My family and I just got back from a holiday trip to Japan. We spent 6 days in the very Instagram worthy town, Niseko , where it snowed each day. Although we went through hell reaching the place due to a flight cancellation, I’m really glad my husband insisted on pushing through.
( after almost 24 hours of traveling, we made it to Sapporo and arrived in Niseko at about 130am)
We stayed at the Chalets at Country Resort which is located just 10minutes from the main area of Niseko. They provide shuttle buses for the guests which runs every 30mins – this made our stay more convenient . The place is perfect for large groups or big families. The Chalets are quite spacious and the surroundings are breathtaking! We had a little stream behind ours and a balcony outside our room to enjoy the view.
On our first day we did a tour to Otaru. I love how the snow makes everything picturesque. We had late lunch and our first taste of Hokkaido was fantastic. Uni will never taste the same again! It was so sweet and firm. Each sashimi we had from otoro , salmon, etc was so fresh .
Later in the evening, Francis and I visited this cool bar called Bar Gyu ( or The Fridge Door Bar).
On our second and third days in Niseko, we tried skiing together with the kids. Renting the equipment was a breeze at Rythm Snow Sports. They can pick up the equipment at your hotel/chalet when you’re done with them. We had our lessons at Go Snow, it was pretty packed but manageable . I was so happy to finally learn how to make turns 🙂
We spent our 4th day in Hanozono. The kids enjoyed sledding down the slopes. The ski resort is really nice and wide. I wished we had more time to ski. I would definitely pick the slopes here on my next visit. We were also able to snowmobile around an easy track.
We took a tour to Lake Toya on the 6th day, taking the ropeway up to Mt. Usu. On our way back to Niseko, we stopped by Lake Hill Farm. They, supposedly, have the best Hokkaido ice cream in the area.
We arrived back at our chalet at 630pm in time for our Sushi and Sukiyaki dinner prepared by Sushi Master Komodo ( arranged by Niseko Gourmet).
The following morning, we took a 2 hour bus ride to the New Chitose Airport in Sapporo for our flight to Osaka. We were so sad to leave the place . I’m already looking forward to our trip back to Niseko.