Niseko, an Exceptional Ski Resort

Located on the island of Hokkaido, this town was named the best ski resort in Japan at the 2013 World Ski Awards.


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Niseko ski resort, situated to the north of Japan on the island of Hokkaido, received the prize for Best Ski Resort in Japan in 2013 at the World Ski Awards. The association celebrates excellent ski resorts the world over.


A majority of runs for experienced skiers

The resort offers 61 different runs. Niseko is divided into four zones with 30 ski lifts. 30% of the runs are for beginners, 40% for more experienced skiers, and 30% for experts. The most intrepid skiers can go off-piste between the pine trees. Lift passes cost up to €40 a day.

In terms of accommodation, there are several choices; hotels at the bottom of the slopes or complexes like the Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse, halfway between a mountainside chalet and a traditional Japanese inn.

In the summer it is also possible to go hiking or do a high ropes course in the treetops. However, Niseko takes on a whole new dimension when the first snow falls.


More information on Niseko can be found on the Japan National Tourism Organization’s website.

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