Niseko Japan


4.5 / 5

based on 57 reviews


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The Good 

  • Endless dry and light japow to enjoy
  • Large ski area connecting four different resorts and diverse terrain to suit everyone
  • Backcountry gate means its easy to access off-piste terrain 
  • Incredible night skiing available
  • Easily accessible with plenty of transport options running to and between the base areas
  • Great for first timers to Japan: fantastic shopping, vibrant nightlife, and English is widely spoken

The Bad

  • It's pretty popular so freshies gets tracked out quickly
  • Expensive place to ski compared to other Japanese resorts
  • Crowds can be an issue, especially during the holidays
  • Not the most authentic Japanese ski experience with flocks of westerners visiting 

Fresh Finds: You'll find plenty of great pow anywhere outside of the boundaries but some of the best can be found off Gate 8 and beyond! 

Ditch the Crowds: The Hirafu ski area is the most busiest, so head up high and get yourself on Youtei Sunset. It's a 3,900 ft long slope and hardly ever sees the masses. Otherwise, opt for the quieter slopes of Annupuri. 

Local's Pick: The backcountry off Gate 9 is legit. Think face shots, deep untouched powder, tree runs, and stunning scenery. Just watch out for the waterfall!  

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4.5 / 5

based on 57 reviews

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JDJessie D.
intermediate snowboarder

4.9 / 5

Dec 29, 2017
I have never experienced such amazingly dry powery snow before in my life! You could literally walk down the street in your jeans get covered in snow, dust it off and still be dry. It is unbelievable. The people working on the mountain are so lovely and helpful. The hotels are... More
JSJessi S.
advanced snowboarder

4.5 / 5

Dec 29, 2017
Niseko is one of the best ski resorts Japan has to offer. I have friends who have visited the resort and said Niseko is perfect for families or single riders. Being in Japan, Niseko is a world class resort.... More
RSRoss S.
advanced snowboarder

4.9 / 5

Dec 25, 2017
Wicked place hands down. The locals are friendly and there are plenty of options to choose for food. Now the best part is the snow!!!! 25 cm's a night!! Or 10 inches for our north american friends. Be prepared for POW. There are plenty of runs all different skill levels be... More
ABAlex B.
advanced snowboarder
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Dec 23, 2017
Amazing Resort to go to. The amount of Powder Snow is unparalleled and something I have never experienced anywhere else (Mainly been Snowboarding in Chamonix, France and different Resorts in Switzerland). Niseko is separated into different resorts. Annupuri is an area more... More
KRKen R.
advanced skier

4.4 / 5

Dec 23, 2017
We were based in Annapuri, the far left village when looking at the Niseko trail map. The snow conditions had us giggling like a child on a xmas morn. The terrain was more than ample to keep us amused for 8 days. If you wanted a change, just track left over the mountain and visa... More
JPJon P.
advanced snowboarder

4.4 / 5

Dec 18, 2017
Staying in Hirafu gave us excellent access to all ski areas at Niseko. A short walk to the beginner lift quickly got us to a detachable chair lift to ride the more challenging terrain and explore the powder stashes around the mountain. The Nightlife includes an abundance of... More
DEDean E.
expert skier

2.8 / 5

Dec 17, 2017
So much snowfall that poor visibility is the norm. Snow quality feels brilliant, just can't see it. In those odd moments when the sun comes through it is truly spectacular. Services and facilities are generally poor and spread out over tens of kilometres, having a car would... More
YJYestyn J.
expert skier

4.3 / 5

Dec 17, 2017
Niseko is a world class resort. I've been lucky enough to ski all over the world and I've never seen snow of such consistency and calibre. If it's deep powder, soft pillows and tight trees you long for - Niseko is essential.... More
LVLukas V.
expert skier

3.9 / 5

Dec 17, 2017
Niseko is one of the best places in the world to ski deep deep powder! The treeskiing ist just simply amazing and the niseko bowls are on a whole different level.... More
EDElliot D.
expert snowboarder

4.4 / 5

Dec 16, 2017
Niseko is a powder paradise, although the runs are shorter than North American trails, snow quality more than makes up for it! The ski culture is different from your usual apres and glitz and glamour but this is a positive as this scene is pretentious takes away from the true... More


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853 feet
3,937 feet
Vertical drop
3,084 feet


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