First Snowfall for the 2014-15 Season Hits Hokkaido

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Today the first snowfall for the 2014-15 season hit Asahi-dake Hokkaido’s tallest mountain at 2,290.9 m. This is know as Hatsuyuki 初雪 in Japanese. The snowfall arrived 9 days earlier than average and 3 days earlier than last year. A beautiful sight with the fresh snowfall creating a spectacular contrast against the autumn colours and   …Continue Reading


Hirafu-zaka Fly By

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Wondering how progress on Hirafu-zaka is going…will we have a heated road and footpaths this season…will all of the powder lines be buried before winter? Time will tell but this is what it looked like yesterday.


Waist Deep Champagne Powder

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Got a spare 2 minutes and 50 seconds? If so press play. Max Larrson from Sweden shows us how to ski Niseko’s waist deep powder like a champion! NISEKO – ONE TAKE – CHAMPAGNE POWDER from Max Larsson on Vimeo.


Alpine Design Basics

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This is a guest post from Niseko Projects, where Dominic Wehner discusses property development and leads clients through the process of building and maintaining properties in the Niseko area. The Niseko region is designated as a heavy snowfall area with the resort averaging around 15m of snow per year which is about 25% more than   …Continue Reading


Free Ride Downhill Mountain Biking in Niseko

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Another weekend and another great cycling event in Niseko. Last weekend the Rhythm Hirafu Cup was staged in the Grand Hirafu Mountain Bike Park. Downhill Mountain bikers from all over Hokkaido arrived to ride for the 2 day event. Saturday was a practice day and allowed competitors to get used to the big changes to   …Continue Reading


Niseko’s Rakuichi on the Ranks with the Best in the World

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Rakuichi from Niseko was invited by Rene Redzepi of the famed NOMA restaurant to present at this year’s MAD4 Symposium held on 24 and 25 August 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hosted by Rene Redzepi and co-curated by Brazilian chef Alex Atala of D.O.M., this year’s MAD themed “What is Cooking?” focused on the fundamental aspects of cooking, as well   …Continue Reading


Weekend Delights

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This weekend we have two great events on. In Niseko Town there will be the Niseko Beer Garden. At Iki Restaurant they are producing Spanish delights!


Birds Eye View of Hirafu Village

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Loving the crisp morning air in Niseko!! A shot from this morning of upper Hirafu village, Mt Niseko Grand Hirafu Resort with the Hilton golf course and hotel visible on the far left.


The Return of Bistrot le cochon

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It is with both great pleasure and a significant amount of gastronomic excitement that we’re happy to announce the return of Bistrot le cochon. Back in 2008 Chef Kazuhiko Kojima opened a small French restaurant in the heart of Kutchan. It was an immediate success and drew a crowd of food-lovers from far and wide.   …Continue Reading


Shakotan Blue

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Sea kayaking with Toyru.