Another option you have is a local train to Otaru Station then another train to Niseko Station, but with limited services per day and the hassle of changing trains, we recommend the direct coach transfer.
If you’re coming from Tokyo or somewhere else in Honshu and you’d prefer to take the scenic route then you can catch the famous Shinkansen or bullet train. You’ll then need to take a local train to Niseko Station so it’s not as direct and takes longer but it’s a great way to see other parts of Japan.
There are some helpful sites for planning your journey from city to city, we recommend Hyperdia or the Japan Travel App by Navitime.
Buying a JR Rail Pass is often the most cost effective option if you’re looking to travel via the Shinkansen to other cities before or after your ski trip. Speak to one of our Japan specialists and they’ll be able to recommend the best option for you.