Living in Niseko: Guide For Foreigners

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Niseko is a town located in the Shiribeshi Subprefecture in Hokkaido, Japan. For Japanese, this town principally relates to a mountain range and a municipal area. But as the time passed, the name is also used to make a reference to the ski resort encompassing Hokkaido’s Mount Yotei also known as the “Mt Fuji of Hokkaido”. 

The town had an estimated population of 4,938 as of 30 September 2017 and is surrounded by mountains with numerous hot spring resorts also known as onsen. The surroundings are also famous for the white-water rapid river named the Shiribetsu River. Golf courses are also available in this town. 

How to access

  • From New Chitose Airport - New Chitose Airport → Otaru Sta.→ Niseko Sta.

  • New Chitose Airport → Otaru - Airport express: 72min

  • Otaru → Niseko - Local train: 90min

  • From Sapporo... Sapporo Sta,→Otaru Sta.→Niseko Sta.

  • Sapporo → Otaru - Airport express: 32min

  • Otaru → Niseko - local train / 90min.)

  • From Hakodate... Hakodate Sta.→Oshamanbe Sta, →Niseko Sta.

  • Hakodate→Oshamanbe - Limited express: 75min

  • Oshamanbe→Niseko - local train: 80min

Famous locations

Niseko Mt. Resort Grand Hirafu

This is a full-service area with a lot of shops, a snow park & hiking in Summer. It has a wide variety of food & drinks, very appreciated by foreigners.

Mount Yōtei

This is an inactive volcano located in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. This is a great mount to climb or to ski no matter what time of the year. 

Mount Yōtei is an inactive stratovolcano located in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Hokkaidō, Japan. It is also called Yezo Fuji or Ezo Fuji, "Ezo" being an old name for the island of Hokkaido, because it resembles Mount Fuji. 


Onsens are one of the most important things to do when coming to Japan. The most beautiful one is certainly at Niseko Grand Hotel, which has an indoor and outdoor bath. But if you want a local one, then you can go to Onsen Yukoro which is un Hirafu Village. Going to an onsen is one of the most relaxing things to do in Niseko. 

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