Niseko Accommodation: 10 Winter Stays For Stress-Free Skiing and Snowboarding!
Skiers, snowboarders, and winter enthusiasts alike flock to Hokkaido to let loose in Niseko, one of Japan’s premier powder snow paradises. Located around 100 km away from Sapporo and New Chitose Airport, it takes just two hours by car to reach this winter wonderland. Niseko Annupuri, the main peak of the Niseko Mountain Range, has four ski resorts collectively known as “Niseko United,” and offers a variety of runs ranging from complete beginner to advanced veteran. But where to stay after a long day out on the slopes? We’ve scoured Niseko to bring you 10 hand-picked accommodations to get the most out of your Hokkaido holiday!
Mar 13 2023 (Mar 16 2023)
10 Best Places to Stay In Niseko
1. Ki Niseko
Ki Niseko is directly connected to the slopes of Niseko Grand Hirafu, one of the largest areas in Niseko United, and is the closest hotel to the Hirafu Gondola. The modern yet natural interior, filled with wooden tones, offers majestic views of Mt. Yotei, magnificently framing the splendor of Hokkaido.
The dedicated ski valet staff will take care of all your gear, and the hot spring baths and sauna will quickly warm you up after a big day. A private hot spring session is also available once per stay, reservable at check in, so you can fully relax without worrying about other guests.
Guestrooms can be selected from the “Resort Side,” facing the ski slopes and forest, or the “Yotei Side,” facing the towering Mt. Yotei. Room types include standard rooms with beds and basic amenities, those with living and dining areas, and penthouse rooms for a truly luxurious stay. Some are equipped with a kitchen and washer/dryer, and English-speaking staff are available.
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2. Skye Niseko
Connected to the slopes of Grand Hirafu, Skye Niseko is a top-class hotel where you can treat yourself to a luxurious stay. Stepping out of the lobby doors, you’ll be immediately greeted by the Ace No. 2 Quad Lift (Center Four), ensuring not even a minute of your time is wasted getting to the summit. There are also multiple lift stations on the other side, making it a great base to explore courses in the area.
You can choose a room with either a view of Mt. Yotei or the Annupuri slopes, and the hotel is equipped with a ski valet and onsite equipment rental for a smooth setup. A collection of gear from top brands are available for all levels to try on and rent.
After a day of fun, freshen up at the natural hot springs drawn directly from the foot of Niseko Annupuri. In the morning, relish a breakfast boasting local Hokkaido cuisine and produce in the dining room with Mt. Yotei views. There are a variety of rooms to choose from, such as compact singles, twins, four bedroom suites with a living room, plus penthouses on the top floor. Some are even equipped with kitchens and washers/dryers. English-speaking staff are available at the front desk.
Hirafu is one of Niseko's most vibrant, lively areas. Located at the base of the ski resort, the town is home to a myriad of restaurants, convenience stores, and ski equipment centers, making it the ideal place to stay. Akazora is located right in the center of town, and the nearest lift is only a 10-minute walk away. The shuttle bus that connects all the ski resorts also stops right in front of the hotel, so adventure is never far away.
There are three types of rooms flaunting a simple yet swanky design. The “Studio” is recommended for those on a budget, while groups of three or more should opt for the “1 Bedroom” or “2 Bedroom,” which have living/dining spaces. The spaciousness and comfort of each room also makes Akazora a good choice for medium to long-term stays.
For additional fees, the hotel offers services like snow activity tours for children and adults and photography sessions on the slopes. All rooms are equipped with a kitchen (kitchenette for Studio) and washing machine. English-speaking staff are also available, so there is no need to worry about the language barrier.
4. Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono offers access to a wide lineup of ski courses, from open runs to parks, tree runs, and even ungroomed courses lined with powder snow. It is the only ski-in/ski-out facility in this area, and the luxurious space designed in harmony with Niseko's nature lives up to its 5-star ranking.
All guestrooms have spacious living rooms and dining spaces, brandishing extraordinary modern design complete with curated artwork and spectacular windowside views of Niseko. The luxurious Signature Suites and Penthouses also feature semi-open-air hot springs with unforgettable Mt. Yotei vistas.
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono is designed for a seamless snow resort experience, realized through dedicated ski valet services and lockers with boot heaters accessible with just a room key. Guests can indulge in creative cuisine prepared with fresh Hokkaido ingredients at any one of the hotel’s 10 top-class restaurants, before soaking in the large hot springs to relieve your fatigue. Some rooms come with kitchens and washers/dryers, and ski equipment rental facilities are available on site. Multilingual service is also available.
5. Hilton Niseko Village
Niseko Village Ski Resort, known for its characteristic vertical course layout, has several hotels that offer ski-in/ski-out access. Most notable is the Hilton Niseko Village, which has a ski valet on the 1st floor with lockers and changing rooms, all in a row for a smooth transition between hotel and mountain. The hotel’s gondola will then take you up 1,000 meters to immediately kick off your skiing without fuss.
After coming off the frigid slopes, the hot springs will warm you to the core with natural geothermal water flowing straight from the source. Unwind in the liberating open-air baths nestled in Niseko's natural surroundings, before moving onto the brand-new spa offering treatments to heal both body and mind.
For a more private stay, the sole “Suite Room” has a parlor overlooking the beautiful snowy landscape, along with natural hot spring water pumped into the bathroom. All ski equipment can be rented onsite, and multilingual staff are at your beck and call.
6. Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
The Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the most prestigious tier of the Ritz-Carlton brand, opened its first Japanese branch in Niseko, making it the fifth of its kind in the world. Located in the Niseko Village Ski Resort, guests can ski without hassle while relishing the unrivaled luxury that comes with such a world-class hotel.
The four-story building has a total of 50 guestrooms, designed to mirror the beauty of the surrounding nature. Jaw-dropping views of Mt. Yotei and Niseko Annupuri await, combining the cozy comfort of a mountain stay with opulent splendor.
Be in awe of the master chefs at Sushi-Nagi, or satisfy your hunger anytime at the all-day dining room, boasting delectable dishes with a local spin. The spa offers soothing treatments and natural hot springs to alleviate the fatigue of the day, and ski equipment rental services are available onsite with multilingual staff.
7. Hinode Hills Niseko Village
Hinode Hills Niseko Village is a classy hotel residence in the heart of Niseko Village Ski Resort. Guests can ski on the slopes stretching out before them while staying in a chic, contemporary setting embodying the best of Niseko.
Among the five types of rooms, the LDK-type “Suites” with a bedroom, living room, dining room, and kitchen feel like a home away from home. For shorter stays, the compact “Deluxe Rooms” are also recommended for a comfortable, relaxing stay. Plus, after skiing, guests can recharge in the hot spring baths.
The hotel’s restaurant, “The Bistro,” offers take-out sandwiches, pizza, katsudon, and many other delectable meals for in-room dining. Breakfast is a simple, healthy menu of bread, salad, fruits, and traditional Japanese dishes. All rooms, with the exception of the deluxe rooms, are equipped with a kitchen and washer/dryer. Ski and snowboard equipment rentals are available, and the friendly multilingual staff are happy to help with whatever you need.
8. Annupuri Lodge
Popular for its backcountry access, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area contains a wide number of courses suiting all levels, even beginners. Annupuri Lodge is a B&B conveniently located just a 2-minute walk from the main gondola, saving you the extra drive or trek up the slopes.
It has several room types with shared bathrooms, from standard twins to double rooms with king beds, along with family rooms fitting up to five, plus dormitories and rooms with private bathrooms, so you’ll have plenty of choice to match your budget and needs.
The lodge has a warm, homespun atmosphere, with a kind, welcoming owner. Guests can socialize in the common room, restaurant, and bar. A ski school and local guide company also operate on site, with exclusive discounts to guests. Ski equipment can be rented directly, and multilingual staff are available.
9. Niseko Konbu Onsen Tsuruga Moku-no-sho
Niseko Konbu Onsen Tsuruga Moku-no-sho is a traditional Japanese-style inn, and while it may be a little further away from the slopes, the free shuttle bus makes it only a 10-minute ride to the Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort, a hidden gem loved by locals, is only 5 minutes away as well, so you can fully immerse yourself in deep-country Japan.
Based on the concept of a “hot spring inn that feels like a vacation home,” its calm, wooden interior is gracefully adorned with traditional artwork and Ainu design. The 24 guestrooms come in seven types, including those with open-air baths and hot springs with a view. Special rooms are equipped with a Finnish sauna and cold water bath as well.
Dinner features creative Japanese cuisine using ingredients grown locally in Hokkaido's crisp air, pristine water, and rich soil, and each meal is lovingly prepared to perfection. The inn also has room for drying ski gear, and English-speaking staff are available.
10. Niseko Central Houses and Apartments
A home away from home, Niseko Central Houses and Apartments host more than 200 vacation homes accommodating a wide range of travelers and travel styles.
While each is unique, most are detached villas with multiple bedrooms, making them perfect for groups. Others include condominiums and townhouses. The Chalet Murasaki House has garnered high reviews in particular thanks to its direct connection to Niseko Grand Hirafu and lift station right out front. It is fully equipped with a kitchen, laundry, and storage space for ski equipment.
Being completely contactless, there is no need to check in and out at reception. The door will unlock automatically scheduled to your arrival time, and when leaving, simply place the key in the room and set out. Lift tickets can be prepared ahead of time and left in your room if reserved in advance, so you can hit the slopes as soon as you arrive. English-speaking services are also readily available.
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Hit the Slopes in Style With Top-Tier Niseko Accommodations
Nowhere else in Japan does both exhilarating skiing and blissful luxury quite like Niseko! As you plan your Hokkaido accommodation, factor in the distances to the slopes, room types, and desired facilities, and use this list to find a Niseko hotel that suits your winter sports needs!
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