Snow, Skiing & Sake Traditions: New Year in Niseko

Celebrating the new year in Niseko is one for the bucket list. Here's why.

Where else on the planet can you experience the diverse mix of pristine snow, authentic Japanese cuisine and traditions; along with spectacular, iconic scenery and the distinctive hospitality of "omotenashi" of Japan? Not to mention the unique community of people who live, work and visit Niseko.

Combine all of this with the magic of Niseko's new year celebrations and it's easy to see why Niseko is a gem for travellers during the festive season.

From witnessing skiers traverse the slopes via torchlight, to traditional New Year's Day sake celebrations known as "Kagami-Biraki" or "Kagami-wari", Niseko has a inimitable blend of new and old traditions and of course, the world's best snow, making it a special way to bring in a new calendar year.

Torchlight 18 New Years

Torchlight skiers in formation to create the New Year.

Ski Niseko's powdery snow, then immerse in old traditions with a soak in a onsen, before feasting on authentic Japanese ramen or sashimi then topping the night off with a dazzling firework display lighting up the slopes of Niseko-Annupuri.

Fireworks New Years

A dazzling display in the skies above Niseko Grand Hirafu.

Visitors and locals alike can also participate in the annual Torchlight Skiing parade, with 2017/2018 New Year celebrations marking the 42nd parade. A calendar of New Year events are scheduled each year, taking place in and around Niseko.

New Years Sake King Bell Hut 5

Wishing all of our readers a happy and healthy 2018!

And, what a year 2017 was! Check out our favourite shots of #MtYotei for 2017.