Niseko Village Announces Niseko-yo

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Niseko Village Announces Niseko-yo

Embracing the white season with distinction: dive into the world of niseko-yo, where luxury, remarkable gastronomy, and hokkaido's rich culture unfold under renowned snowfall.

As the “Aspen of the East” adorns itself with a shimmering blanket of snow, Niseko Village garners global attention, not just for its snowfall and champagne powder, but for the enriched lifestyle experiences it promises. Central to this year’s winter allure is the unveiling of Niseko-yo, a testament to the harmonious blend of gastronomy, shopping, and vibrant nightlife.

In the embrace of Hokkaido’s pristine environment, Niseko Village proudly wears the accolade of its staggering 18-meter annual snowfall. The mesmerising dance of the Siberian winds with the Sea of Japan’s moisture crafts a powdery paradise, a magnet for winter sports enthusiasts the world over.

Experience the magic and excitement of the Niseko-yo launch in our teaser video here.

Gastronomic Delights Await

Niseko-yo ushers in a culinary renaissance to Niseko, solidifying its reputation as an eternal haven for epicureans with several pioneering gastronomic delights. At the forefront is ‘Gogyo powered by Ippudo’, renowned globally for its ramen mastery. By daylight, it tantalises with its distinctive ramen and coveted side dishes. As twilight envelops the village, it metamorphoses into a vibrant izakaya, unveiling a spectrum of flavours derived from seasonal ingredients, impeccably grilled.

The gastronomic odyssey is further enriched with Baby Crosta, the latest addition to the internationally acclaimed pizza brand Crosta Pizzeria. Making the list of the Top 10 Pizzerias in Asia-Pacific and bringing home the World Pizza of the Year 2023 award from 50 Top Pizza, Crosta adds its unique approach to pizza by launching the first-ever Roman-style pizza in Japan’s powder haven. Moreover, the experience is elevated at Pizza Bianca, an intimate chef’s table nestled within. Led by Chef Yuichi Ito, awarded the Best Pizzaiolo 2022 in Japan, this will be the first Pizza Omakase experience in Niseko, taking pizza indulgence to an unparalleled art form.

Further culinary highlights include the mouthwatering yakiniku of Hokkaien, Long Tang’s delectable dim sum that transports one to Shanghai, the artful sushi and tempura presentations of Yang Shu Ten, authentically crafted Italian delicacies with Japanese precision by Moka, and the spicy allure of Chuan’s celebrated Sichuan hotpot.

Refined Liquid Indulgences 

By day, Chuya, the teahouse by Higashiyama Niseko Village, a distinguished Ritz-Carlton Reserve, serves an array of sweet and savoury delights, beautifully juxtaposed against Niseko’s captivating snowy backdrop. This serene enclave is a testament to the spiritual essence of Japan, inviting guests to relish meticulously crafted pastries and perfectly steeped teas — emblematic of both the deep-seated Japanese tradition and the distinct touch of Higashiyama Niseko Village.

As dusk descends, Chuya unveils its elegant alter ego — Chuya bar by night. For the 23-24 season, this pulsating cocktail haven partners with the esteemed Penrose by Jon Lee, hailed among Asia’s 50 Best Bars of 2023. Together with six other renowned cocktail establishments from Asia, Chuya Bar by Night introduces a ‘Taste of Asia’ experience. This cocktail symphony is shaped by the genius of bar maestros from Bar Leon (Hong Kong, China), Night Hawk (Singapore), Teens of Thailand & Mahaniyom (Bangkok), Zest (Seoul), and Indulge Bistro (Taipei, China). Guests are presented with an enchanting array of drinks, ideal for sipping amidst the breathtaking winter sights of Niseko.

Luxury At Your Fingertips

Niseko-yo introduces two stellar retail destinations, ensuring guests are spoilt for choice when gearing up for winter. Village Sports is poised to cater to all skiing requirements, showcasing a range of skis, snowboards, and winter apparel alongside much coveted custom bootfitting services. On the other hand, The Holiday Project exudes alpine sophistication, presenting curated pieces that echo both adventure and elegance.

For a comprehensive understanding of these offerings, please refer to the Niseko-yo Offerings Booklet attached.

Mandala Club’s Exclusive Winter Soiree in Niseko

This winter, Mandala Club, in alliance with YTL Hotels, rolls out the red carpet, offering a matchless ski-in ski-out experience deep in the heart of Niseko Village. Starting December, guests can savour Mandala Club’s signature cultural experiences. A visit to POPI’s promises curated gastronomic delights, while the ‘Snow Parlour’ brings a harmonious blend of music and Japanese-inspired cocktails. For an experience steeped in exclusivity, potential visitors should register at mandala.club/niseko/.

Lighting up Niseko with Art

Adding to the Village’s essence is its dedication to the arts. As you wander the expanses of this winter haven, the transformative power of art becomes evident. Celebrated artists like Frank Woo and Emi Shiratori have left their indelible marks, offering guests a sensory exploration of nature and heritage. Entrusted with the responsibility of creating wayfinding sculptures, Woo masterfully offers a harmonious blend of heritage and contemporary design. His evocative pieces serve as more than mere aesthetic landmarks; they are storytellers, narrating Hokkaido’s rich folklore and traditions.

Guiding visitors through Niseko’s picturesque vistas are his symbolic creations: the majestic Hokkaido Brown Bear, embodying the might of the wilderness; the playful Red Fox, encapsulating the region’s spirit; and the ethereal ‘snow fairy’, the Long-tailed Tit, paying tribute to Hokkaido’s magical natural lore. At Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Woo’s artistry further unfolds. Outdoor sculptures beautifully mimic snow flurries, and radiant installations shimmer, mirroring the interplay of sun and moon. This continuous celebration of nature’s beauty extends to The Green Leaf, where Emi Shiratori’s creations resonate deeply with every brushstroke, paying a heartfelt homage to Hokkaido’s natural marvels.

As night descends on Niseko-yo, pathways are bathed in luminescence, enhanced by cutting-edge projections that weave traditional and contemporary tales. These illuminated trails are not merely routes but are immersive artistic odysseys. Every footstep deepens one’s connection to the region’s heritage, establishing Niseko as a sensory journey, inviting all to immerse in its rich culture and ever-evolving narrative.

Niseko Village: The Premier Winter Destination

While the charm of Niseko-yo is undeniable, the core allure remains rooted in Niseko Village. With a backdrop of unparalleled snow and premium amenities, properties like Higashiyama, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse, promise unparalleled luxury. The architectural finesse of Hinode Hills and The Green Leaf Niseko Village offer guests the coveted ski-in, ski-out experience. At the same time, Hilton Niseko extends both relaxation and adventure.

For a complete winter experience and reservations, visit the rejuvenated www.niseko-village.com.


2023-24 Winter Season Guide - Everything you need

2023-24 Winter Season Guide

Everything you need for the winter season

We’ve put everything you need for the 2023-2024 winter season in Niseko all in one place. Our comprehensive list includes important info like transport, maps, lifts, dining and more.

We know there’s a lot of information available, so we’ve made it easier than ever to navigate your journey through Niseko.

1. Transport

Getting to Niseko

There are a number of ways to get to Niseko, but the most popular and easiest way is to catch a bus from New Chitose Airport to Niseko. There are a number of bus companies operating this route including Chuo Bus, White Liner, and The Hokkaido Resort Liner. We strongly recommend booking in advance to ensure you have a seat on the right bus.

There is also a train service that goes to Kutchan Station, as well as private taxi services. More info about how to get to Niseko can be found on our getting here page.


Hokkaido Shinkansen

If you have a JR rail pass, you may be able to use it to ride the shinkansen all the way to Hokkaido. There is a shinkansen station open just north of Hakodate which is just two and a half hours away from Niseko by car or taxi. In the future, the shinkansen will have a station in Kutchan and connect all the way to Sapporo. Until then we recommend to use the Hakodate Taxi Company to get to Niseko. This service is available between 8:00am – 2:00pm, and uses jumbo taxis. This should be suitable for luggage, but space may be limited. The service operates only one-way from Hakodate to Niseko, and there will be an additional highway fee of ¥2,720 as well as the normal fare which is around ¥52,000 (approximate total fare of ¥54,720). If you have a JR rail pass and want to experience travelling by shinkansen to Hokkaido, then this is a great way to get to Niseko.


Local Transport

To get around Niseko, there are a number of shuttle buses available to guests. Taxi’s are also available, but are limited.

Hirafu Village Shuttle

A free shuttle will be running through the Hirafu Village taking transporting guests around the village and up to the Hirafu ski area. There will be three shuttle routes that will make continuous loops, with each loop taking approximately 20 and 30 minutes.


Taxis

For this winter, the number of taxis has been significantly increased. The taxi app known as “GO” is helping to provide this service, and reservations can be made using the GO App.

Please note that in order for this service to run, a ¥900 surcharge applies when making a booking with the GO App.


Niseko United Shuttle Bus

Niseko United will also be operating a shuttle bus between each of the four resorts with a number of additional stops along the way. This bus is free for holders of an All Mountain Pass. Those without an All Mountain Pass will be charged local bus fees (approximately 300 – 400 yen depending on the distance). Full info can be found on the Niseko United website.


Hanazono Shuttle Bus

Hanazono resort also runs a free shuttle throughout the winter season, with departures approximately every 20 minutes. The shuttle runs between Hirafu and Hanazono and is free.


Niseko Village Shuttle Bus

Complimentary scheduled Niseko Village shuttle service between The Green Leaf Niseko Village and Hilton Niseko Village to Hirafu and Kutchan towns is available for both in-house guests and the general public.


Local Buses and Night Go Bus

To get to and from the local town of Kutchan, public buses and a special Night Go Bus will be operating this winter. Local buses go as far as Niseko Village, while the Night Go Bus goes to Hirafu (and a little further to “Kabayama”). The full timetable and routes can be found below. The timetable also includes train arrivals and departures.

2. Resort Map

The resort map is incredibly useful and is your guide to getting around Niseko. The resort village map includes most accommodations, shops, restaurants, facilities, and much more. Each building is shown on the map just as it looks in real life to make sure you’ll never get lost.

Maps can be downloaded online, or can be picked up at your accommodation provider. They can also be found at info centers around Niseko.

3. Trail Map

The Niseko trail map for the 2023-24 winter season can be downloaded directly from the Niseko United website here. If you’d like a paper version to take with you on the mountain, you can pick one up from each resort base, at their ticket offices, or from your accommodation.

4. Lift Pass

There are many different options for lift passes in Niseko. Firstly, an All Mountain Pass will give access to all four interconnected resorts. All mountain pass holders can also use the Niseko United shuttle for free.

A Grand Hirafu or Hanazono pass will provide access to both of these ski areas on the one pass. Niseko Village pass will provide access to Niseko Village lifts only, and an Annupuri pass provides access to Annupuri only.

Prices for all passes vary, depending on the days and period you’ll be using your pass.

Where to buy a lift pass?

Lift passes can be purchased at ticket windows at the base of each resort. All mountain lift passes can also be purchased online. Grand Hirafu and Hanazono passes can also be purchased online. Online lift passes allow you to skip lift pass counter queues and get on the slopes faster! You are able to collect your online lift pass from any of the four resorts!

At Annupuri, there is a lift ticket sales window directly under the Annupuri Gondola building. Similarly, lift passes at Niseko Village can be purchased under their gondola building as well. In Grand Hirafu, lift passes can be purchased at the Grand Hirafu Mountain Center next to their gondola, as well as at .Base (dot base) and the bottom of the Family Run.

Please note that you won’t be able buy All Mountain Season Pass online. You can purchase the All Mountain Season Pass at the counter at the each resort. Make sure to bring an ID when purchasing season passes. Passes cannot be purchased without an ID. For Niseko United season pass info, click HERE.

See each website for full lift pass prices.


© Ikon Pass, Inc.

Ikon Pass

When it comes to the Ikon Pass, each of Niseko resorts can issue your official Niseko United Lift passes that you are eligible for with your Ikon Pass. Typically, you can visit the lift ticket counters at any of the resorts to facilitate this process. If you’re visiting Annupuri for this purpose, you should head to the office rather than the ticket counter itself which is just behind the ticket counter. To complete the process, make sure to bring your passport and the Ikon pass confirmation, which includes your pass number. The Ikon pass confirmation can be displayed directly on your phone’s screen for added convenience.

5. Lift Schedule

Ski Area Operational Dates

Period
Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area December 2, 2023 – May 6, 2024
Niseko Village Ski Resort December 1, 2023 – April 7, 2024
Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU December 2, 2023 – May 6, 2024
Niseko Hanazono Resort December 2, 2023 – April 7, 2024

*Opening days and hours are subject to change.

Period
Night Ski December 16, 2023 – March 20, 2024

6. Wine & Dine

The Wine & Dine is the BEST place to see every restaurant, shop and activity available in Niseko. This incredible resource makes it easier than ever to plan your dining experiences, as well as activities throughout your trip. Both publications are available online and in print. Printed versions can be found at your accommodation provider as well as info centers.

The Wine & Dine section lists all the best restaurants in an easy to understand way with prices, location, style, popular dishes and much more. The Wine & Dine is absolutely the best way to find the best restaurants, and to make the most of your trip.

The Area Guide has all the best activities, shops and more to complete your trip. If you’re looking for that wow-factor this trip, don’t miss our Area Guide.

7. Parking

Niseko Hirafu Village

If you’re using a hire car when visiting Niseko, it’s essential to understand the local parking regulations in and around the area. In Niseko there is zero ‘street’ parking. Parking on the street outside of designated parking lots is likely to result in a parking fine, your car being towed, or being completely buried in snow (which will destroy it). Before hiring a car there are a number of things to consider.

  1. Before hiring a car, we recommend confirming with your accommodation that there is adequate parking space available.
  2. Make sure you have some previous experience or training for driving on snow and ice. Driving on snow and ice without experience is incredibly dangerous. We recommend taking driver training in your home country before hiring a car in Niseko.
  3. Only park in designated parking lots at your accommodation, at each ski resort, as well as when visiting Kutchan Town or Niseko Town.
  4. Only hire a car from a reputable company. Reputable businesses will make sure the car has proper safety features such as good condition snow tires. Check out our rent-a-car directory for good places to rent a car.

Also note that the alcohol limit for driving in Japan is zero for all drivers.

Each of the four resorts has large parking lots, but as there are often many guests arriving by car, parking lots are known to become completely full. When parking at each resort, make sure to follow directions from parking attendants.

The welcome center in Hirafu is a busy parking area, and is also a drop off and pick up point for buses and accommodation operators. Please make sure to only park in the parking bays, and avoid the busy bus and shuttle bus lanes. Check out the diagram below for more info. If you’d like to see more detail, download the detailed PDF HERE.

Starting from this winter season, parking at the welcome center parking lot will incur a parking fee.

In Hirafu, parking is also available next to the gondola, as well as opposite the Aya hotel (next to the building known as Sun Sports Land).

  • There are 42 spaces which can be reserved online in advance with payment.
  • Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance, and can be made up to 2 weeks in advance.
  • This system will be in place from 16 December 2023 – 29 February 2024.
  • Enter from 8am – exit by 3pm. Re-entry during this period is permitted.
  • Price: ¥3,000 usual price – ¥5,000 between December 23 – January 8.
  • Reservations can be made using smartphone by scanning the below QR code

More info can be found on the official website HERE.

8. Ski Bag Shipping & Lockers

Image Courtesy of Yamato Transport

If you’re visiting other areas of Japan during your trip, one of the best things you can do is to ship your ski bags to your hotel or to the ski resort. This allows your make your domestic travel much easier and simpler. Japanese skiers have been doing this for many years, and its why you don’t often see Japanese people lugging heavy bags or suitcases when they travel domestically.

We highly recommend using Yamato Transport (also known as Black Cat or TA-Q-BIN). There are Yamato Transport counters at all major airports in Japan, which means as soon as you land in Japan, you can send your ski bag straight to your hotel in Niseko. If you’ll be arriving before you can check in, you can also send your ski bags to the ski resort, and store your luggage in lockers. Importantly, when using TA-Q-BIN services, you can specify the date and approximate time for delivery. Yamato Transport will securely store your luggage and then deliver it at the specified time. If you’re sending your luggage from Tokyo or other city, allow a few days for delivery. Usually 3 days is plenty of time, but during winter snowstorms may slow delivery to Hokkaido and Niseko, so make sure to give yourself enough time.

How to Use Luggage Shipping (TA-Q-BIN)

  1. Find a Yamato Transport counter or office. These are often well signposted in airports and are usually called “Baggage Delivery”. Many hotels, convenience stores, and other stores often have drop-off points as well.
  2. Fill out the “waybill” with the destination and your contact information. Don’t worry, you don’t need to write the address in Japanese – clearly written English is fine. The staff will check the address with you to make sure it is okay. Make sure to write a detailed description of the contents of each bag you are sending.
  3. Pay the fee and send your luggage! The fee for shipping luggage depends on the size and weight of each piece. For reference you can expect to pay around ¥3,000 JPY for a full ski bag.
  4. Pick up your bag. If you’ve sent the bag to your hotel, it will be waiting for you when you check in. If you’re sending it to a resort, visit the address and counter that you have sent it to at the right time and date. If you’re going to be late picking it up, we recommend calling the resort to let them know.

Lockers

Annupuri has several coin operated lockers in the gondola building as well as in the Nook building. The lockers here come in various sizes with the largest being 90cm x 53cm.

Niseko Village has coin operated lockers located under the gondola building opposite the Hilton. They come in various sizes and cost between ¥300 – ¥500 per day.

Niseko Grand Hirafu has locker storage at the Mountain Center Annex building, right near the Hirafu Gondola.

Hanazono has locker storage in it’s main 308 building. These key-card operated lockers are ¥1,000 per day and can be opened and closed as many times as you want throughout the day.

9. Events

There are tonnes of events happening this winter! Make sure to check out everything that’s happening this winter on our events page so you don’t miss any of the excitement!

10. Family & Kids Activities

There are many family friendly activities in Niseko. If you want to spend quality time with your kids, or are looking for something that can keep young ones entertained, then check out our list below. For all the winter activities in Niseko, check out our full winter page HERE.


Enjoy a day playing in Hokkaido’s amazing snow while learning some valuable survival skills.

Imagine Japan

Hanazono has many family friendly activities including snow rafting, tubing, indoor climbing and activity centre called “Galaxy Kids”.

Niseko Hanazono Resort

EdVenture promises a truly unique snow experience for children in Niseko, Hokkaido that guarantees fun both on and off the ski hill.

Edventure Winter Camps

Niseko Village has exciting activities such as snow rafting, kids club adventures, pony-sleigh rides and much more.

Niseko Village

NAC Adventure Park

The NAC Adventure Park is an exciting high ropes course suitable for different skill levels. This is one of the biggest tree trekking courses in Japan, and is located right next to the family run in Hirafu. A truly unique experience not to be missed.

NAC Adventure Park

This program is ideal for kids of all skill levels, from complete beginners to advanced skiers. Children are grouped based on their age and ability level so they can learn at their own pace with other who share their skill level.

Hokkaido Ski Club - Kids Club

Niseko Kids Club is your trusted source for all your childcare needs in Niseko. Whether you are looking for a quality daycare center, an experienced babysitter, or baby equipment rentals we are here to help. We have been an integral part of creating happy holiday memories for families visiting Niseko since 2012.

Niseko Kids Club

WIN D’OL Baby Sitter & Child care Service will make sure your child has the time of their life. Please let us look after your child, so you can enjoy skiing, dining, and spa treatment.

WIN D'OL Baby Sitter & Child care Service

11. Enter to Win - Survey

Have your say and be in the running for a chance to win great prizes from Niseko!

Your feedback on our survey helps to shape the future of Niseko, and incredibly useful for making Niseko the worlds best resort destination! Help us to make a better Niseko by filling out our survey. The best part? YOU will be in the running for the incredible prize of a 2 day All Mountain Pass for Niseko United! Prize will be drawn every month with the final draw on 30 April 2024.

A big thanks to Niseko United for sponsoring our survey and providing the amazing prizes!


Niseko Village Significantly Renovates on-site Shopping and Dining

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Niseko Village Significantly Renovates on-site Shopping and Dining

Niseko Village (Headquarters: Malaysia, Management: YTL Corporation), a premium mountain resort located in Niseko Town, Hokkaido, has recently undergone a major renovation of its shopping and dining facilities, which will open this winter season. As the first step, from December 1st, the menus of casual dining “The Bistro” in Hinode Hills Niseko Village and international & Japanese fusion buffet “Goshiki” in The Green Leaf Niseko Village will be refreshed.

In addition to the two restaurants mentioned above, a total of 10 stores in the resort’s commercial complex will undergo major renovations. The facility currently called the “Shopping & Dining Area” will be reborn as an attractive facility that can be used not only by domestic and international tourists, but also by people living in the Niseko area. In addition, the two-story restaurant located at the entrance to Niseko Village and attached to the former main gondola will be re-opened as the clubhouse Mandala Club.

Additionally, the following two restaurants will be updating their menus on December 1st.

“The Bistro” casual dining located at “Hinode Hills Niseko Village” on the first floor:

The Bistro will be revamped offering a diverse menu, from Japanese-style dishes such as kakiage-don and salmon roe bowls to authentic Western-style course meals, using Hokkaido ingredients carefully selected by the chef. Enjoy après-ski atmosphere in a relaxing space.

  • Opening Hours: 1 December 2023 – 7 April 2024
  • Morning 7:00~10:00(LO 21:00)
  • Evening 17:30~21:00 (LO 21:00)

International & Japanese fusion buffet Goshiki – The Green Leaf Niseko Village, 2nd floor

The buffet restaurant Goshiki, which seats 220 is perfect for both groups and intimate dining, will reopen with a live kitchen as its centre and an extensive menu using carefully selected ingredients. Enjoy an extraordinary experience in this open space with large windows and high ceilings overlooking the snowy landscape.

  • Opening Hours 1 December 2023 – 7 April 2024
  • Breakfast 7:00~10:00 (LO 9:30)
  • Lunch 11:30~14:30 (LO 14:00)
  • Dinner 17:30~21:30(LO 21:00)

About Niseko Village

Located on the south side of Niseko Annupuri at an altitude of 1308m, Niseko Village is one of Japan’s leading mountain resorts, recognised as one of the world’s leading ski resorts along with Aspen (Colorado, USA) and St Moritz (Graubünden, Switzerland). Niseko Village is home to the Hilton Niseko Village, which was voted ‘Best Ski Resort Hotel in Japan’ (World Ski Awards 2013), The Greenleaf Niseko Village (hotel), an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, as well as some of the best The Niseko Village ski resort boasts some of the best powder snow in the world.

About YTL Hotels

YTL Hotels is an award-winning chain of leading resorts, hotels and boutique hotels in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, France and the UK, including the Pangkor Laut Resort, voted ‘Best Resort in the World’ by Condé Nast Traveller magazine in 2003, In July 2012, it opened the Gaya Island Resort in tropical Borneo. In December the same year, it reopened The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, which has a 70-year history as one of the classic hotels, and in February 2014, the Vistana hotel brand, which targets business and leisure travellers. The company is also involved in the rebranding of the Vistana brand, which targets business and leisure travellers.

As the hospitality business of YTL Corporation Berhad (MYX: 4677), it is committed to providing facilities and services that enable guests to experience the natural and geographical features of the surrounding area, as well as its culture and traditions.

www.ytlhotels.com


JCB launches a special offer programme in Hokkaido for inbound tourists to Japan

JCB launches a special offer programme in Hokkaido for inbound tourists to Japan

JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., Japan’s only international payment brand, announces the launch of “The heart of HOKKAIDO” programme, which provides special offers on shopping and experiences at merchants in Hokkaido, a popular tourist destination, to JCB card members issued outside Japan. This promotion will run from 1 October 2023 to 31 March 2024.

During this period, JCB card members will find great discounts and gift offers at selected merchants in Hokkaido.

In a statement released today, JCB stated that it hopes to contribute to local communities by stimulating visitors’ consumption as well as enriching the travel experience of JCB cardmembers.

By offering privileges to card members at a variety of merchants in Hokkaido with JCB Cards, this programme aims to encourage not only shopping but also spending on unique experiences in Hokkaido, which is attracting an increasing number of visitors to Japan.

JCB also stated, “JCB and partner merchants have agreed to launch this programme together because of our shared desire to contribute to the development of local communities and to provide visitors to Japan with a uniquely Japanese experience.”

This program is also in collaboration with JTB Corp. and Fun Japan Communications Co., Ltd., which operates ‘FUN! JAPAN’, the social media platform that provides information on Japanese culture, food, fashion, technology, and business. JCB cardmembers can also enjoy special offers via the special website of ‘FUN! JAPAN’.

In the same statement, JCB explained that the ‘The FUN! JAPAN Furusato Membership Program’ website is designed to continuously increase the number of fans of Hokkaido, including members who are long-lasting repeat visitors to the region and who purchase Hokkaido specialties from overseas via e-commerce.

The Campaign Website at “FUN! JAPAN”

Role of Each Partner

– JCB International Co., Ltd. organises “The heart of HOKKAIDO” programme, which provides special offers and discounts at shops and restaurants located in the hub of tourism in Hokkaido and promotes the program via the own media and advertisements, as well as the JTB’s programme to invite more JCB card members to Hokkaido.

– JTB Corp. HOKKAIDO Branch gathers partnered facilities and cooperates with local travel and tourism groups and associations.

– JTB Corp. Area Solution Business Division promotes registration of products that allow tourists to enjoy unique experiences in the region.

– Fun Japan Communications Co., Ltd. established the campaign website and the community “The FUN! JAPAN Furusato Membership Program”.

As a Japanese brand with a spirit of hospitality, JCB offers services to enrich the travel experience of JCB cardmembers. Visit “JCB Global“, the official YouTube channel, and the “JCB Special Offers” website for information on beneficial promotions and convenient services in multiple languages (English, Korean, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese only).


Epic New Niseko Short by Acclaimed Filmmaker & Skier Eric Pollard Released

Epic New Niseko Short by Acclaimed Filmmaker & Skier Eric Pollard Released

Influential pro skier Eric Pollard has crafted a visual masterpiece that celebrates Niseko’s legendary powder snow, vibrant culture and showcases the global spirit of skiing and snowboarding.

The captivating short film A Place Called Niseko brings together skiers and snowboarders from around the world, showcasing a united passion for winter sports in the breathtaking landscapes of Niseko.

Pollard has been visiting Niseko for almost two decades and his films are highly regarded in the industry, with one most recently winning Powder Magazine’s Ski Film of the Year in 2019.

In A Place Called Niseko, viewers are not only treated to thrilling winter sports action but also a glimpse into the heart of Niseko’s vibrant culture.

From the moment A Place Called Niseko begins, you’ll find yourself immersed in the traditions and customs that make Niseko unique – from the tranquil beauty of local shrines to the artistry of traditional tea ceremonies, the film captures the essence of Japanese culture.

A Place Called Niseko also captures the skill and artistry of a diverse group of athletes from around the world.

Leading the way is local pro-snowboarder Wakana Hama, a gold medalist at Freeride World Tour events, who shares the spotlight with global luminaries such as Lena Stoffel from Germany and Lisa Filzmoser from Austria.

These athletes effortlessly conquer Niseko’s pristine slopes, immersing themselves in the untouched natural beauty of the region.

A Place Called Niseko is a testament to the universal appeal of Niseko as a global hub for winter sports and adventure.

About Eric Pollard

Eric Pollard, a pro skier, artist, and filmmaker hailing from Oregon, has left an enduring legacy in the world of freestyle skiing. With a career spanning over two decades, Pollard’s innovations in ski design have revolutionised the sport. He co-founded Nimbus Independent, a renowned film crew dedicated to producing high-quality ski films that have received constant praise throughout the industry. His 2019 production, “Drawn From Here,” received accolades as Powder Magazine’s Ski Film of the Year.

A Connection to Niseko

Eric Pollard’s affinity for Niseko dates back nearly two decades. He has frequented the area and resort, exploring its pristine backcountry terrain and witnessing its remarkable growth. Pollard’s appreciation for Niseko’s unique character and world-class skiing experiences makes him the perfect ambassador for the region.

“Niseko has been a big influence on me, and I have found inspiration in so many places there. I’ve been visiting Niseko for many years and making films about those experiences, which have informed my product design as well as my art. Every time I come back to Niseko, there’s something new to check out or something worth revisiting.” – Eric Pollard


Niseko Weddings - Now in Niseko

Niseko Weddings - Now in Niseko

From fluffy powder snow in winter, to the vivid forest colours of summer, Hokkaido is the perfect backdrop for your wedding photoshoot. Niseko Weddings skillfully blend your personal story with Hokkaido’s breathtaking landscapes. Their fine art photographers and cinematographers create timeless images filled with joy and intimacy amidst the natural wonders of Japan’s northernmost island. Be it a traditional shrine ceremony, or a snowy forest pre-wedding photoshoot, Niseko Weddings will capture the day with a little Hokkaido magic, leaving you with cherished memories to last a lifetime.

Niseko Weddings is a small collective of creative photographers and filmmakers with over 15 years of experience in the wedding photography industry. Their journey as Benji & Sam in Byron Bay (Australia) has brought the team to the beautiful island of Hokkaido in Japan, where their Niseko Weddings studio is now based. For over a decade they have specialised in luxury destination wedding and pre-wedding photography and films taking the team on fabulous journeys throughout Bali, Australia, Fiji, Europe and Asia.

Niseko Weddings has been able to share the love stories of hundreds of amazing couples, while working alongside several exclusive resorts and brands as the preferred photography partners; including One&Only Resorts and Park Hyatt.

“Our passion is creating beautifully crafted memories from your most special day that you will cherish forever. For us – it’s all about you and it should be a fun journey every step of the way!”

Get in touch with Niseko Weddings today with your wedding plans or pre-wedding ideas for their upcoming winter availability.


Salsa Dancing Coming to Niseko

Salsa Dancing Coming to Niseko

Get ready to salsa your way into an unforgettable weekend at the Niseko Dance Festival 2023, happening from September 15 (Fri.) to 17 (Sun.). This Latin dance extravaganza promises a thrilling lineup of events, including dance lessons, mesmerizing demonstrations, and electrifying dance parties! Plus, don’t miss the chance to meet a guest dancer all the way from Australia.

Day 1: The festivities kick off with a vibrant Welcome Party at the Town Center, featuring a dance mini lesson for first-timers from 18:00 to 18:30, followed by an electrifying dance party and mesmerizing dance performances from 18:30 to 20:30. And here’s a fantastic offer: Niseko-Wari Discount – entrance tickets are free for all local residents!

Day 2: Dive into the world of Latin dance with a full day of workshops at the Town Center. With a whopping 8 lessons to choose from, you can select up to 4 lessons that pique your interest. And once again, Niseko-Wari Discount applies, offering free entrance for local residents.

Later in the evening, head over to Chatrium Niseko for a dance party like no other, featuring the thrilling Jack & Jill competition and a mini-lesson to keep your salsa skills on point. The Niseko-Wari Discount applies here too, with an entrance fee of 3000 yen (drinks not included).

Day 3: Wrap up this sensational dance weekend with a Sayonara Party at Chatrium Niseko from 14:30 to 18:30. Get ready to bid farewell to the Niseko Dance Festival 2023 in style. Once again, local residents enjoy the Niseko-Wari Discount, with an entrance fee of 3000 yen (drinks not included).

Don’t miss your chance to dance, learn, and celebrate the rhythms of Latin music at this incredible Niseko Dance Festival!


Rhythm Japan Announces Trips by Rides for Ultimate Mountain Experience

Rhythm Japan Announces Trips by Rides for Ultimate Mountain Experience

Rhythm Japan, a pioneer in outdoor rental, retail, and lesson/guiding services, proudly introduces a ground-breaking addition to its portfolio with Trips by Rides. This innovative offering promises an unparalleled Niseko experience, seamlessly combining accommodation, transfers, and the renowned Rhythm Japan services into a comprehensive and convenient package.

Rhythm Japan has been a trailblazer since its establishment in 2005, providing world-class outdoor solutions and instilling a deep appreciation for the mountain lifestyle in its customers. The new Trips packages further elevates this commitment to new heights, ensuring that guests enjoy every facet of their mountain journey.

“We’re thrilled to unveil Trips packages, a true embodiment of our passion for the mountains and dedication to customer satisfaction,” says Tareesa Straatmans – Rides Director at Rhythm Japan. “These curated packages allow guests to fully immerse themselves in the Niseko experience, while our expert team takes care of every detail.”

Trips offer a range of enticing options, catering to diverse preferences and interests. Whether it’s the high-level instruction of the Niseko Progression Tour, the family-friendly amenities of the Ultimate Family Tour, the exhilarating backcountry adventures of The Japow Experience, or the skill-boosting Learn To Ride Taster, there’s a package tailored for everyone. 

One of the standout features of these packages is the flexibility they provide, with accommodation tiers that allow guests to customise their stay based on their desired level of comfort. Guests can also take advantage of various upgrade options, including trips to nearby resorts, additional guests, equipment and room upgrades, and more.

However, what truly sets Trips packages apart is that when you pre-book you are promised guaranteed access to Rhythm Japan’s dedicated local rental & retail team, and expert Rides instructors & guides, even during peak season period. This ensures an unparalleled level of seamless service and expertise throughout your trip, delivering a true insider’s perspective of Niseko.

The Rhythm Japan team, comprised of individuals who live and breathe the mountain life in Japan, are passionate about sharing their unique insight and expertise with guests. “Our goal with Trips isn’t just to offer a convenient travel solution,” explains Tareesa. “It’s about creating an immersive, authentic Niseko Experience that only our local team can provide.”

Established in 2005, Rhythm Japan offers everything customers need to embrace the ultimate mountain experience. Year-round lessons, guiding, retail, and rental offerings are paired with knowledgeable local staff who share their expertise and passion for unforgettable experiences. In Summer, the Niseko flagship store also serves as a community activity hub, featuring skate and climbing facilities, workspaces, and more.

Rhythm Japan’s in-resort facilities and services are exemplified in the newly released Trips packages, which connect the dots to provide customers with the most convenient and memorable mountain experiences on offer.

Rhythm Japan is proud to be part of the evo family of brands. evo is a global outdoor retailer and experiences company with 11 evo stores in the U.S. and Canada, and global retail via evo.com. The evo family also includes travel and recreation businesses; evoTrip, evo Hotel, All Together Skatepark (Seattle and Salt Lake City), and Callaghan Country in BC Canada. Together, Rhythm and evo provide global access to experiences focused on sport, culture, the outdoors, and human connection.

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


Celebrating Excellence: Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono Nominated for World Luxury Hotel Awards 2023

Celebrating Excellence: Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono Nominated for World Luxury Hotel Awards 2023

We are thrilled to announce that Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono has been nominated for the prestigious “World Luxury Hotel Awards 2023”! This nomination is a reflection of the unwavering commitment to providing exceptional hospitality to visitors to Niseko.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards are renowned globally as a benchmark of excellence within the luxury hospitality industry. With more than 300,000 votes cast each year by both hotel guests and industry professionals, these awards symbolize the epitome of recognition for outstanding service and opulent experiences.

The team at Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono is humbled and honoured to be considered for this remarkable accolade. It’s a testament to the dedication and passion that our staff invests in ensuring that every guest experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

Why Your Vote Matters

While the nomination itself is an accomplishment, we are reaching out to our cherished guests and partners to help us secure this prestigious award.

The voting period for the “World Luxury Hotel Awards 2023” is from August 11th to September 1st. Your support during this time is vital as we strive to showcase the unique offerings that make Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono an incredible destination for luxury travel.

How to Cast Your Vote

Casting your vote for Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono is simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Visit the official voting page HERE
  2. Select “Luxury Ski Hotel”
  3. Click “Vote For This Hotel”.

Thank you for your continued support and for being a part of the Niseko community.


Summer Survey 2023

Enter To Win - 2023 Summer Survey

Have your say and be in the running for a chance to win great prizes from Niseko!

Your feedback on our survey helps to shape the future of Niseko, and incredibly useful for making Niseko the worlds best resort destination! Help us to make a better Niseko by filling out our survey. The best part? YOU will be in the running for incredible prizes from our sponsors!

Prizes

Prize 1: The Luxe Nomad x NISADE: A stay at ski hotel Always Niseko for two

Prize 2: China Kitchen Dim Sum brunch for two at Park Hyatt Hanazono (available on weekends and holidays)

Prize 1 Details:

3-nights accommodation for 2 persons in the “Superior Niseko Room” at Always Niseko

  • Includes breakfast and hotel shuttle service*
  • Stay dates valid from 1 November 2023 – 1 May 2024 (excluding blackout dates)
  • Blackout during: 19 Dec 2023 – 19 Feb 2024
  • Subject to availability.
  • Booking must be made 30 days prior to arrival
  • The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. Winner may pay additional costs to upgrade or extend stay length.
  • *subject to operation dates of shuttle and hotel breakfast

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. Terms and conditions will apply to prizes.

Prize will be drawn on Oct 31, 2023.

If the survey does not appear for you above this line of text, please click here to complete the survey.

By entering into the draw you agree to sign up to the Niseko Tourism newsletter, and receive marketing communications from Niseko Tourism.

About Always Niseko

Always Niseko is the ideal home away from home for guests who are ready to dive into the year-round smorgasbord of excitement that Niseko has to offer. It’s a place to meet and make new friends, immerse yourself in unique experiences and a sanctuary you are thrilled to returned to, always.

About China Kitchen

Experience the very best of China’s rich culinary heritage in Niseko. From Cantonese cuisine faithful to the flavor of its ingredients to the aromatic spiciness of Sichuan. China Kitchen‘s team of master chefs with each specialty will please everyone’s palate.