Get ready to fall in love with the charm of Niseko in the spring
During the springtime, Niseko's world-class ski resort slowly starts to turn a shade of lush green, and cherry blossoms begin to bloom.
During this wonderful season, you can experience the best of both worlds by enjoying a range of outdoor activities, both on and off the slopes, like snowshoeing, whitewater rafting, and golf. Read on to discover why spring is becoming a more popular time to visit our beautiful region.
Snow AND sun makes for incredible skiing conditions
Hirafu has been blessed with over 10 meters of snowfall this season, ensuring that there will be plenty of snow to enjoy well into the spring. The slopes are meticulously groomed on a daily basis, providing the perfect opportunity to hone your skills on freshly groomed tracks.
Even better, there are plenty of bluebird days on the horizon, which means better visibility on the mountain and some of the most scenic skiing in the world, with most runs boasting an impressive view over Mt Yotei.
While Grand Hirafu will remain open until Sunday, May 7th, a few lifts will be closing for the spring season. Plan your time on the mountain by viewing our overview of the spring lift operations schedule here.
NEW Spring activities to enjoy, both on and off the slopes
NAC Adventure Park: Experience a thrilling spring outdoor adventure as you climb, swing, balance, and trek along the treetops at the NAC Adventure Park. As the largest park of its kind in Japan, it spans an impressive 9,265 square metres and boasts an impressive 130 different elements providing fun and adventure for all ages.
Spring Rafting: Feel the rush of adrenaline as you navigate through the rapids and take in the stunning scenery of the surrounding mountains. White water rafting down the Shiribetsu River is one of the most popular spring activities and begins for the season on Saturday 8 April, 2023.
Grand Hirafu Spring Park: For those looking for a new challenge within the resort, look no further than the grand return of Grand Hirafu Spring Park. With a variety of jumps suitable for both beginners and advanced riders, push your limits and conquer your fears on this thrilling course, back for the first time in three years.
Hanazono Zipflight: If you're looking for a truly unique experience, don't miss out on the Hanazono Zipline. Soar over the skiers and snowboarders in Hanazono ski resort on one of Asia's longest ziplines, but hurry - this limited spring season activity is only available until Sunday 9 April, 2023.
Catch a sight of Japan's final cherry blossom blooms of the season
As visitors flock to Japan from all corners of the world to witness the short cycle of the cherry blossoms, you can experience the final blooms of the season in Hokkaido.
As spring arrives, Niseko's natural beauty is in full display. The majestic cherry blossoms or sakura are set to blossom in Hokkaido during the final week of April, and with this, the mountains and surrounding scenery come alive with vibrant colors.
Why not pack a picnic to enjoy under the beauty of the blooms? Or simply take a leisurely stroll and soak up the stunning scenery. Keep an eye on this Cherry Blossom forecast for insider tips on the best places to visit around Hokkaido.
Less crowded slopes and spring savings - what's not to love!
Spring is the perfect time to visit Niseko if you're looking for a budget-friendly, crowd-free, and beautiful weather vacation. As the powder season comes to an end, the crowds seem to disappear with it leaving the perfectly groomed slopes basically empty. Imagine shredding the slopes with breathtaking bluebird views and almost no one to compete with - now that's what we call a win.
To sweeten the deal, there are many special deals around the resort. Niseko-Hirafu's leading international snowsports school, GoSnow, has announced their spring season savers for private lessons, allowing you to improve your skiing or boarding skills more quickly and affordably.
You'll also save big on lift passes, with all four resorts of Niseko United switching to spring season pricing as well. Our concierge team are on hand to help you book lift passes pre arrival, please find more information here.
At the end of your trip, you can get a great deal on a private transfer to New Chitose Airport, with SkyExpress offering 10%OFF all airport transfers until the end of spring.
Get a taste of spring on a plate (or glass)
Experience the exquisite taste of locally-sourced spring produce, some of which can only be found in Hokkaido. In Hirafu, you can indulge in springtime favorites such as butterbur, cauliflower, and strawberries, all of which can be found on many restaurant menus. The best part? Since it's not peak season, you can easily walk into most restaurants without having to make a reservation.
Kumo Restaurant, located on the first floor of Skye Niseko, is celebrating the season's flavours in a different way with a special spring-themed cocktail that you simply must try! The Haru Ski is a delightful blend of Whiskey, Apricot Brandy, Ginger, and Lemon, and it's the perfect way to unwind after a day on the slopes.
Have we convinced you to visit us during the springtime?
We would love to host you at Skye Niseko. Please take note of our spring season dates here.
Please contact our reservations team directly to make a booking enquiry, or click the button below.
Phone: +81 (0) 136 55 5123
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