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Niseko A Winter Wonderland

Keri   7 Jan , 2017  

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.

The Chalets At Country Resort

The Chalets At Country Resort

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we found a little hill of snow behind our chalet

we found a little hill of snow behind our chalet

 

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 .

Otaru canal

Otaru canal

Otaru Canal

Otaru Canal

Uni sushi

Uni sushi

Uni Sashimi

Uni Sashimi

chutoro

chutoro

Later in the evening, Francis and I visited this cool bar called Bar Gyu ( or The Fridge Door Bar).

Bar Gyu

Bar Gyu

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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 🙂

happy with his ski boots at Rythm Snowsports

happy with his ski boots at Rythm Snowsports

Go Snow Ski School

Go Snow Ski School

 

Awesome skiing in Niseko's powdery snow

Awesome skiing in Niseko’s powdery snow

 

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.

Hanazono

Hanazono

Noah enjoying the snow

Noah enjoying the snow

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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.

view from Mt Usu

view from Mt Usu

Mt. Usu

Mt. Usu

 

Lake Hill Farm

Lake Hill Farm

happy with their ice cream at Lake Hill Farm

happy with their ice cream at Lake Hill Farm

 

 

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).

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by sushi master Komodo

by sushi master Kamada

Sushi master Komodo cooking our sukiyaki dinner

Sushi master Kamada cooking our sukiyaki dinner

 

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.

Last photo on our balcony outside our room before heading to the airport

Last photo on our balcony outside our room before heading to the airport:)

 

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