Overall Rating

Niseko

Niseko4/550
Niseko4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews
  • Recommend
    88%
  • Would Revisit
    80%
Hokkaido Fix Tour - Niseko, Central Hokkaido & Sapporo Areas

Niseko - Reviews

Niseko - Reviews

Pow pow

Rebecca01/07/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Pow pow

Rebecca01/07/2019
Powder galore! This is how our trip started and how it ended. We have been around the world snowboarding but never in this much powder. My husband is now hooked on Japan and has revisited many places since due to the pure ecstasy he gets from the powder. You can snowboard or ski at night with lights, which one night they just had a dumping and on groomed easy runs you could still be in powder! It was unbelievable! My husband would board from 8am til 8pm each day but I needed a few more breaks than him... but the option is there. We did experience the night life which there is a lot of but our aim was to enjoy the powder. The runs can finish quickly in comparison to US and Canada but the lifts were Efficient, just extremely crowded!!! There was limited trees and the beauty that Canada and US hold do not compare. There is lots to do with Onsens being a regular occurrence to get the niggles out of your muscles and other activities available. Great for families, singles, couples, young and old. Due to limit in trails in comparison to other places I have been I wouldn’t go here too many more times but would revisit. Although my husband has revisited often as mentioned earlier. The good thing is it is closer for us (Western Australia based) so the travel is less draining. Once we have our family a bit older, this will be our next holiday away.

Niseko United - January 2019

Michael Adamski26/06/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    January

Niseko United - January 2019

Michael Adamski26/06/2019
This review is for Niseko United which is the single combination of four of the ski areas on Mount Niseko Annapuri. First thing, don't even think about skimping and going for a lift ticket limited to just one of the ski areas. Considering all that it cost to go skiing -- travel, gear, lodging, and so on -- this lift ticket is cheap. Buy the united ticket and ski the whole mountain. So, about the mountain... you can't ski from one area to the other from anywhere but the top. Mid and lower mountains are separated by off-limits avalanche chutes. The problem with this is that the top is above tree line and seems to be perpetually shrouded in weather. Make sure everyone has a map and checks it regularly. How's the snow? It was everything that you have always heard about Japan powder. I have skied many days in Utah... Niseko's powder is better.

Amazing snow, but no culture

Rich19/05/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January

Amazing snow, but no culture

Rich19/05/2019
Great snow, but no culture

Niseko is awesome!

Caroline Guenther07/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January

Niseko is awesome!

Caroline Guenther07/02/2019
Day 1-4 of a 10 day trip at the Hakuunso hotel in Niseko. This hotel is amazing, its almost ski in ski out 2 min walk to the Hirafu gondola. Great onsen and really nice japanese/western mix feel. Very convenient location. Would highly recommend.

Best meal in Niseko was at Rakuichi. Amazing soba noodle omakase place that Anthony Bourdain went on no reservations. Incredible meal. You have to take a cab to it if you dont have a car cause its on the Annaupuri side but worth the drive.

I loved Niseko it was a huge powder day my first day and didn't stop snowing the whole time. Great skiing on the whole mountain and out the gates. It helps that my Squaw Ikon pass gave me a 7 day free ski ticket. Fun tree skiing and met lots of cool people that I ended up skiing with. I was sad to leave!

Niseko Continues to Evolve

POWDERHOUNDS.COM27/06/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February

Niseko Continues to Evolve

POWDERHOUNDS.COM27/06/2018
It snowed a mighty lot
Beautiful Niseko powder
Niseko Hirafu
One of many lovely Niseko onsen
Dumping again in Niseko!
Niseko Japan has continued to evolve (the villages in particular). There are some elements that are the same as previous visits, such as the phenomenal and bountiful snow, the fun tree skiing, and the vibrant restaurant and bar scene in Hirafu. And whilst a few lifts have been upgraded or built, these have been targeted at the affluent beginner market and there are negligible lift improvements that benefit the powder hound, manage the crowds, or have expanded the lift accessed terrain.

As to be expected for Niseko, more hotel and condo developments are underway at the bases of Hirafu, Niseko Village and Hanazono, and the villages just continue to grow. And trying to find a native Japanese speaking staff member in the shops and restaurants continues to become a rarer phenomenon.

A possible new positive is that the rowdy Aussies (of course we love the Australians!) have diminished in number, possibly because many can’t afford to go there anymore, or they’ve moved onto much whiter pastures. In their place are an abundance of Euros and Americans, and many of them think that Niseko is very uncrowded (ha!) relative to their home resorts. And of course the number of Asian international visitors continues to increase.

Those of us acquainted with completely uncrowded Japanese ski areas find the lack of fresh tracks in-bounds at Niseko very disappointing. For us, Niseko isn’t just about the resort skiing because thankfully there are plenty of other ways to score a fix of the amazing untracked powder: backcountry touring; Niseko cat skiing; sled skiing; and heli skiing.

You’ll find our thoughts on the pros and cons on the Niseko overview page, as well as Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hirafu and Hanazono. You can also see our Japanese ski resort ratings to see how Niseko fares against other Japan ski areas.

NISEKO -2017

Joe27/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    January

NISEKO -2017

Joe27/01/2018
We stayed at Yama Shizen in Harafai Village, excellent accommodation with easy access to the slopes.

From a skiing perspective the positives are that it snowed consistently during our 7 day stay.

Runs are short and the resort is small maybe a little bigger than Thredbo which means lots of skiers limited terrain.

Visability is a consistent issue.

Bearing in mind the above, we did ski waist deep powder on the latter half of our week although it is hard to find unwooded slopes with more than say 10 turns that aren't already tracked.

If no fresh snow then this resort would get very boring....I see it as a very distant second to say Aspen where the snow is just as good, the runs are 3 or 4 times as long, the sun shines and the ski area is probably 10 times more expansive.

I am a dedicated skier and visit resorts primarily to ski, so I may be a little harsh, however I will not bother coming back.... contrary to many of .y fellow Australians who simy love the place.

Great Powder

Patrick Milewski27/05/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    April

Great Powder

Patrick Milewski27/05/2017
Great Powder even in April! Went there with Family, first time on the snow, learnt quick thanks to my advanced cousin and was skiing the red lines by day 3!

Niseko

Benjamin02/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Niseko

Benjamin02/03/2017
Great Snow super dry and plenty of it and i went in a bad season.
Lift passes where an average price; best value was the multi-day all Mt pass as shuttle bus was included.

food was pricey at the restaurants in harafu, as can be expected with ski towns.

overall would go back was an awesome place plenty of snow to be had

Niseko feb 17

Frank28/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Niseko feb 17

Frank28/02/2017
Nice but very crowdy.

Niseko Feb 2017

Johhny Duval18/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February

Niseko Feb 2017

Johhny Duval18/02/2017
Just completed a week in Niseko. We actually only did 2 days in the resort due to poor snow, and drove out to other resorts. I like the Japanese atmosphere of course, but without fresh snow it really isn't that special as a resort.

I can see with the tree runs it would be epic with good snow but we were unlucky this week. They say it is the worst season for snow in at least 9 years so that clouds my review.

Some of the chair lifts and gondolas are decent and fast euro standard - but some are antique and frankly dangerous.

I would come again and hope for better snow, and I can see it could be pretty fantastic, but it does get crowded.

Frankly ANY resort with deep powder is awesome, and for me any resort with old snow is disappointing. So book and hope for snow people!!
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