Niseko Japan - Everything you need to know for your next Ski holiday


Getting Here


How To Get To Niseko

Niseko is located on the North Island of Hokkaido so the easiest way to get here is to fly into New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, which is roughly 2 hours from Niseko. Depending where you’re coming from you can either fly directly into Sapporo or via a domestic flight from Tokyo. Read on below for all the details and if you require assistance speak to one of our Japan travel specialists.

Direct Coach Transfer

Once you arrive in Sapporo the best way to get here is a pre-booked coach transfer which will take you directly to Niseko. Transfers are available directly from New Chitose Airport or from Sapporo City and takes around 2.5 hours. Depending where you’re staying, the coach will drop you off directly to your accommodation or your accommodation may offer a pick up from the Hirafu Welcome Centre. We can pre-book a direct coach transfer for you with any of our Niseko Packages.

Private Transfer

If your flights don’t line up with the coach timetables or you’re wanting a private shuttle, that can also be arranged. Your driver will meet you at the arrival lobby and will drive you directly to your accommodation in Niseko. While this option is generally more expensive it can work well if you’re travelling with a large group or family. We can pre-book this for you with any of our Niseko Packages.


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.

Luggage Delivery Service

If you’re brining your own skis or snowboard and spending time in other cities of Japan, there is a convenient luggage delivery service. You can send your luggage ahead to the airport or accommodation and pick it up when you arrive. This is perfect if you’re wanting to spend time in Tokyo or other cities before or after your ski trip but don’t want to haul your luggage on the trains.

If you want to send your ski gear you can arrange this at the airport or your hotel reception. Luggage delivery usually takes about 1 – 3 days depending on where you send it from and costs between ¥1500-3000 depending on size and

Visit Yamato Transport or “Black Cat” for more info. 


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