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First Snow on Mount Yotei

With less than 2 months to go until the Niseko United ski lifts open for the 2015/16 season, winter has arrived in Hirafu. Mt Yotei is the first to receive the wonderful white stuff with a dusting last week. We love it! The countdown has begun. We hope to see you on the mountain this […]

Silver Week sees record numbers of Niseko tourists

Perfect blue sky weather, and Niseko is jam packed with Silver Week holiday visitors. Accommodation providers, restaurants and outdoor adventure companies are all reporting record numbers for September.  The picturesque koyo season (changing colour of the leaves) to begin next month. Silver Week is 5 day ‘mega holiday’ named after Golden Week in spring. It […]

Niseko Cows Saying Bye-Bye

The Niseko Cow Parade has been an enormous success, with visitors coming from afar to pose with the cows and marvel at the artistic creativity on display. Sadly our sacred cows must say sayonara as they move on to greener pastures. To celebrate the end of the Cow Parade Ki Niseko will be hosting a […]

Launch Date Announced for Hokkaido Shinkansen Line

Japan railway operators have announced March 26, 2016 as the launch date for the Hokkaido Shinkansen line, according to this article published by the Japan Times. During the announcement Hokkaido Railway Co. and East Japan Railway Co. claimed to be making arrangements for 13 round trips per day. Ten of the 13 round trips will […]

AirAsia Launching All-Year-Long Flights Between Kuala Lumpur and Sapporo

Some great new for Malaysian guests visiting Niseko. AirAsia X will become the only airline operating direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sapporo. The service will take-off in October, making the return trip four times per week. Acting AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail revealed the news at a press conference last week, during which he […]

AYA Niseko On Sale Now

Construction has commenced on Niseko’s newest ski-in ski-out development. 77 premium apartments, offering stunning ski resort, Mount Yotei and forest views. Investors can choose from 4-bedroom, 3-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 1.5-bedroom, and Studio unit types. Located on the actual ski slope, AYA Niseko is designed to link you directly to the lifts. Ski valet service awaits at […]

AYA Niseko Development Update

AYA Niseko onsen drilling has commenced, and construction is ahead of schedule with a third of the foundation pilings already complete. In Niseko natural hot spring water comes bubbling to the surface in mountainous areas, becoming the natural choice for onsen facilities. In the early days of settlement and development in the Niseko area locations […]

Niseko Ski Slopes Now On Google Street View

Ever wondered what its like to be on the magical ski slopes of Niseko? Wonder no more, as Niseko has joined the list of worldwide ski resorts to have its runs added to Google Street View – a first in Asia. Having already mapped most North American ski resorts, Google is setting its sights further […]

Hirafu Main Street Goes Wire-less

As part of the 10-year master plan for the beautification of Niseko, Hirafu-zaza main street is having its tangle of powerlines tidied up and moved underground. A powerline free sky means clear views of majestic Mount Yotei and much nicer photos for visitors. Cleaning up the powerlines comes months after the completion of the heated […]

Niseko CowParade Kicks Off

Take a walk through Hirafu Village and you’re sure to notice a few colorful creations grazing around town. These extra visitors are here as part of the 2015 Niseko CowParade. There is 47 different cows spread throughout Niseko all with different colors, patterns and designs. The hardest part isn’t finding all the cows but deciding […]