Niseko Tourism The Official Home of Niseko Wed, 30 Nov 2022 02:12:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Niseko Tourism 32 32 Hilton Niseko Village – Appointment of New General Manager – Anthony Marrinan Tue, 29 Nov 2022 08:50:50 +0000 The post Hilton Niseko Village – Appointment of New General Manager – Anthony Marrinan appeared first on Niseko Tourism.


Anthony Marrinan, Appointment of New General Manager

Hilton Niseko Village is pleased to announce Anthony Marrinan (Hereinafter referred to as Tony) has been appointed as the new General Manager.

Tony who has more than 25 years experience as General Manager, started his career in hospitality from a traditional hotel in the UK. After he experienced various roles in the industry, he took his first role as General Manager at the hotel managed by Forte Hotel Group in UK, Australia. In 2009, he opened InterContinental Sanya Resort in China and InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam successfully as General Manager.

From 2013, he joined Hilton and he was assigned to cluster General Manager of Conrad Dalian and Hilton Dalian. In 2017, he became Area General Manager of Beijing and was leading entire Hilton hotels in Beijing.

From now on he will be leading Hilton Niseko Village which is located in the world famous snow resort “Niseko”, and the hotel has 506 rooms, 6 restaurants and large banquet spaces. Tony said “I am so much looking forward to living in Japan and enjoying the beauty of Niseko and Hokkaido. The ski in / ski out Hilton Niseko Village has long been a favourite for international and domestic guests and I am looking forward to welcoming guests from all over the world in search of the best powder snow.”

About Hilton Niseko Village

Hilton Niseko Village, which opened on 1 July 2008, overlook magnificent views of Mt. Yotei and offer a rich and varied activity menu with seasonal attractions from skiing and snowboarding on world-class powder snow in winter to gold, horse riding, rafting, tennis and hiking in summer. The hotel offers a relaxed lobby with fireplace, spacious modern rooms, a restaurant and bar serving international flavours, and natural hot springs. Hilton Niseko Village is the perfect place to stay in Niseko. For more information on Hilton Niseko Village please visit the website.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

For over a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has set the benchmark for hospitality around the world, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests’ evolving needs. With nearly 600 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties are located in the world’s most sought-after destinations for guests who know that where they stay matters. Experience a positive stay at Hilton Hotels & Resorts by booking at or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channel have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Hilton Hotels & Resorts at, and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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2022-23 Winter Season Guide – Everything you need Tue, 29 Nov 2022 05:30:45 +0000 The post 2022-23 Winter Season Guide – Everything you need appeared first on Niseko Tourism.


2022-23 Winter Season Guide

Everything you need for the winter season

Skiing in Niseko

We’ve put everything you need for the 2022-2023 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.

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.

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. It runs from 8:00am – 7:28pm when night skiing is on, and 8:00am – 5:28pm when there is no night skiing.

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

Niseko United Trail Map 2023

The Niseko trail map for the 2022-23 winter season can be downloaded directly from our 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 use of the Niseko United shuttle for free.

A 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 dates 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. Hirafu and Hanazono passes can also be purchased online.

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.

Season passes can be purchased from the Grand Hirafu Mountain Center in Hirafu.

See each website for full lift pass prices.

5. Lift Schedule

Ski Area Operational Dates

Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area December 3, 2022 – May 7, 2023
Niseko Village Ski Resort December 3, 2022 – April 2, 2023
Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU December 3, 2022 – May 7, 2023
Niseko Hanazono Resort December 3, 2022 – April 9, 2023

*Opening days and hours are subject to change.

Night Ski December 17, 2022 (Sat) – March 19, 2023 (Sun)

6. Wine & Dine

The lounge dining at Park Hyatt Niseko

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.

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). For detailed information, check out the full document provided by Kutchan Town here.

Parking at Hirafu Welcome Center

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Shiguchi – Experience the extraordinary: A new generation of Japanese hospitality and culture Thu, 24 Nov 2022 07:44:25 +0000 The post Shiguchi – Experience the extraordinary: A new generation of Japanese hospitality and culture appeared first on Niseko Tourism.


Experience the extraordinary: A new generation of Japanese hospitality and culture

Aisatsu 挨拶

Welcome to our new SHIGUCHI newsletter (previously the SEKKASTYLE newsletter).

A lot has happened over the last few years, and we hope this mail finds you all in good health and spirits.
We have been kept busy here in Niseko with constructing our kominka (traditional Japanese farmhouses) villas and are pleased to announce that we opened them back in May of this year.
As the snow starts falling on the mountaintops surrounding us, we begin to feel the excitement build as we anticipate another approaching winter full of the dry powder snow that Niseko is so famous for.
The added excitement this year comes with the recent opening of the Japanese borders, which means we will finally get to see your smiling faces again.
If you still need to book your stay, please get in touch, as we are sure you would enjoy relaxing in one of our private hot spring baths inside each of our five villas.

– Shouya & Shiguchi team


An unrivalled experience of a unique world of architecture, art and nature.

A blend of traditional design and contemporary comfort, our five villas offer peaceful, spacious accommodations with a private onsen and a terrace. Each villa has panoramic views over the valley and forest with no other buildings in sight.

SOMOZA / そもざ

Savour a splendid array of seasonal Hokkaido produce prepared by Chef Ozeki Tatsuya, whose culinary creativity places SHIGUCHI at the forefront of Niseko cuisine. SOMOZA sommelier Katsuyuki Sasaki’s encyclopedic knowledge of wine pairs with the cuisine, giving new insights into Hokkaido wines, craft beers and whiskies.
Shiguchi in-house guests enjoy complimentary breakfast and priority bookings for our ‘Hokkaido thru the ages’ experiential dinner course.


People, places and found objects that inspire us from our travels within Japan and around the world.

Tsujimura Shiro

One of the leading ceramic artists of Japan, Tsujimura’s art and approach are founded on the beauty and purity of the earth and its relationship and transformation with nature and fire. Tsujimura’s creative and artistic personality is anything but conventional. Inspired, in 1965, by a classic Ido tea bowl from the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, ancient Japanese and Korean techniques and traditions, and from his experience in the Zen temple of Sanshoji, Tsujimura’s work is based on a strict relationship with the past and his uncompromising individuality.


For every issue, we will introduce a word, object or ‘something’ from Japan that we find interesting and hopefully, you will too.


Probably one of the most defining of the Japanese aesthetic sensibilities, wabi-sabi, as writer Leonard Koren wrote in his book Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, “is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete; a beauty of things modest and humble; a beauty of things unconventional…”
Anyone who has visited any of Shouya’s projects in the past would see many examples of wabi-sabi as it is, without doubt, the underlying design aesthetic but, more importantly, the underlying philosophy behind what he creates.
Introducing a little wabi-sabi into our daily lives can help us navigate the modern-day struggles of striving for perfection.


The beauty of Hokkaido as seen through the eyes of Shouya Grigg, Somoza and Shiguchi’s creative director and founder.

Shouya’s work is on permanent display in the Somoza and Shiguchi galleries and limited edition fine art washi prints are available for purchase.

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Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono 2022-2023 Powder Season Thu, 24 Nov 2022 07:12:29 +0000 The post Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono 2022-2023 Powder Season appeared first on Niseko Tourism.



This year’s winter season is set to open on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Park Hyatt Niseko is set in a spectacular natural landscape with stunning views across the Annupuri ranges and Mount Yotei with a state of art ski-in, ski-out facilities. The hotel embodies personal luxury for global connoisseurs to offer a seamless ski experience with some of the world’s finest powder snow.

Coming winter, Park Hyatt Niseko welcomes guests with creative festive menus, live performances with a Las Vegas musician, and fireworks to create winter magic in Niseko.

Photo: Ben Richards

Signature Afternoon Tea

Returning this year! The Lounge offers a stunning winter signature afternoon tea from December 1, in an exclusive collaboration between the leading ski brand K2, Pierre Hermé Paris, and Park Hyatt Niseko.
After an exhilarating day on the slopes, you can continue the excitement and enjoy our Pierre Hermé signature sweets riding on K2 skis in the comfort and luxurious, The Lounge. This carefully tailored course combines sweet and savory flavors with Hokkaido-sourced ingredients and delectable original sweets and scones by Pierre Hermé Paris. Each course comes with a paired original cocktail and a choice of tea from our range of herbal and fragrant tea selections.

Location: The Lounge, Lobby Floor – Hotel
Time: 14:00 -17:00 (daily)


Robata means “near the fireplace.” Relish yourself to grilled fresh seafood and local vegetables while enjoying the crackling sound of charcoal. Grilled Hokkaido scallops braised in butter and soy sauce, Kinki Fish, and King Crab are some of the best local delicacies that can be enjoyed here.
Shabu Shabu course with Hokkaido beef and local vegetables is available from December 2. Under the expertise of our Robata’s Chef Kato, make your choice between the freshest produce of the day paired with a selection of sake, local beers, and international wines.

Location: First Floor – Residences

Time: Robata will be open from December 2,  17:00 -22:00 (Weekly closing days are Tuesdays & Wednesdays)


China Kitchen

Led by the new Chef Hu Peng, originally from Qingdao, China Kitchen offers a Cantonese cuisine faithful to the flavor of its ingredients to the aromatic spiciness of Sichuan; experience the very best of China’s rich culinary heritage in Niseko.
In addition to the vast array of choices from our à la carte menu, savor authentic Sichuan Hot Pot with a variety of Hokkaido’s premium ingredients, including beef, lamb, fresh vegetables, mushrooms, shrimp, and seafood from December 2. You can enjoy a good balance of two soups, from a rich and nutritious house-made broth using a Hokkaido chicken simmering for 5 hours and a spicy Sichuan broth.
As the cold weather sets in, warm yourself up with the tasty, perfectly spicy Sichuan-style hotpot at China Kitchen.

China Kitchen’s famous Dim Sum Brunch is continued on weekends and public holidays. Please enjoy the order buffet, where you can order as much as you like from about 30 menus, from juicy roast dishes to steamed dishes, fried dishes, noodles, rice, and desserts.

Location: First Floor – Residences

Time: Lunch 11:30 –14:00,  Dinnner 17:00 – 22:00 (Weekly closing days are Wednesdays & Thursdays)



Traditional Japanese and French-inspired teppan menus are carefully prepared at our teppan counters. The premium “Hanazono course” features the precious A5-ranked Shiraoi beef fillet, fresh scallops, Hokkaido Kasube fish, and Teppan’s special garlic rice with hairy crab and salmon roe will be available from December 1.

Location: First Floor – Residences

Time: Dinner from 17:00 – 21:30 (last entry)  (One day prior booking is required. Weekly closing days are Sundays & Mondays.)



Olivio’s winter menu focuses on authentic Tuscan cuisine while keeping some of the restaurant’s most popular items. The inspired lineup features high-quality local ingredients and includes such delectable dishes as braised Hokkaido lamb alla cacciatora, acqua pazza made with fresh Hokkaido seafood, and a specialty Hokkaido beef tagliata. Special festive menus are also available on Christmas and New Year, featuring the finest flavors of ravioli with fresh lobster, braised beef cheek, or Hokkaido Takikawa duck leg confit to celebrate with family and friends.

Location: First Floor – Residences

Time: Lunch 11:30 –14:00,  Dinnner 17:00 – 22:00, (Weekly closing days are Mondays & Tuesdays)



Park Hyatt Niseko is in an exclusive partnership with Pierre Hermé Paris. Inspiring festive lineups are available at Deli, such as “Bûche Fraise Pistache” with a rich and distinct flavor of pistachio, our signature “Cheesecake Hokkaido” (both exclusive at Park Hyatt Niseko), and fascinating “Calendrier de l’Avent Signature Noël” from this season’s Lumières de Paris series.

Location: First Floor – Residences

Time:11:00 – 20:00

Online Reservations:

Live Entertainment with Daniel Park

Park Hyatt Niseko is thrilled to announce the Japan debut of Daniel Park as the evening entertainment at The Bar beginning December 14, 2022, Tuesday through Sunday.
Before settling in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2012, Daniel Park was in a state of “permanent touring,” traveling all over the Southwest and West Coast, performing over 300 shows a year. Over that period, Daniel developed a distinctive sound for his live shows through his use of the electric violin and looping. Daniel’s accolades include one of the top 100 acts in Season 7 of America’s Got Talent, and he also performed at many prestigious hotels internationally, including Park Hyatt Beijing.

Fireworks at Hanazono

Hanazono’s sky will be vividly illuminated with fireworks every Saturday from December 24, through February 25.
Whether to watch it after night skiing at Hanazono, our dining venues, or inside the comfort of your bedroom, this will be an unforgettable experience at the Park Hyatt Niseko.


The Spa

A reawakening of body and mind awaits you – a proper reconnection with Hokkaido’s pristine nature and natural energy. The Spa at Park Hyatt Niseko offers healing and relaxing therapies, including de-stressing body massages and facial treatments, using Sisley Paris’ luxury high-performance plant-based skincare products.


For more information, please visit

Photo: Ben Richards

About Park Hyatt


Park Hyatt hotels provide discerning, global travelers with a refined home-away-from-home. Guests of Park Hyatt hotels receive quietly confident and personalized service in an enriching environment. Located in several of the world’s premier destinations, each Park Hyatt hotel is custom designed to combine sophistication with understated luxury. Park Hyatt hotels feature well-appointed guestrooms, world-renowned artwork and design, rare and immersive culinary experiences, and signature restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. There are currently 45 Park Hyatt hotels in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Auckland, Bangkok, Beaver Creek, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Busan, Canberra, Changbaishan, Carlsbad, Chennai, Chicago, Doha, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hangzhou, Hyderabad, Istanbul, Jeddah, Kyoto, Maldives, Melbourne, Mendoza, Milan, Moscow, New York, Ningbo, Niseko, Paris, Saigon, Sanya, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Siem Reap, St. Kitts, Suzhou, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Washington, D.C., Zanzibar, and Zurich. For more information, please visit For more information, please visit Follow @ParkHyatt on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and tag photos with #LuxuryIsPersonal.

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HIS Niseko Santa Project 2022 Tue, 22 Nov 2022 04:11:40 +0000 The post HIS Niseko Santa Project 2022 appeared first on Niseko Tourism.


Every child deserves joy. 

This December 17, for the 8th Christmas in a row, HIS Niseko Santa Project will deliver packages of requested gifts to the child residents of local group homes based in Iwanai and Rankoshi. HIS Niseko’s friends, Rie Pickering and Ami Small began this project many years ago. We are proud to build upon their founding achievements.

HIS Niseko Santa Project exists solely to deliver joy to local children in need. We do this by providing holiday presents to children residing in group homes in Rankoshi and Iwanai. Through the thoughtfulness of our contributors and our volunteers, all donations go directly to support Santa Project.

As we do for every Christmas season, we again humbly request donations of money to buy:

  • Toys
  • Stationary
  • Socks
  • Gloves and towels
  • Christmas cakes

We gently request a small donation of money so that HIS Niseko can order the above items via online purchase. HIS Niseko organizes student volunteers to tag each gift. Santa Claus then delivers the gifts and Christmas cake on December 18th.

When you donate, in the HIS Niseko Santa Project tradition, your donation makes a positive impact on the lives of local children in need.


Below are two bank accounts where you may kindly deposit any donation:

#Post Office Bank (Yucho)  Branch 908 

Normal account 19946851 サンタノヘルパー


Post Office Bank ATM 19060-19946851          

# Hokuyo Bank Kutchan branch

Ordinary account 3612218 サンタノヘルパー   


In person donations of money can be made to our administrative assistant,  Liene Lase.

Please send any questions or comments to:

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Rhythm Japan Announces Newly Renovated Retail Store in Niseko, Japan Tue, 22 Nov 2022 03:51:54 +0000 The post Rhythm Japan Announces Newly Renovated Retail Store in Niseko, Japan appeared first on Niseko Tourism.


Rhythm Japan Announces Newly Renovated Retail Store in Niseko, Japan

Rhythm Japan has announced the rebranding of its iconic Niseko store for the 2022-2023 winter season. Now known as Rhythm Summit, the fully renovated store is completely dedicated to an enhanced retail experience, located in the heart of the Hirafu village.

  • Iconic Rhythm Store to be rebranded as Rhythm Summit, Niseko.
  • New focus on enhanced retail experience.
  • Scheduled to open Thursday, December 1, 2022.

The extensively renovated store will open for the 2022-23 season with more space to showcase a much larger and improved offering of winter retail goods including outerwear, skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, goggles, helmets, winter essentials, souvenirs and more.

The new space brings a modern, open-plan, light-filled shopping experience with dedicated zones including a comprehensive boot fitting space. Rhythms passionate boot fitters will be using the latest foot scanning technology to guarantee the perfect fit. Also home to Niseko’s number one coffee outlet, Rhythm & Beans cafe, additional space has been created to allow customers to sit back and enjoy the vibes.

The migration of all rental services to the brand’s flagship store Rhythm Base, means Rhythm Summit is set to become the area’s most premium dedicated shopping destination.

“After almost 3 years of planning, we are all so excited to see Summit Niseko come to life. It’s a true representation of Rhythm Japan’s commitment to elevating destination based retail through expanded assortments and hyper-focus on customer service and shopping experience.” – Emily Gattinger – Head of Product & Brand

Rhythm Summit, Niseko will also function as a collection point for Click and Collect orders through its industry leading online store.

Rhythm Summit is located in a convenient central location next to the Hirafu Intersection where route 343 meets Hirafu Zaka street and is scheduled to open for the Japan winter season on December 1, 2022.

Rhythm has been providing outdoor rental, retail, snowsports school, and guiding services in Japan’s leading resorts since 2005. Today, Rhythm is a leading winter service provider with comprehensive on-site facilities stocking the world’s most reputable brands, tuning workshops, boot fitting services, and cafe. With their core mission of providing visitors and the local community with everything they need to live their ultimate mountain experience, Rhythm’s employees live and breathe the snow-life, and seek to instil the same passion in all of their customers with the motto “Ride in our boots”.

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Be prepared and snow-fit for your upcoming holiday! Thu, 17 Nov 2022 04:23:30 +0000 The post Be prepared and snow-fit for your upcoming holiday! appeared first on Niseko Tourism.


Learn the 3 key areas to focus on to minimise the chances of injury on the slopes and be prepared and snow-fit for your upcoming holiday.

Article by Focus Physio

Finally, the moment we have all been waiting for, the official opening of Japan’s borders for travelers, and just in time to make all the necessary arrangements for an awesome ski holiday in Japan. While securing your favorite accommodation and restaurants is likely at the top of your to-do list, it is also important to focus on getting physically prepared for the trip. It may well have been two seasons since you were last on the slopes and if you recall, having muscle soreness is common and may perhaps lead to you having more rests and even stopping for half a day or having that close call that almost/or did lead to an injury that impacted the rest of your trip.

Skiing and snowboarding are physically demanding and do require a good level of fitness to maximize your trip and help you stay injury free (even when the mishap is caused by someone else on the slopes). This is especially so if your lifestyle is mostly sedentary and you spend a lot of time sitting down.

Working out last minutely such as doing a few squats, lunges, and hamstring stretches is not really going to cut it in terms of being as prepared as you should be, and it can be difficult and confusing to find a safe and proper conditioning program online.

Winter sports conditioning requires more specialized exercises and preparation compared to what the typical person does such as running, cycling, and traditional strength training.

Here are some of the key areas to focus on:

Knee and Hip strengthening in multiple planes (directions)

To a greater extent than other forms of movement such as cycling and running, skiing and snowboarding load the joints in many different directions such as from the side and rotational forces, both of these types of loads predispose the body to fatigue and potential injury.

Suggested exercises: Lunges in multiple directions and incorporate elements of balance and endurance.

Spine Mobility and Strength

Maintaining good spine mobility and strength is often overlooked in conditioning programs. It helps you to maintain better posture and alignment and assists in making better turns for both skiing and snowboarding. Having a stiff spine can put more strain on the neck, shoulders, hips, and knees both while doing the activity as well as when you fall over.

Suggested exercises: Spine extension and rotation exercises, start by lying down and then progress to an upright or standing alignment.

Balance and Muscular Endurance

We often find ourselves pushing our physical capacity on the slopes much more than what we would normally “choose” to do, because it is so much fun! This also places a lot more load on our body fatiguing us quicker and again predisposing our joints to more load and possible injury.

Suggested exercises: Slightly faster dynamic exercises that may involve elements of jumping and balance challenge. Note: these exercises should be introduced with care (especially if you have a history of joint or back injury) and after you have done some more basic strength and conditioning training (2-3 weeks into your conditioning program).

Conditioning muscles and joints take time and consistency, so you need to be starting at least 5-6 weeks before your trip, so there is time for your body to adapt to get stronger and more mobile. Ideally 5-6 weeks out from your holiday you want to be starting with 20 minutes of specific conditioning, 2-3 times per week, gradually building the intensity of the exercises, until the last few weeks where you be progressing to doing the exercises at least 4-5 times per week. You will be grateful for this preparation when you feel your increased endurance on your holiday, and in the event, you do have a mishap and fall on the slope when you do the self “body scan” to make sure you have no injuries!

To help get you started, click this link to a free conditioning class that is only about 25 minutes of exercise. The class is part of a complete five-week program that gradually progresses in challenge to get you ski-ready!
Find out more on our 5-weeks Ski/Snowboard Conditioning Course.

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NISADE 【Year-round】Hotel Manager ( ENG or JP) Fri, 11 Nov 2022 02:01:00 +0000 The post NISADE 【Year-round】Hotel Manager ( ENG or JP) appeared first on Niseko Tourism.


The Hotel Manager oversees the overall day to day operations of hotels in Niseko. Their job entails overseeing every aspect of the hotel to ensure smooth operations and maximum profit. The Hotel Manager performs their daily tasks and assists the Hotel Director in supervising their staff to ensure customer satisfaction is increased by improving the hotels’ standard operational procedure. The Hotel Manager also need to coordinate with the relevant departments that are involved with properties’ marketing and maintenance, any changes and/or decisions discussed between the Hotel Manager and the relevant department are required to be reported to the Hotel Director accordingly.



  • Assisting the Hotel Director for the interviewing, orienting, and training of hotel/properties staff to ensure maximum revenue for management
  • Assisting the Hotel Director to organize a training programs to enhance the job skills and performance of hotel personnel
  • Liaise with the Sales and Marketing staff to develop and implement strategies for growing the business
  • Monitor the coordination between the different parts of a hotel to ensure smooth and efficient operations in re, Maintenance, Owner Liaison, Housekeeping Team, & Accounting Team
  • Monitor the account receivable, payable, and purchase requisitions of each hotel department by providing a budget report for Hotel Director’s approval
  • Receiving a monthly update on Management Association & PNL reports from accounting department
  • Inspect hotel cleaning / linen to check available stocks and determine the need of stocking with housekeeping manager assistance
  • Customer services checking point, Hotel Manager must always ask for feedback from staff and guest and reporting it monthly to Hotel Director
  • Conducting reporting and meeting with Hotel Director accordingly
  • Ensure actions and decisions reflect the NISADE values, and to lead by example to ensure that all subordinates performance is in line with the company’s standards
  • To propose a strategic planning for the hotel covering short- and long-term goals which will improve the hotel’s revenue and quality of service
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor



  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in hotel management or similar role
  • Fluent/business level English OR Native level Japanese required (verbal & written),
  • Exceptional customer service skills to provide customer satisfaction
  • Proven leadership abilities
  • Excellent computer skills, including the ability to efficiently prepare presentations, budgets, and other documents as necessary for use/reporting
    プレゼンテーション、予算書、その他 使用/報告に必要な文書を効率的に作成する能力を含む、優れたコンピュータスキル
  • Competitive and can work under pressure
  • Flexible on schedule and is willing to be on call
  • Have experience with hotel management systems like PMS/RMS
  • 希望要件
    Familiar with the hotel facilities, from unit types / machine rooms / tenant space to exterior equipment
  • Standard working days are 5 days per week, might up to 6 days per week
  • Driver’s license


  • Working in a friendly and successful team environment
  • Recognition program for your talents and contribution
  • Employee discounts to some resorts and activities
  • Unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, health insurance, and welfare pension insurance are available
    雇用保険、労災、健康保険、厚生年金 の加入可能
    Average of 120 days off per year
  • One-time Winter Recreational Allowance
  • Annual salary between 4,800,000yen and 5,500,000yen


or email your CV to

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Niseko Village – Marketing Executive Thu, 10 Nov 2022 04:46:57 +0000 The post Niseko Village – Marketing Executive appeared first on Niseko Tourism.


If you love to meet people and the great outdoors, come to Niseko, Hokkaido and experience the healthy lifestyle that nature offers from Skiing & Snowboarding in winter to Hiking & Golfing in summer. Enjoy your taste buds with bountiful local produce famous for its fresh Seafood, Vegetables and dairy products. Join a team of dedicated and aspiring colleagues from all over the world that are hospitality minded.

Niseko Village comprises of eight exclusive Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse, The Green Leaf Niseko Village a 200 room hotel and Hinode Hills luxury apartments. The resort also offers Spa and Onsen facilities, a dining and retail village hub, the Niseko Village Ski slopes – renowned for its dry champagne powder at low-altitude, variety of ski terrains, and the world-class Niseko Village Snow School. In summer, the resort transforms into a popular destination with two highly acclaimed golf courses including one designed by Arnold Palmer, an outdoor Pure Adventure park and a host of active pursuits. Set in stunning landscapes all year round, Niseko Village is always in season. Visit to find out the latest happenings and events at Niseko Village.

Position : Marketing Executive

Salary : Negotiable (Full time employment)


  • Fluent in English.
  • Written and spoken Japanese is a plus.
  • A Diploma/ Degree in a recognized field. Preferably a Hospitality or Tourism programme.
  • Open minded working with people from different cultures and back ground.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize daily workload
  • Social media and Digital Marketing skills
  • Ability to work with little supervision.
  • High level verbal and written communications skills
  • Exemplary planning and time management skills


  • Company sponsored Work Visa for foreign nationals.
  • Subsidised Accommodation and duty meals.
  • Performance based Winter allowance.
  • Performance based yearly Bonus.
  • Medical and Social Insurance coverage.
  • Yearly Annual Leave.
  • Free Ski Lift pass.
  • Transport allowance when driving own car.
  • Free staff transport from accommodation to work.
  • Other discounts in Golf and Resort activities.
  • Discounted accommodation at Sister Hotels worldwide.


  • Create marketing and communication plans geared toward end users for each market segment, in line with strategy, targets and within budget.
  • Work with the internal and external suppliers/designers to produce materials of visual impact and within brand guidelines.
  • Do research through media, internet and competitors to develop new ideas, promotions and events to reach end user markets.
  • Share new innovations, technology and how they can be used to leverage marketing efforts.
  • Involve respective Team leaders at each stage of campaign, and report results once completed.
  • Do research and come up with “niche” Events/ Activities to create awareness and increase publicity of NVKK. Events/ activities planning, organization and coordination.
  • Network and liaise with key media and publishers to promote the Resort as a key destination.
  • Ensuring that all marketing materials do not deviate from the company’s vision and branding.
  • Update weekly images and captions on Social media – FB and Insta.
  • Market research and competitor analysis.
  • Use email, social networking and other electronic marketing techniques to inform customers of new products and generate sales.
  • Where appropriate, attend key Trade shows to manage booth, do customer interviews and focus groups.
  • Keep Resort’s website up to date as necessary using the internal web administration tools.
  • Perform market research to assess viability of potential new products and to measure success of recent campaigns.
  • Reply FB and Social media customers’ queries in a timely manner and provide appropriate solutions.

To apply please send resume to Adrian:

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Where to Eat and Drink this November & December Thu, 10 Nov 2022 00:45:49 +0000 The post Where to Eat and Drink this November & December appeared first on Niseko Tourism.


Best restaurants and bars to visit at this November and December

Dine in and enjoy some of the best dishes on offer in Niseko this November and December. Check our list to find out which restaurants and bars are open in the lead up to winter.

Check out the full list below.

Niseko Restaurants

Izakaya Koharuya

Izakaya Koharuya

Open on 4 November, 2022.

Cosy izakaya in the heart of Hirafu. Classic dishes that are sure to satisfy.

Visit Izakaya Koharuya


Opening on November 26th, 2022.

Izakaya loved by locals for two decades, freshly rejuvenated. Live DJ performances and music from vinyl records being played with vintage audio equipment kept in pristine condition. Enjoy the delicate sounds with each musical note.

Open every day until March 31st. 17:00 OPEN 24:00 CLOSE

Visit Music Bar MINA MINA


Open on 3rd December, 2022

Musu is set around a crackling open fireplace, with lush sofas and a mix of musical events throughout the weekend.

Open every day, 11am-midnight

Visit Musu

The Alpinist

Open on 9th December, 2022.

Located on the top floor of Odin Place in Hirafu. The Alpinist serves modern Alpine cuisine whilst showcasing dramatic views of the Annupuri mountain. Open everyday from 5:30pm-10:00pm.

Visit The Alpinist


Open on 3rd December, 2022.

Located on the 2nd floor of the new Odin Place, KOKO serves a tempting array of roast coffee, freshly baked bread, croissants and pain au chocolat as well as a selection of cakes & healthy juices.

Dec 03 to 19: 8:00-16:00. Closed on Mondays.
Dec 20 to Mar 30: 8:00 to 18:00. Open daily.

Visit Koko


Open on 3rd December, 2022.

Contemporary Japanese-French restaurant, Kamimura, brings you the best of Hokkaido produce. Dine in a relaxed atmosphere while the chef delights you with a beautifully crafted selection of local ingredients.

Open for dinner on Mon to Sat (Sun close) 18:00 to last order 20:00.



Open on 3rd December, 2022.

Kitchen by Kamimura is a modern dining lounge which offers cuisine and main dishes along with a range of carefully selected wines and cocktails.

Open Monday to Saturday, 17:30 to last order 21:00



Open on 3rd December, 2022.

Open from 8AM in the morning to satisfy your morning appetite with our popular sandwich dishes. Drop by any time of the day for tasty sandwiches, croffle cakes, and coffee.

Closed 23 Nov~2 Dec. Dec 3 onwards, normal business hours 8:00~17:00 (Lo 16:00), closed Wed-Thurs.

Visit Graubunden

Niseko Naniwatei

Open on December 9th, 2022.

Serving kaiseki style meals with the Robata grill using Niseko’s finest ingredients to serve the guests that are visiting from all over the world.

Visit Robata Niseko Naniwatei

China Kitchen – Park Hyatt Niseko

Open on Fridays (dinner only), Saturdays and Sundays during November.

Experience the best of China’s rich culinary heritage. Our signature menus include Cantonese barbecue, Dim Sum and Sichuanese hot pot.

Starting December 5, 2022 through January 8, 2023, open weekly (close Wednesdays & Thursdays, except Dec 21, 28 & Jan 4)

Visit China Kitchen


Open on Nov 26th, 2022.

Perched on a cliff overlooking a mountain stream, Somoza is a relocated, repurposed 150-year-old Japanese farmhouse that is home to a carefully curated selection of Hokkaido ingredients, art and antiquities by owner Shouya Grigg.

Open on Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun and National Holidays, till end of Mar, 2023.
Gallery Experience: 13:00~14:30
Dinner: 17:30 or 19:00

Visit Somoza

AFURI Ramen + Dumpling (Setsu Niseko)

Open on 1st December, 2022.

Our ramen is handcrafted in-house daily. We offer homemade gyozas, appetizers, our drink selection besides ramen will make your visit enjoyable and relaxed.

Open until May, 11:00 to 22:00 every day.

Visit AFURI Ramen + Dumpling Setsu Niseko

Wild Bill’s Niseko

Open on November 11th, 2022.

We have created a brand new menu of Tex Mex and Latin inspired dishes to keep you warm during the snowiest of Niseko nights.

Open from 5pm till late!

Visit Wild Bill’s

Bar Gyu +

Open on December 3rd, 2022.

The iconic entrance to Niseko’s oldest bar, an old Coke-A-Cola vending machine, gave the unmarked bar its apt nickname ‘The fridge door bar’.

Open daily from 17:00 till 24:00.

Visit Bar Gyu +

Bang Bang & Bang 2 (Deux)

Open on 2nd December, 2022.

Classic Flavors serving Niseko for decades!

Open from 17:30 to 23:00 (LO 22:30)

Visit Bang Bang & Bang 2

Toshiro’s Bar

Open on November 19, 2022

Winner of “Best Bar” at Best Of Niseko Awards for 3 consecutive years. Cozy bar run by a lovely couple. The “smoked” cocktails are a must try.

Visit Toshiro’s Bar

Green Farm Cafe

Open on November, 12, 2022!

Breakfast, Lunch and a large selection of takeaway offerings from our deli.

Open daily from 8:00 to 16:00 (closed on Wednesdays)

Visit Green Farm Cafe

The Barn by Odin

Open on 15th December, 2022.

Set in a stunning building inspired by traditional Hokkaido farm architecture, offers a unique Niseko dining experience.

Dinner: 17:00~22:00 (L.O 21:00)

Bar: 22:00~24:00(Food L.O. 23:00/ Drink L.O. 23:30)

Visit The Barn by Odin

Cafe Cubanos

Open on December 10, 2022

Barista Coffee, Cubanos Sandwiches, Hot Donuts made onsite daily! Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, inside Niseko Physio.

Visit Cafe Cubanos

La villa Lupicia

Closed from November 19th; Reopen on December 3rd, 2022.

We offer dishes made from Hokkaido local produce and original craft beer prepared with spring water from Mt Yotei.

Lunch: 11:30~15:00

Dinner: 17:00~22:00

*Complimentary transportation service available

Visit La Villa Lupicia

Izakaya Kougetsu & Tuk Tuk

Open on December 3rd – Tuk Tuk, December 9th – Kougetsu

Izakaya Kougetsu and local favourite TUKTUK Thai team up to bring the best of both mouth watering worlds to Niseko in one restaurant.

Visit Izakaya Kougetsu & Tuk Tuk


Open Year-round

Modern Japanese Izakaya HirafuZaka located inside Chalet Ivy Hirafu will open from 12:00-22:00!

Visit Ezo Seafood

Ichi Ichi Kitchen

Open on November 15th, 2022

100% Homemade and locally sourced cuisine. Enjoy the experience curated by internationally recognised chef Jonas Stadtländer.

*Closed Monday -Wednesday till Dec 15th. From Dec 16th, closed on Sunday & Monday.

Visit Ichi Ichi Kitchen

sakabar sunny-heart

Open on December 1st

Karaoke, pool table, darts and shisa. Say no more. See you at sunny-heart tonight!

Visit Sakabar sunny-heart

Gentem Cafe

Open on December 1st, 2022

Come enjoy our hearty Niseko brown rice lunch and try our Japanese traditional sweet dish, Oshiruko!!
Best way to warm up after a long day in the cold.

Visit Gentem Cafe

Asahikawa Ramen Tozanken

Open on December 1st, 2022

Taste the popular Asahikawa ramen here in Niseko, open 11:00~22:00!

Visit Asahikawa Ramen Tozanken

Niseko Curry Koya

Open Year-round

Don’t miss your chance to try the authentic Hokkaido dish – soup curry. 13 levels of spiciness for you to choose. (Open for Lunch Only)

Visit Niseko Curry Koya


Open on December 18, 2022

Hour: 16:00-23:00

Alpenglow Lodges Niseko – Ginkei

Open on December 3rd, 2022.

The Ginkei Lodge has been providing warm accommodations and memorable dinner and dining experiences for domestic and international guests for over 40 years. The restaurant will be open every night from 5PM to 8PM.

Ezo Seafood

Open on December 10, 2022

Reopens as a “Seafood and Sushi Market + Bottle Shop” from 4pm to 8pm daily, guests can select from our displays of sushi, sashimi, oysters and crab, as well as cooked dishes. We will also stock seafood for guests who want to cook pristine Hokkaido produce for themselves. No reservations; no problem!


Open on December 3, 2022

Hour: 8:30-16:00

HANA1 Café

Open on December 3rd, 2022.

Hour: 8:00-16:00


Open on December 3, 2022

Cafe open from 9:00 – 16:00

Restaurant 10:00 – 15:00PM

Bar 16:00 – 18:00 (only during night ski period)

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