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. Here is a full breakdown:


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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 about 2 hours by car.

International direct flights to New Chitose Airport

Hong KongAirAsiaX Berhad, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong Airlines
SingaporeScoot, Silk Air, Singapore Airlines
ChinaAir China, All Nippon Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Japan Airlines, Juneyaoair, Spring Airlines, Tianjin Airlines
TaiwanAll Nippon Airways, China Airlines, Japan Airlines, Eva Airways, Peach Aviation
ThailandAll Nippon Airways, Thai AirAsiaX, Thai Airways
South KoreaAir Busan, All Nippon Airway, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Japan Airlines, Jeju Air, JIN AIR, Korean Airlines, T'Way Airlines
HawaiiHawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines
Kuala LumpurAirAsiaX Berhad
RussiaAurora Airlines

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


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 shuttle buses are provided by SkyExpress (Tel: +81-136-55-5601) and Niseko Shuttle Bus (operated by Core Agency Niseko, Tel: +81-136-22-6180).

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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 Ski Bus 
Contact: +81 11 200 0506
Opening Hours:9:00-18:00 (JST)

NGS Big Runs        
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 → Niseko180km3hrs


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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 (approximately 10 minutes and 1,500 yen 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: