Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort

Snow Fever in Niseko

An in depth look at the past present and future of Niseko as presented on Japan’s national broadcaster NHK on the 12th of February. The program has been dubbed into english. To view the program please select this link: Snow Fever in Niseko > Video On Demand

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Travel Packing Essentials for Winter in Japan

Loving this edit from Aurora Braid who gives an excellent breakdown on what to bring to Japan (Hokkaido) for a winter ski season in Japan. Although the main emphasis if for people coming over to work there is still lot’s of great information for anyone coming over for a ski or snowboarding holiday to Japan. It is safe to say …

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How much snow fell on Niseko in 2014-15 & 2015-16

How much? For the last 5 seasons every morning the 360niseko team have gone outside, taken a shot of the 360niseko snow station, checked the temperature, cleared the snow off, recorded the readings and produced our daily snow reports. Back in 2011-12 it was astounding to visualize on a daily basis just how much snowfall came down lending credence to …

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Niseko Snow Report, 27 November 2016

*0.5cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 7:00 today the temperature was 3°C. Warmer conditions have moved into the region but should only last today then the temperature drops back down. After the recent deluge of snow this is good thing as the base will solidify and create an excellent base layer for the remainder of …

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Grand Hirafu Opening Ceremony

Yesterday’s scheduled opening came and went but alas the opening was postponed until there is enough snow. Paradoxically it DUMPED yesterday during the formal Shinto opening ceremony held at Grand Hirafu. Grand Hirafu Opening Ceremony, 23 November 2016 from 360niseko on Vimeo. Here are a bunch of shots from the ceremony attended by the gamut of local dignitaries and industry …

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kokyu – a new photobook by Taro Tamai

Many people rave about the Gentem snowboards and swear by them as the ultimate powder snowboards for Niseko’s conditions. In recent year the “snowsurf” movement has gathered momentum and Niseko’s own GENTEM are at the forefront of the powdery wave. Taro Tamai is the founder and designer of Gentem and a local legend. A lesser know fact about Mr Tamai …

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Hirafu Crossroads Icon

The old building at the Hirafu crossroads….it’s gone. The iconic structure was most recently a cafe, crepe restaurant and showroom for Odin Properties . In the panorama below you can step back in time and checkout Hirafu circa December 2010. Back then the building was still operating as Abucha – note the tell tale eager diners lined up just prior …

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Niseko First Snow Contest!

Now in it’s 9th year the Kutchannel’s annual “Niseko First Snow Contest” is back!! ” The lucky forecaster who most closely predicts the date and time of the first village-level snowfall in Niseko will win an amazing dining experience for 6 including drinks at Bistro le Cochon First snowfall on Mt.Annupuri and Hirafu village…when will it hit? Last season we …

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Autumn Wine Tasting and Live Music at Ki Niseko

  Guest blog post by Sirada Tranghiranyatorn from Ki Niseko   Nothing is better than having “WINE TASTING & LIVE MUSIC NIGHTs” at Ki Niseko in September! You can enjoy 12 natural wines from around the world! Hosted by Cave de Bambou and AN Dining! Event Details Dates: – 1st September 2016 (Thursday) – European selection – 2nd September 2016 …

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Snowworkers High-Ho it’s off to work we go!

  Guest blog post by Liam Bartley from Snowworkers   The Snowworkers job board has launched in Niseko, listing jobs for ski instructors to snow shovelers at resorts all over Japan. If you want to spend a winter skiing or snowboarding in Japan, go to Snowworkers.com to find a job, a place to live and all you need to know …

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The Rising Gaijins

It is great to see new content coming out now shot last winter. Really enjoyed this short film by Jake Munro who broke the mould by shooting a group of skiers and boarders together travelling through Japan smashing backcountry powder and booters. The film has an excellent opening credit scene shot in Rhythm Niseko. Just over 4 months now until …

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Mountain Kiosk Coffee Open for Summer

We have some great news for Niseko coffee lovers. Mountain Kiosk Coffee has reopened for summer! For anyone unaware of the cafe it is perched up at the top of Hirafu Village next to the Welcome Centre. Over the last month ichan and kana have been hard at work on renovations and have had a new coffee machine installed!! The …

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Summer Yoga Workshops in Niseko

Guest blog post by Sanctuary Niseko Ashtanga Yoga Practice With Tsutomu Yonashiro “01. Daily Ashtanga Sessions with Tsutomu Yonashiro ( 6, 7, 8 July, and 11 & 12 July) at hirafu188, 5F Following Nancy Gilgoff’s inspiring workshop in May, Tsutomu Yonashiro (Nancy’s teaching assistant) will be leading 2 workshops in Niseko in July. Tsutomu will be leading Daily Ashtanga Yoga …

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Lucky Kutchan Japanese Tea Ceremony

In a unique twist to shopping Kutchan Lucky Supermarket is offering shoppers the chance to grab a few bargains and then experience some Japanese culture post check out! Kutchan local Eura-sensei will be holding traditional Japanese (MATCHA) ceremonies in the supermarket tomorrow on the 6th of February between 11am and 7pm. Eura-sensei has been practicing the art of Macha for …

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Festival of Japan 2016

This is a guest post from The Organisers of The Festival of Japan So you and your family have made the trip to Japan to experience some of the world’s finest powder snow…The skiing was amazing, of course! The food was unbelievable! The people and service were incomparable! But what about discovering the very soul of Japan? The Festival of …

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Niseko Arts and Crafts

Over the next few days we are lucky enough to have a couple of pop up arts and crafts shops here in Niseko Hirafu Village. Currently exhibiting in Shiki is Karet (handmade jewellery & accessories) and Lan Lan Art (illustration art). The artists will be there in person between 10:00 and 19:00 for the remainder of the day and tomorrow. …

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The NISEKO APP New Update 1.7.1 Release NOW

This is a guest post from Ski Japan New updated “The Niseko App 1.7.1” version for Season 2015/16 is now available and ready for travellers & locals to use in Niseko – Free for download on both iPhone and Android devices! A powerful yet easy-to-use application to enhance functionality with additional sources of relevant and local information and recommendations to …

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Niseko Snow Report, 26 November 2015

*0cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs in Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was -6°C. Cold with clear blue skies this morning in Niseko. Snow expected to return tonight and continue through Friday and over the weekend. Snow Forecast Get more information on Snow-Forecast.com.

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The Warmth of Winter Gyu Bar Niseko

As the ebb and flow of the onset of winter continues so do the releases of ski and snowboarding films shot last season in the Niseko region. This release from DPS Cinematic is outstanding. Shot and edited by Ben Sturgulewski this edit cleverly starts and finishes in Niseko Hirafu’s iconic GYU+ Bar and features some fantastic skiing in deep deep …

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Choosing The Correct Boot Size

This is a guest post by Dr Ned Buckley from Boot Solutions Japan The correct boot size is one of the most crucial things to get right! While shape and flex are important factors when choosing the correct ski boot, for this article we will focus on size considerations. Having the wrong size may lead to many problems and ultimately …

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Yuki Mushi Me

The march towards winter continues with cold temperatures and a top temperature of only 14 degrees in Hirafu today. A bright spot in an otherwise slightly gloomy stroll around Hirafu Village this afternoon was coming across YUKI MUSHI / Snow Insects. These little creatures have a brief life cycle and are only around for a few days a year in …

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OYUKI. Designed and tested in Niseko, Japan

Local Niseko based apparel company OYUKI produces a great range of beanies, gloves, mitts, base layers, face masks, balaclavas, neck warmers, snow socks and foot grips all designed and tested in Niseko. OYUKI have produced a great promo video with Knack Studios featuring local OYUKI team riders. EPIC. The OYUKI range is stocked in Niseko at Rhythm Niseko, Beats Niseko …

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SNOWSURF A Gentem Family Story

Anticipation is high for the SNOWSURF movie! After 2 years filming in JAPAN the feature film is set to drop this October! The man behind the movie world renown Australian surf photographer legend Shane Peel gave us some background info: Our film Features High profile snowboarder Taro Tamai, one of the worlds most respected surfers Gerry Lopez, World Champion surfer …

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A Summer Treat – Niseko Gelato

Just across the road from the famous Niseko View Plaza is the newly opened Niseko Gelato. The shop stocks a vast array of delicious gelato flavours all produced by hand in the shop using local ingredients where possible. Open until mid October when the shop closes for winter so make sure you drop by to sample the delights while you …

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Hirafu Village Aerial Panorama

Here at 360niseko we are excited to show you the culmination of a lot of blood sweat and tears… Aerial interactive panoramic images. This panorama is comprised of 38 separate images shot from 100 meters above Hirafu village on the 8th of April. To get the most out of the perspective we recommend hitting the fullscreen icon and looking straight …

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Niseko Snow Report, 19 March 2015

*0cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 8:00 today the temperature was -1°C. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 1128cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time lift operations. The latest Niseko avalanche report. Snow Forecast Get more information on Snow-Forecast.com.

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Niseko Snow Report, 18 March 2015

*0cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 6:00 today the temperature was -2°C. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 1128cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time lift operations. The latest Niseko avalanche report. Snow Forecast Get more information on Snow-Forecast.com.

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Niseko Snow Report, 17 March 2015

*0cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 8:30 today the temperature was 3.9°C. Spring is definitely in the air, but even with no new snowfall over the last two days there is heaps of snow on the mountain – and the warmer days means you don’t have to suit up like …

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Niseko Snow Report, 16 March 2015

*0cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 8:30 today the temperature was 1°C. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 1128cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time lift operations. The latest Niseko avalanche report. Snow Forecast Get more information on Snow-Forecast.com.

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Niseko Snow Report, 15 March 2015

*0cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 8:30 today the temperature was 0°C. No new snow, but still heaps of pow from the last few days. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 1128cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time lift …

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Niseko Snow Report, 14 March 2015

*22cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 6:30 today the temperature was -5°C. Yet another nice Spring dumping – and if the weather news is correct, today should be sunny and up to 4°C, which means it’s time to take full advantage of the last few days of snow. Get out …

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Niseko Construction Basics – Scale & Proportion

This is the fifth in a series of guest posts from Niseko Projects, where Dominic Wehner discusses property development and leads clients through the process of building and maintaining properties in the Niseko area. In history there have been several theories about order, scale and proportion in architecture, the most famous of which is the theory of the golden section. …

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Niseko Snow Report, 13 March 2015

*22cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 6:30 today the temperature was -1°C. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 1106cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time lift operations. The latest Niseko avalanche report. Snow Forecast Get more information on Snow-Forecast.com.

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Niseko Snow Report, 12 March 2015

*27cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 6:30 today the temperature was -3°C. A whopping amount of snow in the last 24 hours should put a smile on many faces today. There’s still a strong wind present so be careful if you head up the mountain. Needless to say, there’s going …

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Niseko Snow Report, 11 March 2015

*11cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 6:30 today the temperature was -1°C. It’s still snowing heavily and a lot more snow is forcast to fall today. The wind is strong at the moment so some lifts may not be opperating. Needless to day, whether you try and brave the conditions …

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Niseko Snow Report, 10 March 2015

*0cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was 3°C. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 1046cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time lift operations. The latest Niseko avalanche report. Snow Forecast Get more information on Snow-Forecast.com.

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Niseko Snow Report, 9 March 2015

*0cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was 1°C. No snow around the base this morning, so here’s a photo Toyako from Rusutsu. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 1046cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time …

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Lava Lounge Pizza Deliciousness

In it’s first season of operation Lava Lounge Pizza and been a popular addition to the impressive dining options in Niseko Hirafu. Lava lounge Pizza offers a relaxed comfortable environment in upper Hirafu village right next to Wild Bills. The pizza’s are delicious – just take a look at the Menu! Lava Lounge Pizza also offer a free delivery service …

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Niseko Snow Report, 28 February 2015

*9cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was -1°C. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 1017cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time lift operations. The latest Niseko avalanche report. Snow Forecast Get more information on Snow-Forecast.com.

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Niseko Snow Report, 25 January 2015

*5cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 8:30 today the temperature was -10°C. It’s a bit of a deceptive level today – 5cm on the ruler, but they are large crystal flakes with plenty of space between then. Further up the mountain is going to be glorious. Useful information from other …

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Niseko Snow Report, 24 January 2015

*6cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:30 today the temperature was -9°C. Another storm yesterday and last night has dropped a lot more than 6cm as the ruler states. Sky is looking clear at the moment and the temperature is remaining low. All this adds up to an epic powder …

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Niseko Snow Report, 23 January 2015

*0cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:30 today the temperature was -1°C. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 785cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time lift operations. The latest Niseko avalanche report. Snow Forecast Get more information on Snow-Forecast.com.

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Niseko Snow Report, 22 January 2015

*0cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:30 today the temperature was -6°C. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 785cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time lift operations. The latest Niseko avalanche report. Snow Forecast Get more information on Snow-Forecast.com.

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Niseko Snow Report, 21 January 2015

*14cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:30 today the temperature was -14°C. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 785cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time lift operations. The latest Niseko avalanche report. Snow Forecast Get more information on Snow-Forecast.com.

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Niseko Snow Report, 20 January 2015

*16cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 6:45 today the temperature was -7°C. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 771cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time lift operations. The latest Niseko avalanche report. Snow Forecast Get more information on Snow-Forecast.com.

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Niseko Snow Report, 19 January 2015

*16cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 6:45 today the temperature was -12°C. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 755cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time lift operations. The latest Niseko avalanche report. Snow Forecast Get more information on Snow-Forecast.com.

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Niseko Snow Report, 11 January 2015

*5cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was -3°C. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 698.5cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time lift operations. The latest Niseko avalanche report. Snow Forecast Get more information on Snow-Forecast.com.

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Niseko Snow Report, 10 January 2015

*27cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was -5°C. Great amount/quality snow fall last night to give us a fresh powder carpet. There’s no wind at the moment – get out early to enjoy the fresh tracks. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, …

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Niseko Snow Report, 9 January 2015

*4cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was -1°C. Warmer temperatures today. It looks like the winds may have finally settled down and after 2 days of wold weather and limited lift operations. Chance are good that the upper lifts may open this morning guaranteeing some beautiful …

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Niseko Snow Report, 8 January 2015

*6cm of fresh snow was not blown away in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was -1°C. We all know a lot more than 6cm fell in the last 24 hours, but due to the intensity of the storm yesterday 6cm is all we are left with to record. The weather this morning …

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Niseko Snow Report, 7 January 2015

*16cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was -8°C. Storm conditions last night delivered a healthy layer of heavy snow which should help filling the gaps left by the recent warm weather. Conditions at the base now are still overcast, cold and slightly windy. If you venture …

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Niseko Snow Report, 6 January 2015

*0cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was 2°C. So no snow fell in the last 24 hours – another day of clean fresh groomers. Instead of a photo of a ruler with no snow around it, here’s a crazy roof curl for your viewing pleasure. Useful …

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Niseko Snow Report, 5 January 2015

*5cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was -7°C. Most of that 5cm came yesterday morning. It’s overcast at the moment, but that may clear to provide us with a nice groomer morning, with patches of untouched just beyond the tree line. Useful information from other places …

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Niseko Construction Basics – Let there be light!

This is the fourth in a series of guest posts from Niseko Projects, where Dominic Wehner discusses property development and leads clients through the process of building and maintaining properties in the Niseko area. Lighting is a fundamental but often neglected part of the interior planning of a home or chalet. After all, we perceive our surroundings thanks to light: …

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2014-15ニセコユナイテッドトレイルマップゴーグルワイプ

ニセコならでは!のお土産をお探しですか? 今シーズンもニセコユナイテッドトレイルマップのゴーグルワイプが出来上がりました! ニセコユナイテッドのゲレンデトレイルマップを、マイクロファイバー生地のゴーグルワイプに仕上げました。 ニセコユナイテッドトレイルマップと全く同じ仕様で、裏表バイリンガル表示となっています。 このトレイルマップゴーグルワイプ、その名のとおりゴーグルを拭くのにも使えますし、ゲレンデで迷った時にもサッとポケットから取り出し居場所を確認することもできちゃうとっても便利な一枚なんです。 もちろん、メガネやカメラのレンズにも使用していただけますし、紙よりも丈夫ですから、家に帰ってからも旅の思い出として壁にかけておくこともできます。そして、汚れたら洗濯機で洗え何度でも使用できちゃいます。 お値段は、1枚 1,500円で、グランヒラフのキングベルとエースヒル両売店のほか、スキーショップなどでも購入することができます。 紙でビリビリになってしまうトレイルマップよりも、ゲレンデでも大活躍でコンパクトかつオサレなお土産にもなる一石二鳥なこちらのトレイルマップを手に入れてみてはいかがでしょうか?

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Gift Shop Niseko

It’s of no surprise that the majority of people traveling to Niseko in winter do so for the snow. Skiing, snowboarding and the other snow sports match perfectly with the quantity and quality of snow that dumps consistantly thoughout the winter. But you can’t take the snow home with you – and when it comes to bringing gifts home to …

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Niseko Fashion Market

Niseko Cellars will be hosting ‘Niseko Fashion Market’ on the 16th featuring handmade jewellery by Karet and custom hand-crafted Japanese fusion fashion by TY MODE CREATIONS. Drop by between 3 and 9pm and take a look and enjoy a glass of select wine.

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Niseko’s Newest Luxury Resort Set to Open its Doors

The first guests to walk through Ki Niseko’s doors when it opens this Saturday can expect unrivalled ski-in ski-out access to the Niseko’s famous powder skiing, stunning views of Mt Yotei and the surrounding mountains and an array of amenities to make the stay at Niseko’s newest hotel a truly luxurious experience. Added to that, Gondola Snowsports, the official international …

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Dialing 119 For Fire / Medical Emergency And Rescue In A Foreign Language

In an emergency situation, we need to find a caller’s location as soon as possible. The operator may not have sufficient English ability to receive accurate information. Therefore we request that you follow the instruction below. 1. Contact the Receptionist / Management Company of your accommodation. Please ask their assistance to call us explaining your emergency location in Japanese. 2. …

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Emerging Trends in the Niseko Property Market

This is a guest posts by Keith Rodgers from Taiga Projects. Taiga Projects offers comprehensive services in property sales, project management, and development consulting. Winter is on us, but it feels really hot over here. At Taiga Real Estate, we fielded an unprecedented level of enquiries for October and November, and other real estate agencies in Niseko report the same. …

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Amaru – The Return Of Tex-Mex

Local restaurateurs Takayo & Brett are opening the doors of Amaru tonight – the latest incarnation of their famous Tex-Mex restaurant/bar – and you’ll finally be able to see what’s been under those curtains. The bar will be opening tonight from 7pm – it’s going to be very festive and not something you want to miss. And what better reason …

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JAM Cafe Bar 2014-15 Opening

We’ve had our first storm for the season, which delivered a nice blanket of snow, but the ski grounds aren’t open yet, so what’s an eager skiier/snowboader to do? You can head over to JAM Cafe Bar, which opens tonight for the 2014-15 season. All drinks are available and their food service will start opperating in another fortnight. JAM Cafe …

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Niseko Snow Report, 14 November 2014

*10cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs in Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was 0°C. The first big winter storm continues unabated here in Niseko. The 10cm on the snow station is not indicative of how much has fallen due to the gale force winds that have accompanied the snowfall. The forecast predicts continued snowfall …

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Niseko Snow Report, 14 November 2014

*10cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs in Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was 0°C. The first big winter storm continues unabated here in Niseko. The 10cm on the snow station is not indicative of how much has fallen due to the gale force winds that have accompanied the snowfall. The forecast predicts continued snowfall …

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The Japanese Bathroom

This is the third in a series of guest posts 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 Japanese bathtub, and it’s associated rituals plays an important role in Japanese culture. Here, the indulgent aspect of the bath is emphasized, whether that be …

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Niseko to host Jivamukti Yoga Workshops by Internationally Renowned Teacher Cat Alip-Douglas

Sanctuary Niseko is honoured to host internationally acclaimed yoga teacher Cat Alip-Douglas for a series of yoga workshops from 1 March to 3 March 2015, to be held at The Orchards, Niseko. The workshops will be focused on the exploration of Jivamukti Yoga – one of the yoga traditions that offers both physical and intellectually stimulating yoga practice. Participants will …

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The Northern Sky: Episode 1

Surfing legend Gerry Lopez teams up with Niseko local legend Taro Tamai from Gentem for some soul turns in and around Niseko. ” An arriving swell. Falling snow. Two forces, or one and the same? Two board sports legends, Pipeline master Gerry Lopez and snowsurf pioneer Taro Tamai, have spent a lifetime practicing the art of flow. The Northern Sky …

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Ski Lodge Interior Design Essentials

This is the second in a series of guest posts from Niseko Projects, where Dominic Wehner discusses property development and leads clients through the process of building and maintaining properties in the Niseko area. A Ski-Lodge or ‘chalet’ often evokes strong images and feelings of rustic natural materials and textures and perhaps even a feeling of ‘sanctuary’ from the elements. …

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Niseko Arts and Craft Festival

Hotel Chalet Ivy presents its 2nd Niseko Craft Art Festival 2014: An Exhibition by Niseko Artisans, featuring the works of 14 Niseko artisans and 2 special guests from abroad. The exhibition opens 4 October and continues through to 13 October 2014. Organised by Hotel Chalet Ivy and directed by Nobuhiro Ichimatsu, this year’s exhibition showcases a diverse collection of craft …

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No Turning Back

In March I was lucky enough to get the chance to work with Warren Miller Entertainment shooting stills throughout their 10 day shoot in the Niseko region for their next feature film ‘No Turning back’. This year the guys were shooting a snowboarding segment featuring Seth Wescott, Rob Kingwill and local shredder Nobuyoshi Chiba. For the first week in March …

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2014 First Snow In Hirafu Contest

The Kutchannel has opened up submissions for the 2014 First Snow In Hirafu Contest. This is the 7th year the contest has been running. Give it a shot and see if you enter the ranks of Grand Snow Predictor. You simply choose a date and time when you think the first snow will fall in Hirafu Village and the closest …

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Waist Deep Champagne Powder

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.

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Alpine Design Basics

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 Whistler’s average. In winter, the …

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

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 as a back-to-basics reevaluation of …

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The Return of Bistrot le cochon

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. Chef Kaz had just returned …

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Summer View of Hirafu Village

We are now in the height of the summer season here in Niseko. Amazing to think that the lifts will be running again in just under 4 months! Looking to secure accommodation or book restaurants for the coming season….do it NOW!

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Japan Road Trip

It’s a dream of many to make the most of their visit to Niseko and travel and see a little (or a lot) more of Japan. And rightly so, it is a truly beautiful country, and travel by car is cheap, safe and easy. This was our dream, and my wife and i made it a reality in 2011. It …

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Cote Jardin Open All Summer

The French restaurant, Bistro Côté Jardin Niseko, hidden down in the blissfully quiet Country Resort, is open for business all summer long. This might not sound like much, but outside of winter choices for lunch and dinner in Niseko become a little slimmer. Their popular and cheap lunch menu is still available, with a selection of galette crepes starting from …

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Leisure Sports Sapporo

There exists a place in Sapporo where there is near limitless opportunities to play games and have fun. This place is called Leisure Sports, and it is a paradise for children and adults alike. Leisure Sports is a 24 hour all-you-can-play amusement arcade, featuring not just the latest (and greatest) arcade games, but also a whole assortment of different amusement …

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Baseball in Japan

It may seem strange to suggest to a tourist in Japan to watch what is quintessentially an American sport, but like many things that Japan has assimilated, due to cultural differences, there have been some errors in the translation. The rules and the game are essentially the same, however it is the crowd and the fans that makes it the …

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Niseko Charity 2014

After the devastating Great Eastern Earthquake in 2011 the local community got together to send donations of much needed cloths and supplies to victims of the disaster. The following year the first Niseko Charity Ride and Auction was held. The day starts with a charity ride where people can join local snowboarding pros for a free-ride session in Niseko Hirafu. …

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Waza’s Cafe Burgers

Many restaurants want the ‘best burger in town’ crown, but does Waza have what it takes? You’d be forgiven for not knowing about Waza’s Cafe due to hidden location to regular passers-by. At first, you may think you are in the wrong location, as the cafe is actually inside Inn Niseko, which is a basic hotel/backpacker/staff accommodation near the Ace …

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Juu Okonomiyaki

Situated on the t-section between Niseko Village and Annupuri, Juu is a little difficult to get to for the average tourist in Hirafu. Yet, the restaurant is consistently busy. For those yet to be educated about okonomiyaki, you’re in for a treat. Okonomiyaki is a modern Japanese dish often described as a ‘Japanese savoury pancake’. While technically correct, it doesn’t …

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Wild Bills Restaurant Keeping it Fresh

Besides being one of Niseko’s best know bars a lesser know fact is that Wild Bill’s also has a great restaurant serving up some of the best food in the Village in a relaxed cozy atmosphere. The restaurant produces Japanese Izakaya style dishes using fresh local produce. The food is best shared amongst a group and there is something to …

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Japanese Culture 101 – White Day

And cringingly, sometimes referred to as ‘St White’s Day’ White day is a celebration that appears to be unique to Japan and Korea.  It was introduced in the 1980s (by brilliant confectionary company executives) to allow men the chance to reciprocate for any chocolate that they may have received from a lady exactly a month earlier during Valentine’s Day. Traditionally, …

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Don Don is More Than Rice Rice

Far from the glitz and glamour of some of the other restaurants in town, like IKI or The Barn, the old timber building that Don Don is housed in has that old and charismatic ‘feel’ to it. The 2013/2014 season saw major interior renovations, changing from a small basement shack to a much larger area in the same building, however, still …

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What’s Happening Around Town – 28th February to 7th March

March brings the official start of spring to the Northern Hemisphere, even though it might feel like it has already begun with all the fine weather we’ve been graced with recently. Cultural Well, not really Japanese culture, but still an event that is more fulfilling for the soul than the mouth, eyes or ears, so it’s going here. Powder Yoga …

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Ki Niseko

The choices for true ski-in ski-out luxury accommodation in Niseko just got a little harder, with Ki Niseko set to open for the 2014/2015 season. Ki Niseko is right on the footstep of the resort, with immediate access to the high-speed Hirafu Gondola, as well as the Holiday Pair Lift. Even though only the foundations had been started prior to …

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Winter Day Trips from Niseko – Rusutsu

Many powder hounds have heard the tales of Rusutsu, usually told by frothing Niseko veterans. The tales of steep and deep powder, and other worldly tree runs all help to give this resort the cult status that it deserves. The other thing that Rusutsu has going for it is anonymity, which we aren’t helping by telling even more people about …

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Japanese Culture 101 ­– St. Valentine’s Day

As adults from a predominately western society, it’s safe assume that most people are fairly familiar with the concepts and customs of this ‘Hallmark holiday’.  You know, man shows woman that he loves her by spending his money on frivolous temporary niceties like chocolate, flowers or a meal.  Or he blows it on equally frivolous, but more long-term items likes …

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Art Sushi Workshop

Your mother may have told you not to play with your food, but chances are she didn’t tell you not to make art with it. World-renowned sushi artist (yes, there is such a thing), Takayo “Tama-chan” Kiyota is coming to Niseko and leading a 3.5-hour workshop on the art of making art with sushi. At these workshops, which are translated …

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Otaru Snow and Light Path Festival

Forgive the awkward name, this is a very cool little festival that takes place in nearby Otaru. Unfortunately due to the timing clash, this festival lives in the shadows of the much larger Sapporo Snow Festival. However, Otaru isn’t trying to compete with Sapporo as the festivals are quite different. Sapporo’s Snow Festival is all about monumental snow sculptures, whereas …

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Sapporo Snow Festival

Think back on the snowmen that you may have built in the past. They were probably 1-2m tall? Now, imagine a four-storey replica of an Osaka castle made from snow, or an equally large, and equally intricate Disney-themed stage. Now also imagine countless other snow sculptures that line Odori Park in Sapporo for as far as you can see. Welcome …

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Japanese Culture 101 – Setsubun

Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi! Setsubun is celebrated every February 3rd in Japan, and is the day before spring. But, ssshh, don’t anyone mention to the weather gods that Spring was supposed to start today! And, like Western traditions of spring-cleaning, Japanese too believe in spring cleaning, though it’s more about cleaning and warding the bad spirits and demons …

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Yakitori Yamanchu

Hidden away in a sleepy part of middle Hirafu, Yakitori Yamanchu may be one the greatest izakayas that nobody has heard of. As the name may elude, Yakitori Yamanchu (Yamanchu is written in Japanese as 山人 – literally meaning mountain man) is a yakitori bar, selling delicious skewers of charcoal roasted meat, as well as all the usual izakaya (Japanese …

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Festival of Japan Opening Ceremony

In a fantastic boon for tourists and foreign residents alike, this year is the inaugural Festival of Japan, which brings a wide variety of Japanese cultural events to Niseko. It was the opening ceremony last night, with a modest, though enthusiastic, crowd of holiday makers in attendance. After introductions, the evening began with a Japanese taiko drum performance from local …

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Hirafu 188

Bringing a touch of the big city to Niseko, Hirafu 188 is a modern commercial building mid-way up Hirafu-zaka – the main commercial street in town. On the ground floor of this building is the Niseko branch of the Ikeuchi department store – iGate. iGate Niseko is much like the bigger Ikeuchi Gate department store in Sapporo that specialises in …

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Bistro Côté Jardin Niseko

The quiet location in Country Resort perfectly matches the homely feel of Thomas and Yuki’s new French Restaurant, Bistro Côté Jardin Niseko. After having spent much of their life travelling and working in resorts around the world, they have made Niseko their new home, and that’s the first thing you will notice when you walk through the front door, how …

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The Oyster Shack

For two weeks only, an absolutely unmissable food tent is in town, one that every man, woman and child without a seafood allergy should do their best to visit. The Oyster Shack is situated in a pop-up tent just outside of SHIKI Niseko, on Satayaki-zaka for two, week-long stints, the first is from January 14 to January 20, and then …

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B.C.C White Rock

Even with the out-of-the-way location, it’s remarkable how busy this little bakery-come-café, B.C.C White Rock, can be. There were a surprising amount of familiar faces coming and going in the space of an extended lunch break. And it’s no wonder why people are making the trek. Their baguettes and sandwiches are the definition of simple, bordering on spartan – plain …

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IKI – A Taste of Hokkaido

One of the great pleasures of this job is being able to visit places like IKI to sample and review the food. Actually, I would say it is the highlight. IKI is a new restaurant this season, conveniently located on the ground floor of SHIKI Niseko in central Hirafu, right next door to the Niseko Supermarket and Deli. IKI is …

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Unique Souvenirs from Tokyu Hands Truck Market

Tokyu, the company that owns and runs Niseko Grand Hirafu Resort also owns and runs several other companies. Tokyu Hands is one of these stores, and apart from the unusual name – it’s not actually about hands, in case you weren’t sure – it is a great place to find a slightly unusual and unique Japanese omiyage (souvenir). What they …

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Otsukisama Devil Ramen

Like many good adventures, this one started with an overheard conversation about a ramen that was so hot that the restaurant would put your photo up on the wall if you could finish it. Not personally being a fan of hot/spicy food, this held little interest to me, but I know quite a few crazy people who do so a …

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Mountain Kiosk Coffee Barstand

Looking for a quick coffee before or after a session on the mountain? Well look no further than Mountain Kiosk Coffee Espresso Barstand This new cafe next to the welcome center serves coffee to go! There are no tables or chairs but plenty of space for those who’d like to have a coffee in the shop. Cool mags, nice people …

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The Flying Fish

New for the 2013/2014 season, The Flying Fish fills a void that has been longing to be filled – authentic, British-style fish and chips. It’s a simple food, but it takes skill that only an Englishman can master. They’ve stuck to the basics here – fresh cod and real batter made from real English Bass Pale Ale, which is also …

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Rubbish in Niseko

Depending on where you’ve come from, the rubbish system in Japan can either be amazing, or daunting (or some combination of the two). Due to a large population, and limited amounts of land, Japan has adopted very enviable recycling programs, with much of the heavy lifting being performed by the individual. It can be the cause of much confusion for …

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Niseko Supermarket and Deli Opens

Today the Niseko Supermarket and Deli opens for business from 9:00! The opening of the supermarket has been one on the most eagerly anticipated shop openings in Hirafu in recent years. The Supermarket and Deli has stocked a large selection of quality day to day goods as well as fresh produce and an extensive wine selection. Selected items will be …

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Chill out in a winter wonderland

In today’s Sydney Morning Herald there is a great article about Niseko. The article is centered around Niseko Village Ski Ground and The Green Leaf Hotel but also details attractions in Hirafu Village as well as activities and cultural tips. One of our favorite local guiding companies Black Diamond Tours also gets a mention. You can read the full article …

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Eri’s Kitchen

If you’re coming to Hirafu this season, looking for break from the snow and interested in Japanese cooking, one of the locals has started [it’s actually in it’s 2nd year of operation] a small cooking class business that might be just what you’re looking for. Called Eri’s Kitchen and billed as Japanese Home Style Cooking Classes, it’s the perfect Japanese …

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Japan’s Big Ski Adventure

Last Friday the Wall Street Journal in the US ran a 2 page feature article about development in the Niseko region titled Japan’s Big Ski Adventure. The story featured 4 of my images including images shot for Shiki Niseko in January. This morning The Wall Street Journal sent me a tear sheet of the article that went to print. The …

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Niseko Supermarket and Deli

Hirafu Village will again see a boast in local amenities for the coming season and beyond with a supermarket set to open it’s doors in the first week of December. The Niseko Supermarket and Deli will be located on the ground floor of the commercial space in Shiki and will stock a wide range of quality goods including: fresh meats, …

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Hanazono Hill Climb Photos for Sale

花園ヒルクライム写真販売 日本語表記のウェブサイトからプリントが購入できる準備が整いました! サイト: Photo Spot イベントコード:m5e1h 認証コード:bgpn4 販売価格 ※ 税込 L・・・300円(税込) 2L・・・1,000円(税込) 8切W・・・1,500円(税込) 6切W・・・2,000円(税込) 販売期間10月12日までとなっております。 閲覧だけは料金かかりませんので、まずはぜひご覧ください! サイト上で指示があるかと思いますが、各自の氏名や連絡先を入力すると写真の閲覧ができ、プリントの購入ができます。支払いに関しては、クレジットカード決済・コンビニ決済(コンビニの端末使用)・払込票決済(ゆうちょ・コンビニ)が選べます。 入金確認後、2週間以内にお客様へ発送されます。 こちらのサイトはデータでのダウンロードには対応しておらず、もしデータで購入を希望の場合は、 こちらから または、直接グレンクレイドンフォトグラフィーにご連絡ください。 メール gcp@glenclaydon.com 電話 080-6098-7244 (日本語もダイジョブです!) この画面をスクロールダウンしていただくと、サンプル写真が見られます。 写真をクリックすると大きいサイズで見られますよ。 For the last week digital downloads of photos taken at the 4th Niseko Hanazono Hill Climb have been for sale online. From today we are offering online print sales for Japanese customers using Photo Spot. This …

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Niseko Green Market

This morning next to the Hirafu Gondola the newly established Niseko Green Market was held. The market was open for 2 hours from 9:00 to 11:00 with local farms including Niseko Green Farm selling a range of local produce at great prices. There was a good turn out of customers especially long stay holiday makers who visit Niseko to escape …

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Otaru Ushio Festival

Last weekend Otaru City celebrated it’s 47th Otaru Ushio Festival. The 3 day festival was packed with all sorts of entertainment and cultural exchanges and centered around the main downtown port area near the historic canal. Lots of people were dressed in traditional summer outfits making the most of the amazing food stalls and beer gardens. As as yesterday was …

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Paddy McGintys Demolition

The relentless redevelopment of Niseko Hirafu continues. This afternoon the final stages of demolition started with heavy machinery coming in to flatten what was Paddy McGinty’s Irish Pub No news has reached us yet as to what will be going up on the site once the demolition has been completed. Thanks for the good times Paddy’s…..you will be missed this …

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GCP Photography Gallery in Hirafu

Photographic gallery open in the heart of Hirafu village until the end of September. One of the most satisfying aspects of photography for me is making prints and taking in the final results of the applied effort. As the digital age slowly overtakes printed forms of media, photographic prints are still hanging in there – excuse the pun. As a …

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Summer Espresso Coffee in Hirafu

Since the end of the winter season it has been difficult to get a Italian roasted espresso coffee in Hirafu village. Well coffee lovers, the wait is over. From this week in the Rhythm Cycles building Niseko Wow has taken over management of the famous La Cimbali espresso machine and is now serving coffee 7 days a week 9 – …

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Rhythm Cycles Opening Party Come One Come All!

This Saturday June 1st from 17:00 Rhythm Cycles will hold it’s official opening party for the 2013 season. The shop has expanded this year and stocks a vast range of retail and rental bikes and also has biking parts and accessories. Rhythm Cycles, 31 May 2013 Rhythm Cycles also offer’s a bike repairs and servicing and can also provide guided …

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Niseko Snow Report, 29 March 2013

*0cm of fresh snow as fallen in the last 24hrs just outside of Hirafu Village. At 10:00 today the temperature was 6°C. Spring is in full force today and it is another beautiful day in Hirafu. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 85cm JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map Real time …

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Powderlife 2013….POWDERSHOTS

Yesterday, Niseko’s very own local free magazine powderlife hit the stands around Niseko. For the last 5 seasons the team at Powderlife produced 2 issues a month but this season are producing a single high quality edition. The annual magazine has excellent feature articles and is full of useful information and great images. I have been a contributing photographer for …

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Rhythm Snowsports Opening Party

Last night Rhythm Snowsports held their opening party for the season. Lots of people turned up to check out the store and grab a bargain. The store has a new ski/snowboard back country section as well as a huge range of the latest ski’s and snowboards to rent or buy. The shop also has a great range of accessories. For …

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Niseko Snow Report, 2 December 2012

*25.5cm of fresh snow as fallen in the last 24hrs in Hirafu Village. At 07:00 today the temperature was -6°c.Another huge dump of snow overnight and the snow is still falling. Conditions couldn’t get any better right now. LOOK AT IT! Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date in Hirafu Village, 162.5cm Snow depth at the peak, …

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Tokyo Skytree

Many people coming to Hokkaido for a holiday often allocate a couple days sightseeing in one of the bigger cities on the main island of Japan Honshu. Tokyo, which is always a fantastic city to visit, has an incredible new attraction – Toyko SKYTREE – the tallest free standing tower in the world. Tokyo SKYTREE opened to the public in …

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Lunch at The Barn

The Barn, one of Niseko’s most popular winter restaurants, has been open through the summer months. This year the team opened from July and served lunches Wednesday through Sunday and dinners Thursday through Sunday. This week marks the end of the summer for The Barn team who will close their doors until the start of the winter season in early …

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Hirafu Matsuri

The Hirafu Summer Festival is on tomorrow and is located at Sunsports Park where this 2 spot virtual tour was shot at last years event. The first panorama shows people dancing around the tower doing the “Bon Odori dance“. Click the white target to take a look at the evening Yotei Daiko drumming performance. Here are some details from their …

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Green Farm Cafe in Niseko Hirafu

The cafe formally know as Down Town Cafe has been renamed Green Farm Cafe. As the new sign states “FOOD FROM FARM TO FORK” a large portion of the menu comes from organically grown vegetables produced locally at Niseko Green Farm. The ever evolving seasonal menu has food to suite different tastes. The cafe also has a wide selection drinks …

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Mori no cafe fes – Cafe Festival in the Forest

Last weekend the Mori no cafe fes – Cafe Festival in the Forest was held at Niseko Village with many local businesses invloved. The popular Mori no cafe fes festivals originate from Tokyo and combine a cafe style culture with music, arts and crafts all set in the great outdoors. These festivals are now being held all over Japan but …

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Niseko’s Green Season, the Adventure Begins.

Last weekend the southern hemisphere’s snow season got underway with resorts in New Zealand, Australia and South America opening to great conditions. Here in Niseko the transformation into the green season is almost complete with the last remnants of snow disappearing. It is an amazing time of year in Niseko, the summer growth cycle is in full force with vegetation …

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Rhythm Cycles Rolls Into Summer

Last Friday on the 1 June Rhythm Cycles opened for business. The team at Rhythm Cycles asked local BBQ guru Dennis of Niseko Green Farm and Downtown Cafe fame to put on a BBQ to celebrate the opening of the new shop. The Rhythm team provided the perfect outdoor BBQ kitchen and Dennis put on a feast with a vast …

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Niseko News (13th May 2012 – 19th May 2012)

14th May 2012 Weather, Golden Week and our New Holiday Niseko Japan Website [Niseko Holiday] The Last few weeks has seen a rock n roll of weather, from warm spring days and rain during Golden Week to a dusting of snow just 2 days ago on the mountain tops, to once again a pretty normal mild spring Monday… Korean travel …

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Niseko News (6th May 2012 – 12th May 2012)

Friends, tourists, Nisekoians, lend us your ears. We’ve had the best season in a long time, but the party is well and truly over now and it’s time to move on. The now famous Niseko Snow Report will return next season, but to keep the ball rolling we’re in the process of hatching several ideas to provide you with as …

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Downtown Cafe Gearing Up For Summer

Another sign that summer isn’t far off – the deck outside Downtown Cafe was set up yesterday for summer. The deck has hosted many a fine BBQ here are a couple shots from the archives. Jason McGregor of J Build hosted an awards presentation/BBQ for a friendly golf competition he organized at Niseko Golf Course on the 17th of July …

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Niseko Snow Report, 19 March 2012

Majestic Monday *7.3cm of fresh snow has fallen since yesterday morning and at 7:15am today the temperature was -7°c. Cold wintery conditions have returned to the Niseko region overnight and the snow is falling heavily right now. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 1,428cm Snow depth at the peak, 410cm Snow depth at the base, 205cm …

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Niseko Snow Report, 12 March 2012

And we’re back *.7cm of fresh snow has fallen since yesterday morning and at 7:50am today the temperature was -4°c. Light snow has fallen over night and colder temperatures have returned to Niseko. After the recent spring like conditions it is great to see that the reset button has been pressed and Niseko is again being transformed into the white …

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Niseko Snow Report, 11 March 2012

Spring Sunday *0cm of fresh snow has fallen since yesterday morning and at 7:50am today the temperature was 0°c. The sun is shinning and the temperature is warm and today looks set to be another classic spring day. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 1,416cm Snow depth at the peak, 405cm Snow depth at the base, …

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Niseko Snow Report, 28 February 2012

Back to Pow *7.1cm of fresh snow has fallen since yesterday morning and at 7:15am today the temperature was -8°C. It is snowing lightly in the Hirafu village right now but hopefully we will catch a few breaks in the weather with the sun breaking through. It is slightly colder this morning and the snow is very light and powdery …

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Niseko Snow Report, 5 February 2012

Spectacular Sunday *20.2cm of fresh snow has fallen since yesterday morning and at 6:30am today the temperature was -8°C. Yesterday afternoon we experienced some very heavy snowfall with huge flakes coming down so expect spectacular turns out there today. Useful information from other places Accumulative snow fall to date, 1,090cm Snow depth at the peak, 365cm Snow depth at the …

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post SK8 PARK & S.O.L.A

Dropped into post SK8 PARK / S.O.L.A in Kutchan last night – the set up was formally known as Loaf Lounge but since the middle of last year re-opened under new management with a few changes. On one side is post SK8 PARK and the other S.O.L.A, a cool restaurant serving up wood fired pizza’s and more. Last night we …

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Mt. Annupuri Peak Euphoria

Yesterday in Grand Hirafu Gate number 3 opened at 9:30 and the Annupuri Peak Winter Hike was on in earnest. I hadn’t had a chance to hike up the peak this year and set off from the Ace Quad Lift #2 Center 4 with Grover and Ned at 9:25 thinking we would still be able to get some fresh lines …

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Herbies Umbrella Bar Update

Last night we were able to get a panorama update done for Herbies Umbrella Bar. Your browser does not support iframes. You can take a look inside by clicking on the target although the interior was taken on Christmas day 2009 at the old location opposite the park hotel on Hirafu Zaka. Herbies is open from the afternoon into the …

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NORTE Hokkaido Lifestyle Opening Party

NORTE Hokkaido Lifestyle opens this evening at The Green Leaf hotel in Niseko Village. The event has been developed to promote Hokkaido artists who will be exhibiting in the hotel foyer from 25 December until 15 March next year. Last night i installed a selection of my canvas prints for the opening party. A wide variety of artists are scheduled …

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Beer and Happoshu – Know the difference

There is beer and there is happoshu When you go to the convenience store or supermarket in Japan you are presented with a wealth of different types of beer, but beware some are not what they seem. As a rule of thumb if you want to make sure you’re buying real beer it should cost around 200 yen per 350ml …

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Bontak Tune and Repair has moved

The lifts are now open in Niseko, but is your kit ready to make tracks in the powder and carve the groomers? My board is after Bontak gave it some much needed love and affection in their new workshop. I bagged a few shots of the team working their magic. Bon gave me one excellent tip. “Unscrew your bindings after …

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K’s Denki Opens

It’s the biggest electrical store in the Shiribeshi valley, and just opened. Take a look inside with this whistle stop tour. The store is located next to the Shiribeshi River at the junction of Route 5 and Route 478 in Kutchan.

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Herbies Umbrella Bar Is Back.

After a one year hiatus Herbies is back! In 2009/10 Herbies Umbrella Bar was opposite the Park Hotel but this season it has a new home in upper Hirafu village on the former Scot Hotel site. This season Herbies is being billed as “the ski in, ski out après bar” with great beer, food and even talk of a small …

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Rittou is the first day of winter

The 7 November is named rittou (立冬) in Japanese and literally means the first day of winter and today there was a real chill in the air and frost on the ground. Rittou is the 20th special day based on the 24 sekki from the old Chinese calendar that divides the solar year into 24 equal sections and gives some …

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