Planning Skiing and Snowboarding Trips to Niseko, Japan

by Mitchell on January 31, 2012

This is a guest post from Natasha at WanToTravel
Our web guru Jaaaaaasssoooooon will actually be hitting Niseko in
a week or two so expect a full report of his escapades.

Niseko is a resort area that includes 6 different ski areas. A trip to Niseko is often considered the trip of a lifetime by many skiers and snowboarders from around the world. In order to fully enjoy your trip to Niseko here are some tips on what to bring, how to pack, and where to go.

Obviously you will need winter ski clothing when you visit Niseko to ski and snowboard. Many people pack and take their own clothing in their suitcases, however you may also want to consider renting winter ski clothing once you arrive in Niseko.

By renting your ski equipment you will not have to pack as much luggage, and you will have some room leftover in you bags to bring home some souvenirs. Depending on where you fly from and which airline, it may be also be cheaper for you to simply rent you winter ski clothing so you can avoid any airlines fees for extra baggage.

In addition to winter ski clothing you will also need to bring some casual clothing with you for your evenings out on the town. First time visitors to Niseko often overdress when they head into town to shop and eat at the restaurants. It can be cold outside, however the restaurants and businesses tend to keep the inside of their buildings extremely warm. If you wear a sweater, then there is a good chance you will be a sweaty mess. Wear a lightweight t-shirt underneath your winter coat so that when you are inside eating you won’t pass out from the high heat.


You also need to take some casual shoes or boots that are easy to remove as most restaurants in the Niseko area require you to remove your shoes before you enter. This is a typical Japanese custom, and if it takes you 15 minutes to get your boots back on you will get extremely frustrated.

You can also rent skiing and snowboard equipment if you do not want to have to take it by airline.

The Niseko area consists of 6 ski areas. There is the Niseko Hirafu, Niseko Higashiyama, Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Hanazono, Niseko Moiwa, and Niseko Weiss.

Annupuri, Higashiyama, Hirafu, and Hanazono are all connected. These 4 ski resorts are the most popular with first time visitors to Niseko because 1 ski lift ticket gives you access to all 4 of these ski areas.

Each year Niseko gets a lot of snow. In fact Niseko is one of the snowiest ski areas in the world. If you are wanting guaranteed snow then visit Niseko between December 25th and March 15th. High snow levels are almost a guarantee when visiting Niseko between these dates.

If you want a ski or snowboarding vacation that offers countless long runs, then a visit to Niseko is a must for anybody who is passionate about skiing and snowboarding.

Thanks Natasha!

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