Resort facts


(This information is provided for reference only. Some details may have changed.)


• Niseko ‘United’: 1 ski pass gives access to 3 connected resorts: Grand Hirafu, Higashiyama, Annupuri
• Ski Runs: 57 runs over 47 km of groomed pistes (2,191 acres). Longest run: 5.6 km
• Difficulty Levels: Beginners 30%, Intermediate 40%, Advanced 30% of total ski runs available
• Lift System: 38 lifts (35 chairs lifts, 3 gondolas) + 5 magic carpets for kids
• Operating Hours: 8h30 – 21h00 daily during ski season
• Ski Access: Free shuttle bus 9h00-21h00 accessible directly from the door step of Kimamaya
• Top Elevation: Summit 1,309 m / Highest point accessible by lift: 1,200 m
• Night Ski: Artificial lighting (including in tree runs) open daily during season


• Location: Abuta District, Shiribeshi, Hokkaido, Japan
• International Access: 116 km from Sapporo New Chitose International Airport (approx. 2.5 hrs in winter)
• Airport Bus: Direct services ¥2,400 / person one-way: Chuo BusDonan Bus. Access information
• Train Access: Japan Rail from Sapporo to Kutchan, via Otaru or Nakayama Toge. Access information
• Train Station: Ski resort is 6 km (10 min by road) away from Japan Rail station in Kutchan town
• Rental Car: Plenty of options from New Chitose International Airport. Access information
• Local Bus: Bus from Kutchan train station to Niseko (outside Seiko Mart convenience store)


• Base Elevation: 300 m (Don’t let this fool you. It snows like nowhere else on the planet.)
• Accolades: First voted into the world’s top 10 ski resorts in 2006 by Forbes Traveler
• Season: 150+ days / year: slopes usually start operating late November, often well into May
• Summer Season: June – late Sept. Golf, hiking, rafting, mountain biking, kayaking…etc. Read Escapes…
• Dining: “The Barn by Odin” connected to Kimamaya + range of restaurants within 500 m radius
• Local Bus: From Kutchan train station to Niseko (by Seicomart conv. store). Free after 18h00.
• Sister City: St. Moritz, Switzerland since 1964