Annupuri Area

Skiing in Annupuri is well known due to its wide and gentle groomers and access to some of Niseko’s best powder in O-Sawa and Kozan no Sawa bowls. Off the mountain Annupuri is less well known and why it is often referred to as the “local’s mountain”.

Niseko Annupuri owned by the local bus company Chuo so doesn’t yet have the big development plans of Niseko Village or Hanazono but that doesn’t mean that it has been forgotten. Over the past few years several of the Pensions located just a short walk from the gondola have been renovated offering affordable accommodation from as little as Y4000 per person. While the Northern Resort as renovated before the financial crisis offering ski-in ski out options.

The village is considered quasi-national park so building restrictions mean it will always be low density with a number of the private homes, some available to rent from Annupuri Village nestled in amongst the snow and Shirakaba trees.

There are a number of local restaurants in the area where the preparation of the food takes priority over the commercial aspects of running a restaurant. Most are only 4 or 5 tables while several only offer one sitting per meal and stick rigidly to their schedules – including closed days, regardless of demand. The best known is Rakuichi featured by“>Anthony Bourdain  while the soba masters son runs the neighboring Karabina and nearby Cafe Grove is another Izakaya while Del Sole pizzeria is widely acclaimed as Niseko’s best pizza. All of these except Karabina are open for lunch (schedules permitting) and offer alternatives to eating at the Nook or Northern Resort. It is also well worth the 15minute drive in the evening perhaps combined with the almost deserted night skiing or a soak in Yugokorotei onsen.


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First Snowfall on Mt.Yotei 2018

Over the last few days the temperature has really dropped and at long last the heating has come on. It is always a bitter sweet moment saying goodbye to summer and staring down the barrel of a long…long….long winter here in Niseko 😉 First snowfall on the mountains is always and exciting time and after hearing reports of snowfall on …

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Niseko Snow Report, 7 May 2018

After an epic 5 and a half months of lift operations the end of the season has come. Yesterday was the last day at the remaining resorts operating in Niseko United, Niseko Annupuri and Grand Hirafu. From the 10th of April when we received the last dump until yesterday we have had no substantial snowfall at village level. Higher up …

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Niseko Snow Report, 19 April 2018

*0cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 10:00 today the temperature was 12°C. 3 days in a row now of perfect spring conditions 🙂 With all this sunshine and warm weather amazingly conditions on the mountain are still great. Lift operations are now limited in Hirafu with the Gondola only operating on weekends now. Annupuri is …

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