How To Get Here

With daily direct flights from many major hubs in Asia, and other international connections via major cities in Japan, New Chitose Airport is the gateway to your Niseko holiday.

Conveniently located in the southwest corner of Hokkaido, Niseko is approximately 100km from Sapporo (the 5th largest city in Japan) and 110km from New Chitose Airport. From the airport, there are a range of great transfer options including train, bus or private transfer. 


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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 approximately 2 hours by car (weather and traffic conditions permitting). 

International direct flights to New Chitose Airport

Hong KongHong Kong Airlines, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific
SingaporeScoot, Silk Air, Singapore Airlines
ChinaAir China, Sichuan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Juneyaoair, Spring Airlines, China Eastern, Tianjin Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shandong Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Xiamen Airlines
TaiwanAll Nippon Airways, China Airlines, Japan Airlines, Eva Airways, Peach Aviation, Scoot, Malindo Air, Air New Zealand, Turkish Airlines
ThailandThai AirAsiaX, Nok Scoot, Scoot, Nok Air, Hahn Air
South KoreaAir Busan, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, JIN AIR, Korean Airlines, Easter Jet, Hahn Air, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Delta Airlines, Ethihad Airways, Air France, Alitalia
HawaiiHawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines
Malaysia AirAsiaX, Air Asia
RussiaAurora Airlines, Ural Airlines, PJSC Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Australia Qantas Airways
PhillipinesPhilippine Airlines, All Nippon Airways
FinlandFinnair, Japan Airlines

Domestic direct flights to New Chitose Airport

Airports: Tokyo, Narita, Osaka, Kansai, Kobe, Nagoya(Chubu), Kushiro, Memanbetsu, Wakkanai, Aomori, Iwate Hanamaki, Akita, Yamagata, Sendai, Fukushima, Toyama, Shinshu Matsumoto, Komatsu, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Nigata, Okayama, Ibaraki, Shizuoka, Matsuyama, Nakashibetsu, Okinawa 

Airlines: JAL, ANA, Air Do, Skymark, Air Asia Japan, Peach Aviation, Jet Star, Fuji Dream Airlines, IBEX Airlines


There are many options for arriving by road from New Chitose Airport, however, 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.

Private Bus

Private airport transfers are provided by SkyExpress. They operate coaches and buses for large groups as well as comfortable smaller vehicles for small groups 

Tel: +81 136 55 5601

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Public Bus

White Liner Ski Bus
Contact: +81 11 624 8822
Opening Hours : 10:00-16:00 (JST) Year around

Hokkaido Resort Liner 
Contact: +81 11 200 0506
Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00 (JST)

Niseko Ground Service

Contact: +81 136 55 7007

Car Rental

Recommended during the summer only, car rental services are available at New Chitose Airport and Niseko Area by Nippon Rent-A-Car and Toyota Rent-A-Car. Please ensure to check directly with the company their requirements for international driver's license and documentation to rent a car.


Car Journey Times:

FromDistanceJourney TimeRoute
New Chitose Airport → Niseko110km2hrs 15minsRoute 276 via the Bifue Pass
Sapporo → Niseko100km2hrsRoute 230 via the Nakayama Pass
Otaru → Niseko70km1hr 15minsRoute 5
Hakodate → Niseko180km3hrsRoute 5


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Niseko can be reached by train from New Chitose Airport via Otaru. Make 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-Hirafu.

JR Trains (to Kutchan Station):

RouteJourney Time (depending on connections)
Otaru → JR Kutchan Stationapprox 1hr 10mins
Sapporo → JR Kutchan Stationapprox 2hrs
New Chitose Airport → JR Kutchan Stationapprox 2hrs 45mins
Hakodate → JR Kutchan Stationapprox 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 the below companies for more information: