The name Niseko comes from Hokkaido’s indigenous Ainu people, meaning “steep cliff” in their language. In Niseko’s eastern part is Mount Yotei-zan, a mountain selected as one of the best in Japan, also known for its resemblance to Mount Fuji. As a result of this resemblance, it is sometimes referred to as “Ezo Fuji” (*Ezo is the former name for Hokkaido)
Niseko is also famous for its ski resorts. During the winter there are areas that receive up to 2 meters of snow and the region is also blessed with high-quality powdered snow. There are plenty of activities to enjoy in the summer as well, such as hiking, trekking, golf, downstream rafting, horseback riding, and cycling. During fall you can enjoy a hot onsen bath while watching the autumn leaves.
As for lodging, a variety of options are available to suit your needs, such as ryokans, hotels, cottages, bed and breakfasts, and personal boardinghouses. There’s plenty of food to enjoy as well, such as Hokkaido’s specialty Genghis Khan, sushi, and crab cuisine. You’ll definitely want to try out the freshly grown and harvested potatoes, asparagus, tomatoes, and pumpkins as well.
The nearest airport to Niseko is New Chitose Airport. From the airport you can take a train, a bus, or a car. Note however that only a few trains run per day and you also have to change trains, so we recommend taking a bus. Either way, it will take you a lengthy 3 hour trip to get to Niseko from the airport.
Tourism information: Niseko