Where you should stay in Niseko

Heading to Niseko?

Niseko, renowned for its world-class skiing and snowboarding facilities, breathtaking landscapes, and luxurious hot springs, is a premier destination for winter sports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Nestled on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, this resort area offers pristine powder snow, a vibrant apr├Ęs-ski scene, and exquisite local cuisine, making it a top choice for those seeking an unforgettable snowy escape. Beyond its winter appeal, Niseko also shines in the warmer months, with opportunities for hiking, golfing, and exploring the great outdoors.

With its growing popularity, deciding where to stay in Niseko can be a challenge, especially for first-time visitors. This guide will help you navigate the best areas to stay, each offering unique experiences and amenities, ensuring your visit to Niseko is nothing short of spectacular.


Where to stay around Niseko

  • Hirafu - The heart of Niseko, known for its vibrant nightlife and diverse dining options.
  • Niseko Village - Luxury and tradition, perfect for families and those seeking a quieter stay.
  • Annupuri - Renowned for its serene beauty and access to some of the best backcountry skiing.
  • Hanazono - Great for outdoor sports enthusiasts with its extensive facilities and activities.

Where to Stay in Niseko

Choosing where to stay in Niseko largely depends on your preferences for activities, dining, and nightlife, as well as the level of tranquillity you desire. Here's a closer look at some of the top areas:

Hirafu

Hirafu is the largest and most lively area in Niseko, offering a wide range of accommodations, from luxury hotels to cosy lodges. It's known for its bustling nightlife, international dining scene, and easy access to ski slopes.

You should stay in Hirafu if:

  • You're looking for a vibrant nightlife and dining scene.
  • You want a wide selection of accommodations.
  • Proximity to ski lifts is a priority.

Accommodation in Hirafu

For the Backpacker: Popcorn Lodge - A friendly, affordable option for those looking to meet fellow travellers and enjoy the lively atmosphere of Hirafu.

For the Budget Traveller: Ki Niseko - A boutique hotel offering a perfect blend of comfort and convenience, located near the ski lifts.

For the Big Spender: Aya Niseko - A luxury ski-in/ski-out hotel that combines modern design with traditional Japanese aesthetics, providing exceptional service and facilities.


Niseko Village

Niseko Village offers a blend of luxury and traditional experiences, with its high-end resorts, onsens, and golf courses. It's ideal for families and those seeking a more refined atmosphere.

You should stay in Niseko Village if:

  • You're looking for luxury accommodations with on-site facilities.
  • You prefer a quieter, more upscale environment.
  • Access to family-friendly activities is important.

Accommodation in Niseko Village

For the Budget Traveller: The Green Leaf Niseko Village - A stylish, contemporary hotel offering great value and access to ski slopes and village amenities.

For the Big Spender: Hilton Niseko Village - Known for its outstanding service, luxurious rooms, and direct access to ski slopes and golf courses.


Annupuri

The entrance of Niseko Northern Resort Annupuri

Annupuri is celebrated for its natural beauty, quieter slopes, and access to some of the best backcountry skiing in the area. It's perfect for those looking for a serene escape with excellent skiing opportunities.

You should stay in Annupuri if:

  • Peace and quiet is important to you.
  • You're an avid skier or snowboarder looking for less crowded slopes.
  • You enjoy natural landscapes and hot springs.

Accommodation in Annupuri

For the Budget Traveller: Annupuri Lodge - Offers a cosy and inviting atmosphere, ideal for those looking to enjoy the natural beauty of Niseko without breaking the bank.

For the Family: A hotel we highly recommend for families staying in Annupuri is Niseko Northern Resort AnNupuri. This hotel combines comfort with convenience, offering spacious rooms, stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and excellent on-site facilities, including a selection of restaurants and a natural hot spring bath. It's located right next to the ski lifts and the availability of ski-in/ski-out access makes it an ideal choice for families looking to maximize their time on the slopes without the hassle of long commutes.

For the Big Spender: The Annupuri Villas - Luxury villas providing privacy, comfort, and easy access to the slopes, perfect for those seeking an exclusive experience.


Hanazono

Hanazono is known for its extensive outdoor sports facilities, including ski slopes, a park, and summer activities. It's a great choice for those looking for adventure and family-friendly options.

You should stay in Hanazono if:

  • You're interested in a wide range of outdoor activities.
  • You're looking for modern facilities and services.
  • You want access to family-friendly amenities.

Accommodation in Hanazono

For the Budget Traveller: Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono - Not typically budget, but offers exceptional value for its luxury services and facilities, including ski-in/ski-out access and a world-class spa.

For the Big Spender: Hanazono Residences - Exclusive private residences offering unparalleled luxury, comfort, and direct access to Hanazono's outdoor activities.


How to Get Around Niseko

Niseko's compact nature means getting around is relatively straightforward. The area offers a comprehensive shuttle bus system during the winter season, connecting the different resorts and key areas. For those looking to explore more freely, renting a car is advisable, especially outside of the peak winter months.