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Best Niseko Accommodation: Niseko Holiday Guide

      Uncover the dazzling ski resort of Niseko in northern Japan, one of the snowiest places in the world.

      Boasting a unique combination of weather conditions that deliver an endless bounty of crisp powder throughout the winter, as well as top luxury accommodation and facilities, read on for your complete guide to Niseko ski resort.

In its picturesque location below Mount Yotei on the island of Hokkaido in Japan, the award-winning ski resort of Niseko is one of the most popular skiing destinations in the world.

From the best runs, to top ski activities, restaurants, accommodation, non-ski things to do and more, here's your guide to your holiday in Niseko.

I look forward to helping you choose the best luxury ski chalet for you and your family.

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Why holiday in Niseko, Japan?

      Favoured for its immense quantities of fresh, dry powder and wide variety of ski activities, you'll enjoy 6 well-connected ski areas, including 61 ski runs, 12 terrain parks, awesome backcountry, stunning bowls, and lots more.

      Niseko is Japan's best and largest ski resort so you'll find something for everyone, whatever your level of proficiency or interest.

      For non skiers and children you'll discover everything from spas, to traditional onsens, adventure parks, galleries, shopping, snowshoeing, snowtubing, white water rafting, championship golf courses, mountain biking, fishing and plenty more.

      Whether you want to ski, snowboard or just soak in the atmosphere, Niseko delivers the world-class facilities, legendary apres ski, foodie experiences and buzzing atmosphere you want from an award-winning ski resort.

      With all the action centred around the four main resorts of bustling Grand Hirafu, sophisticated Niseko Village, chilled out Annupuri and family-friendly Hanazono, travelling around the resort is easy.

      You'll find excellent connections with ski lifts, taxis, car hire and buses in plentiful supply as well as convenient transport links for further exploration into other parts of Japan. If you get an all-resort Niseko All Mountain Pass you can travel around the resort for free on the Niseko shuttle bus.

      With Michelin-starred restaurants, traditional noodle bars, international cuisine, bars, clubs and so much more to look forward to at the end of an exhilarating day on the slopes, Niseko is a must for any avid skier or adventure seeker.

Best things to do in Niseko, Japan

     From long ski runs to sports of every kind, shopping, ice festivals, onsens and mountain climbing there is an endless array of top things to do and see in Niseko. Here's our top picks of the best things to do in Niseko

Best things to do in Niseko::

     The majority of Niseko's visitors, come for the chance to ski and snowboard in endless, top quality powder and you won't be disappointed. You'll find thrilling off-piste skiing, night skiing, tree runs and backcountry in plentiful supply.

      Heli skiing and cat skiing make it possible to reach the best, open stretches of fresh powder to take things to the next level, whilst runs for beginners and intermediate skiers are equally rewarding.

     Don't miss an awesome tree run through Strawberry Fields, a glorious powder-filled run in Hanazono where you'll also find some of the best runs for less experienced skiers.

     Head over to Niseko Village for black runs, off-piste skiing and its legendary ski school. Or join the crowds at centrally located Hirafu - a busy hub where you'll find an infinite amount of top quality powder.

     Switch things up with an exhilarating snow mobile ride through the mountains or follow a tranquil snow shoe trail deep into the forests, lakes and hills of Niseko's magnificent rural landscape.

     For a slightly different thrill, NAC Adventure Park offers a unique chance to adventure through the tall trees of Niseko from up to 13m in the air.

     NAC Adventure Park has 6 courses and 130 challenges to suit the whole family, with stunning views of Niseko at every turn as you climb and swing through the trees. You'll also find climbing walls, a snow school and snow shoe tours on site.

What is there to do in Niseko if you don't ski?

      If you don't want to ski, there are still lots of things to do. Read on for our round up of the best things to do in Niseko that don't involve skiing.

Best things to do in Niseko that don't involve skiing:

     One of the top things to do in Niseko that doesn't involve skiing is to visit an onsen.

     Onsens are natural hot springs where you can bathe in geothermally heated water, warmed to at least 25°C. These volcanic hot baths are a traditional way to unwind and relax whilst taking in picturesque views across Hokkaido's stunning mountainous landscape.

     Some of the best onsens in Niseko include; Koikawaoikawa, the oldest onsen in Niseko, Mokunosho, a contemporary retreat in the foothills of Mount Yotei and Goshiki, high in the mountains.

     Snow tubing and snow rafting are great fun for everyone. Make sure you check outGrand Hirafu Kids' Park, Hanazono Snow Tubing and Niseko Village Snow Rafting for the best adventure parks in Niseko.

     You'll also find hillside spas, galleries, shops, historic sights, festivals, sports activities, natural outdoor attractions such as Lake Toya or the majestic Shribetsu River and a famous foodie scene to enjoy.

Best restaurants:

     Niseko is a fantastic destination for foodies, with everything from Michelin-starred restaurants, to traditional specialist noodle bars, mouthwatering seafood, French-Japanese fusion, Indian, European, Italian and lots more to savour and sample.

     Be warned though, many of Niseko's top restaurants are booked out months in advance so it pays to do some research before you go.

     Some of the best restaurants in Niseko include: Ginrei Udon, Ezo Seafoods Oyster Bar, Sobadokoro Rakuichi, Pravito, Kamimura Restaurant, Asahikawa Ramen Tozanken and Niseko Ramen Kazahana.

Best nightlife:

     Bars and clubs are of course, central to Niseko's vibrant apres ski scene and you will find the biggest, best nightlife of any Japanese resort in Niseko.

     Top bars and clubs in Niseko include: the ultra-trendy Powder Room, Yoko Oh-No's, Sekka Lab, Bar Gyu, Niseko Taproom and Toshiro's Bar.

Best Niseko accommodation, Japan

     Niseko is all about the best experiences and high-quality choices so you will find luxury accommodation in Niseko to suit every family or group size.

     Whether you want a plush 5 bedroom ski chalet, a cool, Japanese-chic vacation rental or a luxury 4 bedroom ski chalet with spectacular views, you'll find luxury accommodation in Niseko to match every need.

     Here's our top picks of the best places to stay in the Niseko


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Niseko Ski Resort, Japan: Why go?

Find out more about the top things to do in Niseko ski resort, Japan:

Nearest airport to Niseko Ski Resort, Japan:

     New Chitose International Airport located just outside Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido.

     When is the best time to visit Niseko?

      The best time to visit Niseko depends on the experience you want when you arrive. Official ski season in Niseko lasts from late November to April but the Niseko resort is open all year round and in summer there are still tons of sports, natural attractions and more to keep you fully entertained.

Best time to go skiing in Niseko:

     Quality fresh powder is the reason why most people come to Niseko and if that's what you want, late February to March are the best times to visit. March brings better weather and is particularly good if you enjoy snowboarding and piste skiing.

     There is still good snow coverage in April, although minus the powder but if you're a beginner or even intermediate you might enjoy the quieter slopes and cheaper prices that are around at this time.

     The holiday season in Niseko lasts from late December all the way on into mid February. Niseko draws an international crowd so Christmas, school holidays in Australia and New Zealand as well as Chinese New Year means huge festive crowds spill into Niseko in a steady stream throughout the winter.

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