Japan's Number One Ski Resort Iona Mackay, Ski Specialist

"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. Try a typical Hokkaido Hot Pot stew at the lovely ABUCHA restaurant!"

Activities in Niseko

As well as the fantastic skiing in Niseko, there is a wide choice of other activities available including snow mobiling and of course onsen. 

Onsen in Niseko

Japan has thousands of natural hot springs, which are a fantastic way to ease the muscles after a day of powder skiing. There are plenty of onsen in Hirafu including one at the Hilton in Niseko Village and several in Annupuri, which includes one of the only mixed onsen in the area. However, it is worth knowing in advance that it is obligatory to bathe naked in an onsen - apart from the mixed onsen where the girls are provided with a one piece. The onsen is truely a unique experience and no visit to Japan would be complete however without visiting the local onsen.

Mt Yotei

Mt Yotei is Hokkaido's answer to Mt Fuji and provides a stunning backdrop to any photo - quite unlike anything you'd find elsewhere. Mt Yotei is an active volcano which stands at 1,898 metre high. If you fancy a day off the slopes, then you can organise a guided hike to the summit which takes between 4-6 hrs, depending on your fitness.