2021-22 Locals Card

2021-22 Locals Card Offers Announced!

2021/22 Locals Card is HERE!!

This year’s Locals Card is here with tons of benefits for Niseko Tourism Members and their staff.

To support Niseko Tourism’s actions of achieving Sustainability Development Goals, the card itself is made from a more environmentally friendly material, so you can reap the benefits guilt-free!

Check out all the benefits and offers on the Explore Niseko website, or download the Official Niseko App to get all the info.

To get a 2021/22 Locals Card, please apply HERE and bring your identification and proof of the company you work for to the Niseko Tourism office: map here.

Office: Mon – Fri 9:00-18:00

Offers for the 2021-22 Locals Card program will run from 1 Nov, 2021 through 31 Oct, 2022.

Who can get a Locals Card?” – Locals working for Niseko Tourism member organizations can get a Locals Card.

If your company is not a Niseko Tourism member, contact us today and find out how to join!

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:

0136 22 0164

2021 Niseko Summer Shootout Winners

2021 Niseko Summer Shootout Winner Announcement

The 2021 Niseko Summer Shootout has wrapped up, with winners announced online this year.

There were more than 350 entries showcasing the natural beauty of Niseko. Congratulations to the winners and a big thanks to all the participants who joined the competition.

A special thanks to all the sponsors who helped support this great contest: presented by Niseko Tourism with support from NISADE, Rhythm Japan , Gentemstick Niseko ,Summerlife Magazine.

Now drum roll please: here are the winners!

Winning third place: ¥10,000 worth of prizes from Gentemstick and ¥3,000 cash prize is Chad Clark – @seaandsummitmedia.

Chad’s image is a classic look across the layered mountains that can be seen throughout Niseko. Chad found the best place at the right time to get this stunning shot. The smooth colors and layered tones surely impressed the judges.

Winning second place: ¥55,000 worth of prizes from Rhythm Japan and ¥5,000 cash prize is Chris Smith – @chrissmith_really.

Chris shot this incredible photo of sunset rock climbing on the coastline in the area surrounding Niseko. The suspended climber presents a feeling of excitement and anticipation with the imposing rockface on one side and a calm ocean below. The colours are smooth through the sky with a hint of gold on the horizon. An instant classic and a stunning image. Congratulations Chris!

Winning first place: ¥270,000 worth of FREE STAY from NISADE and ¥10,000 cash prize is Takayuki Nagasawa – @takaloao.

This amazing view of Niseko’s famous mountains was skillfully captured by Takayuki Nagasawa. The sunlight illuminates the clouds while silhouetting the imposing mountains. Congratulations on a great image Takayuki Nagasawa!

Congratulations again to all the winners and we’re looking forward to next Summer!

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2021-22 Niseko United Opening Dates

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This season most lifts will be running. Here’s all the info!


  • Opening Date: 4 December 2021
  • Closing Date: 5 May 2022
  • Night Ski: 18 December 2021 – 20 March 2022 (till 7.30pm)

Niseko Village

  • Opening Date: 3 December 2021
  • Closing Date: 3 April 2022
  • Night Ski: 18 December 2021 – 20 March 2022 (till 7pm)

Grand Hirafu

  • Opening Date: 4 December 2021
  • Closing Date: 5 May 2022
  • Night Ski: 18 December 2021 – 20 March 2022 (till 7pm)


Check out the Niseko United website for full Niseko Lift Pass pricing information.

Dates subject to change due to weather conditions.

The latest Niseko United Trail Map for 2021/22 is now available.


2021 Niseko Annupuri Summer Gondola

Niseko Annupuri Summer Gondola Starts July 22nd!


* Please note that the operation of the Niseko Annupuri Summer Gondola has been temporarily suspended due to recent bear sightings.

Niseko Annupuri Summer Gondola Started operation from Thursday, July 22nd through Sunday, October 10th.

Operating Date: weekend and public holiday

Time: 9:00 – 16:30 (Last ride: 16:00)

Fares: Adult 1,300 JPY, Child 650JPY (return tickets)

Adult 790JPY, Child 400 (one-way tickets)

*Child (Age 7-12)

Pending on weather condition, the gondola operating time may vary or be cancelled.


Niseko Summer Shootout 2021

2021 Niseko Summer Shootout Starts Friday, July 16th!

The snow has melted but Instagrammers across the world are still loving and “liking” scenes from Niseko’s green season. To help boost the buzz, Niseko Tourism is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Niseko Summer Shootout.

Just like the winter contest, participants can simply tag #nisekoshootout on Instagram to enter. Share your best and most unique summer moments in Niseko. No matter whether you are enjoying a round of golf, hiking Mt Annupuri or fishing in the Shiribestsu River, we want you to share your awesome Hokkaido summer time with us.

Entries close for the Niseko Summer Shootout on Monday, September 13th. Three winners will be selected by our judging panel and announced on Sunday, September 19th. A short award ceremony will take place during the 2021 Niseko Autumn Food Festival at Niseko Village.

1st Place Prize ¥10,000 cash

2 nights accommodation in 1 x 2-bedroom apartment in Snow Crystal (valued at ¥270,000), sponsored by NISADE *Terms&Conditions Applied

2nd Place Prize ¥5,000 cash

Rhythm Japan special prize pack (valued at ¥55,000)

3rd Place Prize ¥3,000 cash

Gentemstick special prize pack (valued at ¥10,000)

The team from Summerlife will also choose one photo to fill the pages of the next issue of Summerlife magazine.

Follow @nisekoshootout to see your shots feature and get an idea of what the judges are looking for.

The contest is presented by Niseko Tourism with support from NISADE, Rhythm Japan , Gentemstick Niseko and Summerlife Magazine.

*Please make sure you don’t tag @nisekoshootout – rather be sure to use the hashtag #nisekoshootout so the judges can see your picture.

Full contest rules:

  • All images using #nisekoshootout taken and posted between 1 July 2021 – 13 September 2021 in the Shiribeshi Iburi region are eligible.
  • Three winners will be selected from all entries by a panel of judges. The contest will be run in an open format with no sub-categories.
  • Judges will be asked to assess images based on the following criteria: Visual Impact, Creativity, Composition, Point of Interest, Lighting, & Originality.
  • The winner is the photographer. The poster and/or subject may be credited if different from the photographer, but the winner is the photographer.
  • Terms and Conditions for 1st Place Prize – 2 nights accommodation in 1 x 2-bedroom apartment (max 4pax in total) in Snow Crystal; breakfast not included; stay dates valid for winter 2021/22 (1 Dec, 2021 – 31 Mar, 2022. Blackout during 18 Dec, 2021 – 3 Jan, 2022 and 24 Jan – 6 Feb, 2022); subject to availability; the prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.

2021 Niseko Summer Bus Schedule

2021 Niseko Summer Bus Schedule is Here!

Summer is here and here is the shuttle available to help you get around the Niseko area.

Due to COVID-19, the Kutchan Night Go Bus is suspended this summer.

You can download the PDF Here.

Make sure to download the FREE official Niseko app to have all the useful Niseko area information available in the palm of your hand!

2021 Lupicia Summer Operation

Come Enjoy La villa LUPICIA Restaurant & Beer Garden.

La villa LUPICIA Restaurant is open on the following dates.

LUNCH: 11am – 2:30pm(LO)
DINNER – Beer Garden Style: 3pm – 7pm(LO)
HOLIDAY: Mondays & Tuesdays *Subject to change in case of public holidays
Enjoy the original Yotei Beer at the outdoor beer garden with delicious meals and wonderful music in the cool summer breeze!
* Will be held indoors in case of rain.

Gentemstick Niseko Showroom & The Snowsurf Shop

Gentemstick Niseko Showroom & The Snowsurf Shop Opens from Saturday, July 3rd!

Starting Saturday, July 3rd, GENTEMSTICK NISEKO SHOWROOM & THE SNOWSURF SHOP will open for summer along with their cafe.

The 21-22 GENTEMSTICK lineup and other surf/skate goods are available at the Niseko shop. Make sure to come check it out, enjoy some coffee and check out the new mini ramp, too!

Shop Hour: 11am-6pm

Cafe Hour: 9am-5pm (LO 4:40pm)

Gentem Ramp Hour: 11 am to 6 pm.
Adult 500 yen, child 250 yen / day
Booking is not needed.

*CLOSED Thursdays (open on Japanese public holidays)

2021 Niseko Summer Specials Released

Escape to Niseko for the Coolest Summer Holiday! 

Niseko Tourism says this summer offers a unique opportunity for Japan-based travellers to experience its “green-season”.

Niseko’s summer is ripe for all sorts of fresh gourmet food experiences and outdoor activities.

Without international visitors this summer, there are great deals on accommodations, activities and restaurants/bars.

Visitors this summer can also be among the first to try Hokkaido’s biggest tree-trekking course which has just opened at Niseko’s Hanazono Resort.

Niseko Tourism Marketing Director Acme Wu says Niseko makes the perfect base to stay and explore Southwest Hokkaido.

“Within 60 minutes drive there are dozens of Hokkaido’s most famous scenic spots,” Acme says.

“For example, visitors staying in Niseko can easily visit Shakotan for the freshest sea urchin (uni).

“Lake Toya offers a range of dining and activity options on and around the lake, which is one of the most picturesque spots in Japan.

“Another coastal town Yoichi is famous for its spectacular wineries and whisky distiller, and it’s also one of the best places to try fruit picking while overlooking the Sea of Japan coastline.”

There are dozens of activities in and around Niseko to suit all ages including: rafting, SUP boarding, kayaking , canyoning, tree trekking (three parks to choose from), mountain biking and electric biking (hire available), hiking, and more! Not to mention more than 20 different onsens for guests to relax and rejuvenate after all the fun during the day.

Niseko is becoming a famous international dining destination, so there is no better time for domestic travellers to come and see what the world is talking about – from Michelin-star restaurants to various local favourites, visitors can enjoy Japanese and international cuisine.

Niseko also has the best resort accommodation in Japan, with the best ever prices available now.

Choose from five-star hotels, self-contained apartments, or stand alone houses or cottages.

View special offers at Niseko Summer Specials 2021  on

  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • Restaurants/bars