Mountain Lights and Fire Goddess Performance on September 16 & 23

Come Enjoy this Unique Experience of Mountain Lights and Fire Goddess Performance!

Immerse yourself in the world of “Mountain Light and Fire Goddess Performance” that will take place on stage in the spectacular light art installation “Mountain Lights“.
Come and enjoy the unique and miraculous synchronized session of the sound of Mukkuri, a traditional instrument of the Ainu people, echoing through the Hanazono forest, the collaboration of fire dances and fireworks performed to the music, and the dance of the Ainu sword covered with flames.


Date: Saturday, September 16 and 23, 2023
Time: 18:20-18:40 (Fireworks start at 18:30)
Place: Mountain Lights venue, Niseko Hanazono Resort
Price: Admission free *Mountain Lights admission tickets are required to view the performance up close.

More details HERE Welcomes International Adventurers to Its Japan Based Nature-experience Platform Welcomes International Adventurers to Its Japan Based Nature-experience Platform, the innovative Japanese experience platform, is a curated marketplace of delightful outdoor experiences that encompass a wide variety of carefully selected adventures, from private meditations in Kyoto to backcountry skiing in Hokkaido.

Originally launched in Japan only, the platform is now open to all international adventure enthusiasts, with Japan offering an incredibly rich and diverse set of nature-based activities that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime – but preferably, many times over!

Why is this important? Japan’s indigenous religion, Shinto, is characterized by a deep reverence for nature and the natural world, emphasizing the interconnectedness of humans and nature. Shinto teaches that humans are an integral part of the natural world and should strive to live in harmony with it, and the Kammui team believes that, in our modern, digitized and urbanized world, there is an increasing need to reassert our connection with nature. Scientific research continues to confirm that a connection with nature has important physical and mental health benefits, and so Kammui’s mission is simple: to create optimal pathways back to nature, leading to health, spirituality and sustainability.

Kammui was launched by Japanese-British entrepreneur Maximilian Mackee in 2022, inspired by Max’s love for backcountry snowboarding in the mountains of Japan.

The Kammui experience platform is the result, and provides its community with direct and seamless access to nature through its experienced guides and authentic nature based experiences, and with the pandemic now well behind us, seeing both domestic and international travel roaring back to life, people across the globe are seeking to reconnect with nature as never before.

Japan’s mesmerizing natural landscapes are amongst the world’s finest, and capitalizes on this in a genuinely authentic way, matching global adventure seekers with unforgettable experiences that are beautifully blended with Japanese culture.

For those seeking an even more curated and personalized experience, the company has given a sneak peek of Kammui+, which adds a new membership tier that even more discerning adventure seekers wanting the highest quality experiences will want to explore.

However, the platform is absolutely seeing the desire to reconnect with nature in passionately authentic ways, and we are excited to welcome not only our valued domestic users, but the global adventure seekers back to Japan to experience the best that Japan has to offer.

Not only does Kammui contribute to sustainability initiatives in partnership with Leave No Trace Japan, but Kammui is  working with a number of global ambassadors to help highlight Japan’s incredible nature. Kammui’s newest ambassador is the James Beard award winning Californian chef and author Stuart Brioza.

“Kammui takes adventure experiences to the next level, offering  deeper meaning and connection to a brilliant range of  Japanese nature experiences. Our upcoming Kammui+ service will enhance this even further, but we welcome you with open arms to see the Kammui experience platform for yourself, and to make sure you’re not missing out on the incredible world-class experiences Japan has to offer,” says Max Mackee,  Japanese-British founder of Kammui.

Kammui is proud to be backed by a number of influential individuals in the Japanese culture scene, including designer and artist Hiroshi Fujiwara, soccer star and investor Keisuke Honda, renowned product designer Ian Spalter, notable economist Jesper Koll and many more.

Kammui invites outdoor enthusiasts to visit the website at and for those interested in even more, to explore Kammui+.

About Kammui:

At Kammui, we believe in the transformative power of nature and the profound impact it can have on our well-being and spirituality. Launched in September 2022, Kammui partners with over 100 of the finest guides and operators across Japan to curate a diverse range of premium activities that allow people to connect with nature in memorable ways.

Kammui+ builds upon this solid foundation by offering access to a private concierge service, exclusive experiences and events and discounts from outdoor brands and other partners. Committed to environmental stewardship and responsible travel, Kammui+ aims to redefine outdoor experiences and foster a vibrant community while helping more people integrate nature into their lives.

Kammui+ members will also gain access to private members-only properties across Japan. These partner properties include Tokyo Classic Camp, Eat Play Works, Sunset Park Club, and Village Inc.

About the Founder

Maximilian Mackee

Max is a Japanese-British entrepreneur, lawyer and DJ who lived in Tokyo until the age 9 before moving to Europe. After graduating from the University of Nottingham, Max practiced as a lawyer in the U.K while running a music label and Djing.  Upon returning to Japan in 2006, he fell in love with the mountains of Japan through backcountry snowboarding. Max started in 2022, with the aim to connect more people to nature and positively impact health, spirituality and sustainability. 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Katia Shabanova

Public Relations Manager, Kammui+

Phone: +49(0)551-4886705 (Germany)

Email: [email protected]

2023 Niseko Hirafu Green Park Starts from July 15th, 2023

2023 Niseko Hirafu Green Park Starts from July 15th through September 3rd!

The summer-long Niseko Hirafu Green Park is kicking off from Saturday, July 15th through Sunday, September 3rd, 2023.

You can enjoy local food, try out different activities including mountain bike, and special CINEMA CARAVAN from August 11th -13th.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, July 15th – Sunday, September 3rd.

*CINEMA CARAVAN in Niseko from Friday, August 11th to Sunday, August 13th.

Time: 10:00 ~18:00 (Sunday – Friday); 11:00~21:00 (Saturday and special period: 7/15~7/17、8/6~8/13、9/1~9/3)

Location: Hirafu Central Park next to Hirafu #1 Parking

*The event schedule might change pending on weather.

For more details, please check HERE

2023 Sky Bus Niseko

2023 Sky Bus Starts from July 15th.

2023 Sky Bus Niseko is scheduled to start from Saturday, July 15th, 2023.

For Niseko Panorama Line, the operation period is July 15th through September 3rd.

For Niseko Night Line, the operation period is July 22nd through August 15th.

No reservation required.

FEE: Adult 1,500JPY, Child: 750JPY. (10% off when you purchase online)

Find out more information HERE.

Check out the route and time table below.

For inquiries, please call 070.1305.7914 or email: [email protected]

GPlusMedia Inc. Supporting Niseko for Hiring Needs

GPlusMedia Inc. Supports Businesses in Niseko Finding the Best Talent for Their Multinational Hiring Needs

GPlusMedia Inc. is pleased to announce its recent admission to the Niseko Promotion Board! We are excited to help promote Niseko as Asia’s premiere year-round resort destination and to support businesses in Niseko.

GPlusMedia produces Japan’s most-used English-language employment, news and information websites, including GaijinPot, CareerEngine, JapanToday, Real Estate Japan and Savvy Tokyo.

GaijinPot, Japan’s number one website for foreigners living, working, and studying in Japan, has been a mainstay for over 25 years and has helped more than 8,000 companies advertise and hire foreign and bilingual staff across a wide range of industries.

Helping in Niseko since 2004

Over 2,150 active job seekers in Hokkaido are registered on GaijinPot. This number is growing at about seven percent a year and every month we deliver thousands of applications to businesses in Hokkaido.

Since 2004, GaijinPot has been helping Niseko businesses recruit bilingual Japanese and foreign job seekers currently in Japan and overseas.

Below are one-month application results averaged from 60 Niseko-based companies advertising job openings on GaijinPot and CareerEngine.

Hotel Guest Services 150 applications /mo

Reservation, Sales 120 applications /mo

International Marketing 120 applications /mo

Food and Beverage Staff 90 applications /mo

Bilingual Operations Staff 50 applications /mo

Real Estate Sales 40 applications /mo

Web Developer 35 applications /mo

Facility Maintenance 30 applications /mo

Experienced Ski Patrol 25 applications /mo

For more information, contact Ryan Nagle, [email protected], GaijinPot Jobs Manager

Rhythm Japan Launches Year-Round Activity Centre at Rhythm Base, Niseko

Breaking free from its winter roots, Rhythm Japan is primed to unveil an exhilarating world of summer activities, an expanded retail assortment, and a game-changing bike rental range to the Niseko region as their Base store transforms into a fully serviced Activity Centre.

Niseko-based sports and lifestyle brand, Rhythm Japan, has announced the launch of year-round services at Rhythm Base – their flagship Niseko store – for the first time in its history.

Known for its winter offerings, Rhythm Japan is excited to expand its operations to include summer activities, expanded summer retail range, and bike rentals at the Rhythm Base Activity Centre in Niseko. Opening its doors for the season on June 3rd, 2023, the store will be open 7 days a week from 8am-6pm.

The Rhythm Base Activity Centre will offer a wide range of activities for visitors, including indoor bouldering complete with a kilter board, indoor skate mini ramp, outdoor skate park, outdoor pump track, outdoor trampoline, and outdoor slackline. The location will be a hub for the community with ongoing events throughout the summer, and will provide visiting outdoor enthusiasts with an array of exciting bike rental options, including E-bikes, Road Bikes, and Mountain Bikes, from leading bicycle brand Specialized.

The year-round location features various onsite facilities, including happy hours at Rhythm & Beans Coffee, retail shop, communal workspace, and Tunes bike workshop. Rhythm & Beans Coffee is a cozy spot to charge up before an active day, while the Summer retail shop offers the latest products from top outdoor brands. The communal workspace provides an opportunity for remote workers to catch up on emails or take a call, and the Tunes bike workshop techs are on hand for any repairs.

According to Rhythm Base Summer Manager, Sean Potts: “We are thrilled to offer our customers a year-round destination to enjoy the best of Niseko. Our team has worked hard to create a unique experience that caters to all ages and interests. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the new  Rhythm Base Activity Centre in Niseko this summer and beyond.”

Established in 2005, Rhythm Japan is a premier provider of year-round outdoor rental, retail, and lesson/guiding services in Japan’s top mountain resorts. Rhythm Japan’s extensive on-site facilities stock the world’s most reputable brands and include tuning workshops, boot fitting services, and cafes. The Rhythm Japan retail division offers year-round mountain wear, and their flagship store in Niseko is a community activity centre, featuring pump track, bouldering walls, trampolines, and more.

At Rhythm Japan, the passionate employees live and breathe the mountain lifestyle and strive to instil that same passion in all of their customers. Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, hiking, or mountain biking, they provide everything visitors and the local community need to enjoy the ultimate mountain experience.

To learn more about Rhythm Japan and their latest offerings for all seasons, visit Sign up for the newsletter and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date.


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Grandpapa Lodge - Green Season Staff

Grandpapa lodge is looking for staffs for green season.
Free Private staff dormitory in Hirafu
Japanese owner runs a small lodge since 1986. We are not perfect English speaker, but all of our team like to learn new languages and have more experience with foreign people who have different culture!
Please feel free to ask, if you have any questions.


Work exchange : 1 hour for Free accommodation (free food and free 50cc motor bike rental)
Part timer : 3-4 hours
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2022-23 Niseko Tourism Weekly Winter Videos

Niseko Fans Worldwide Love New Weekly Video Reports

More than 670,000 people watched Niseko Tourism’s new weekly video series in winter 2022/23.

Niseko Tourism’s dynamic marketing team produced one fresh new snow and resort updates video each week from January and March – 12 reports in total.

These were posted across Niseko Tourism’s social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and shared from there by various local and international media.

The aim of the project was to show the world key aspects of Niseko’s winter season through a regularly updated, engaging content format.

Niseko Tourism Chief Marketing Officer Acme Wu said that it was important to publish resort-wide content that created an immersive viewing experience for potential tourists.

“We want to make sure people around the world know that Niseko is MORE than just the amazing snow,” Wu said.

“These videos allow people who aren’t in the resort to get a sense of the true atmosphere of Niseko in winter and create a mesmerizing image for anyone thinking about coming to Niseko.

“Ultimately we believe that if people were to get even a sample of what it’s really like here in winter, they would not hesitate to make it their next winter destination.”

Each video highlights current weather and snow conditions as well as events and resort updates.

Importantly, the videos also highlight the local experiences including dining and activities such as onsen and the launch of Hanazono Zipflight.

Additionally, Niseko Tourism produced and released two additional videos covering the Niseko Shootout ProAm photography contest and Short Film Festival event.

A number of videos feature interviews with pro riders including Christy Prior, a professional snowboarder from New Zealand.

The video with Christy Prior highlights her journey through Niseko as she enjoys local onsen, dining, hotel stays at both Andaru Niseko and Chalet Ivy and of course Niseko’s powder snow.

Another video featured professional skier, artist, filmmaker and co-founder of ski brand Season Equipment, “Eric Pollard” from the USA.

The industry legend discussed what keeps him coming back to Niseko and what makes the area so unique.

These videos were presented in English, as the resort largely attracts visitors from overseas, but Niseko Tourism believed it was important to always include Japanese subtitles to continue encouraging domestic interest in the region.

Based on the success of this year’s project which was created fully in-house, Niseko Tourism has plans to create and publish similar videos next winter.

Subscribe to Niseko Tourism’s newsletter and follow Niseko Tourism at the links below to make sure you receive the videos in your social media feeds next winter:





Email: [email protected]

Phone: (+81)136-21-2551

2023 Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival Wrap Up

Non-Ski/Snowboard Film Wins Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival for The First Time!

A mini-documentary on a much-loved 88-year-old local artist has won this winter’s Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival held at Hanazono Ski Resort.

It’s the first time in the event’s five-year history that a non-ski/snowboard-related film has trumped the field.

Painter is an artistic, 4-minute-long film following a day in the life of Shigeru Tokumaru, one of Niseko’s most loved artisans.

Filmmaker Toshi Pander won ¥180,000 in prize money thanks to Niseko Shootout major sponsor Don Julio 1942 Tequila – who also supplied a shot of tequila to festival goers on arrival.

Niseko Shootout founder Winse Heyward said he was excited to see more diversity in the entries this year.

“It’s great to see our film festival growing in size and depth over the years,” Winse said.

“We’ve now got films that are not just about the amazing skiing and snowboarding but also the spirit and uniqueness of the local people, making it a true Niseko cultural event.”

More than 400 people packed Hanazono EDGE – Hanazono Ski Resort’s premier slopeside dining hall – on Friday March 17 for the fun-filled 2-hour event.

Hanazono EDGE also provided food and drink specials for guests, with a roving beer-vendor pouring draught beer from a keg strapped to her back (as is seen at Japanese baseball games).

In all, there were 16 short movies entered by filmmakers from within Japan and internationally from the USA, Austria, New Zealand, Argentina, UK and more.

Judge Ryunosuke Tanaka said the judging was difficult due to the variety and individuality of the entries.

“Among the works that conveyed the charms of Niseko from unique perspectives, Toshi’s Painter stood out from the crowd”, Tanaka-san said.

“Beginning with a quiet but powerful Niseko landscape and moving to focus on the painter, Tokumaru-san, the beauty of the images continues to the point where one can almost feel his breath.

“As the Niseko area has a very high awareness of powder snow, skiing, and snowboarding, exciting powder riding pieces are inspiring, but Painter does not include any skiing scenes.

“However, it gives us a strong sense of the people who live and work here.”

Taking second place Niseko Daydreams, a film by Austrians Bernhard Braun and Mattias Wehinger following skiers exploring the magical Niseko backcountry terrain and enjoying local onsens and hospitality.

In third place was another biographical short documentary, Envision, by Yuichi Ishida and featuring the local legendary calligrapher Yoko Arano.

Ioanna Morelli, Niseko Tourism director and event subcommittee member said it was great to see the return of the festival to Hanazono this season.

“The quality of filming, editing and storytelling in each short showcased Niseko as a visually stunning and culturally rich environment.

“Congratulations to winner Toshi Pander and thank you to everyone who participated to make this year epic.”

All the films can be watched on the Niseko Tourism YouTube channel.

The winners of the Season-long #NisekoShootout Instagram Contest were also announced during the event.

All images uploaded to Instagram and hashtagged #nisekoshootout this winter were eligible, with almost 900 entries in the three categories – Ski, Snowboard, Open.

2022-23 Niseko Shootout Winners (View all photos on Nisekoshoot Instagram)

Skiing Category Snowboarding Category Open Category
1st Place: Teddy Laycock @teddylaycock for his shot with James Winfield  @thejameswinfield 1st Place: Agustin Villalba @austinpowder for his shot of Stefan Boers @stefanboers 1st Place: Greg Homann @nisekosnowboard
2nd Place: James Winfield @thejameswinfield for his shot with Chris Davenport @steepskiing 2nd Place: Kage @kagephoto for his shot with Makoto Yamada @fs5050 2nd Place: Jack Woods @woodsy_8
3rd Place: Ruairidh Squair @ruairidhs for his shot with rider Chris Smith @chrissmith_really 3rd Place: Troy Daniel @somethingblack and

Saki Hayashi @saki_chow

3rd Place: Chad Clark



Make sure to follow Niseko Shootout &  Niseko Tourism social media to find out more about the Niseko Shootout Summer contest.

Thanks again to all our sponsors & partners and until next year.

Kutchan Kosei Hospital Announcement

Useful Tips from The Kutchan Kosei General Hospital

1.Please come to the hospital during regular consultation hours

  • If you wish to seek medical attention, please come to our hospital during regular consultation hours. You can not make an appointment for your initial consultation. If it is a first visit, please come to the hospital directly, fill out the registration form and take it to the reception. Everyone is required to wear a facemask inside the hospital. We appreciate your understanding.
  • A long waiting time can occur because patients with appointments are given priority. Therefore, please leave time to spare and come to the hospital early. Please let a nurse know beforehand if you must leave the hospital before a particular time. Please note that payment of medical expenses will be charged even if you cancel the consultation after medical tests or examination.
  • We accept only emergency patients on weekends, holidays, and after regular consultation hours. If you wish to see a doctor outside regular consultation hours, please call the hospital beforehand and check whether it is acceptable. In addition, you may be consulted by a doctor other than a specialist for your symptoms, and you may be asked to visit again within regular consultation hours at a later date. The order of consultation will be decided according to severity so that you may wait for a long time. Also, please understand that limited drugs can be provided at ER.

2.Please bring an identification card  

Please bring your physical identification card, such as a passport, driver’s license, residence card and produce it at the reception. We need to obtain your personal information, such as your name and birthday accurately. Patients with a Japanese national health insurance card must present it at the reception. If you do not have the card with you on the consultation day, pay the full amount by yourself and get a refund later.

3. About payment

You can pay the medical expenses by cash or credit card. (Debit cards are not accepted.) There is no international ATM inside our hospital. Therefore, please prepare some money before coming to the hospital, or bring a valid credit card. Cashless consultation using travel insurance is not available. If you have travel insurance, please pay the full medical expenses by yourself at the hospital and make a claim for the fee to your insurance company later. We can issue medical certificates for you but in Japanese only. If you need one, please tell your doctor that you need a medical certificate. (2,200 yen per certificate) Medical expenses may be expensive if you do not have Japanese national health insurance or travel insurance.

  • Extra fees will be charged at the following time.6 am – 8:30 am and 5 pm – 10 pm on weekdays (nighttime charge)10 pm – 6 am on weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays (late night charge)6 am – 10 pm on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays (holiday charge)

4.Note for Consultation

  • Medicine can not be prescribed without a medical consultation with our doctor, even if you have a prescription from another doctor or are taking the medicine regularly. In addition, according to Japanese law, we cannot give you any medications, such as painkillers, before you see a doctor.
  • Examinations such as MRI can not be performed without prior consultation with a doctor and his/her judgment. Therefore, you may need to wait for several hours or come back at a later date.
  • We don’t arrange ambulances at the hospital. Please call 119 by yourself if it is needed. Since the number of ambulances in the area is limited, please REFRAIN FROM CALLING AN AMBULANCE if the condition is not severe or you can come by yourself with someone’s assistant. Please use a car or a Taxi if possible. Even if you come to the hospital by ambulance, you can not go back to your home or accommodation by ambulance. Please arrange a car or a tax by yourself for the return. (Taxies are not available between 2am to 6am)
  • Psychiatric consultation is by appointment only. Please contact us by telephone in advance.
  • We can not respond to telephone or email correspondence from overseas insurance companies. If they need any information from us, they have to contact a Japanese agent, and the Japanese agent to contact us for the information.
  • English Interpreters are available between 8:30am – 6:30pm during winter. From 6:30pm until 8:30am, we have a videophone interpreter available. If you need an interpreter other than an English interpreter, we recommend you arrange an interpreter by yourself.
  •   Please follow the instructions of our staff while you are in the hospital. Please note that you may be asked to leave if you do not follow our instructions.

Kutchan-Kosei General Hospital

Higashi1-2,Kita4Jo,Kutchan-cho,Abuta-gun,Hokkai-do 044-0004 ,JAPAN

TEL: +81-136-22-1141