Kutchan Town Aims to Host G20 Summit in 2019

From Hokkaido News, Saturday, Sep 16th

On Sep 15th, Kutchan Town, located in Shiribeshi prefecture, expressed interest to accommodate G20 summit in 2019. Japan will be the country to host the leaders from 20 countries and regions. Kutchan Town soon will make an official announcement and to seek cooperation from Hokkaido.

Japan was assigned as the next host country at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany back in July. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will be collecting public offers for the venue of the summit meeting. Known as a popular international resort, Niseko Hirafu area contains proficient resources to  host foreign VIPs - sufficient accommodation options and various sizes of meeting venues; therefore, it is considered as a qualified candidate.

You can find the original article here (in Japanese only)

Pavilions Hotels Plans Aspirational Projects Across Asia, Europe

Pavilions Hotels and Resorts, a bespoke luxury hospitality brand, has announced a major project in Niseko, an exclusive mountain destination on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Nestled in pinewood forests at Ginto Hirafu, with access to premium ski lifts and white powder slopes, The Ginto Residences is a US$100 million (Bt3.3 billion) development comprising a total of 31 private villas, with no single plot measuring less than 1,000 square metres.

It is the first phase of a global project composed of hotel and residential villas in aspirational travel destinations across Asia and Europe. The project breaks ground in October 2017 with a completion date in 2019.

The Pavilions Phuket and The Pavilions Himalayas were the company's first two fully branded developments following the acquisition and renovation of The Pavilions Bali in 2001. Pavilions Hotels & Resorts was formed after subsequent acquisitions in Amsterdam, Madrid, Rome, Lisbon and Niseko.

(article source: The Nation)

NAC to Open The Largest Tree Trekking Facility in Janpan!

Hokkaido News, Wednesday, Sep 13th

The Niseko Adventure Center (NAC, Kutchan), who handles outdoor activities, like rafting, ducky, mountain biking ,will open a "tree trekking" facility near Niseko Grand Hirafu ski area.

It will become the largest tree trekking facility in Japan and is scheduled to open in early October. The facility is aim to push tourism outside of the winter season in the Niseko area.

Originated from France, tree trekking travels through suspension bridges and ropes and allows participants to moves between trees. There are currently other facilities in Niseko Village, Sapporo, Furano.

The name of the new facility is "NAC Adventure Park" (tentative name). Adjacent to the Grand Hirafu Resort's "Ace family lift", which is also currently under construction, the town-owned forest is about 13,000 square meters.

You can find the original article here (in Japanese only)

1st English-speaking Clinic Starting in Niseko in December

In December, the first clinic with English speaking doctors and nurses will open in Yamada district Kutchan Town Shiribeshi prefecture. This will be the first clinic in the district due to increasing foreign patients with ski injury or sudden sickness.

The name of the clinic is "Niseko International Clinic". It's a 2-story building, approximately 300 square meters and located on the Rankoshi Niseko Kutchan line - only a few minutes car ride from the Niseko Grand Hirafu ski resort.

The Clinic Director, Dr. Kunitake Moroi (38 years old), who currently works at "Himawari Clinic Kyogoku-cho" will team up with another part-time foreign doctor. Examinations such as x-rays or ultrasounds will be available. All consulting and treatment process will be supported in English. The clinic is planning to open this winter from December to March and aiming to open all year round next year.

You can find the original article here (in Japanese only)

JETRO And NPB To Attend 2017 Visit Japan Travel & Mice Mart

The event will take place in Tokyo from 21st Sep till 23rd Sep!

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Niseko Promotion Board (NPB) teams will join force and attend the 2017 Visit Japan Travel & Mice Mart from Thursday, 21st Sep till Saturday, 23rd Sep. The booth number is E02-01, located at the upper right corner of the PR Seller area.

Please come to the booth to receive any information to promote the Niseko area, plan a media trip for the upcoming season or just say hi!

Hokkaido Tourism Management confirmed as manager for luxury Skye Niseko development.

Summit Properties have announced the appointment of Hokkaido Tourism Management (HTM KK), the leading Niseko-based management company, as the hotel operator for their landmark development Skye Niseko.

Lucas Fuller, CEO of Summit Properties & Matt Dening, Managing Director of HTM, formally confirmed the arrangement on September 6, 2 017. Skye Niseko will be the first privately owned condominium-hotel located entirely within the Hokkaido National park. The property’s unique location, positioned above the village of Hirafu, forms the basis of the exclusive Skye Niseko experience, and provides skiers with direct ski in–ski out access to all major Grand Hirafu lift systems.

Due for completion in Q3 2018, Skye Niseko features 105 apartments & penthouses and extensive amenities including Hirafu’s largest restaurant & bar, delicatessen & coffee shop, onsen, spa, fitness centre, ski valet and a substantial retail offering including ski and snowboard rental.

Mr. Fuller said “The selection of the manager to deliver on our vision for this best-in-class development was made after an extensive regional and  international selection process. HTM’s leading position in the local market where they operate a number of Niseko’s premier brands, including hotel and condominium management, transport and ski school made them a clear choice for Skye Niseko and we are very pleased to have engaged them in this critical role.”

Mr. Dening commented “We feel privileged to be appointed to manage Skye Niseko, it is a testament to the abilities and dedication of all our staff over many years. Skye Niseko sets many firsts for the Niseko area, not least being the first property situated entirely in the National Park and of course the location benefits this brings. Skye Niseko represents a new phase for the resort and Hirafu village, an exciting combination of services, unparalleled location and exceptional design. We look forward to delivering exceptional holiday and ownership experiences in this wonderful building."

The iconic location has been enhanced through designs provided by the combination of two premier architectural practices, Architectus of Australia and ISA Architects of Japan. Interior design, embracing a Japanese aesthetic blended with practical luxury, is supplied by both Pike Withers of Australia and global hotel interiors specialist Wilson Associates.

Unit owners of Skye Niseko will also benefit directly from being part of the ‘Niseko Owners Club’. This club entitles owners to a range of benefits provided by HTM and the resort including discounts on lift passes, lesson, rentals and more.

Media Kits for 2017-18 Resort Map and Area Guide, Wine&Dine released!

NPB Members' EXCLUSIVE opportunity for the widest resort-reach advertisement.

The media kits for 2017-18 Resort Map and Area Guide, Wine&Dine were released today! Only NPB members will be able to participate and advertise in these two popular publications. They are not only handed out through more than 250 services around the area, but also distributed in international expos and travel hubs.


Circulation: 100,000 copies of the English edition; 50,000 copies of the Japanese edition

Information covers: Higashiyama, Annupuri, Moiwa, Konbu Onsen, Niseko Town, Kutchan Town, Hirafu and Hanazono

Application deadline: By Friday, 15 Sep

Publication date: Monday, 20 Nov


Circulation:  60,000 copies

Number of pages:  280

Application deadline: By Friday, 15 Sep

Publication date: Monday, 20 Nov

If you would like to join the NPB membership, please find details here and contact us today!

NISEKO Mt RESORT Grand HIRAFU | Ace Family Pair Lift to Be Upgraded to High-Speed Quad Lift in December 2017

Tokyu Land Corporation (HQ: Minato City, Tokyo; President: Yuji OKUMA) together with Niseko Tokyu Resort Co., Ltd. (HQ: Abuta-gun, Hokkaido; President: Tomoyuki HAYAKAWA) and Tokyu Resort Service Co., Ltd. (HQ: Minato City, Tokyo; President: Tomoyuki HAYAKAWA) would like to announce the finalized plan to upgrade the Ace Family Pair Lift, which is located in the beginners area on the lower slopes of Niseko Mt. Resort Grand HIRAFU, the ski resort in Kutchan, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido which we manage and operate. The upgraded lift is set to start operating in December this year.

Hokkaido's Niseko area has been attracting attentions from all over the world as a premium international ski resort. Every year, more and more skiers and snowboarders from Japan and around the world have been visiting Niseko Grand HIRAFU, which had around 480,000 visitors in the 2016/17 season alone.

The resort has recently also been gaining popularity in other Asian countries, leading to a huge increase in the number of beginner skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes. Moreover judging by the increase in foreign-run hotels, opening of new condominiums, anticipation over a potential Sapporo Winter Olympics, and plans to extend the freeway system and add new sections to the Hokkaido Shinkansen, Niseko's popularity looks set to keep on growing in the years to come.

Replacing the Ace Family Pair Lift, construction of which was completed in November 1983, with a high-speed quad lift will help reduce congestion by carrying an additional 1,200 people every hour. We are expecting a significant decrease in lift waiting time, which had been as long as one hour at peak times. The new quad lift will also be more comfortable for beginner skiers and snowboarders, since it is designed to slow to a speed of 0.8 meters/second at the point of disembarkation.

The upgrade will also involve the repositioning of the Sanroku and Sancho Stations, the lift's start and end points. By moving the Sancho Station, the lift's end point, upslope to the top of the Sennoki Course (above the Family Course), we aim to improve usability by easing congestion on beginners courses, creating a new link from the Sennoki Course to the Alpen Course/King area, and improving access to the .Base Ski Center, HIRAFU Parking Lot #1, and the King area.

Since 2011, Niseko Tokyu Resort Co., Ltd. has been making large-scale investments in Niseko Mt. Resort Grand HIRAFU, including building two new ski centers, upgrading the Hirafu Gondola, installing suite rooms in the Hotel Niseko Alpen, and, in 2016, upgrading the King Lift #3 to a high-speed quad lift. We at Tokyu Land Corporation will continue to implement a range of initiatives aimed at further vitalizing the Niseko Hirafu area.

Thank you for your continued patronage of Niseko Mt. Resort Grand HIRAFU.

■ Press Contact

Honda, PR Office, Planning and Policy Division, Tokyu Land Corporation
Tel: 03-5414-1349  Fax: 03-5414-1350 Email: [email protected]


Shishikura/Tanaka, PR Manager, Niseko Tokyu Resort, Tokyu Resort Service Co., Ltd.
Tel: 0136-22-0109

Niseko Joins The Mountain Collective™ as Global Affiliate for 2017-18 Season

ASPEN SNOWMASS, Colo. – August 8, 2017 – The Mountain Collective™ continues to expand access to the world’s top resort destinations for the 2017-18 season with the addition of Northern Japan-based, Niseko United, as a global affiliate and Sugarbush, Vermont and Snowbasin, Utah as resort partners. Additionally, existing partners Alta, Snowbird, Banff Sunshine, and Lake Louise will separate to operate as individual destinations within The Mountain Collective Pass, providing twice the number of days at popular destinations in Utah and Alberta, Canada. With these 2017-18 season additions, passholders will now have access to 40 days of skiing at 20 world renowned ski destinations.

Niseko United, an iconic destination located within Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island, is comprised of four interlinked ski resorts – Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and An’nupuri. Praised for its consistent snow quality, and named Japan’s Best Ski Resort for four consecutive years by the World Ski Awards, Niseko offers passholders a chance to ski some of the best powder snow in the world. The Japanese destination, coined as “Powder Paradise,” becomes the sixth global destination on the Mountain Collective outside of North America, joining Coronet Peak – The Remarkables, New Zealand; Thredbo, Australia; Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France; Hakuba Valley, Japan and Valle Nevado, Chile.

“Niseko United is thrilled to join the Mountain Collective as a global affiliate. The resorts represented on the pass are among the best in the world, and we look forward to welcoming Collective passholders to experience the Japanese culture and Niseko’s extensive terrain spanning the four resorts.” – remarked Colin Hackworth of Niseko United.

Sugarbush, Vermont and Snowbasin, Utah, two iconic North American ski mountains offering challenging terrain and plenty of variety for every level of skier or rider, join The Mountain Collective alliance alongside Alta, Aspen Snowmass, Banff Sunshine, Coronet Peak – The Remarkables, Jackson Hole, Lake Louise, Mammoth, Revelstoke, Snowbird, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Sun Valley, Taos, Telluride and Thredbo.

“With the addition of Niseko, Snowbasin and Sugarbush for the 2017-18 season, the Mountain Collective continues to offer an unparalleled pass experience to our expanding network of global passholders,” said Christian Knapp, Vice President Marketing, Aspen Ski Company. “The low starting price of the Mountain Collective pass, paired with the pass’ 50% off lift tickets and lodging discounts, makes for an unmatched experience allowing passholders to ski the world.”

The Mountain Collective pass is now on sale for a limited time at $469 USD. The Pass includes two days of skiing or riding at each of the 16 partners plus a 50 percent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates. Passholders also receive two days at each Global Affiliate Destination, Chamonix (France), Hakuba Valley (Japan), Niseko United (Japan) and Valle Nevado (Chile). Pricing for kids aged 12 and under is $99 USD for the 2017-18 season, making The Mountain Collective™ Pass an affordable option for families.

Passes are available online through an exclusive technology, distribution and marketing partnership with Liftopia at www.MountainCollective.com.

Additional benefits available to the Mountain Collective passholders include exclusive lodging deals and a
complimentary one-year Protect Our Winters membership, whose mission is to unite the winter sports community on the important issue of climate change.

For more information, please visit www.MountainCollective.com, call (800) 705-6286, or follow the Mountain Collective on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.


About Mountain Collective
The Mountain Collective™ is an international alliance of premier ski destinations providing the Mountain Collective Pass, a lift ticket that includes two days of riding at all partner resorts and 50% off additional days at each resort. The Mountain Collective™ includes Alta Ski Area, Aspen Snowmass, Banff Sunshine, Coronet Peak – The Remarkables, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Lake Louise Ski Resort, Mammoth Mountain, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Sugarbush, Sun Valley, Taos Ski Valley, Telluride Ski Resort, and Thredbo Alpine Village – Global Affiliates include Valle Nevado, Chile; Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France; Hakuba Valley and Niseko United, Japan.

Media Contact
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Mfa Marketing + PR
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