It’s not all skiing and snowboarding. 7 must-try activities off the slopes in Niseko.
We're sure you've already heard of the unbeatable powder, unique landscape, and friendly locals here in Niseko, so we're here to provide you with something a little different. Here are seven off-the-ski/board activities that will surely add an extra layer of excitement to your vacation.
#1 Get unbeatable views of the resort while riding the Grand Hirafu gondola
You don't have to be a skier or snowboarder to experience the breathtaking views of the resort from the comfort of the Grand Hirafu Gondola. For a small fee, anyone can take the best ride up the mountain, with carriages transporting up to eight passengers to an altitude of 752 meters in just five minutes.
Enjoy a smooth, scenic ride with stunning vistas of Mt. Yotei and the nearby towns of Kutchan and Niseko.
#2 Soak the cold away in one of the many onsens
Soaking in one of Niseko's renowned onsens is an unparalleled experience of relaxation and rejuvenation. Immerse yourself in the soothing waters of these traditional Japanese hot springs and let the stress of the day melt away.
If you have an Experience Niseko Passport card, you can take advantage of discounts at local onsens around the greater Niseko area. Take a look at participating onsens here.
#3 Indulge in Niseko’s street food scene by sampling flavours of the world from a food truck
Niseko is renowned for its diverse dining options, but one of the most beloved by both visitors and locals alike is the local street eats food trucks. In Hirafu, you'll find a variety of food trucks offering everything from curry to gyoza to burgers - all of which are sure to warm you up and refuel you after a day of exploring the area.
Make sure to check out our full feature on the Hirafu Food Truck scene here.
#4 Get an adrenaline rush on a snowmobile tour
Cruise through expansive snowfields with breathtaking views. Snowmobiling is an exhilarating way to take in the local scenery.
Guests can select from a variety of tour options, with single or twin ride snowmobiles available. For those seeking an extra thrill, premium snowmobiles are also available.
Most tours offer a convenient pick-up service from local hotels throughout Hirafu, so be sure to check with the concierge team if you're looking to book this adrenaline-filled snow adventure!
#5 Toast to the snowy afternoon at Niseko's unique Après-ski
Attracting skiers and snowboarders from all corners of the globe with its legendary powder snow, Niseko is also the perfect destination for après-ski.
With a variety of restaurants and bars offering a wide range of beverages, it can be hard to choose just one (or a few) for the afternoon or evening!
Make sure to sample the local tipple; most bars in the area offer a superb selection of Japanese whisky, sake, and regional craft beer.
An Dining, located inside Ki Niseko, is open for Après service from 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM, and is a great place to start, being steps away from the Hirafu Gondola.
Don't forget to kanpai (cheers)!
#6 Test the fitness in a unique way by attempting an indoor climb
The only indoor climbing gym in Niseko is located in the NAC Mountain Gear Shop.
The 11 metre wall reaches all the way up to the ceiling, offering a variety of courses for climbers of all levels, including a bouldering area. Whether you're looking to burn off some excess energy or stretch out your muscles, this is the perfect place to do it.
#7 Get that money shot of the incredible nature/scenery of Niseko
Grab your camera and don't forget to say "cheese!" Niseko's stunning landscape is the perfect backdrop to channel your inner photographer and get some amazing shots that will make your friends and family back home green with envy.
From the breathtaking Mt. Yotei, also known as Ezo-Fuji, an iconic symbol of Niseko with its unique and photogenic shape, to the snow-covered landscape with snow piled up to almost building height along the sidewalks, there are countless opportunities to capture that perfect shot that will surely rack up the likes.
Whatever you're into, there's something to entertain, thrill, and inspire you this season, both on and off the slopes. We can't wait to welcome you to Niseko and show you all the amazing experiences that await!