Rhythm Japan Launches Online Store

From the Slopes of Japan to Cyberspace! Rhythm Launches its Online Store.

Niseko, Furano, Hakuba, Japan — Monday, Nov 1st, 2021 — Get ready to click ‘add to cart’ because Rhythm Japan has made its extensive range of snowsports and outdoors equipment available for purchase via its new-look website.

  • The online shopping site will be available in Japanese and English on 1st November 2021.
    The new website also includes an improved ‘gear checklist’ system.
  • For added convenience, a ‘click and collect’ service will be available.
  • To celebrate, customers can go to the website and receive 10% discounts on the latest gear.

With store locations in Niseko, Hakuba and Furano, Rhythm’s mission has always been to provide its customers with access to the best possible equipment for Japan’s epic conditions. Now visitors to theirwebsite will be able to purchase outerwear, skis, snowboards, accessories, footwear, luggage,souvenirs and plenty more from top brands like Burton, Armada, Oyuki, K2, Nitro, Oakley, Smith (justto name a few). Then they can select to have the items shipped to their homes or ‘click and collect’ from one of Rhythm’s shop fronts.

According to Rhythm’s Head of Merchandise, Emily Gattinger:

“Our team thrives on sharing their knowledge and helping customers find products suited to their needs. By expanding into e-commerce, we have created an opportunity to share this passion outside of the confines of our shop walls which, big picture, will result in broader product offerings, specialized support, and growth within our marketplace. We are excited, to say the least.”

The online service will be available in Japanese and English and provide competitive shipping rates to allow for a smooth and convenient shopping experience. Rhythm has also introduced a new and improved “Gear Checklist” system that links viewers to appropriate buying or renting options. The click and collect service is perfect for those customers who would prefer to have their new products ready and waiting for them to hit the slopes. All of these new features mean gearing up for a Japanese winter has never been easier!

To celebrate the launch of the new website and online store, customers can jump online to learn more about special deals on this season’s hard and soft goods, huge discounts on gear from previous seasons and book lessons and rental equipment.

Check out Rhythm at www.rhythmjapan.com, Like them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram.

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Pension Grandpapa - Staff for Oct through Winter

Pension Grandpapa – Lodge staff for Autumn - Winter
Niseko Grandpapa lodge is a long-established leading lodge accommodation in Niseko Hirafu since 1985.
Work exchange : 2hoursFree accommodation (free food) + Part timer (in case): 3-4 hour
Check out more details on the below site

Glamorous Niseko

COVID-19 Travel Information

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Information for Travelers
COVID-19

Latest Update: 1 December 2021

Travel Advice

Before traveling to Niseko, it is important to check the latest updates and information regarding COVID-19 restrictions. We have put together the following information to help travelers stay up to date. For all official information, please refer to the Japanese Government websites.


FAQ's

Can I Enter Japan for a holiday?

Japan has closed its borders to new international arrivals. Tourists are not currently allowed to enter Japan. Only Japanese citizens, permanent residents, and those with special permission (such as business travelers or students) are able to enter Japan. Additionally, Japan has announced that foreign residents and holders of re-entry permits coming from specified countries will be denied entry. Since Japan has suspended issuing most visas and has suspended visa-free travel, it is not possible for the majority of travelers to enter Japan. See the latest information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan website.

How about quarantine?

Travelers who do enter Japan are required to complete 14 days quarantine at a designated location. Fully vaccinated travelers must instead quarantine for 10 days, and fully vaccinated business travelers for 3 days. You must provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure and you will also receive a test when you arrive in Japan. Public transport is not allowed to be used during the quarantine period which includes traveling to your quarantine location.

What measures are being taken in Niseko?

Businesses in Niseko have implemented a number of safety measures. Staff wear masks, hand sanitizer is available, clear dividers are often used as well as a number of other measures. A large number of local staff have been vaccinated, and the general infection rate is very low in Japan.

What do I need to do when visiting Niseko?

Follow the New Niseko Travel Journey guidelines. Travelers are asked to wear a mask, wash and sanitize their hands regularly, check their temperature, avoid crowds, practice social distancing, avoid touching souvenirs, and use cashless payments where possible.


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H2 Group - Seasonal Snow Cleaning Staff

H2 Group is looking for seasonal snow cleaning staff for 2021-2022!

1) Snow cleaning staff

  • Removing snow from driveways, entrance paths and steps in the morning so guests can leave their accommodation without hassle.
  • Removing snow from balconies, decks and roofs during the day.

Work time:  8am to 5pm (depends on snowfall. Not guaranteed hours but estimate 30-40 hours a week)

Hourly wage:  Y1,500 to Y1,800 depending on experience

Required:

  • Valid work visa
  • International or Japanese Driver’s license
  • Be in good physical condition

 

2) Snow clearing supervisor 

  • Removing snow from driveways, entrance paths and steps in the morning so guests can leave their accommodation without hassle.
  • Removing snow from balconies, decks and roofs during the day
  • Management and supervision of snow cleaning staff

Work time:  8am to 5pm / 40hours a week

Conditions: 22 November – 15 March

Fixed salary: ¥250,000 to ¥300,000 per month depending on experience

Required:

  • Must have previous snow clearing experience
  • Valid work visa
  • International or Japanese Driver’s license
  • Japanese language skills
  • Be in good physical condition

If you are interested, please send your resume to: [email protected]


Rhythm Japan Launches Rhythm Rides

Rhythm Japan Launches Rhythm Rides to Provide Customers with a Seamless Experience from Shop to Snow. 

Launching October 15, 2021 Rhythm Rides is Niseko’s newest learning and guiding program for skiers and snowboarders, promising expert instructors, guides and coaches who are dedicated to elevating their customer’s experiences.

Rhythm Japan has operated as Niseko’s premier snow sports retailer since 2005. The company’s mission has always been to help customers by providing the perfect equipment for Niseko’s incredible conditions. Now, thanks to Rhythm Rides, this promise will extend seamlessly from the shop floor to Niseko’s powder playground.

According to CEO Matt Hampton…

“Our passionate shop staff, instructors, coaches and guides will all work together to ensure our customers have the perfect equipment, get the best instruction and are shown the best zones to ride in the Niseko area.”

Products on offer for this season include a line of customisable private lessons catering to skiers and snowboarders of all levels who want to explore the Niseko United area and beyond. More advanced riders can journey past the resort boundaries into Niseko’s fabled backcountry under the wing of an expert guide. Local children and adults will be able to take advantage of season-long programs designed specifically to help them learn, progress, and have fun. For more details on Rhythm Rides’ programs click here.

Rhythm Rides’ instructors and guides are passionate experts who are excited to share epic moments with their customers. They have all been handpicked based on their expert skill level and knowledge of the Niseko region. Rhythm Rides Director, Tareesa Straatmans has over 21 years’ experience in the snowsports industry. She has worked as an instructor, coach, examiner / trainer and ski school director in Japan, North America and Australia.

According to Tareesa…

“I am excited to lead the Rhythm Rides program because the Rhythm team really care about the community, our mountains and our sport. They are also passionate about sharing what they do with others. I believe working with a company that has such a strong purpose will result in an authentic and life changing experience for our guests.”

To celebrate the launch, Rhythm will offer a 10% discount on all pre-booked rental and Ride’s products (excluding Rhythm Futures). To receive this offer, please make a booking prior 15 November 2021.

For more information please contact:

Tareesa Stratmaans

Rhythm Rides Director

+81 80 6395 2828

[email protected]


Setsu Niseko - Assistant Hotel Manager

Setsu Niseko is a luxury hotel condominium development located in central to the resort in Hirafu Village. Boasting 190 units Setsu is one of the most significant properties in the area and also has multiple food and beverage outlets, an extensive onsen and spa, a gym, kids room and yoga room. It also has an extensive ski valet and locker area. Developed by one of the foremost developers in Asia, SC Global and it is scheduled to open in August 2022.

Job Title: Assistant Hotel Manager

*Reporting to Hotel Manager

Job Overview:

Assistant Hotel Manager will oversee Front Office, Housekeeping, and Maintenance team, and assist Hotel Manager to have a smooth day to day hotel operation. This person is charged with ensuring owners and guests are experiencing memorable stay at Setsu Niseko by providing high quality of service. The role will be a crucial part of the pre-opening build up for hotel operation in the first season. The role involves a very strong focus on direct management of various team members as well as working closely with other departments and various outlet operators all year round but with a strong focus in the winter.

Job Responsibilities and Duties:

• Assist Hotel Manager to ensure successful opening of Setsu Niseko.

• Assist Hotel Manager to oversee the daily smooth function of hotel operation.

• Provide hands on management and support mainly for the Front Office (including Front Desk, Bell, Driver, Concierge, and Owner Liaison), Housekeeping, and Maintenance team.

• Work closely with other departments, food and beverage operators, spa operator, ski shop operator, and other businesses to deliver high level of guest experience to ensure owners and guests receive the very best of Setsu Niseko service.

• Handle and resolve any owners and guests related issues.

• Review owners and guests feedback and make action effectively.

• Recruitment of new full-time and seasonal staff.

• Monitor performance of staff, provide feedback, coaching and training as required.

• Conduct performance reviews with relevant staff as necessary.

• To ensure working environment is safe and create happy working environment.

• Communicate closely with other department as required and participate in the overall management of the property.

• Role is flexible and the manager will have to adapt as necessary to the changing market conditions and operational constraints.

Qualifications / Requirements:

• Minimum of 5 years of hotel management experience ideally with seasonal/resort experience. Hotel opening experience is a plus.

• A self-starter that can work independently and achieve targets.

• Understand Setsu Niseko’s vision for customer service and be committed to its delivery.

• Be an excellent, flexible, inspirational and involved team player.

• Well-developed written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate well across all levels of the organization.

• Ability to work well under pressure and strong problem-solving skills.

• Ability to set priorities and work to deadlines with close attention to detail.

• Always be punctual and considerate of fellow work colleagues.

• Ideally native or fluent in business both Japanese and English.

• Visa status permitting full-time work in Japan. Sponsorship available for the right applicant.

• Driving license essential.

Benefits / Perks:

• Salary (plus annual discretionary bonus)

• Paid statutory holidays. 10 days after 6 months of employment, 11 days after 1 year and 6 months of employment.

• Discounts on a variety of products owned within the group: ski rentals, ski school, golf, etc.

• Individual Seasonal HANAZONO Grand Hirafu lift pass

• Japanese Health Insurance and Pension according to the law.

• Commuting allowance to and from your home to work, capped at 45,000 yen per month.

• Retirement plan (After 10 years of service).

To apply, please contact [email protected]


Setsu Niseko - Housekeeping Manager

Setsu Niseko is a luxury hotel condominium development located in central to the resort in Hirafu Village. Boasting 190 units Setsu is one of the most significant properties in the area and also has multiple food and beverage outlets, an extensive onsen and spa, a gym, kids room and yoga room. It also has an extensive ski valet and locker area. Developed by one of the foremost developers in Asia, SC Global and it is scheduled to open in August 2022.

Job Title: Housekeeping Manager

*Reporting to: Assistant Hotel Manager

Job Overview:

Housekeeping Manager will oversee daily operation of Housekeeping team, and also, work closely with cleaning company ensuring owners and guests are experiencing memorable stay at Setsu Niseko by maintaining the high quality of cleanliness throughout the hotel. The role will be a crucial part of the pre-opening build up for hotel operation in the first season. The role involves a very strong focus on direct management of various team members as well as working closely with other departments and suppliers all year round but with a strong focus in the winter.

Job Responsibilities and Duties:

• Preparation of successful opening of Setsu Niseko.

• Oversee the daily smooth function of housekeeping to maintain the high quality of cleanliness throughout the hotel, and deliver high level of guest experience to ensure owners and guests receive the very best of Setsu Niseko.

• Work closely with cleaning company as well as other departments.

• Ordering and inventory of cleaning supplies, amenities, and linens.

• Handle and resolve any owners and guests related issues.

• Review owners and guests feedback and make action effectively.

• Recruitment of new full-time and seasonal staff.

• Monitor performance of staff, provide feedback, coaching and training as required.

• Conduct performance reviews with relevant staff as necessary.

• To ensure working environment is safe and create happy working environment.

• Role is flexible and the manager will have to adapt as necessary to the changing market conditions and operational constraints.

Qualifications / Requirements:

• Minimum of 3 years of hotel management experience ideally with seasonal/resort experience. Hotel opening experience is a plus.

• A self-starter that can work independently and achieve targets.

• Understand Setsu Niseko’s vision for customer service and be committed to its delivery.

• Be an excellent, flexible, inspirational and involved team player.

• Well-developed written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate well across all levels of the organization.

• Ability to work well under pressure and strong problem-solving skills.

• Ability to set priorities and work to deadlines with close attention to detail.

• Always be punctual and considerate of fellow work colleagues.

• Ideally native or fluent in business both Japanese and English.

• Visa status permitting full-time work in Japan. Sponsorship available for the right applicant.

• Driving license essential.

• Benefits / Perks:

• Salary (plus annual discretionary bonus)

• Paid statutory holidays. 10 days after 6 months of employment, 11 days after 1 year and 6 months of employment.

• Discounts on a variety of products owned within the group: ski rentals, ski school, golf, etc.

• Individual Seasonal HANAZONO Grand Hirafu lift pass

• Japanese Health Insurance and Pension according to the law.

• Commuting allowance to and from your home to work, capped at 45,000 yen per month.

• Retirement plan (After 10 years of service).

To apply, please contact [email protected]


Marika Ashtanga Yoga - Autumn Mysore

2021 Autumn Mysore Immersion Sessions

Have you become out of sync with your practice, need a boost before winter or would just like a period of immersion in group practice? This is the course for you! 5 days a week Mysore sessions over 2 weeks will give you a good grounding to begin again or take your practice deeper.

This is designed for those with previous Ashtanga yoga experience. Limited space available – Book your place soon!

MORE DETAILS HERE

Dates Morning Course: 18-30 Oct Afternoon course*: 1-12 Nov (*note there is one morning session on Saturday 6th Nov)

Venue: Tomo Niseko

Price: Package price is for either the morning course (first two weeks) or evening course (second two weeks) Mysore class (*does not include pre class session) Unlimited classes Oct course (18-30 Oct) ¥10,000 Unlimited classes Nov course (1-12 Nov) ¥10,000 8 x class – ¥8,800 (Add on ¥1,100 per class) 6 x class: ¥7,200 (Add on ¥1,200 per class) 4 x class: ¥5,000 (Add on ¥1,250 per class) Drop in 1,800

Bookings Spaces are limited. Please book soon to avoid disappointment. Email me please with the sessions you would like to attend [email protected]


NAC - Operations Manager

Job Description

To help maintain and grow the success of NAC’s adventure tours, activities and races, we’re seeking an experienced operations manager to oversee daily activities.

The Operations Manager is a key leadership position with a critical role in the fulfillment of NAC's brand promise of delivering high-quality experiences. The Operations Manager is responsible for overseeing the guide and instructor team and also managing the day to functions of the operation.

Requirements

責任

  • 品質保証と安全性のプロトコルの開発、実施、維持。(サービスの質向上、スタッフ管理、リスクマネージメント?)[1]
  • (NACの企業理念を理解し、ブランド目標を達成するための行動をする?)
  • 常に目標を意識し計画的な手順を実行する。
  • 強い経営意識を持って業務を効率的に管理する。
  • 追加イベント等の計画と実行のリーダーとなること。
  • 新規ガイド・インストラクターの雇用、及びそれに付随する一切の人事業務。
  • NACの他部門との連携を図り、日々の業務を円滑に遂行する。
  • ガイド、インストラクターのスケジュール管理。
  • 日本語と英語でのコミュニケーションが可能であること。

Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and maintain quality assurance and safety protocols
  • Maintain a keen awareness of how the brand is being represented and demonstrate a relentless pursuit of meeting the brand promise
  • Execution of processes and procedures to ensure consistency with objectives
  • Manage an efficient operation with a strong fiscal awareness to continuously ensure the proper execution of resources
  • Be a key leader in the planning and execution of any additional programming.
  • Recruitment of new guiding and instructing staff, and everything that would pertain to that
  • Relate to other departments of NAC to ensure smooth daily operations
  • Daily scheduling for guide and instructor staff.
  • Comfortable communicating in Japanese and English

Leadership

  • Relentless pursuit to create and maintain a culture of safety and fun within the organization
  • Lead, motivate, and support a large team within a demanding environment
  • Create, monitor, and execute training programs for incoming guides as well as continuing education programs for existing guides
  • Maintain constant communication with management and staff to ensure proper operations of the department
  • Create and utilize key tools and metrics to measure team results and hold the team accountable to established goals and objectives
  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, holidays, and during other NAC events as needed

Physical Demands

The Operation Manager is at times a physical job. An applicant should be confident in their own physical ability.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience working in the outdoor industry
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Organized, enthusiastic, and flexible
  • Wilderness Medicine or First Aid/CPR certifications
  • Degree in Operations Management, Recreation Management, or another related field
  • 5+ years of relevant management experience in operations

Apply

Ross Findlay
[email protected]


Hanazono’s big step forward

Stylish, Luxurious and Elegant
- Hanazono’s big step forward

Niseko Hanazono Resort
New Lifts & Course Information

The long-awaited new Hanazono Lift 1 6-seat hooded detachable chairlift and the all-new 10-person Hanazono Symphony Gondola, both showcasing the very latest in style, luxury, and technology from POMA (France), will finally beunveiled in December 2021.

These new ski lifts represent a huge leap forward in terms of comfort, speed, and convenience for Hanazono guests,
who already flock to Hanazono because of its quality powder snow, interesting terrain, and superior quality facilities.

The new ski lifts have been specifically designed to complement the glamorous look of the new “Hanazono EDGE” restaurant, with its soaring glass walls and cutting-edge roof design. The lifts have been positioned to maximize the breath-taking Hanazono mountain views and provide guests with an unrivaled view of the slopes. The POMA direct drive system, the first of its kind in Japan, will bring a new era of environmental responsibility to snow resort operations, with reduced levels of noise and improved energy efficiency.

New Hanazono Lift 1

The new Hanazono Lift 1 can only be described as the smoothest, most luxurious chairlift in Japan. Dubbed the “Ferrari of Chairlifts” by Powderlife magazine, the new 6-seat detachable hooded chairlift boasts individually embroidered, leather-trimmed, and heated seats, and an individual suspension system for each chair. Moving an industry-leading 3085 persons per hour, the journey of 1589 meters will provide a welcome and cozy respite between runs. Guests will arrive refreshed at the top station and ready to plunge into Hanazono’s renowned powder stashes and variety of courses.

Hanazono Symphony Gondola

Designed by Italy’s Pininfarina, the brand new 10-person Hanazono Symphony Gondola represents the pinnacle of modern gondola design and comfort, and will be the first POMA 10-person Gondola installed in Japan. Each cabin boasts individually embroidered, leather trimmed seats, and an individual suspension system for each cabin. Expansive windows will provide guests with magnificent mountain views as they travel at an industry-leading 5 meters per second. The 1362 meter long Gondola will service Hanazono’s class-leading beginner terrain “Juicy Fruit” via a new intermediate “mid-station”, with intermediate and advanced skiers able to enjoy the new “Colly’s Folly” run commencing from
the top station.

As its name suggests, the Hanazono “Symphony” Gondola is indeed a masterpiece of design, innovation, and excellence. Located adjacent to the elegant Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono, the Hanazono Symphony Gondola is set to provide guests with unrivaled comfort, convenience, and luxury. Powered by direct drive technology, riding the Hanazono Symphony Gondola will provide a sonata of sensory experiences for Hanazono’s esteemed customers.

New Experiences

The new Hanazono ski lifts open new ski terrain and ski courses on the eastern side of the mountain. The arrival of
the Hanazono Symphony Gondola also heralds the commencement of night-skiing at Hanazono, with each gondola cabin boasting its own unique coloured, LED lighting system to light the night sky.

Intermediate Ski course – “Colly’s Folly”

Located on the east side of the famous “Legend of Shinya” ski course and commencing at the top of the new Hanazono Symphony Gondola, you will find the new red (intermediate) course, “Colly’s Folly”. The 550-meter course, just about 1 / 3 right at 20’ish degrees, will suit intermediate and advanced skiers alike. Wide and groomed from side-to-side, “Colly’s Folly” is set to become an all-time favourite for skiers of all standards.

Beginner Ski Course – “Juicy Fruit”

The mid-station of the new Hanazono Symphony Gondola is the entrance to “Juicy Fruit”, a newly fashioned 800-meter green (beginner) ski course with an average slope of just 7 degrees, making it the perfect slope for first-timers and beginners, as well as ski and snowboard students enrolled with Hanazono’s famed in-resort snowsports school “Niseko International Snowsports School” (NISS). “Colly’s Folly” from the east, “Legend of Shinya” from the center, and “Stairway to Heaven” from the west all converge to meet at “Juicy Fruit”.

The new ski lifts at Hanazono will serve not only winter guests but also those who visit Hanazono in the green season. Summer gondola operations will service Hanazono’s new zipline network (set for completion June 2022), as well as Hanazono’s forthcoming light exhibition designed by world renowned artist Bruce Munro (details coming soon). Next time you visit Hanazono, be prepared for a five-star ride as luxurious as the entire Hanazono resort experience is becoming.

Please see the official press release on the Hanazono website.