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Niseko Village Ski Resort
Niseko Village Ski Resort
The Hilton Niseko Village
The Hilton Niseko Village
The Hilton Niseko Village is ski-in ski-out
The Hilton Niseko Village is ski-in ski-out
The Village at Niseko Village
The Village at Niseko Village
Lots of English speaking snowsports instructors
Lots of English speaking snowsports instructors
Great beginner trails near the base
Great beginner trails near the base
Niseko Village is ideal for beginners
Niseko Village is ideal for beginners
Niseko Village is part of Niseko United
Niseko Village is part of Niseko United
Child care at Niseko Village
Child care at Niseko Village
The Village has a couple of shops & a handful of restaurants
The Village has a couple of shops & a handful of restaurants
The Village at Niseko Village
The Village at Niseko Village
Night skiing at Niseko Village
Night skiing at Niseko Village
Niseko Village Ski Resort
Niseko Village Ski Resort
The imposing Mt Yotei
The imposing Mt Yotei
The Green Leaf Hotel Niseko Village
The Green Leaf Hotel Niseko Village
Ski in ski out accommodation
Ski in ski out accommodation
The Hilton Niseko Village
The Hilton Niseko Village
Niseko Village has a couple of nice onsens
Niseko Village has a couple of nice onsens

Niseko Village

The Niseko Village sits at the base of the Niseko Village Ski Area of Niseko United. Formerly known as the Niseko Higashiyama ski resort, the rebranding has drawn more visitors to the area, but perhaps increased any potential confusion about what’s in a name. Niseko Village shouldn’t be confused with Niseko town, which is located 6km to the south, or Hirafu which is the most vibrant of the Niseko villages. Meanwhile Higashiyama (east mountain) village still exists, and is the pension village that’s situated a short distance from the ski-in ski-out resort areas.

The Niseko Village base area is very resortified and is dominated by the Green Leaf Hotel, Hilton Niseko Hotel, and The Village which has been built to replicate a historic traditional Japanese village.

Summary of Pros and Cons of Niseko Village

Pros
  • Niseko Village is popular with beginners, due to the predominance of ski-in ski-out accommodation, the varied beginner slopes, and the many English speaking instructors for both adults and children.
  • In addition to ski school, Niseko Village is also good for families with small children due to the child care services and activities on offer.
  • Of the 8 lifts, 3 are gondolas (1 is a chondola) so beginners will be protected from the elements whilst riding up the hill.
  • The Niseko Village ski slopes are a little quieter than those at Hirafu and Hanazono.
  • Like the other Niseko ski areas, the snow is phenomenal and an average of 18 metres of powder falls per season.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • With the exception of some of the Higashiyama lodges and pensions, a Niseko Village ski holiday is targeted to those with a very generous budget. Slopeside accommodation, dining, lessons, child care, and equipment rentals are all very costly.
  • Despite being called “Niseko Village”, there isn’t really (much of) a village where you can wander around shops and restaurants as you’d find in Hirafu or Nozawa Onsen. It’s more like Rusutsu or Tomamu ski resorts (or many other Japanese ski resorts where a modern Japanese culture is very common).
  • It’s ideal if you’re looking for large ski-in ski-out resort hotel accommodation.
  • If vibrant nightlife is high on your priority list, or an abundance of shops and restaurants, this is probably not the area for you, although you can get a bus or taxi into Hirafu if you are seeking this.
Many of the general pros and cons for Niseko Japan also apply.

Niseko Village Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The Niseko Village Ski Resort (formerly Higashiyama Niseko) is one of the four inter-connected ski resorts of Niseko United, and is located between Hirafu and Annupuri. Niseko Village Ski Resort offers 27 marked trails (13 beginner, 9 intermediate and 5 advanced) and access to off-piste and sidecountry terrain. The ski area has 890m of vertical drop (280-1170m). See the Niseko Village ski resort page for more information.

Where is Niseko Village?

Niseko Village is located in the Niseko region about 9km southwest of the Hirafu village. The New Chitose Airport (Sapporo Airport) is the main gateway airport and there are airport shuttle buses and private transfers available. See the travel to Niseko Village page for more information.

Travel around the base of Niseko Village is very easy via gondola or shuttles, and transport to and from the other Niseko base areas is also available.

Niseko Village Accommodation

Niseko Village accommodation includes the ski-in ski-out Greenleaf Hotel and the Hilton Niseko Village. Also close to the slopes is Kasara Townhouse, offering incredibly luxe apartment style accommodation.

A little further away from the slopes are Higashiyama Niseko lodges, pensions, and a small amount of self-contained accommodation.

Niseko Village Accommodation Listings

Edition and W Hotel will be added to Niseko Village in the future to further complement the luxury ski hotels of the area.

The Village

The Village at Niseko Village (is it just me or are all these similar names so confusing?) is a collection of new-made-to-look-old buildings adjacent to the Hilton Hotel, that house a handful of restaurants and a couple of shops. The traditional Japanese architecture looks lovely, but it also feels a fraction cheesy when you can see the backdrop of the towering semi-modern Hilton Hotel.

Niseko Village Restaurants

The Hilton Hotel is home to various restaurants with a range of cuisine on offer. Expect dining to be rather expensive. Even simple fare such as burgers at the Ezo Pub is very costly. The Village features a few eateries including a patisserie, an izakaya, and the Crab Shack which offers some pricey but yummy seafood.

The Greenleaf Hotel has a lounge bar and a buffet restaurant, and if you venture away from the slopes there are a few dining options at lodges such as Black Diamond Lodge and Freeride Lodge.

Ski Resort Facilities

Niseko Village ski lessons and snowboard tuition are big business. There are huge numbers of snowsports instructors, but it would be wise to pre-book lessons because the instructors are in hot demand due to the massive number of beginners that flock to Niseko Village. Group lessons are available for adults and kids (ages 6 & up for skiing, 7 & up for snowboarding), which are pretty expensive but not compared to private lessons which are only for those with an infinite budget.

For kids ages 1 to 6, Niseko Village offers child care and there are also day care/lesson combo packages for ages 3-6.

Ski and snowboard equipment rentals are available at the Green Leaf Hotel and the Niseko Gondola base (opposite the Hilton), with the main emphasis being on beginner to intermediate equipment.

Activities

In the region there are a host of Niseko ski guiding options available to explore the powder in the off-piste, sidecountry or backcountry. Niseko cat skiing is also a popular way to ensure you get plenty of fresh powder, and there are snowcat skiing outfits that cater to intermediate powder riders up to experts. At Niseko Village there is first tracks cat skiing, whereby you get in one powder run before the hordes arrive via the lifts.

Niseko Village also has other snow activities, with a major focus on family oriented and kids’ activities which include snowmobiling, cross country skiing, guided snowshoe tours, snow rafting (inflatable raft towed behind a snowmobile), and reindeer sled rides.

Shopping

Most of the Niseko shopping is situated in the Hirafu village, with only a handful of shops in Niseko Village.

The Village features an I-Gate ski shop which sells lots of ski and snowboard accessories (no hardwear) and ski clothing. It features lots of different apparel brands (e.g. Mammut, Spyder, Peak Performance, Kjus), yet only a small range for each brand.

Across the road is the I-Gate boutique, selling handbags, upscale giftware and dresses and clothing that most people wouldn’t wear at a snowy destination!

The lobby shop at the Hilton sells a small range of snacks, drinks and simple gifts, and the Green Leaf also has a basic store for snacks and souvenirs.
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