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Niseko Summer 2021

Summer in Niseko is all about sunshine, beautiful views, and adventure. The weather is mild and there are many amazing hikes and activities to enjoy.

Generous Green Season Offers

During summer many of Niseko's famous activities and hiking trails are open with some offering great discounts or special offers. Some of Niseko's best accommodations are offering excellent specials as well to make your trip complete. Check out all the current deals below!

Shiba sakura garden

Weather

Throughout summer, temperatures are comfortably mild with relatively low humidity. The trees are green and there are many flowers and gardens to see and enjoy.

Adventure

There is so much to see and do in Niseko throughout the summer!

  • Clean Air
  • Mountain Views
  • Open Spaces
  • Adventurous Activities
  • Space to Relax
Shiribetsu River Rafting
Accommodation Nisade

Accommodation

  • Up to 65% Off

Summer Early Bird: Up to 20% OFF when booking early


Summer Long Stay: Up to 65% OFF for long stay (start from 8 nights or more)


Complimentary upgrades to Penthouse Suites


Enjoy up to 40% off on stays of 2 nights or more this Summer


15% off chalets for new bookings made until 31 July 2021, for stays from 14 April until 22 November 2021.


Stay 3 nights of more and get 20% off


Save up to 70% on summer long stays.
Bigger savings for stays of 20 nights or more.


Summer Advance Purchase
Save up to 43% on 4 night packages and up to 26% on 2 night packages


Hiking Niseko

Things To Do

  • Adventures in Niseko

Summer class pass discount for Niseko visitors. 5 classes for 11,250 yen. 10 classes for 20,000 yen.


2021 Rafting Private Boat 1-7 persons 20,000yen


Online discount: 20% off, returning guest discount: 30% off, and many more!


Dining

  • Great Places to Eat & Drink

10% off food and drink


10% off eat-in and 20% off take-out. Daily lunch specials. Free lassi, coffee, or chai with lunch set if you show this ad. Pre-marinated chicken to grill at home, ¥600 for 400 grams.


10% off for Locals & Miru Invitation Sign up


Happy hour from 5pm – 8pm. Discounts on various cocktails and drinks


Check out the latest issue of our Wine and Dine



Niseko Bebot

Niseko Tourism Chatbot Updated For Summer

Niseko Tourism Launches Summer Chatbot

Niseko Wi-Fi

Niseko Tourism launches the summer version of the popular AI Chatbot known as “Bebot” today. The information within the chatbot has been renewed and updated with summer focused advice to help tourists throughout the green season. Simplified and Traditional Chinese has also been added to accommodate the growing interest from international tourists from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

This Chatbot is part of an overall greater plan for the area to evolve into a world class “smart resort”, positioning Niseko at the forefront of the tourism industry. The concept of “smart resorts” is fast becoming a reality across the tourism industry globally, making vital information and meaningful interactions possible through travelers’ smart devices.

Niseko Tourism has been using Bebot since 1st December 2020, and was also adopted by some of the biggest brands in the area. Throughout winter Bebot was used by the Niseko United ski resorts, including Hanazono, Grand Hirafu, Annupuri as well as Kutchan Town and Niseko Bus. Pop-up tents featuring QR codes were installed at locations throughout the area including large accommodation providers and tourism hubs.

“Bebot” is used throughout the tourism industry in Japan by some of the most recognizable brands such as Narita Airport, Hotel New Otani as well as cities such as Toyama, and Mie. It is also expanding overseas with use at Tampa International Airport in the USA as well as Star Alliance in Germany.

Bebot is now available on the Niseko Tourism website, the Niseko App and Niseko Public WiFi.

  • Fact Sheet:
    Bebot is developed by Tokyo based company “Bespoke”, which was established in 2015
  • Niseko Tourism officially launched winter version of Bebot on 1st December 2020
  • Bebot is available in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese

About Niseko Tourism:
Niseko Tourism is the official destination marketing organisation for the Niseko area. It is a non-profit, member-based marketing organisation that was established in 2007 and now represents over 400 members in the region.

Contact:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (+81)136-21-2551

Niseko Bebot

Mt Yotei View

Summer Specials 2021

Niseko Summer 2021

Summer in Niseko is all about sunshine, beautiful views, and adventure. The weather is mild and there are many amazing hikes and activities to enjoy.

Generous Green Season Offers

During summer many of Niseko's famous activities and hiking trails are open with some offering great discounts or special offers. Some of Niseko's best accommodations are offering excellent specials as well to make your trip complete. Check out all the current deals below!

Shiba sakura garden

Weather

Throughout summer, temperatures are comfortably mild with relatively low humidity. The trees are green and there are many flowers and gardens to see and enjoy.

Adventure

There is so much to see and do in Niseko throughout the summer!

  • Clean Air
  • Mountain Views
  • Open Spaces
  • Adventurous Activities
  • Space to Relax
Shiribetsu River Rafting
Accommodation Nisade

Accommodation

  • Up to 65% Off

Summer Early Bird: Up to 20% OFF when booking early


Summer Long Stay: Up to 65% OFF for long stay (start from 8 nights or more)


Complimentary upgrades to Penthouse Suites


Enjoy up to 40% off on stays of 2 nights or more this Summer


15% off chalets for new bookings made until 31 July 2021, for stays from 14 April until 22 November 2021.


Stay 3 nights of more and get 20% off


Save up to 70% on summer long stays.
Bigger savings for stays of 20 nights or more.


Summer Advance Purchase
Save up to 43% on 4 night packages and up to 26% on 2 night packages


Hiking Niseko

Things To Do

  • Adventures in Niseko

Summer class pass discount for Niseko visitors. 5 classes for 11,250 yen. 10 classes for 20,000 yen.


2021 Rafting Private Boat 1-7 persons 20,000yen


Online discount: 20% off, returning guest discount: 30% off, and many more!


Dining

  • Great Places to Eat & Drink

10% off food and drink


10% off eat-in and 20% off take-out. Daily lunch specials. Free lassi, coffee, or chai with lunch set if you show this ad. Pre-marinated chicken to grill at home, ¥600 for 400 grams.


10% off for Locals & Miru Invitation Sign up


Happy hour from 5pm – 8pm. Discounts on various cocktails and drinks


Check out the latest issue of our Wine and Dine



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


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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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.


Niseko Shibazakura

Shiba Sakura Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour in Niseko - Mishima-san's Shiba Sakura Garden in Kutchan

Mishima-san’s Shiba Sakura garden in Kutchan is one of the most famous sights in the whole Niseko area. The garden blooms with a sea of pink and white flowers from the end of May to the middle of June. This garden is meticulously cared for by Mishima-san, who owns and lives at the garden.

Now you can experience the joys of walking through this garden yourself virtually. Immerse yourself in this 360 video and look around Mishima-san’s amazing shiba sakura garden.

Interact with the virtual tour by dragging the screen with your mouse or by moving your mobile device around to see the garden from any angle you want. Turn your volume up to hear the natural sounds of the forest and to get the best experience.

This video was made possible with the Insta360 One X2 360 camera.

Shiba sakura garden