise that the mammoth day trip is among the unmissable entries on Mabey Ski’s 4 volcanoes in 4 days.

Crater of Mt YoteiPreparing to conquer Yotei

I was lucky enough to cross it off my bucket list one Sunday in March 2017. The conditions were perfect to scale the 6,222ft and ski the crater. I teamed up with three other women and we decided to take on the 5-7 hour hike to do just that. Helena was Dutch, Marina was Danish, Louise was Kiwi and I was from central London. We had little in common other than our lack of mountaineering experience and our shared ambition to venture out of bounds. A bunch of guys we knew, who had climbed Yotei a week before, laughed at us as we plotted our route on a map spread across the wooden kitchen table. “You have no idea what you’re in for,” one said.

But with clunky touring skis, a packed lunch and wilful ambition, we stubbornly set out at 4 o’clock the next morning to meet her face-to-face.

Hiking up Mt Yotei

Ascent

I remember Helena saying: “I think this is it,” as she pulled into an obscure car park at 4am. Up ahead, we could just make out a group of hikers entering the woods with tiny dancing bulbs in their head torches. Peering up into the dark, I could barely make out Yotei’s gargantuan north face. We cowered for a minute or two from the shelter of our warm car seats.

Out in the biting pre-dawn cold, we set off. Mountaineers ahead of us had carved out tracks between the Japanese birch trees and we gratefully skimmed over the slush in their wake. Click-shuffle-click-shuffle – we got into a rhythm and I kicked my skis up with energy into the dark-blue gloom. Saddled with a heavy rucksack, my back soon began to complain and my hands grew clammy. This is not going to be pretty, I thought.

An hour later, sunrise erupted through the trees and cast an amber sheen over layers of white. I remember us talking about how the orange glow was the best psychological fuel. It was not only deeply stunning but showed us that the quilt of snowy fields had fallen far below. We were actually making progress.

By the time we emerged above the tree-line, a searingly bright morning greeted us. We methodically and begrudgingly zigzagged uphill as the heat increased. Steam was radiating off the snow, like rice sizzling on a teppanyaki hot plate.

After four hours of sweat and panting and creaking bones, the slope started rising up to meet our noses – hitting at least a 50-degree angle. At this point, we could no longer skin and it was time to bootpack. We hitched our skis to our bags and almost crawled the remaining 300 metres to the summit, feeling like elderly snails with houses on our backs. Some hikers are faced with terrifyingly steep sheet ice on the final stretch to the top. But not us. Instead, we had to battle mushy snow that crumbled away beneath every single tread, like sinking desert sand.

Skiing into Mt Yotei CraterSkiing the crater

Exhaustion met utter elation as the gradient finally began to plateau and solid ground levelled out underneath our boots.

I dropped my bag with skis clattering into a pile and ran to the crater’s edge. Still out of breath, I stood on the rim of what looks like a magnified china tea-cup. I stared for a moment into its marble-white bowl, triumphant. It was hands down one of the best moments I’ve ever had. Helena joined me and soon we were hugging and congratulating other hikers who made it too. We took photos of the landscape that stretched all the way to the sea.

No skiers had carved into the crater’s sparkling surface yet so we barely breathed before clicking in and dropping in. Imagine 200m of the most-perfect knee-deep fluffy powder imaginable. I could hear Helena’s “wooooooooooooooo’s and ahhh’s” behind me as we floated like feathers, turning side to side until we landed at the centre.

“Unreal,” Helena said as we reached the bottom. We took in the 360-crater walls towering above us before anticipating the climb out.

As we trudged up through the deep snow, skis on shoulders, my legs threatened to buckle many times. They were shot. But we could not resist a second round. I don’t know how I managed to crawl my way up to the ridge again. I had used every bit of energy that my 5ft 2” body could muster and had left none for the long ski to the bottom.

Standing on the peak of Mt Yotei

Descent

For some people, the ski down Yotei was the highlight – Japan’s powder at its finest. In the distance, the comforting sight of Niseko beckons warmly too. But the main thing I remember is that my legs shook violently the whole way. My legs were screaming in pain and only allowed me to continue in an odd spread-eagled sort of snowplough.

I also couldn’t forget the Australian snowboarder who we met on the descent and was heading straight to the airport. He waived us off as he surfed towards the highway. We laughed and watched him go.

At the bottom, we quietly took off our skis and wobbled towards the car. We perched on the bonnet and pulled off our boots, wiggling toes and massaging calves while Louise handed out bottles of Asahi.

As we piled back into the car, we still had two more stops to go. First, the old Milk Kobo diary just down the road where we could pick up some gooey Japanese cheesecake. And last, it was onto the Chinsenpuri onsen so we could soak our spent muscles in the hot spring under starry skies.

Skiing down Mt YoteiMabey Ski creates out-of-the-ordinary ski adventures across the globe that push boundaries and challenge the conventional.

Author: Rebecca Speare-Cole is a writer for Mabey Ski and previously worked in Niseko as a ski instructor.