Higashiyama Spring Celebration

Higashiyama Niseko Village, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Celebrating the Season of Rebirth

NISEKO, JAPAN – 4 May 2021 – Spring, the season of rebirth, has arrived in Niseko. The magic of winter still lingers with visible snow against blue skies with wildlife sleepily emerging from hibernation and new vegetation gradually bursting in multi-hued greens as the sun takes its time to warm the land before summer settles in by June. In celebration of the gently evolving green season, Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve has designed exclusive stay offers that embrace the philosophy of Kachou Fuugetsu that stems from a Japanese proverb translating to Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon. The ancient saying is greater than the sum of its parts as it conveys a reverence for the beauty of nature and in experiencing it, to discover oneself.


The seven stay offers starting from JPY 63,333* per room, per night include luxurious overnight accommodation, breakfast for two persons, a complimentary afternoon tea for two persons as a Book Direct Benefit and flexibility for date changes up to two times before the end of validity date for each respective offer. Additional inclusions and conditions are as follows:

Reserve Delight

  • Breakfast for two
  • Set dinner for two persons at Yukibana
  • A minimum two-night stay is required
  • Valid through 30 November 2021


Reserve Story

  • Breakfast for two
  • Set lunch and set dinner for two persons at Yukibana
  • A minimum two-night stay is required
  • Valid through 30 November 2021


The Maserati Experience

  • Breakfast for two
  • Exclusive Maserati amenities in the suite
  • A bottle of The Ritz-Carlton wine
  • A two-hour private onsen experience per stay
  • Return chauffeured airport transfers in a Maserati Levante – Special Edition
  • Usage of a Maserati Levante – Special Edition during your stay (self-drive at leisure)
  • Valid through 31 December 2021


Niseko Retreat: Stay 3 Nights, Pay 2 Nights

  • Breakfast for two
  • Early check-in at 12pm and late check-out at 4pm
  • A minimum three-night stay is required
  • Valid through 30 November 2021


Golf Retreat

  • Breakfast for two
  • One round of golf for two persons
  • No minimum stay required
  • Valid through 31 October 2021


Ladies Retreat

  • Breakfast for two
  • 60-minute spa treatment at Spa Chasi La Sothys for two persons
  • Early check-in at 12pm
  • No minimum stay required
  • Valid through 30 November 2021


PURE Retreat

  • Breakfast for two
  • PURE passport for two persons
  • No minimum stay required
  • Valid from 1 July 2021 through 30 September 2021

*Terms and conditions apply to all offers.

The dedicated team of Higashiyama Reservists have curated four inspiring journeys for guests to explore the transient beauty of nature and to encourage independent discoveries. Conditions in Niseko are ideal for cycling and trekking with roads and trails that are seemingly endless, dotted with a patchwork of farms, onsens and hidden gems waiting to be explored. The Higashiyama Reservist Summer Experiences will feature the following:


The Majestic Mount Yotei Hike

Depart from the resort at 6.30 am via shuttle transfer to Mount Yotei’s base before hiking up the majestic mountain. Recharge with to-go breakfast and lunch boxes as treasured moments are taken with a GoPro. As the hike will last 10 hours, it is suited for ages 16-65 years with very high fitness levels.


The Full-Day Lake Toya E-BikeAdventure

Set off on two wheels towards Lake Toya with a to-go lunch box and discover an ostrich farm, a farmer’s market and the delights of Makkari Town with memories captured on GoPro. Suited for ages 16-65 years with high fitness levels as excursion will last 6-7 hours.


The Scenic Mount Annupuri E-Bike Ride

Traverse on the Niseko Panorama Line, one of the famous winding roads in Hokkaido that threads through Niseko’s peaks to enjoy the mountain nature, with a to-go lunch box and GoPro. Visit the beautiful Shinsen-numa (marsh) located 2,546ft above sea level nicknamed “Where God and Mountain Hermits Live”, Kanrosui Spring Water, Niseko Green Farm and indulge in dairy treats at Milk Kobo. This excursion lasts 4-5 hours and is suited for ages 16-65 years with advanced fitness levels.


The Half-Day Niseko Leisure Ride

Enjoy a leisurely 3-4 hour cycling tour and visit the famous Wakimizu no Sato tofu shop, feed ostriches, marvel at the farmer’s market offering an abundance of fresh produce before choosing your favourite confections at Milk Kobo. Suited for all ages with intermediate fitness levels.

The Niseko region is one of the top areas for outdoor enthusiasts to discover a myriad of experiences. PURE at Niseko Village, a nature activity centre that features Japan’s longest zip line tour, the nation’s first and only Rail Slider, tree trekking and PURE Quick Jump are some of its key attractions, including many activities to delight kids. Niseko Village also boasts two world-class golf courses – Niseko Village Golf Course, awarded as Japan’s Best Golf Course, offers well-manicured greens and immaculate fairways bordered by a silver birch forest while the Arnold Palmer-designed Niseko Golf Course is one of Hokkaido’s most challenging courses surrounded by stunning scenery. The pristine

128-kilometre long Shiribetsu River lures water sports devotees with an incredible variety of white-water rafting experiences for beginners and advanced thrill-seekers.

“Shun” in Japanese, is the traditional concept that food should be eaten only in its proper season when it is at its peak of perfection in terms of flavour and nutrients. The anticipation of local produce coming into season from now through November is celebrated by the culinary team at Higashiyama Niseko Village through fine dining journeys, cocktails and elixirs. Epicureans will be enticed by the freshest delicacies served at Yukibana and Sushi Nagi sourced from the chilly Seas of Japan and Okhotsk that include sea urchin, surf clams, Hanasaki crabs, Japanese flying squid, asparagus, Yubari melon and cherries. Prized prime cuts derived from the Hokkaido Tokachi Wagyu are perfectly paired with seasonal organic ingredients such as asparagus, potatoes and pumpkin while sweet confections tantalise with fruit harvests from the orchard, rich dairy and artisanal cheeses.

Niseko welcomes the cherry blossom season from early May and visitors can take pleasure in the beauty of the cherry blossom trees around Niseko in the company of your loved ones. The warmth of spring creates the perfect opportunity for everyone to enjoy the splendid flowers amidst nature and these are the locations to view the iconic cherry blossoms:

  • Soga Forest – Niseko Town
  • Arishima Memorial Museum – Niseko Town
  • Twin Cherry Trees – Niseko Town
  • Lan Lan Park – Rankoshi
  • Makkari Shrine

The shape of the clouds, the colour of the sky, the hues of the leaves – as the seasons pass, the landscape subtly changes as to be nearly imperceptible to the human eye. Niseko’s beauty often reveals itself when we least expect it, a serendipitous moment of wonder that excites the imagination, sweetens the palate and moves the heart.

Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve was named in Travel + Leisure It List 2021. T+L’s guide to the essential openings of the past year saw their editors and writers visit 29 countries in their quest for the most exciting and unforgettable new hotel openings.

For more information on Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve and reservation enquiries, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/higashiyamanisekovillage or email [email protected].

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Bethesda, MD, part of Marriott International, Inc., currently operates more than 100 hotels in 32 countries and territories. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, for the latest company updates, visit news.marriott.com and to join the live conversation, use #RCMemories and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR). The Ritz-Carlton is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.com.


H.I.S. Joins Niseko Tourism

Hokkaido International School Joins Niseko Tourism


We are excited to introduce to you Hokkaido International School- Niseko.  

Hokkaido International School Niseko, opened on January 23rd, 2012 and has become a learning option for both long and short-term expatriate families in the Shirebeshi region. We will celebrate our 10th anniversary in the 2021-2022 academic year.

HIS Niseko is part of the only WASC-accredited, JCIS-member International School in Hokkaido, which has a 62-year history of academic excellence. HIS Niseko will open a Middle School in August, 2021. The school has hired a founding teacher and is to use the International Middle Years Curriculum. (IMYC) 

Milepost 1 and Milepost 3 learn via Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop, SIngapore Mathematics, International Primary Curriculum and Japanese language learning.

Early Years is Reggio Emilia inspired as we focus on transcending the key elements of inquiry-based learning: It is a holistic approach of education which is not child-centred or teacher-directed. The EY “curriculum”is child-originated (emergent) and teacher-framed based on the idea of wonderment. Subject areas encompassed in the emergent program are literacy, numeracy, science, environmental studies, creative expressions, student-based interest learning, and phonics. 

With HIS Sapporo only two hours away, the Sapporo dormitory provides an excellent option for Niseko families whose children graduate from the HIS Niseko School.

HIS Niseko is committed to offering some degree of financial assistance to families that demonstrate financial need in paying tuition.

For more information, please contact:

Liene Lase
Administrative Assistant
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 81 (0)136-55-5252


CacaoCrown Niseko Chocolate

Cacao Crown - Niseko Chocolate

Niseko Takahashi Farm Announces Local Chocolate Brand

CacaoCrown Niseko Chocolate

"Milk from our Own Ranch x Cacao Beans Roasted In-house"

Niseko Takahashi Dairy Farm (also known as Milk Kobo) has announced a new line of chocolate products under the new brand “Cacao Crown”.

All the products are made locally from cacao beans imported from around the world. Each type of bean brings it’s own individuality and flavor offering a rich experience with each bite. The beans are processed locally and crafted together with Takahashi Dairy Farms very own milk using their own special recipe.

Cacao Crown will be offering a variety of products including, chocolate bars, ganash, chocolate milk jam, cacao nibs, soft cream, and more. All these products and more can be found at Takahashi Dairy farm where a new cafe space has been added for Cacao Crown products. The Cacao Crown cafe was opened to the public on April 26.

For more information make sure to check out Cacao Crown’s website.

Hanazono Tree Trekking

Hanazono Tree Trekking Makes its Debut

One of the largest and most exciting tree trekking courses is now available at Hanazono!

Hanazono Adventure Park

Tree trekking and tree walk courses will open at Niseko Hanazono Resort this spring. This is the first step in the transformation of Hanazono into a hub for summer activities.

The Hanazono tree trekking course is made up of five courses and is one of the largest in Hokkaido and is nestled at the foot of Mt. Annupuri. The tree walk course will be open to the public and is free of charge.

Tree Trekking

The five courses are divided into beginner and intermediate and have been created by highly skilled professionals from Estonia. The courses have been built to the highest standards with safety at the forefront of the design. With safety in mind, the courses are open to individuals who are 120cm or taller.


The courses have been designed so that they can be enjoyed over and over again. Hanazono’s Tree Trekking course is one of the largest in Hokkaido and will be the new center for activities in Niseko – especially for families.

Tree Walk

The Tree Walk offers stunning views at the top of the course area and is open to the public free of charge. Climb through the lush forests and hills of Niseko and enjoy views of Mt. Yotei on clear days.

Tree Trekking Video: https://youtu.be/CXG4dZISMzo

Contact for inquiries regarding Tree Trekking

Japan Harmony Resort Co. Ltd. Marketing Department (Contact: Shibuya-san)

Phone: 0136-21-6600

Email: [email protected]

Website: hanazononiseko.com


KAMIMURA Partners with IGURU - Now Delivers

French fine-dining delivered to your home!
KAMIMURA launches delivery service to Kutchan & Niseko Town

~Partnering with Niseko's food delivery service "IGURU"~

“KAMIMURA” (Location: Niseko Hirafu-area, Hokkaido, Chef: Yuichi Kamimura), is pleased to announce a new delivery service with local business “IGURU”, bringing KAMIMURA meals to homes in Kutchan-cho and Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun.

We have created a meal-kit that allows our guests to easily recreate the tastes of the restaurant awarded one star on ‘Michelin Guide Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition’ at home. As COVID-19 precautions and restrictions continue, we are excited to offer our guests the option to enjoy a special and relaxing meal at home or at a local hotel or guesthouse.


KAMIMURA「Our Delivery Service」

  1. The service is available the entire area of Kutchan & Niseko town at a fixed price 1,000 yen per delivery, you can choose the date and the time to deliver.
  2.  Chef Yuichi Kamimura himself researched and designed recipes most suitable for delivery, focusing on replicating the taste of the restaurant. We only offer a carefully considered menu that we can deliver with confidence.
  3. All the dishes you receive are in pre-made kits, with everything you need, even the seasonings. The
    process is simple, just “warm and serve”. Not only is it possible at home, but also when you are staying in hotels or apartments where cooking utensils and equipment are likely to be restricted. You can prepare a French fine-dining meal at home in just a few minutes!

Background Story of The Project

KAMIMURA is located in “Shiki Niseko” in the center of Niseko Hirafu, and until now, we have mainly
served guests in our restaurant who come from both Japan and overseas.

However, due to the impact of COVID-19 over the past year, we have reduced our restaurant capacity to avoid over-crowding and ensure the safety of our guests. As a result, we have heard from many guests that they “would love to enjoy KAMIMURA at home.” In December of last year, we began selling the dinner meal kits to guests staying at the Chatrium Hotel and a small number of other accommodations nearby.

Now, we are partnering with IGURU to deliver KAMIMURA to private homes and accommodation providers throughout Kutchan and Niseko from 24th March 2021.


How/When to use the service.

  • Celebrate a special moment, such as an anniversary with a delicious dinner at home.
  • Create a memorable evening during your vacation in Niseko, without leaving your accommodation.
  • Gift a delicious meal to family or friends who live and stay in Niseko.

* As the meal is cooked in hot water, you will need to prepare a pot of boiling water and a pot when you are ready to enjoy the dish.

About “IGURU”

We will offer this delivery service through a partnership with “IGURU”, who provide food delivery services in the Niseko area. In addition to KAMIMURA, IGURU offer meals from other local restaurants in Niseko and can also deliver a supermarket shop direct to you. If you want to purchase the KAMIMURA menu together with other products, you can order directly from the IGURU website.

【The Ordering Options】

  1. Select “Delivery” from the order screen of the online store KAMIMURA at HOME.
    * You can also choose to pick up at the store or shipment. https://kamimura-100302.square.site/
  2. Order directly from IGURU. https://www.igurujapan.com
  • Delivery fee: 1000 yen (tax included) per case
  • Delivery date and time: Thursday – Sunday 15:30 to 18:00 can be specified.
  • Delivery area: Kutchan-cho and Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido

【Our Products】
Braised Hokkaido Wagyu with Red Wine with Niseko Potato Puree
Price: 3,000 yen per kit (190g)incl. Tax
Best Before: One week from the delivery date or the next day after defrosting.
Storage: Store in the freezer
Manufacturer: KAMIMURA GK


  • A wonderful main dish that heroes, Japanese Wagyu beef from Hokkaido. The beef is simmered until it is soft and in delicious harmony with the red wine sauce. It is accompanied by a potato puree using local Niseko potato “Danshaku” and sea salt.
  • The sauce is a homemade recipe with a variety of local vegetables and veal from Hokkaido boiled down to intensify the flavor. The recipe includes the Japanese beef soup stock inherited from the father of Chef Kamimura, who has been running a restaurant for over 50 years, and red wine from Hokkaido (Zweigelt from Yoichi). It is simmered slowly until the water is gone to produce a rich flavor.
  • The potatoes used for the puree are from Niseko “Masuhara Farm”. Grape seed oil is used to bring out a\light and smooth texture. To finish off, sprinkle with Maldon sea salt, which has a history of more than 200 years in England and produces a mellow salty taste.

* To prepare the meal, warm the pack containing the food in a hot water bath.
* No preservatives are used. Consume as soon as possible after opening.

Niseko ‘Zeitaku’ Tomato and Hokkaido Seafood Soup
Price: 2,500 yen per kit (250g)incl. Tax
Best Before: One week from the delivery date or the next day after defrosting.
Storage: Store in the freezer
Manufacturer: KAMIMURA GK

Kamimura Take Out

  • A stewed bouillabaisse soup that uses the best locally-sourced seafood such as scallops, shrimp, crabs, clams, and white fish. We deliver it with a homemade basil oil, extra virgin oil and croutons for toppings.
  • Beginning with the chef’s selection of seasonal fish, crustaceans, and shellfish that are harvested at fishing grounds in the local coastal waters and finishes with herbs and spices such as Niseko’s “Zeitaku (luxury) tomatoes,” white wine, oregano, and basil, that bring their rich sweetness and sourness to the dish. All carefully simmered together to extract the perfect balance of flavors.
  • While delivering the richness of the seafood, the fruity finish of tomatoes adds a smooth texture to each bite. We recommend you enjoy this dish with a glass of cold white wine. Don’t forget to also order our homemade potato focaccia to soak with the last of the delicious soup!

* To prepare the meal, warm the pack containing the food in a hot water bath.
* No preservatives are used. Consume as soon as possible after opening.

Kamimura Truffle Butter
Kamimura Bread

We are also offering for delivery, our “Truffle Butter” (2500 yen) and “Potato Focaccia” (800 yen, both including tax), which are both loved as table butter and table bread in our restaurant.

About Owner Chef・Yuichi Kamimura
Yuichi Kamimura was born in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. After studying cooking philosophy and techniques at “Tetsuya’s”, one of the most revered restaurants in Sydney, Australia, he returned to Japan.

After running a restaurant in Sapporo, he opened the French restaurant “KAMIMURA” in 2007 in Niseko, an international resort where domestic and foreign tourists gather.

A creative French menu that uses abundant mountain produce and seafood from the magnificent Hokkaido as inspiration to incorporate the essence of Japanese and French cuisine.

Kamimura Restaurant awarded one star on “Michelin Guide Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition” and also won 2 hats in “Gault Millau 2021”.

We continue to provide each dish with ingredients from the beautiful nature of Hokkaido, and the charm of the rich ingredients of each season.

kamimura portrait

【Restaurant Information】
ADDRESS: First Floor, Shiki Niseko, 190-4 Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido
URL: https://www.kamimura-niseko.com/
【Delivery Company Information】
COMPANY: Away2 Japan GK
ADDRESS: 208-44 Takasago, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido
URL: https://www.igurujapan.com
【Inquiry for our Delivery Services】
KAMIMURA at HOME ※Online Shop
URL: https://kamimura-100302.square.site/
PHONE: 0136-21-2288
e-mail: [email protected]

Kamimura at home QR code

【Contact for this news letter】
PHONE:0136-21-2288 / MOBILE : 090-7642-0466
e-mail:[email protected]

2021 Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival Drive-in Cinema Wins Big!

The new event arises from COVID-19 crisis and showcases the unique spirit of Niseko to the audience around the world.

The Niseko Shootout organisers have done it again! The third annual Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival was projected on a 10m x 8m screen made of snow by local volunteers and was also broadcast internationally via YouTube Live on Saturday night, March 13th, 2021.

In all, there were 20 films entered from all over the world including U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Estonia, France, Scotland, etc and 18 films were shown during the fun-filled 2hr show hosted by Niseko Tourism Director John Barton and DMO Assistant Lily Vivas. Local filmers, judges, media and winners were able to join as guests, carpool style and shared their experience with the audience.

Only a limited number of people and cars were able to attend due to COVID-19 safety precautions.  Over 120 live viewers joined the event online during the night and over 1300 viewers have rewatched of the show since it aired.

The Niseko Shootout is now officially partnered with the Mountain Film Awards at Tigne, Verbier and Morzine. The winners and a few special films will be handpicked by Mountain Film Awards organizers and will be showcased on their website.

This year’s winning film was “What’s Your Name in Japan”, a 5-minute-long film directed by Julien Mazard showcasing all the excitement Japan has to offer: driving Mario kart on the street in Tokyo or dressed up as “Powder” Rangers and riding the Niseko Powder.

Taking second place was “Meaning of Snow” by Erica Tripp.

And in third place was “I am Niseko” by Darren Teasdale & Elsie Nielson from Niseko Photography.

The live show and all the films can be watched on the Niseko Tourism YouTube channel.

The Niseko Shootout Photography competition winners were also announced during the live event. The contest is a season long photography competition with entries made via the hashtag #nisekoshootout on Instagram. This winter there were over 1,200 photo entries in the three categories – Ski, Snowboard, Landscape.

2020-21 Niseko Shootout Winners (View all photos on Nisekoshoot Instagram)

Skiing Category Snowboarding Category Landscape Category
1st Place:@alister.buckingham 1st Place:@vivividedede 1st Place: @thejameswinfield
2nd Place: @mac_jp 2nd Place: @toshi_pander 2nd Place: @rujigallery
3rd Place: @ruairidhs 3rd Place: @96_taka 3rd Place: @applejak_jo

1st Place Landscape


1st Place Skiing


1st Place Snowboarding


Make sure to follow Niseko Shootout Instagram Account & Niseko Tourism SNS Platforms (FacebookInstagram & YouTube) to find out more about the Niseko Shootout Summer contest.

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

Sponsors/Partners: Niseko United, Powderlife ,Roko Skis, Gentemstick, Oyuki Japan, Rhythm Japan, Niseko 343, Boots Solution, Yama Plus, Iwanai Resort & Icelandic Skis

Michelin-starred KAMIMURA Restaurant in Niseko, Hokkaido Official Launch of Online Sales in Response to Truffle Butter Requests

Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, please enjoy the delicious bread and butter from Hokkaido at home.

KAMIMURA Restaurant (Location: Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, Chef: Yuichi Kamimura), is a 1-star French restaurant in Niseko, an international resort that boasts some of the best nature in Hokkaido. KAMIMURA team is proud to launch the online sales of their Truffle Butter, which has been loved by customers ever since they first opened.

KAMIMURA team has decided to sell their products online this year in response to requests from guests saying that "I can't go to a restaurant, but I want to enjoy the memorable taste at home”.

KAMIMURA Truffle Butter - 3 features

1. The unique scent that cannot be replaced with any ingredients is the individuality of truffles. A well balanced blend of fresh French black truffles and Italian black/white truffle oils so that you can enjoy the lingering taste.

2. Our focus is on "eating bread deliciously." The butter has a smooth texture that is enhanced with the taste of fresh mushrooms, the depth and strength of aged cheese and the elegant flavor of truffle.

3. All ingredients except truffles are from Hokkaido. Using unsalted butter from "Yotsuba Hokkaido" made from Tokachi's raw milk, Tokachi's high-quality mushrooms "Tokachi Mush", and hard Tantaka cheese from "Shiranuka Daikeisha" in Shiranuka Town.

Background of launching online sales

KAMIMURA Restaurant has been providing Truffle Butter as table butter since opening, and it has been so popular that many domestic and foreign customers who visited the restaurant have requested "I want to take it home", as a memory of Niseko. We have not previously sold the butter outside the restaurant, as we wanted to keep it unique to the dining experience. However, as the number of tourists has decreased due to the ongoing influence of COVID-19, many guests have told us "I can't go to restaurants, but I want to enjoy the memorable taste at home. I want to give it as a gift to my family and friends”. Chef Kamimura decided to sell it online for the first time in response to such requests from our quests. With restrictions placed on going out, we hope that everyone can enjoy eating our bread and butter at home, reminded of the charms of Niseko and Hokkaido. And we hope that our guests are able to visit Niseko again someday soon!

Niseko Tourism Website

Niseko comes to life online via new official website

Niseko Tourism's new website is now available in 3 different languages and more great functions to help you plan your next trip!

Niseko Tourism invites past or potential visitors to immerse themselves in Niseko’s four seasons via their new website which launched today.

The site acts as the central source of official information for tourists, and matches the modern atmosphere of Niseko.

Niseko Tourism Marketing Director Acme Wu says it is designed to create an immersive experience with a focus on high quality imagery of the Niseko area, as well as provide official up to date information on news and events.

“Visitors will be able to discover different aspects of Niseko as they navigate through each page of the site, and get a feel for the Niseko brand and holiday experience,” she said. 

Niseko Tourism Website

The new site is designed to carry out Niseko Tourism’s core aims for visitors:

  • Inspire tourists to visit Niseko
  • Help potential visitors plan their trip
  • Help guide tourists who are already in Niseko

Information about Niseko’s seasons and most popular activities has been expanded and made much more accessible. 

Website navigation has been greatly improved making it much easier to find information such as activities, onsen, and how to get to Niseko. 

Additionally, a new “plan a trip section” has been added to provide useful tools for visitors to plan and customise their trip. 

plan a trip

The website has been made available in three languages – English, Japanese and Chinese. Chinese was not available on the old website, and was added due to the ever increasing number of tourists visiting Niseko coming from Chinese-speaking countries.

The Niseko area is popular with tourists from all over the world, and this new website was designed to appeal to an international audience as well as the Japanese market.

The site is integrated with a Chatbot virtual assistant which answers questions to help visitors before they arrive or when they are here.

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. It was selected as the 32 important DMO of Japan Tourism Agency in August, 2020.


Email: [email protected]

Phone: (+81)136-21-2551

COVID Inspires Niseko Ski Resort to Build Giant Snow Screen for Drive-in Film Festival

A 10 x 8 metre wall of snow will form a pop-up drive-in movie screen for the Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival this Saturday night (13 March).

More than 18 Niseko-centric short films will be streamed live around the world from the festival, which will have Niseko’s Mt Yotei volcano looming as an epic backdrop to the event.

Niseko is Japan’s premier international ski resort, famous for its abundant, dry powder snowfall every winter.

Niseko Shootout Organiser Winse Heyward said there was more than enough snowfall this winter to form the giant screen.

“To the end of February we’ve had about 15m of cumulative snowfall,” Heyward said.

“They actually need to load excess snow in the village into trucks and drive it to snow dumps, so there was no shortage of snow around to make this screen.

“It’s the first time we’ve done the Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival like this – previously we held it indoors at the Hanazono resort base centre and had more than 400 people attend.

“Because of COVID we needed to think outside the box – necessity is the mother of invention and now we have this unique new event.”


Crowd numbers at the event are limited to ensure COVID-19 safety.

The event will be hosted by Radio Niseko Announcer and Niseko Tourism Director John Barton, and Niseko Tourism DMO Assistant Lily Vivas.

This year’s films were submitted from within Japan and internationally from France, Scotland, Estonia, Australia, USA, Canada and more.


To watch teasers or join the livestream go to Niseko Tourism’s Youtube channel.

Stay up to date with Niseko Shootout by following Niseko Tourism on: Facebook & Instagram.

View 2020-21 Niseko Shootout Winners photos at Niseko Shootout’s Instagram account.


Update: Watch the replay of the live broadcast event on YouTube:


About Niseko Shootout

Niseko Shootout is the official Niseko Tourism photography and film competition series. It incorporates winter and summer Instagram-based photo competitions, with photos hashtagged #nisekoshootout eligible to win; the 4-day winter Niseko Shootout ProAm photography competition; and the Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival.

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. It was selected as one of the 32 most important DMO's in Japan by the Japan Tourism Agency in August 2020.


Niseko Tourism

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (+81)136-21-2551

Niseko Photo Book Released

Remote winter landscapes and the world-famous snow of Hokkaido can be shipped around the globe this winter thanks to a new photo book out of Niseko.

Published in the midst of international travel restrictions, Between Air & Water is the second Hokkaido photo book by Australian photographer and long-time Niseko resident Aaron Jamieson.

It is the first in a set of four books Jamieson plans to release in coming years – each will celebrate one of Hokkaido’s four distinct seasons.

Winter and Hokkaido’s mythical snow – a medium “between air and water” – is the central theme of the first book.

Jamieson says it is a hand-picked collection of some of the most poignant winter-season photos he has taken over 15 years living in and exploring Hokkaido.

“There is so much to Hokkaido, in many ways still a wild frontier that it would take several lifetimes to explore and this is what inspires me to continue the sojourn and continue sharing what I’ve been lucky to have seen.

“I wanted to take readers on a journey across the island during the unique winter months, through landscapes that most people would never see. Documenting the beauty of Hokkaido’s winters can be challenging and sometimes outright torturous, this only makes sharing these images all the more rewarding.”

Between Air & Water is available in Niseko at AJ Gallery and Gentemstick Niseko Showroom.

It can be ordered online with free international shipping via @AJgalleryniseko on Instagram or by emailing [email protected].

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