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Niseko, one of Japan’s leading ski resorts, has once again been nominated for Japan’s Best Ski Resort in the World Ski Awards. In the Japanese accommodation category, there are more Niseko based properties than any other Japanese ski resort with twelve out of twenty eight nominated properties being from the Hokkaido based resort.

The World Ski Awards began in 2013 with the aim to improve standards in the ski industry by rewarding organizations that are considered leaders in their field. The awards were widely endorsed by many well established ski resorts and industry leaders around the world. Winners of these prestigious awards are decided by industry and public vote, with an awards ceremony held in Kitzbuhl, Austria each year in November.

Michael Chen, owner of two-time winner of Japan’s Best Ski Chalet “Hakuchozan”, is pleased that the efforts of local providers are being recognized at an international level.

“We are so proud to be recognized by our industry peers and guests once again for Hakuchōzan and then for our new property HakuVillas. Bringing in world-class pampered service to match the world-class snow in Niseko, is something everyone on our team is truly passionate about.” – Michael Chen, Hakuchozan Owner.

Four time winner of Japan’s Best Ski Hotel, Hilton in Niseko Village, is once again nominated for the award, looking to claim back the title. Niseko Village Resort Director, Panch Ratnavale was optimistic, and is focussing on creating the best customer experience possible.

“It is great to be recognized and nominated again for the World Ski awards. Niseko Village aims to be Asia’s premier integrated Alpine Ski resort offering our customers an All Season Mountain resort experience. Best Ski-in/ Ski-out accommodation, great local cuisine, fun filled adventure and a dedicated service team to tick all your boxes.” – Panch Ratnavale, Niseko Village Resort Director.


These nominations highlight Niseko’s role as the leader in the Japanese ski industry, particularly on an international stage.