Japan's Number One Ski Resort Nick Laver, Product Manager

"If you are looking for the ultimate powder experience – look no further. The off-piste and tree skiing is phenomenal, even if you’ve never tried powder before – this is a great place to learn! Hirafu is quite westernised with lots of bars and restaurants. My top tip - try a typical Hokkaido Hot Pot stew at the lovely ABUCHA restaurant!"

Niseko Ski Holidays

Niseko is the most well-known ski resort in Japan and this is mainly down to the famous powder.

With over 50 feet of light, dry powder snow on average every winter, 3000 vertical feet of amazing terrain and 40 ski lifts, Niseko is a big mountain with the terrain and snow conditions to suit all standards. The resort is dominated by nearby Mount Youtei, a classic-shaped extinct volcano similar to the iconic Mount Fuji - this backdrop makes for some amazing photos.

Niseko is comprised of three different ski areas, - Grand Hirafu, Higashiyama & Annapuri. They are all linked together and you can buy one lift pass to cover the whole area, or separate passes if you think that you'll just stick to one area. The Niseko ski area has something for everyone including off-piste skiing, night skiing, tree skiing and plenty of groomed runs too.

Night Skiing in Niseko

Night skiing in Niseko is a very unique experience, often being the highlight of clients' trips. Almost the whole ski area is open, under flood light, until 9pm - allowing for 12 hour ski days! You're not restricted to the pistes, as in many European resorts but as the lights are so bright you ski between the trees after sunset.

Off the Slopes in Niseko

All of our featured accommodation is in Niseko Hirafu, which should not be confused with the main town of Niseko, which is a couple of miles down the road. In Niseko Hirafu, you'll find a good number of onsen, bars and restaurants, which are often run by Westerners so you can get anyway with little or no Japanese. However, a few words of Japanese, such as "Konnichiwa" (hello) and "Arigato gozaimasu" (thank you) will always be well received.

Getting to Niseko

Ski Independence offer a choice of airlines flying from London into Tokyo and then on to Sapporo. From Sapporo we can offer a transfer which is approximately a 2½ hour journey to Niseko. For more information on how to get to Niseko click here. We provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.

Client Reviews
Mr Rowe, February 2011

Off-piste in Niseko was excellent. Your product was excellent.

Important information
Season Early Dec–Early April
Ski Area 2,191 acres
Annual Snowfall 50ft
Number of Lifts 29
Ski Range 984–4295 ft
Blue Runs 30%
Red Runs 42%
Black Runs 28%
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season Off-season
Distance from airports
Sapporo 2hr