How To Get Here
The closest major city to Niseko is Sapporo; the main airport being New Chitose International Airport. With daily flights to and from all major Asian hubs, Chitose Airport offers excellent transfer options to Niseko by train, bus or private transfer.
Niseko is conveniently located in the southwest corner of Hokkaido, approximately 100km from Sapporo - the 5th largest city in Japan - and 110km from New Chitose Airport. There are extensive bus, road and train links to the area.
Have a look at the video from Niseko Tourism below introducing some of the ways to get here!
New Chitose Airport is the nearest major airport to Niseko and receives flights from all over Japan as well as direct flights from various international destinations.
To reach Niseko from New Chitose Airport takes approximately 2.5 hours by bus or train or about 2 hours by car.
Domestic direct flights to New Chitose Airport
Airports: Tokyo, Narita, Osaka, Kansai, Kobe, Nagoya(Chubu), Asahikawa, Kushiro, Memanbetsu, Rishiri, Wakkanai, Aomori, Iwate Hnamaki, Akita, Yamagata, Sendai, Fukushima, Toyama, Shinshu Matsumoto, Komatsu, Hiroshima, Fukuoka
Airlines: JAL, ANA, Air Do, Skymark, Hokkaido Air System, Japan Air Commuter
International direct flights to New Chitose Airport
Airports: Seoul (Incheon), Busan, Dalian, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Guam, Taipei
Airlines: JAL, ANA, Korean Air, China Southern Airlines、China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong Express Airways, Sakhalin Airlines, Continental Airlines, China Airlines, Eva Airways
There are many options for arriving by road: most people choose to take a private or public bus or taxi, particularly in winter when driving in snowy conditions can be hazardous.
We recommend that people only self-drive in winter if they are experienced drivers in extreme snowy conditions. It is also worth noting that parking is very limited in Niseko during winter in particular.
Bus Transportation: New Chitose Airport ↔ Niseko & Sapporo ↔ Niseko
Contact: +81 11 624 8822
Opening Hours : 10:00-16:00 (JST) Year around
Contact: +81 11 200 0506
Opening Hours：9:00-18:00 (JST)
Contact: +81 136 55 7007
Charter Shuttle Bus: New Chitose Airport ↔ Niseko
Car Rental (recommended for summer only)
Car rental services available at New Chitose Airport: Nippon Rent-A-Car, Toyota Rent-A-Car, Please be sure to read each company's page for international driver's license requirements and required documentation to rent a car.
Car Journey Times
|New Chitose Airport → Niseko||110km||2hrs 15mins||Route 276 via the Bifue Pass|
|Sapporo → Niseko||100km||2hrs||Route 230 via the Nakayama Pass|
|Otaru → Niseko||70km||1hr 15mins||Route 5|
|Hakodate → Niseko||180km||3hrs|
Hirafu Area Parking Map
Niseko can be reached by train from New Chitose Airport via Otaru. Please be sure to get off at Kutchan Station where most accommodation providers will arrange a pick up for you. Alternatively you can take a taxi from the station to Niseko (approximately 10 minutes and 1,500 yen to Niseko-Hirafu).
JR Trains (to Kutchan Station)
|Route||Journey Time (depending on connections)|
|Otaru → JR Kutchan Station||approx 1hr 10mins|
|Sapporo → JR Kutchan Station||approx 2hrs|
|New Chitose Airport → JR Kutchan Station||approx 2hrs 45mins|
|Hakodate → JR Kutchan Station||approx 3 - 4 hrs|
|Tokyo → Kutchan (taking Shinkansen to Hakodate)||approx 7 - 8 hrs|
If you have time on your side, ferries are a great way to make the journey from mainland Japan to Hokkaido and you can take a car on most services or take a train or bus from the port to Niseko.
Contact one of the company below for more information on current services: