Located on the Northern island of Hokkaido, Niseko has an average of 15 metres of snow per season. Cold dry air blows across Siberia, soaks up moisture from the sea of Japan, hits the mountains in Hokkaido and voila! Powder snow, some of the lightest and definitely most consistent on the planet.
Niseko comprises four resorts on Mount Annapuri. All resorts are interlinked and can be skied on the one lift pass. Lift passes and information on the resort can be found at the Niseko United website
While the snow experience in Niseko is truly unique, there is also ample opportunity to relive the day’s experiences in a local bar, soak up the Japanese culture in a variety of restaurants or after the physical demands of skiing all day relax in a hot thermal bath at one of the many onsens in the area.
A trip to the resorts of Rusutsu (one hour by bus) or Kirroro (1 1/4 hours) is highly recommended.
You might like to take a day off from skiing and visit local Niseko museums and cultural attractions, spend a day shopping in Kutchan or at the hot springs. Alternatively, you could experience more of Japan by catching a train to nearby towns such as the historic port town of Otaru or the Ice Festival at Sapporo.