Niseko is truly a year round destination. Providing world class snow in the winter months, Niseko is one of Asia's hidden gems in the summer. Home to stunning natural beauty and countless activities, Niseko benefits from warm weather without suffering from humidity.

When To Come

The ski season starts from late November or early December and ends in early May (with the final lift closing at the end of Golden Week).

During the snow season, the resort is covered in a blanket of snow, as skiers and snowboarders enjoy an average annual snowfall of 15 metres and the 47 kms of groomed slopes across four linked resorts: Niseko-Hirafu, Niseko-Hanazono, Annupuri and Niseko Village.

A range of off-mountain activities are available including: snowmobiling, kids snow parks, tobogganing, snowshoeing and more.

While most guests come to Niseko for the snow, they come back for the food...Niseko is home to one of the highest concentrations of world-class Japanese and International cuisine in the whole of Japan. Whether you are looking for Michelin-starred restaurants or hole-in-the-wall Japanese izakayas, Niseko has it all. The quality is incredible, the prices are reasonable and the staff are friendly - our only advice is book early and try everything once!

The Hokkaido summer offers temperate weather from June through to September and Niseko offers the perfect base to experience the south-western Hokkaido area, with a range of activities to keep you occupied.

These include cycling, rafting, hiking, golf, touring the local area and much more as well as a wide range of cuisine and fresh produce.

In recent years more and more people have come to Niseko to enjoy the temperate climate (averaging around 25 degrees) with low humidity. As more people come, more and more events and activities appear.

The Niseko Classic Road Race is now an international UCI cycle event to go along with the Tour de Hokkaido, Hokkaido Triathlon, Hanazono Hillclimb, flow trails and mountain biking that are also in place in the local area. Recent additions include the Niseko Adventure Park with the longest tree-climbing area in the whole of Japan.

Food and local festivals make the summer days stretch into beautiful evenings illuminated by firework shows and dancing.

And for people who want complete peace and quiet, hiking into the hills and camping by lakes brings solitude deep in the outstanding natural beauty of Niseko and the surrounding area.

How To Get Here

The closest major city to Niseko is Sapporo; the main airport being New Chitose International Airport. With daily flights to and from all major Asian hubs, Chitose Airport offers excellent transfer options to Niseko by train, bus or private transfer.

Niseko is conveniently located in the southwest corner of Hokkaido, approximately 100km from Sapporo - the 5th largest city in Japan - and 110km from New Chitose Airport. There are extensive bus, road and train links to the area.

Here at Skye Niseko we do note recommend driving to or anywhere in the resort between December and March. Parking spots are in short supply both at Skye Niseko and throughout the resort. With the volume of snow we receive in Niseko, daily snowclearing by large snowplows is required and driving in icy and snow conditions is challenging and dangerous. Minor accidents or slips can take a long time to resolve. In addition Japan has a zero tolerance for drink driving. 

Private transfers to and from the airport are reliable and readily available and can be pre-booked by our concierge team on your behalf. Skye Niseko has a Village Shuttle service running around the resort every 15 minutes in winter and an hourly shuttle going to Kutchan Town. 


In Winter you can expect snow - and lots of it! With an average annual snowfall of 15 metres, Niseko is one of the snowiest places on the planet.