Niseko needs little introduction. It’s Japan’s most famous winter destination — thanks to regular dumps of glorious powder snow. Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of the Niseko 2023/24 season.
Niseko is located in Hokkaidō, about two hours from Sapporo (and 2–3 hours from Hokkaido’s international airport, New Chitose). It has four interconnected resorts — Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village, Annupuri, and Hanazono — that form Niseko United, plus a fifth, smaller one called Moiwa.
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The 2023/24 season at a glance
The Niseko 2023/24 season officially kicks off on December 2 and ends, depending on the resort, in early April or early May. There will be night skiing from Dec. 16 to Mar. 20 at Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village, Annupuri, and Hanazono.
|Resort||Season start date||End date|
|Grand Hirafu||December 2, 2023||May 6, 2024|
|Niseko Village||December 2, 2023||April 7, 2024|
|Annupuri||December 2, 2023||May 6, 2024|
|Hanazono||December 2, 2023||April 7, 2024|
|Moiwa||December 2, 2023||April 7, 2024|
Lift prices for the 2023/24 season
The Niseko United All Mountain Pass covers four interconnected resorts: Hirafu, Niseko Village, Annupuri, and Hanazono. You can also buy individual lift passes for each resort.
Niseko United All Mountain Pass
This is the most popular option for skiers and snowboarders coming to Niseko. The price varies depending on the time of year, with “regular” season being the most expensive at ¥8,500 for a one-day adult pass.
|Season||Dates||One-day Pass Price|
|Early||December 3 2023 to December 16 2023||¥6,700|
|Regular||December 16 2023 to March 20 2024||¥9,500|
|Spring||March 21 2024 to April 7 2024||¥6,700|
|End||April 8 2024 to May 6 2024||¥4,300|
Prices are discounted for children (ages 7 to 12), teens (ages 13 to 15), and seniors (aged 60 & above). Pre-schoolers can ride for free.
In addition to day passes, there are mulit-day passes — a two week pass for an adult in regular season costs ¥108,500 — and 12-point passes available during regular and spring season.
Individual resort passes
Grand Hirafu and Hanazono use a joint lift pass.
|Grand Hirafu||¥7,800||¥7,000 (5 hrs)||¥3,600 (4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.)|
|Annupuri||¥6,700||¥5,500 (5 hrs)||¥3,000 (4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.)|
|Hanazono||¥7,800||¥7,000 (5 hrs)||¥3,600 (4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.)|
|Moiwa||¥8,800||¥8,000 (4 hrs)||N/A|
- Chitose–Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, featuring ice sculptures, an ice slide, and weekend evening fireworks, will be held Jan 28 to Feb 23 on Lake Shikotsu in Shikotsu-Toya National Park.
- Sapporo Snow Festival — among Hokkaido’s biggest annual events — will take place this year from Feb 4 to Feb 11. We’ve got a whole guide to it here.
- Otaru Light Snow Path, which sees handmade snow lanterns line streets and canals in Otaru.
While we do our best to ensure everything is correct, information is subject to change. Research by Maria Danuco. First published in January 2023. Lat updated November 2023.