Niseko Hanazono

Hanazono Niseko is great for beginners
Hanazono 308
Niseko International Snowsports School
Hanazono Niseko has a covered magic carpet
Niseko Hanazono is very child friendly
NISS offers kids' group lessons
Hanazono Ski Resort
Hanazono Niseko: views across to Mt Yotei
Hanazono has good terrain parks
The main terrain park has a range of kickers
Hanazono terrain park
Niseko Hanazono Ski Resort
Hanazono 308 has a good range of fare on offer
Hanazono 308
Hanazono activities include snowmobiling tours
Hanazono snowmobiling
Hanazono snowshoe tour
Hanazono snowshoeing
Tubing at Hanazono
Hanazono offers various activities

Niseko Hanazono

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Hanazono Niseko is one of the four Niseko United ski areas and it’s interconnected via the slopes and lifts with Niseko Hirafu and then Niseko Village and Annupuri. The Niseko Hanazono area has transformed itself from being primarily for day trippers to a playground for the affluent at the massive Park Hyatt Niseko, which is now the primary feature of the Hanazono base. Hanazono has plans afoot to install a gondola to connect with Weiss, which would set Hanazono up to become an even bigger player at Niseko Japan.

Pros and Cons of Niseko Hanazono

Pros
  • Hanazono is very family friendly, with an enclosed magic carpet, kids’ group lessons (in English), child care, indoor play centre, and other kids’ activities.
  • The Niseko snow is renowned for often being phenomenal, but on those rare days when the sun comes out, the Hanazono snow quality is superior to its neighbours due to its mostly north-easterly orientation.
  • Niseko Hanazono has decent terrain parks.
  • Hanazono Ski Resort is better than Hirafu for beginners due to the gentle slopes.
  • The sidecountry is plenty of fun and minimal ingress/egress effort is required.
  • Hanazono can be a nice ski area to play on inclement days because the two main lifts have hoods and it’s a fraction more protected than the other side of the mountain.
Cons
  • With the exception of the ritzy Park Hyatt Niseko, there’s negligible Hanazono accommodation so most beginners have to catch a shuttle from Hirafu in order to ski Hanazono.
  • For those staying in Hanazono accommodation, the options for evening restaurants and bars are rather limited.
  • Queues can develop at the #1 Hanazono lift considering there is only one lift ascending from the base area.

Hanazono Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Niseko United provides plenty of terrain variety, but Hanazono Ski Resort itself is rather small with only 9 courses and 3 consecutive quad chair lifts, along with a covered magic carpet at the base for novices. The ski area covers 732 metres of vertical drop (308m - 1,040m). The official trail stats are 22% beginner, 66% intermediate and 12% advanced (only 1 black run which hits a mere maximum gradient of 30 degrees!), which doesn’t quite express the extent of the beginner terrain considering that a couple of the red runs are very easy and good for progression. And the green run near the base is so flat in parts that it sometimes traps snowboarders!

Hanazono has some off-piste tree skiing (ie inside the resort boundaries) from Lift #3 and also in the famed Strawberry Fields and Blueberry Fields where freshies seem to last about 5 minutes. And if you don your avalanche safety gear and the backcountry gates are open, the slackcountry offers amazing tree skiing.

Hanazono Niseko is popular for the terrain park features, which includes a main park with different sized kickers and banks (sadly there is no longer a pipe). There is also a beginner and intermediate park with a couple of boxes and rails.

Where is Hanazono Niseko?

The Niseko Hanazono Ski Resort and the little village that sits at the base are located between Niseko Hirafu (Hirafu and Hanazono are interconnected via the piste) and the old Weiss Ski Resort where Weiss Cat Skiing currently operates.

There are shuttle buses between multiple locations in Hirafu and Hanazono that operate every 20 minutes between 7:50am and 5pm. The Park Hyatt Niseko runs shuttle buses for its guests between Hanazono, Kutchan and Hirafu during the day and into the evening.

Hanazono Accommodation

There isn’t a proper village at Hanazono, with the base primarily consisting of the Park Hyatt and a couple of daytime buildings. The Park Hyatt Niseko offers a range of luxury hotel rooms and suites, along with residences. Otherwise there are only a few options for Hanazono accommodation.

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Ski Resort Facilities & Activities

Niseko Hanazono Ski Resort has well developed amenities. NISS (Niseko International Snowsports School) offers Hanazono ski and snowboard lessons. Kids’ group ski lessons are available for ages 3-6 whilst ski and snowboard lessons are available for ages 7-17. Adult group lessons are also available, and of course NISS also offers private lessons.

Edge Restaurant & Bar sits near the base of the Hanazono #1 chair lift. It serves up expensive cafeteria food, but it seems that people are willing to pay the elevated prices because it’s often jam packed.

Hanazono 308 is the other base building which has a rental shop, retail shop, the ski school, a small coffee shop, and child care that incorporates an amazing indoor play area. In the late afternoon the play area is opened up for others to use (for a hefty fee).

The Park Hyatt features restaurants as well as a very upmarket ski boutique.

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Hanazono activities include snowmobile tours, snowshoeing tours, tubing and Weiss Cat Skiing.
Tours In/Near Niseko

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Southern Hokkaido Powder Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED ADVENTURE
10 Nights - Up to 8 Ski Areas
Ability: Advanced to Expert
The Southern Hokkaido region scores the most snow and with this lift accessed sidecountry tour you'll get to explore the best ski areas. 3 nights in Otaru, 5 nights in Hirafu Niseko & 2 nights in Hakodate. Share
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option for group tour for 2019-20 season.
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USD 3,329
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Otaru & Niseko Powder Chaser
HOSTED POWDER CHASING TOUR
7 Nights | 6 Days Chasing Powder
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are on a budget but still want to ride all of the best spots around Niseko & Otaru then this package/tour is for you! Join as a solo traveller or small group or book the entire 7 spots!
Price p/p Price based on a bed in a shared room.
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
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USD 1,674
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BDT Lift Assisted Backcountry Tours
LIFT ASSISTED BACKOUNTRY TOURS
Niseko Area | PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY | Min 2 Days
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Join Black Diamond Tours for 1 day of guided powder hunting in Niseko or one of the nearby resort or backcountry areas with your own PRIVATE GROUP. Areas include Niseko backbowls, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Teine & Kokusai. Primarily lift accessed so minimal hiking.
Price p/p From price based on 1 day tour per person - 5 people in private group (lift tickets not included).
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USD 140
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Powder Progression for Skiers
GUIDED SKIER PROGRESSION TOUR
7 Nights | 5 Days Instruction - Niseko + 3 Other Ski Areas
Ability: Advanced
Do you want to learn to ski deep powder and look like a pro? This Niseko based tour focuses on those who are new to powder skiing but can charge the piste. Includes day trips to Rusutsu, Moiwa & Kiroro. Share
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share accom for group tours in 20/21 season.
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USD 2,418
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Backcountry Touring Day Trips
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY DAY TOURS
Niseko & Surrounding Areas | Private Groups Only
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Ideal if you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided BACKCOUNTRY day in or around Niseko. These day tours are specifically for those who are happy to earn their turns and are for private groups of 1 - 5 guests (but 6 - 7 is also possible with a tail guide).
Price p/p From price based on PER PERSON for a PRIVATE GROUP of 5 guests.
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USD 140
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BDT Guided BC Day Tours
PRIVATE GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOURS
Niseko Area | Shiribetsu & Yotei | Min 2 Days
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Join Black Diamond Tours on an epic day (or days) of guided backcountry skiing or riding near Niseko. Ideal for private groups (or waiting list for group tours). Areas include Niseko backcountry areas, Shiribetsu, lower Mt Yotei or Yotei summit (weather pending).
Price p/p From price based on 1 day of guided backcountry skiing/riding per person (5 guests in your group e.g. 75,000 yen total).
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USD 140
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Niseko Zen Guided Multi-Day Tours
5 DAY GUIDED TOUR IN / AROUND NISEKO & OTARU AREA
For PRIVATE GROUPS only | Customizable
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you want to get the most out of your next powder adventure in and around Niseko, having a guide / driver is the ideal way to do it! Don't waste days trying to find the goods when a knowledgeable guide can get you there first-time every-time.
Price p/p From price based on private group of 5 people or more on a 5-day package.
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USD 651
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Heli Skiing Tours

Shiribetsu-Dake Day Heliskiing
DAY HELI SKIING RUSUTSU - 6 RUN PACKAGE
Includes Niseko pickup & lunch
Ability: Advanced to Expert
At last, a Niseko heli skiing operation! Make this one of the best days of your life skiing Hokkaido's deep dry powder on a dormant volcano (adjacent to Rusutsu and not far from Niseko).
Price p/p From price based on 6-run heli ski day 2019-20 rates.
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Cat Skiing Tours

Iwanai Cat Skiing Day Package
MIXED GROUP DAY CAT SKIING
8 - 10 Runs (Approx 4,600m vertical/day)
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Iwanai Cat Skiing serves up powder runs of 325-650m of vertical bliss, with 8 to 10 runs for the day. Located near Niseko, the Iwanai Resort snowcat skiing terrain scores masses of snowfall. Ideal for strong intermediate & advanced riders.
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USD 744
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Shimamaki Snowcat Packages
GUIDED CAT SKIING ADVENTURE (2, 3 or 4 days)
Stay in Traditional Japanese Inn Inc All Meals
Ability: Advanced to Expert
This is the best Japan cat skiing! Departing from Niseko, the trip offers incredible snowcat accessed powder skiing & boarding, staying in a traditional coastal Japanese inn. Ride deep untracked powder all day, feast on Japanese cuisine and soak in the hotel's onsen in the evening.
Price p/p Display price is based on 2 days + 2 nights per person for 2021 season (regular season)
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USD 1,632
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Chisenupuri Cat Skiing
UNGUIDED CAT SKIING NEAR NISEKO
Single Day, Pick Up & Return Niseko
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Unguided cat skiing near Niseko is at the former ski resort of Chisenupuri. You have the freedom to explore and it is ideal for apprentice powder hounds or advanced riders heading to Niseko. Chisenupuri cat skiing is a lust-do! Finish the cat ski day with a soak in an amazing onsen.
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USD 512
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