Niseko and Hakuba is home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding conditions in the world, which is why it’s so important your equipment matches up to the hype! The best way to do this is rent, because you’re guaranteed to have the best gear to suit the conditions and your ability. Here are our top reasons why renting is the way to go next time you visit Niseko and Hakuba!
1. Travel Light
Hiring your gear means you don’t have to cart bulky skis and snowboards across the globe! You’ll also minimise the risk of paying for excess baggage. Another bonus is that, if you’re off to explore other parts of Japan, you won’t have to drag heavy bags along with you. One of the best ways to explore Japan is by train but, unfortunately, they don’t accommodate for long or awkwardly sized baggage. And here’s another hint, it’s very hard to wedge a ski or snowboard bag into a taxi!
2. Ride The Latest Gear!
The snow conditions in Niseko are unlike most other parts of the world. On average, the resorts receive around 14m of snow, most of which falls as pure powder. You’ll notice local skiers and boarders are riding powder specific skis and snowboards. In fact most of them don’t bother owning anything else! So, if you want to do what the locals are doing, leave your own equipment at home and rent fat skis or a powder board that suits the conditions perfectly
3. Swap it Out
Niseko and Hakuba gets heavy snowfall but you never know when a string of sunny days will come along! To accommodate for changing conditions, Rhythm allows premium renters to swap their gear at any time during their stay. You can also swap from skis to a snowboard or vice-versa for no extra charge!
4. Multi Resort Rentals. Hakuba, Rusutsu, Furano, Tomamu and Beyond!
If you’re heading to another resort after visiting Niseko, take our rental gear along for the ride! Multi resort rental www.rhythmjapan.com/multiresort-bookings is super easy. First, you’ll be fitted for your gear in Niseko. Then, once you’ve finished your Niseko leg, you can borrow a bag, pack your equipment and take it with you. Or if you’re traveling to Hakuba, the correct set of skis or a board will be there waiting for you. Finally, once your holiday is done, you can courier the equipment back to us using the paperwork we have provided, or drop it back to the Hakuba store. All that you’ll pay is one day extra rental to cover the gear traveling back to us, plus no more than 3,000 yen per bag in courier fees.
5. Pick Up / Drop Off Service
We understand that getting around a new place, especially one covered in snow, can be difficult. Rhythm provides a pick up and drop off service to make your rental experience as easy and streamlined as possible.
6. Return with Ease
Rushing to get to the airport after your holiday? No problem! If you can’t make it into our store, leave your equipment at your accommodation and we will pick it up for you later.
7. Do it All Again!
We keep all our information on file so next time you visit, the process will be faster than ever.
8. We are the Friendly Experts
Rhythm is the perfect place to start your holiday because not only do you get the best equipment, you can also grab some local knowledge! Everyone who works with us lives and breathes skiing and snowboarding. They are all passionate individuals, keen to share their extensive product knowledge with our customers. Our staff love to ride so you can also ask them for advice about the resort and snow conditions. No doubt they’ll have plenty of tips!