2021 Niseko Summer Shootout Winners

2021 Niseko Summer Shootout Winner Announcement

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

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

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

Now drum roll please: here are the winners!

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


New Niseko Travel Journey

For A Safer Journey

​COVID-19 has taken every one us by shock. Borders shut, confinement was imposed/has been imposed in many parts of the world and Japan has taken its own measures to tackle this global health issue.

Respecting the pandemic, New Niseko Travel Journey was introduced. Same as any other as they have been always, these guidelines help you to remind you to protect yourself and protect the community.

A brighter tourism future shall be ahead of us, but for a while, we must to learn to live with the given conditions in order to still enjoy traveling.

For the PDF version of the photo, click HERE.

Check out the COVID guidelines from Niseko United HERE.

Pre Trip

  • Cancel your trip if you feel sick
  • Don't forget your mask
  • Download the COCOA app & the Official Niseko App

During The Trip

  • Wash & sanitize your hands regularly
  • Wear a mask
  • Temperature check on arrival & every morning
  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid crowded spots
  • Keep distance at restaurants
  • Don't touch souvenirs while shopping
  • Use cashless payment

After The Trip

  • Make sure to check your temperature during the two weeks after your trip
  • If you tested positive after your PCR test, register your result on the COCOA app and inform all contacts and businesses you visited. Please also contact Kutchan Health Centre Tel: 0136-23-1957 (Office Hours: Weekdays 8:45-17:00)

2021-22 Niseko United Opening Dates

Mark These Dates on Your Calendars!

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

Annupuri 

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

Niseko Village

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

Grand Hirafu

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

Hanazono

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

Dates subject to change due to weather conditions.

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


Niseko Autumn Food Festival NAFF

Niseko Autumn Food Festival (Cancelled)

Cancelled

We regret to announce the 2021 Niseko Autumn Food Festival is cancelled.

(Updated: 9 September 2021)

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    Eighteen of Niseko’s most famous restaurants and bars will showcase their special dishes and drinks for the festival using the freshest autumn harvest produce. Different live performances every day make your stay this September more lively, no pun intended.

    This year, Summerlife is the event’s major sponsor and excited to help make this the biggest and best festival yet. Please come to support this eco-focused event and enjoy the autumn fun Niseko has to offer.

    Event Production Partner: Made in Hokkaido

    Event Major Sponsor: Summerlife

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    Until NAFF Starts

    Special Offers

    H2 Group

    Book 1 Night, Get 2nd Night 50% Off

    Book h2 Group

    Holiday Niseko

    Book 2 Nights, Get 3rd Night FREE

    Book Holiday Niseko

    Hinode Hills Niseko Village

    Event Special Offer

    Book Hinode Hills Niseko Village

    Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

    Event Special Offer

    Book Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

    Hilton Niseko Village

    Event Special Offer

    Book Hilton Niseko Village

    MnK Niseko

    Up to 40% off

    Book MnK Niseko

    Chatrium Niseko

    Free Eco Bag & Eco Stay

    Book Chatrium Niseko

    Niseko Portfolio

    Exclusive NAFF offer 15% off

    Book Niseko Portfolio

    NISADE

    Up to 40% off

    Book NISADE

    Chalet Ivy Hirafu

    30% off

    Book Chalet Ivy Hirafu

    TAIGA

    Book 1 night and get 2nd night 50% off

    Book Taiga Niseko

    Access

    Getting to Niseko Autumn Food Festival is easier than ever! Free shuttles will operate between the event site and Kutchan Train station throughout the day and in the evenings.

    The best way to get to Niseko Autumn Food Festival is to get the train to Kutchan Station and then catch a free shuttle bus to the event.

    Download Shuttle Schedule

    Shuttle Schedule is Tentative. The schedule will be confirmed on September 9th.

    Car Parking spaces are available at Niseko Village opposite the Hinode Hills Hotel. Guests are asked to park here and then walk or take a free resort shuttle a few minutes to the event.

    There are two main routes when driving from Sapporo. The first uses the Sasson Expressway towards Otaru. When approaching Otaru on the highway, follow the signs to Kutchan via the Shiribeshi Expressway.

    The second route takes drivers via route 230 through Nakayama Toge. This is a slightly longer route but is toll-free.

    Itineraries

    Day 1


    Tree Trekking or Tree Walk

    Ice Cream Making Workshop

    Dinner at Niseko Autumn Food Festival

    Day 2


    Hot Air Balloon

    PURE Niseko

    Dinner at Niseko Autumn Food Festival

    Day 3


    Cycling

    Lunch at Niseko Autumn Food Festival

    Enjoy Live Music at Niseko Autumn Food Festival


    Day 1


    Cycling

    Spa & Relaxation

    Dinner at Niseko Autumn Food Festival

    Day 2


    Hike Mt. Annupuri

    Toshiro’s Bar Cocktail Workshop at Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

    Dinner at Niseko Autumn Food Festival

    Day 3


    Hot Air Balloon

    Lunch at Niseko Autumn Food Festival

    Enjoy Live Music at Niseko Autumn Food Festival

    Bonus


    SUP

    Golf

    Massage Workshop

    Visit Lake Hangetsu


    Day 1


    Visit Shinsenuma Marsh

    Horse Riding

    Dinner at Niseko Autumn Food Festival

    Day 2


    Yoga

    Toshiro’s Bar Cocktail Workshop at Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

    Dinner at Niseko Autumn Food Festival

    Day 3


    Visit Wild Onsen

    Lunch at Niseko Autumn Food Festival

    Enjoy Live Music at Niseko Autumn Food Festival


    Pet Friendly


    The Niseko Autumn Food Festival is a Pet Friendly event! Make sure to bring your furry friends to enjoy the festivities!

    • PURE Dog Run
    • SUP
    • Milk Kobo

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    COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

    To hold this great event safely, attendees must follow COVID-19 safety measures. Please scan or click the QR-code to register your email address with the Hokkaido COVID-19 info system.

    We will check the confirmation email at the event.

    Event Major Sponsor

    Thanks to all our Partners & Sponsors

    Check out the Action from 2020


    Niseko BBQ

    Glamping BBQ Hokkaido Style

    Glamping BBQ Hokkaido Style - presented by Upashi Seta @ SnowDog Village

    Come enjoy a special BBQ in the beautiful forest of SnowDog Village in Niseko!
    Showcasing the very best local produce of Hokkaido and Niseko.
    We are excited to announce the Special Summer BBQ Menu at the restaurant UPASHI SETA at SnowDog Village this summer.


    Niseko Gourmet BBQ

    Summer BBQ in Niseko

    Summertime is Barbecue Time

    Summer in Niseko is the perfect time to spark up the barbecue outside your chalet and enjoy the local produce with your family and friends. Allow us to take away the hassle of sourcing ingredients and enjoy delicious meals thanks to gourmet barbecue sets delivered to your doorstep. Choose from our two delicious sets featuring locally grown vegetables, organic rice, and high-quality meats.

    Niseko Gourmet BBQ

    Try the Mount Annupuri Set and celebrate Hokkaido’s renowned produce. The set includes Hokkaido pork loin, beef Calvi, marinated chicken wings, shrimp skewer, wiener sausage, rice balls with organic Kutchan rice, and a vast selection of locally sourced vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, peppers, onions, pumpkin, corn cobs, eringi mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. Set comes with salt, pepper, barbecue sauce and lemon.

    Minimum order: 4 pax
    Price: 4,000JPY per person plus 3,000JPY delivery

    Surf and turf more your style? Order the Mount Yotei Set which includes Hokkaido pork loin, beef sirloin, hokke fish, marinated chicken wings with salt, shrimp skewer, weiner sausage, rice balls with organic Kutchan rice, garlic baguette, and a vast selection of locally sourced vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, peppers, onions, pumpkin, corn cobs, eringi mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. Inclusive of salt, pepper, barbecue sauce and lemon.

    Minimum order: 4 pax
    Price: 7,000JPY per person plus 3,000JPY delivery

    Sharpen Your Cooking Skills

    Your stay in Niseko is the perfect opportunity to sharpen your skills in the kitchen with our resident Chef Chisato Amagai, co-author of the award-winning cookbook Harvest Niseko.

    Classes are relaxed and delicious, socially-distanced yet hands-on. All the ingredients and necessary equipment required for the session will be provided. You don’t want to miss this.

    MENU:

    Tofu and wakame miso soup
    Chicken teriyaki
    Furofuki daikon (braised radish with miso)
    White Japanese rice steamed with multigrain rice
    Pickled cucumbers

    Price: 35,000JPY for 1-3 pax and 11,000JPY per person for 4-6 pax

    All menus are subject to availability. We also offer provisioning and gourmet meal delivery services. Get in touch with us for more information.

    Our chalets follow strict hygiene protocols and are meticulously sanitised. When you avail our gourmet services, rest assured that our staff is masked while on duty, highly trained, and routinely tested.


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    2021 Niseko Annupuri Summer Gondola

    Niseko Annupuri Summer Gondola Starts July 22nd!

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

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

    Operating Date: weekend and public holiday

    Time: 9:00 – 16:30 (Last ride: 16:00)

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

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

    *Child (Age 7-12)

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

    MORE DETAILS HERE


    Niseko Summer Shootout 2021

    2021 Niseko Summer Shootout Starts Friday, July 16th!

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

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

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

    1st Place Prize ¥10,000 cash

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

    2nd Place Prize ¥5,000 cash

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

    3rd Place Prize ¥3,000 cash

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

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

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

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

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

    Full contest rules:

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


    2021 Niseko Summer Bus Schedule

    2021 Niseko Summer Bus Schedule is Here!

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

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

    You can download the PDF Here.

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


    2021 Lupicia Summer Operation

    Come Enjoy La villa LUPICIA Restaurant & Beer Garden.

    La villa LUPICIA Restaurant is open on the following dates.

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