Getting To Moiwa

Getting To Moiwa

Where is Moiwa Ski Resort?

Moiwa, aka Niseko Moiwa, is a 2 hour drive southwest of Sapporo Hokkaido and 2 hours west of the New-Chitose International Airport. Moiwa is just a 3 minute drive from the Annupuri ski area which is part of Niseko United, and a 10 minute drive from Hirafu (11km), the main heartbeat of Niseko. The town of Niseko is only a 5-10 minute drive from Moiwa.

The villages of Moiwa, Annupuri and Konbu Onsen are somewhat merged.

See the getting to Niseko page for more information on the location of Niseko and how to get around.

Flights to Sapporo

The Sapporo New Chitose International Airport is the main gateway for Niseko and Moiwa. See our travel to Hokkaido page for information on flying into Sapporo or getting there via train from Tokyo.

Shuttle Bus from Sapporo to Moiwa

There are shuttle bus services from the New Chitose Airport to Moiwa and Niseko with Hokkaido Resort Liner (bookable from October onwards). If you’re staying in the Moiwa village choose the Hotel Kanro-no-mori in Konbu Onsen as your drop off point. Alternatively there are drop off points in the villages of Annupuri, Higashiyama (Niseko Village), and Hirafu. Hokkaido Resort Liner also offers shuttle bus transport from the city of Sapporo (the Odori bus centre as well as various Sapporo hotels).

Getting to Moiwa from Sapporo by Train

Niseko station is the closest train station to Moiwa (as opposed to Kutchan station which is the closest to Hirafu). The train from Sapporo (JR) to Niseko goes via Otaru and takes anywhere from 1.5 hours to almost 3 hours depending on connections and whether it’s an express train. See Hyperdia for train schedules and fares.

You can also catch the train from the New Chitose Airport to Sapporo JR Station and then onto Niseko.

There is a bus service from the Niseko train station, or catch a taxi (5-10 minute ride) straight to the door of your Moiwa accommodation.

Getting Between Hirafu and Moiwa

If you don’t have your own wheels you can catch a free shuttle bus between Hirafu (next to the Seicomart) and the Moiwa ski resort car park. These shuttles operate on the half hour from 8am from Hirafu and 8:30am from Moiwa, and there are shuttles from Moiwa back to Hirafu in the afternoons at 2pm, 3pm and 4:30pm. You can also catch a taxi between the two areas.

It’s also possible to ski between Moiwa and Niseko. From the top of the quad chair at Moiwa walk up about 100 metres and head through the backcountry gate #6. From there you can drop into the Annupuri ski area. Getting from Moiwa to Niseko United is really only for experienced riders who are kitted out with avo gear, and it’s probably not wise to try this for the first time on a white-out day. Be aware that gate #6 is closed after 3pm and on days when there is considerable avalanche risk.

Other Ski Resorts Nearby

Other nearby ski areas include Rusutsu and Kiroro.

Rusutsu is fantastic for powderhounds and another good opportunity to get away from the crowds of Niseko. Rusutsu is about a 20 minute drive away.

Iwanai, Chisenupuri and Weiss are now just used for cat skiing.

Kiroro is about an hour away by car.

Guided Day Trips

Another option of getting to Moiwa is to stay i/near Niseko and jump on one of the many guided day-trips to Moiwa. Most companies only offer this service to private groups (in other words you can't join a group as a solo/couple) so you will need to get a group of 4 - 6 together to make it financially viable.

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