Averaging an incredible 17 metres of snowfall annually, the powder at Niseko Village is internationally acclaimed and is among the world’s best. Siberian winds interacting with moisture from the Sea of Japan has provided snow with a quality and consistency that is among the driest and lightest in the world.
From 1 December until May, Niseko Village transforms into a ski mecca for powder hounds with exceptional off piste terrain and a wide range of groomed runs suited to all levels of skiers and boarders. For extreme skiers, the backcountry can be accessed through a series of gates near the peak of Mount Niseko Annupuri leading to phenomenal terrain and a huge series of back bowls or snowshoe up Mount Yotei for mind-blowing volcano crater skiing at the summit.
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Shopping at Niseko Village
The heart of the village is Niseko Village’s main pulse where paved intimate walkways are flanked by contemporary shopping and dining concepts. Just moments from Niseko Village’s award-winning hotels, residences and lifts, its slopeside location allows for a seamless ski-in, ski-out access between mountain adventures and indoor diversions, day and night.
Après-ski is excitingly redefined at Niseko Village. Click your skis off at The Village and be mesmerized by its traditional Japanese artisan architecture. Hidden gems await to be discovered as you slide open the wooden lattice door of each machiya. Chic exquisite cuisine made from fresh Hokkaido ingredients and modern classy designer retail offerings will leave you thrilled and spoilt for choice.
The modern and the traditional are interwoven to evoke a genteel lifestyle at the village with its authentic Japanese machiya architectural setting. Take a stroll or click your skis off to discover must-have designer brands and speciality stores in Niseko’s shopping destination.
Beyond skiing and snowboarding, Niseko Village is the perfect all-season destination. In winter, visitors of all ages can experience a variety of family activities at Niseko Village Snow School, Niseko Kids, a snowmobile adventure, guided snowshoe tours or reindeer sledding to name a few.
Discover so many ways to enjoy winter at Niseko Village! Visitors of all ages can experience a variety of winter activities below:
- Niseko Village Snow School
- Niseko Kids Snow School
- Snowmobile Adventure
- Snow Rafting
- Reindeer Sledding
- Guided Snowshoe Tours
- First Tracks Cat Skiing
- Cross-country Ski Course
Niseko Village Snow School (NVSS) is a Ski Association of Japan (SAJ) accredited snow school offering SAJ and internationally certified multi-lingual ski and snowboard instructors, trainers and demonstrators. Niseko Village is world renowned for some of the best and longest powder skiing and snowboarding terrain in the country with scenic courses leading through beautiful forests. Our team of professionals pride themselves in ensuring a fun, safe and exciting environment for beginners and ski or snowboard enthusiasts through an extensive range of programmes.
For young visitors, Niseko Kids Snow School and Day Care programs offer innovative experiences for children aged from 1 to 12 years. Designed to ensure a fun experience for the skiers of the future, private or group ski or snowboarding lessons are conducted by fully qualified and kid savvy instructors. The safe and proactive experience will teach children to cultivate an early love for snow coupled by the excitement it provides.
Dining out in Niseko Village is a palate pleaser as the local farmers are passionate about their produce. While traditional Japanese delights like teppanyaki, sushi and fresh seafood are served at the village, The Green Leaf Niseko Village and Hilton Niseko Village, the cuisine has also been influenced by different cultures. You are bound to discover new fusion and international favorites offered at the stunning dining outlets available.
The locally produced sake, Hokkaido wines or brewed beers are not to be missed. Through the appreciation of homegrown produce and alcoholic beverages together with local cuisine, cottage industries are supported and traditions kept alive bringing you a richer Niseko experience. For many visitors, Niseko Village is as much about great dining and après ski as it is about outdoor adventures.
The dining space at Goshiki boasts fantastic views of the mountains and ski slopes, vaulted ceilings and a signature fireplace. A colorful international and Japanese fusion buffet is offered for breakfast and dinner, and à la carte selections for lunch utilizing seafood sourced from lakes, rivers and oceans and the region’s famous produce.
Pick from a seafood marketplace display that changes daily and seasonally. The aromas and cooking methods, be it steamed kaizoku-yaki style, konrogrilled style or your preferred style, provide the theatrics against the rustic fishing memorabilia and paraphernalia décor that imitate a Hokkaido boathouse feel.
The Japanese are known to work hard and this quality has taught them how to relax and unwind in warm geothermal water of an onsen or hot spring. Each onsen has its own distinct mineral content and healing qualities with the waters ranging from milky white to a brownish red, adding to the charm of this traditional bathing experience.
There are two beautiful onsen at Niseko Village. The Green Leaf Onsen stands out as a beautiful rock pool with its water source originating from a 100% natural mineral hot spring with salts from deep within the earth or take in the magnificent scenery as you soak in the onsen at Hilton Niseko Village. After a long day of activities, the peaceful surroundings of pine trees and Mount Yotei beckons and a soak in the warm therapeutic waters is a wonderful way to unwind.
(Access from free shuttle from Niseko Village)
Milk Kobo’s exceptional sweets are made with fresh milk just squeezed at a nearby ranch! Heal your tired body with delicious blessings of nature. Particularly popular for families who would return to the shop many times during their stay in Niseko!
I highly recommend their choux pastry puffs, cheese tarts, soft serve and gelato ice cream!
Reminiscent of a floral garden with a harmony of colours and seasonal flavours, the Village Patisserie offers a vibrant array of pastries, chocolates and Japanese cakes. The scrumptious creations are perfect over gourmet coffee, tea or beverages for a delightful respite from mountain adventures.
Get the Cremia & Royce ice-cream here! You’ll come back for more – I know I did.