Niseko offers a blend of Japanese culture with modern sophistication in its ski resorts, funky bars, and stunning backcountry. Designated as a ‘Heavy Snowfall Region’, it offers perfect powder days for a long stretch. Plan a visit to Niseko Range spanning between the Sea of Japan and Hirafu Village with a private helicopter charter and enjoy the best vacation ever.
What can you do in Niseko?
Due to its incredible powder snow and off-piste terrains, Niseko is often touted as the best ski destination in the region. But, it offers much more than that. You can go gift shopping in the quaint village market or grab authentic Japanese cuisine at a cosy, local restaurant. Indulge in the following activities to make the most of your trip:
Soak in Niseko Village Onsen
Japanese onsen in Niseko Village is what you need to recuperate, rejuvenate, and relax after skiing on thick powder snow. Surrounded by pine trees and hot springs, it’s a perfect way to enjoy your vacation. Naturally heated thermal waters have healing abilities, and you can enjoy this bliss in Green Leaf Niseko Village, Hilton, Kasara Townhouse, Goshiki, or Makkari.
Hike to Mount Yotei
For some of the most pristine landscapes in Japan, go hiking in Niseko. As the Last Wilderness in the country, Hokkaido is a great hiking destination. You can take a beaten track or hike up the famed Mt. Yotei via one of the three trailheads: Makkari, Kimobetsu, and Kutchan.
Dine in the Michelin Star Restaurants
Locally grown produce and authentic Japanese recipes will greet your senses when you try fine dining in Niseko. You can start with local and regional specialities or opt for French fusion cuisine in an upscale restaurant. The buzzing nightlife at quirky bars offers extra fun with ramen noodles soup, rare whiskeys, seafood, and homemade pizzas.
Where to Ski in Niseko?
With spectacular backcountry, tons of powder snow, and long ski runs, Niseko is a paradise for every skier and snowboarder. You may also explore off-terrain skiing in Niseko United, spanning over 29 miles of groomed slopes at the altitude of 42 degrees north. Whether you want to experience pro-level skiing or looking to explore beautiful winter woods, resorts in this destination don’t disappoint.
As the largest ski resort in Niseko, Grand Hirafu offers dozens of lifts and a sizeable town at its base for after-ski activities. You can also ride a gondola to reach 30 ski trails and enjoy varied difficulty levels ranging from beginner-expert.
Niseko Village Resort
Also called Higashiyama, Niseko Resort is located west of Grand Hirafu and offers some of the largest ski trails in Asia. The elevation of 1308 metres and average snow of 15 metres make it perfect for intermediate and expert level skiers. The resort also offers 30 lifts and three gondolas to reach the mountain top.
At the westernmost end of Niseko, Annupuri Resort offers a laid-back vibe. This ski area particularly attracts more families due to its less steep slopes, perfect for all skiers. It has total 10 ski trails with five lifts and four backcountry access gates.
Where to stay in Niseko?
With short walks to onsens in Hirafu Village and gorgeous views of Mt. Yotei, Aspect offers 11 well-equipped apartments with European decor. It has a dedicated concierge service and driving teams to help you plan your trip.
Enjoy the fairy-tale settings and curated interiors of Seasons Retreat positioned near the ski slopes in Annupuri Village. The property is a perfect refuge with three full-sized bedrooms decked with contemporary furniture, Japanese-style baths, and luxury amenities.
The Maples Niseko
Apart from connecting Hirafu’s exuberant nightlife seamlessly with ski slopes, The Maples offers bright and spacious accommodations. It offers access to a bustling street and ski-in/ski-out access. Dine at an on-site restaurant or hop on the free village shuttle for after-ski activities at this hotel.
Why fly with LunaJets?
When you plan a trip to beautiful Niseko, there’s no better way to reach your destination than a helicopter charter or private jet from your source location. LunaJets is your premier aviation brokerage partner offering affordable and convenient private air transfers to this Japanese ski resort.
No matter if you love skiing in a remote destination, an efficient booking system via the LunaJets app will make it possible with a few clicks. Whether you want to rent a private jet or plan a bespoke helicopter transfer to land near your ski resort or chalet, contact the private aviation advisors available 24/7 to assist you.