Niseko & Surrounding Ski Resorts

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Niseko & Surrounding Ski Resorts

Hokkaido Explorer Tour
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The Niseko Area consists of the Hokkaido ski resorts that are southwest of Sapporo. Whilst some Niseko-centric people think Niseko is THE capital of skiing in Japan, we’ll at least give Niseko credit for being the epicentre of this region. Powder chasing fiends can use Niseko accommodation as a base to explore Niseko as well as the ski resorts near Niseko, the famed Niseko backcountry and Mt Yotei, and the cat ski operations. You can choose to rent a car and undertake DIY exploring, or head on a guided tour and have a guide to drive you around and show you the powder stockpiles.

Ski Resorts Near Niseko

First and foremost is Niseko United which is made up of the four interconnected ski areas. Starting north and moving southwest these are: Next to Annupuri is Moiwa, which is a small ski area that’s relatively untrafficked compared to Niseko United. By road it’s 2.5km west of Niseko Annupuri and 12km SW of Niseko Hirafu.

Rusutsu is 28km southwest of Hirafu (about 30 mins drive). The excellent in-bounds tree skiing is no longer a secret, but it tends to be a little less busy compared to Niseko (which compared to the high profile North American ski resorts is not that busy!).

Iwanai Resort is 40km by road NW of Niseko Hirafu (about 45 mins drive). Iwanai is a very small lift-accessed ski area, with the main attraction being the Iwanai cat skiing above the resort.

Other ski resorts near Niseko that are a manageable day trip from Niseko include those west of Sapporo near the seaside town of Otaru. These include Kiroro (51km NE of Hirafu), Sapporo Kokusai, Sapporo Teine, Asari and Otaru Tenguyama.

Cat Skiing Niseko

For abundant fresh tracks, the region has various cat skiing operations. See the Niseko cat skiing page for more information on the differences between the snowcat outfits and also the cat skiing videos.

Weiss Cat Skiing is at the old Weiss ski resort adjacent to Niseko Hanazono.

Chisenupuri Snowcats operated by Hokkaido Backcountry Club is at the former Chisenupuri Ski Resort, which is next to Moiwa.

Rising Sun Cat Skiing is a 30 minute drive from Niseko; out past Kutchan and north of Mt Yotei.

Iwanai Cat Skiing is by the coast, 40km from Hirafu.

Heli Skiing

Near Rusutsu is heli skiing on Mt Shiribetsu. Winter in the Niseko area doesn’t see too many fine weather days so there can be lots of no-fly days, but if the weather gods are kind, the heli skiing is amazing!
Tours In/Near the Niseko Area

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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AUD 4,825
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 Early bird special: 10% off listed prices if you book before Sept 30. Refund if travel ban or quarantine is in-force. See T&Cs.
Snowcat Tour
IWANAI-FURANO TOUR
7 Nights | 1 Snowcat Day | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Stay in Furano to ski some of the legendary Central Hokkaido resorts and backcountry areas, then head to the coastal town of Iwanai for cat skiing where the powder may be even deeper.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room for 8 day tour in 2021.
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Base/invoice currency is in USD ex taxes.
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AUD 6,080
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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 4 spots!
Price p/p Price based on a bed in a shared room.
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AUD 2,426
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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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AUD 202
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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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AUD 943
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Ski & Snowboard Camp Tours

Niseko Beginners Camps
SKI & SNOWBOARD BEGINNER CAMPS
3 Nights, 4-Days | Niseko Japan
Ability: Beginner
Whether you are an absolute first-time skier or snowboarder or a beginner looking to improve your skills this is a great value all inclusive package. Experience Japan, meet new friends and learn to ski or snowboard at the same time!
Price p/p From price based on 3-Night/4-day camp; per person.
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AUD 1,240
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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.
Price p/p Price is per person per day
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AUD 1,078
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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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AUD 2,365
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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.
Price p/p Price is per person per day
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AUD 741
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