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!"

Après Ski in Niseko

There are over 200 restaurants in the Niseko area, so you certainly won't be short for choice. Many of these are in Niseko Hirafu and within easy walking distance of our featured properties.

For a true sushi experience, head to Fuji Sushi in Niseko Hirafu where you will find a superb selection of sushi and sashimi or if you want something a little bit more cooked, 'Yosaku' which serves grilled meat skewers comes highly recommended. For a quick bite to eat before heading back out for some night skiing, then chose one of the many ramen restaurants where you will find a filling meal for a good price. 

Niseko Hirafu is very popular with the Australian market and as such the nightlife tends to be fairly westernised with a number of manic après-ski venues in town.

Although western culture is strong in Hirafu, it will give you a taste for Japanese culture. Head to Niseko town or nearby Kutchan for a slightly more Japanese experience. The resort has a real character unlike any other ski resort you’ve probably ever visited – one of the cafes has an indoor climbing wall, and one of the bars is a converted lorry!