Niseko is a city located in Hokkaido, Japan. Niseko is known by the locals to mean the mountain range. As of 2008, the area has a small population of 4,667 people. However, this area received over 200,000 visitors per year for the skiing. Skiing is famous here, because of the fabulous snow covered mountains that are ample in this area.
Ski season starts from November through May. Because of the climate here coming from Siberia, there is a constant light powder snow, which seems to be falling most of the time. This makes for perfect skiing conditions. More and more people are being attracted to this area for the ultimate ski experience. There are six major ski areas in Niseko. They are: Niseko Hirafu, Niseko Village, Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Hanazono, Niseko Moiwa and Niseko Weiss.
Niseko Hirafu has a full resort that one can enjoy amenities inside and out. There are two hotels that service this location, Hotel Niseko Alpen and Niseko Kogen Hotel. There are two lifts in this area Grand Hirafu and Niseko All Mountain and all passes to ride, can be purchased in advance. There is a wonderful ski school here and you can rent all of your ski equipment. They also offer packages to stack up the savings.
Niseko Village or Niseko Higashiyama has many accommodations to choose from. There are apartments or hotels in this area. This village is quiet and smaller and is not as commercialized. There are shuttles that run to and from the resort, as the area 15 minutes from town.
Niseko Annupuri is a spectacular place to ski. There are an amply amount of lodging options. There are many slopes here for one to choose from. The lift is amazing and many prefer just to ride the life to see the beautiful sites.
Niseko Hanazono, this area has something for all seasons, golf in the summer and skiing in the winter. This area has over 16m of annual snowfall. It is the perfect place to snowboard or ski with the light powdery snow falling from nature.
Niseko Moiwa is a smaller resort, for those who do not like crowded areas. One can get away from it all and ski. This resort offers night skiing and a chance to learn the slopes without the masses watching.
Niseko Weiss is a resort perfect for the intermediate skier. The chair lifts here have been converted into small Cat Ski/Board. The courses are not groomed here; they are just un-tracked fresh powdery snow. It provides an excellent experience for those who do not want to try the challenging slopes, but they are beyond the beginner runs. One can ski here for the most economical prices in the area.
With all that Japan has to offer, Niseko is one of the top areas to find all kinds of activities. Skiing in this region is becoming increasingly popular. People enjoy getting away and finding relaxation on the slopes. There is something about being out on the side of a mountain with the wind in your face that makes vacationing on the slopes worthwhile