Niseko, Japan is a wonderful place to visit but the most striking thing about it are its ski resorts, which offer the best experience in abundant snow that manages to reach up to four meters! Here’s an overview of this interesting Japanese city:
Niseko City and its location
Niseko is located in Hokkaido, which is a world-known ski spot with the best and most constant snow seasons. Niseko refers to a mountain range and a municipal area, but overseas the name has come to be related to more extensive areas of ski resorts.
It is not only the Japanese paradise for ski enthusiasts, but is a city that in winter is completely covered with snow and in summer provides an incredibly cool climate among its mountains. Today it is one of the 23 environmental municipalities of the country.
In this environment of mountain landscapes and abundant vegetation inhabit about 5,000 people, most working in the tourism and eco-friendly farming industries.
In Niseko, Japan, the imposing mountain shown in the image is Mount Yotei, an inactive volcano similar to Mount Fuji. In summer it provides a viewpoint that gives you a clear view of the city for those who manage to summit, or if offers fresh farm produce for those less inclined.
In the winter, powdered snow on the ski slopes are perfect attractions for skiers and snowboarders around the world. In both climatic seasons the city has various gastronomic dishes with unsurpassed quality thanks to its freshly harvested products in the area, and also offers a variety of seafood brought from nearby villages that in the hands of experienced chefs become delicious delicacies.
Climate during the year
The summers in Niseko are humid, favorable, and partly cloudy while the winters are very cold, snowy, and typically windy and cloudy. Throughout the year, temperatures hover from -8 C to 24 C, unusually low to less than -12 C or rise to more than 28 C.
Tourists believe that July to early September is best for summer experiences and December to the middle of March are the perfect months for the winter experiences.
Ski areas in Niseko
Japan has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, so the flow of tourists coming for skiing or snowboarding has increased every year.
Most ski resorts have approximately 10 to 18 meters of snow each year and in the ski season for four or five days of the week there is powdered snow. A wide variety of slopes remain in excellent condition, due to the constant maintenance they receive.
In January, Japanese ski resorts are most frequented by ski or snowboard enthusiasts. Skiers or snowboarders will enjoy the interior of Asahidake or the complicated slopes of Furano, one of the most rugged peaks of Hokkaido.
If you travel with children, the ski resort of Niseko is perfect for families because of its childcare services, children’s clubs, and ski schools, an excellent choice for beginner skiers. It is located south of Hokkaido Island and has a reputation for having the best skiing snow in all of Japan. It seems to be always snowing in Niseko averaging 15 to 18 meters of snow per season.
With its 47 kilometers of ski-ready slopes, Niseko is one of the largest ski resorts in Japan. It has four connected areas with inclines for snowboarders and skiers of all levels, as well as other places to explore that are the best in Japan.
The well-known Hirafu area is special among tourists to Japan, thanks to its modernly equipped village bustling with nightlife that is recognized by tourists from all countries.
Rusutsu Resort in Hokkaido is one of the best ski resorts Japan has to offer, with a variety of new slopes and an average of 13 meters of snow per year. The top choice for snowboarding and skiing professionals, it is located in Hokkaido, but is less busy than the Niseko ski resort. It has off-piste spaces perfect for more adrenaline when it comes to skiing and pronunciations for snowboarding.
Kiroro Ski Resort also on Hokkaido has an extraordinary quality of powdered snow and is a safe spot for tourists arriving at the beginning of the season. It is mostly chosen for short stays or day trips. With a total of 21 tracks, the vast majority for beginners or intermediates, skiers will be able to leave the slopes to ski thoroughly, but must provide an itinerary if they want to ski outside the slopes.
Furano also on Hokkaido is in the center of the prefecture and has better quality snow than the resorts near the coast. The density of its snow is lower at only approximately 9 meters per year, and the snow is much lighter and fluffier due to the sometimes sunnier days with clear skies. While it offers more complex track choices for experienced skiers, it is less Westernized than other resorts in Hokkaido giving you a chance to become immersed in Japanese culture.
Mount Yotei Landscape
This 1898-meter-high stratovolcano is located in the center of Shikotsu Toya National Park, occupying 7,000 hectares of land. With abundant mountain vegetation from which birch and pine stand out, it has a virgin forest located on one of its slopes, considered one of the most popular mountains in Japan. Throughout the four seasons, it is home to a variety of plants, animals, including squirrels, wild rabbits, foxes, and more than 130 species of wild birds.
The ascent roads to Mount Yotei are available from summer to autumn, during which shelter is available with a permanent delegate from June to October. The Makkari route lasts about four or five hours to the top, and is the most famous because the slope is smooth and has service and rest areas. The Kutchan route takes three or four hours to the top and is the steepest route, but provides nice scenery as you walk through landscapes and protected vegetation areas. The Kyogoku is one of the most difficult trails since it is relatively steep, lasts four to five hours, and has no service or rest areas. The Kimobetsu Route is similar to the Kyogoku with its steep roads, lack of facilities, and lack of services. The road to the top will take five hours, but has treacherous rocky and loose terrain.
If you visit, you will enjoy an excellent view to share with your family, with some of the best skiing and best snow not only in Japan but in the world.