Conditions in Niseko are unlike anywhere else in the world!
The resort has a HUGE average annual snowfall of 18 meters and most of that falls as pure powder. Waist deep off-piste snow is not uncommon and it’s so light and dry that even intermediate skiers and boarders can handle it with very little change of technique.
On a clear day the views from Niseko are breathtaking and if you hike to the peak you can sometimes see all the way to the ocean.
Find out more about Niseko
- Location of Niseko
- Village and trail maps for Niseko
- Rhythm Niseko
- Video of Niseko
- Lift operating hours
- What gear to use
- Accommodation and restaurants
The Niseko ski resort area is located 120 km south west of Sapporo City on Japan’s northern island, Hokkaido. It covers a massive area consisting of four resorts including Hanazono, Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annapuri.
View maps of Niseko’s resorts:
Rhythm Niseko is located on the main street in Hirafu. Find out more about Rhythm Niseko.
Video of Niseko
Check out this video of pro skiers Chris Benchetler and JP Auclair ripping it up in Niseko for the first time. The video may be a few years old, but the Niseko snow and experience is still very much the same!
Lifts run non-stop for over 12.5 hours a day – starting at 8:30am and closing at 9:00pm. The night skiing area is huge with great visibility and even the tree runs are accessible. The snow can get even deeper and dryer at night!
Pack your winter woolies! Niseko may have some of the best snow on the planet, but it does mean it can get chilly. Luckily, Rhythm Niseko stocks a large range of ski hire and snowboard rental as well as retail gear, such as outerwear, skis, snowboards, plus lots more!
As for what skis or snowboard to use on the hill? This totally depends on what experience you’re after! We have a huge range of ski hire and snowboard rental to suit all abilities, and all conditions in Niseko – you can glide through the lush powder or do some wide carve turns on the groomers.
Niseko has a huge range of accommodation and is home to a large array of delicious restaurants. From traditional Izakyas (Japanese pub style) to Michelin star fine dinning, Niseko it has it all! Find out more about Niseko accommodation, and restaurants in Niseko.