Introduction

Niseko is a world famous ski resort town and considered to be one of the best skiing regions in Japan. Niseko has excellent deep powder snow and a long ski season. Niseko is a popular ski resort town on the northern island of Hokkaido. With a perfect view of the mountains, snowy white surroundings and slopes that ranges from easy to difficult, it is a popular destination for all avid skiers. Littered with numerous ski resorts and accommodations, there are three major resorts that dominate the entire business: Niseko Village, Annupuri and Grand Hirafu. Niseko Village’s former name is Higashiyama. It houses two big hotels that skiers can choose to stay in. One is the Hilton Niseko Village and the other one is simply called “the village”. The latter accommodation offers a sizeable number of restaurants, bars and shops that tourists can enjoy and explore. The second option is the Annupuri resort. Though not as big as the Niseko Village, and the slopes are not as steep, this is ideal for tourists and skiers who prefer a quieter and less populated area. So if you wish to enjoy a holiday that is peaceful and less rowdy, Annupuri is the place for you. Be warned though, as since it is less crowded, the dining options and bars are not as numerous compared to Niseko Village. Finally, the largest and most preferred area by the skiers would be the Grand Hirafu. With more than a dozen lifts, it is a skier’s dream come true. Aside from the skiing activities, Grand Hirafu is located in the bustling town of Hirafu. This means that tourists are faced with more options in terms of their non-skiing activities such as gastronomically adventures and lively nightlife. You can also see that the stores sell wide array of products to accommodate the needs and the demands of their foreign clienteles. When you needed a time out from skiing, there are many other options that you can choose from. You can enjoy snow tubing or snow rafting. Recently, it became a popular sport especially among the children visitors. Or have a more relaxed way of exploring and enjoying the mountains by horseback riding, an activity that is slowly gaining popularity among the tourists. For indoor related activities, try bathing in the Japanese traditional baths called onsen. Niseko offers a lot of onsen to enjoy, from fancy ones to casual run onsen. The benefits are numerous as well. Since the water in the bath is filled with minerals, bathing in onsen will leave your skin smooth and supple. Aside from that, it relaxes your entire muscles after a day’s worth of outdoor activities. For the gastronomically inclined traveler, a lot of restaurants are available for you to enjoy. Of course there are the staple Japanese food like sushi, sashimi, ramen, onigiri or rice balls and okonomiyaki. Tourists can also enjoy Western fares and flavors such as burgers, and hotdogs. Since Niseko is in Hokkaido, also known as Japan’s breadbasket, food choices are bountiful, and made of the freshest ingredients. The challenge really is for you to enjoy and explore what Niseko has to offer.

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