Where to Eat, Sleep, and Ski in Niseko, Japan
At Mountainwatch Travel, we understand the quest for the ultimate skiing adventure. Enter Niseko, Japan, a winter wonderland known for its world-class powder snow, diverse terrain, and luxurious hospitality. Our 2023/4 season guide is here to help you make the most of your time in this extraordinary destination.
Niseko’s reputation as a premier ski resort is well-deserved. With four interconnected ski areas – Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village, Annupuri, and Hanazono, the resort offers an unrivaled range of runs to suit skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels.
Where Niseko truly excels is in its off-piste and backcountry offerings. Unlike many Japanese resorts, Niseko actively promotes off-piste skiing, presenting an irresistible allure for those with a taste for adventure. Its 15-meter annual snowfall ensures the off-piste conditions are consistently excellent, allowing you to carve fresh tracks in the powder almost every day of the season.
The resort operates a well-established gate system, which provides access to controlled off-piste areas and backcountry zones. Through these gates, skiers and snowboarders can explore Niseko’s magnificent wilderness while remaining within the resort’s safety protocols. For those new to backcountry exploration, there are plenty of local guides available to show you the ropes and ensure you venture off the beaten path safely.
As the sun sets, the excitement continues with Niseko’s vibrant après-ski scene. A good place to start is Niseko’s iconic Bar Gyu+, also known as the ‘Fridge Door Bar’. Unwind with craft cocktails or a selection from their extensive range of Japanese whiskies.
When it’s time to refuel, Niseko offers a gastronomic experience as thrilling as its slopes. The resort is home to an array of dining options, from cozy izakayas to Michelin-starred restaurants.
A visit to A-Bu-Cha is a must for those seeking a taste of traditional Japanese cuisine. Their hot pots and sushi are local favorites and perfectly complement the cold weather.
Kamimura Restaurant, helmed by Michelin-starred chef, Yuichi Kamimura, offers a blend of French and Japanese cuisine. Its seasonal menu showcases local produce, paired with an impressive wine list.
For a laid-back meal, Del Sole serves delicious wood-fired pizzas in a warm, inviting atmosphere.
In Niseko, your comfort is paramount, and this is reflected in the variety of accommodations available, catering to a range of tastes and budgets. Some of our favourite properties for the 2023/4 season include:
Hilton Niseko Village
For luxury and indulgence, the Hilton Niseko Village is our top pick. This resort hotel offers stunning mountain views, stylish rooms, hot springs, and direct access to the Niseko Village gondola, ensuring an unforgettable stay.
Green Leaf Niseko Village
With direct ski-in/ski-out access, contemporary rooms, an outdoor hot spring, and two on-site restaurants, the Green Leaf offers both convenience and comfort, making it an excellent choice for your stay.
$2,274AUD pp – 7 nights (1 Bedroom, Twin Share), 6 Day Niseko Lift Pass
Located in the heart of the village, Landmark View offers fully furnished apartments with stunning views of Mt. Yotei. With convenience and comfort at its core, it’s a great option for those wanting a home-away-from-home experience.
As a budget accommodation option in Niseko, M Hotel offers clean and comfortable accommodation in a warm and friendly setting. Located conveniently close.
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