The northernmost of Japan’s islands, Hokkaido is best known for its powder-like snow and panoramic views. Home to some of the most luxurious ski resorts, Niseko in Hokkaido is also considered a ski mecca for skiers. It is also perfect for families taking their children to experience the beautiful snowfall. However, Niseko is not only for the winter — you can enjoy the changing colour of the leaves in autumn, the blooming flowers in spring, and the glowing sunshine in summer. We curate nine of the best hotels to stay in Niseko, where you would be able to enjoy the best it has to offer, whatever the season.
With a free ten-minute shuttle to Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort and Annupuri International Ski Resort, One Niseko Resort Towers is the ideal location to stay if you intend to have a ski-focused trip. After your ski session, you can expect to rest in the spacious rooms, which is complete with a kitchenette and balcony with mountain views for some relaxation time with a warm green tea. Elsewhere, the resort also offers open-air hot spring baths where you can rest your tired muscles after a day hitting the slopes. Ski lessons are also available at the resort.
Located at the foot of Annupuri Ski Resort, Niseko Northern Resort boasts a winning combination of comfort, convenience and charm for skiers. Explore the slopes at nearby ski locations, including Nisekomoiwa Ski Area and Niseko Mt. Resort Grand Hirafu, all within a 20-minute drive from the resort. If you forgot to bring your skis, you can rent them at the resort, and if you brought your own, the resort also offers storage facilities. Plus, don’t forget to check out their library lounge, which is well-stocked with international titles — perfect for a restful end to the day.
A new property in the Niseko Village Ski Area, the luxurious Hinode Hills boasts an aesthetic reminiscent of the subtle Japanese beauty. With stunning views of Mount Yotei, Hinode Hills is suitable for short or long-term stays and provides additional facilities such as a fully stocked kitchen and sightseeing day tours, which is available upon request and at an additional cost. It is also just a stone’s throw away from Niseko Annupuri Hot Spring and Niseko Goshiki Onsen if you are looking for a warm soak to start or end your day.
A cozy boutique hotel in the heart of Hirafu, Chalet Ivy has 78 rooms and suites featuring a panoramic view of Mount Yotei, the surrounding national park and some ski slopes. Paying homage to Hokkaido’s natural beauty, the rooms in Chalet Ivy are decorated with forest motifs, while doors and furniture are constructed out of natural wood. Be sure to visit the Après Lounge, where you can warm up on the fireplace after a cold day while enjoying Chalet Ivy’s signature cocktail, the Massan Log Fire.
If you are looking for a less crowded location away from the Grand Hirafu area, consider Hotel Niseko Ikoinomura. The hotel is within walking distance from the slopes, and seven minutes away from Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort. You will also find a communal sauna, games room, and a children’s playground, which is perfect if you are travelling as a family and have children in tow.
Located just 800 meters (2,624 ft) away from the ski lifts of Grand Hirafu, Always Niseko is the perfect option if you want to have the ski slopes right at your doorstep. The hotel features 104 stylishly designed rooms with all the essential amenities you may need, including WiFi throughout the property, and a kitchen. You can also participate in activities such as bike tours and rentals, and ski classes.
Keeping comfort and value in mind, Midtown Niseko provides a fuss-free and wallet-friendly option to tourists heading to Niseko. With easy access to the Hirafu and Hanazono resorts, skiers can expect on-site dining options, with breakfast included in all packages, as well as ski storage facilities. The hotel only offers two room options: a twin room or a triple room, making it perfect for one or two travel companions.
Located right in the heart of Niseko Mountain Range, Hotel Niseko Alpen is one of the tourists’ top picks. Location aside, hotel guests also enjoy free entry to the hotel’s onsen, which is rich in essential minerals such as sodium and magnesium — perfect for rejuvenating your tired muscles after an adventurous day at the slopes. The hotel also has a hot stone sauna, with discounts for guests. Whether you are travelling as a couple, family or solo, the hotel has a wide range of rooms to suit your needs!
Situated at the base of the panoramic mountains of Hokkaido is the luxurious Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse. Perfect for families, this townhouse consists of three bedrooms, with a king, queen and twin-sized beds, and an en-suite bathroom for each, giving each member of the family ample space to unwind and gather after an exhilarating day out in the cold. Other free services include guided mountain orientations, on-call drivers, and even access to a hot spring in the adjacent sister hotel. If you were to visit in the summer months, you can take advantage of the sunshine, go hiking around the area, and even ride a hot air balloon.
Located within a five-minute drive from Niseko Village Ski Resort and 20-minute drive from Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu, guests commend the resort not only for their convenience, but also warm hospitality extended to them during their stay. If you are not too interested in skiing, this resort is just three-minute drive away from Niseko View Plaza, a small shopping village where you can take a leisure walk around. If you are up for some adventure, book an activity with Hokkaido Lion Adventure- the company that organises winter rafting.
The resort provides free shuttle from the JR train Station, which is just three kilometers (9842 ft) away.
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Address: Satomi 151-2
Enjoy the best of Hokkaido in these accommodations
Regardless of your budget, number of travel companions, or activities your are looking to embark on, you will be able to find a suitable accommodation to maximize your stay in Niseko. Get ready to enjoy Niseko across all four seasons!
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