Ski Resort Niseko United (Hanazono - Grand Hirafu - Niseko Village - Annupuri) on Hokkaido: Position on map

Niseko United (Hanazono - Grand Hirafu - Niseko Village - Annupuri) Ski Resort

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The Ski Resort

There are 30 lifts in the ski area, among them four gondolas.
There are 30 lifts in the ski area, among them four gondolas. © Japan National Tourism Organization

One of the largest contiguous ski resorts in Japan

Niseko United is located in the southwestern part of the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Four ski resorts, all located around the town of Niseko, are part of the Ski Association, whose ski lifts transport skiers and snowboarders to the summit of the Niseko Annupuri at 1,308 meters.

The four ski areas can also be explored individually, as there are lift tickets that are valid for each area. The Niseko United Ski Association consists of the following four ski resorts (from west to east):

The ski resort network is located about 100 kilometers south of Sapporo and is part of the Niesko-Shakotan Kaigan Quasi National Park. The entire ski area and the facilities located there are very westerly oriented, as the ski area is very popular with Australian tourists. You can even find a Hilton hotel here. The advantage is, that English skills are sufficient for communication and you find your way around well. This makes the skiing holiday a lot easier. 

The best powder snow in Japan

The slopes of Niseko Annupuri are known for their dry and light powder, which is one of the best in the world. In total, about 15 metres of fresh snow fall annually on Mount Niseko Annupuri, which is distributed over the forested slopes and the so-called Powder Bowls. However, the cold, snowy weather also has its pitfalls. Sun seeking skiers will not enjoy the Niseko United ski area as there are very few sunny days in winter.

Lift systems and slopes

The 30 lifts in the entire ski area bring winter sports enthusiasts to the top, where skiers have a total of 61 slopes at their disposal. The lifts are mostly very modern and the mostly cold weather is defied with detachable chair lifts and three gondola lifts. The slopes are almost equally distributed over the levels of difficulty: easy, medium and difficult, resulting in very family-friendly skiing, as there is something for every skier.

Night skiing is very popular with the Niseko United ski group, as is an off-piste excursion. Freeriders will find no better circumstances in Japan than in Niseko United.


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Interesting facts

  • The vertical drop from summit to base is 3310 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Japan is 2894 ft. The high point of the ski resort is located at an elevation of 4295 ft.
  • Average snow depth during the season is 124 " at summit elevation and 48 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 154 " at summit elevation and 73 " at the base.
  • Niseko United (Hanazono - Grand Hirafu - Niseko Village - Annupuri) features 3 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Japan is 6 sunny days. March is the sunniest month with an average of 2 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 5 sunniest in Japan.

Must-Ski Runs

Longest Runs

Niseko Village Nr. 1, 4, 12, 14,16, 20, 23, 26
Length: 4.6 miles
Vertical Drop: 3061 ft

Most Difficult Runs

Onsenzawa (Grand Hirafu)
Length: 0.2 miles
Vertical Drop: 426.5 ft


Nightskiing possible
Lighted runs: 6.21 miles


Niseko United 2016


Niseko United consists of four connected ski areas.
Niseko United consists of four connected ski areas. © Japan National Tourism Organization

The backcountry ski tours around Niseko are very popular. For fit and sporty guests we recommend the ascent of the nearby Mount Yotei. Further adrenalin junkies also have the possibility of heli-skiing. Those interested should inquire at Niseko Heli Skiing.


Après-Ski and Nightlife

Fans of Après Ski will feel right at home in Niseko United.
Fans of Après Ski will feel right at home in Niseko United. © Japan National Tourism Organization

Niseko United is known as Japan's top destination for après ski. Hotspot in the ski association is the place Hirafu, where not only numerous restaurants are located, but also a large part of the nightlife takes place. If you want a little more comfort, you should go to Niseko Village, Annupuri or Hanazono. 

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last update on Sep 12, 2023
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Mountain Stats

Elevation984 ft - 4295 ft
Opening DayDec 16, 2023
Closing DayMay 20, 2024
Capacity 44720 Persons/Hr.
Hours8:30 AM - 8:30 PM


Total 30

Weather (377 ft)


1 day adult JPY9,500
1 day youth JPY7,600
1 day child JPY5,700
All rates & fees