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Niseko Annupuri has some mellow beginner terrain
Niseko Annupuri has some mellow beginner terrain
Niseko Annupuri Japan
Niseko Annupuri Japan
Skiing over the back of Annupuri
Skiing over the back of Annupuri
Perfect terrain for novices
Perfect terrain for novices
Annupuri Ski Resort Niseko
Annupuri Ski Resort Niseko
Lodge 401 Annupuri
Lodge 401 Annupuri
Annpuri has some inexpensive pensions
Annpuri has some inexpensive pensions
Annupuri accommodation provides good value for money
Annupuri accommodation provides good value for money
Annupuri Village
Annupuri Village
The area has some fabulous onsens
The area has some fabulous onsens
There are several excellent Annupuri restaurants
There are several excellent Annupuri restaurants
The Annupuri nightlife is rather subdued
The Annupuri nightlife is rather subdued
Lucky Fingers Restaurant has some unique dishes
Lucky Fingers Restaurant has some unique dishes
There are some excellent Annupuri restaurants
There are some excellent Annupuri restaurants
Fine days are somewhat rare to get peeks at Mt Yotei
Fine days are somewhat rare to get peeks at Mt Yotei

Niseko Annupuri

Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort is one of the four Niseko United ski areas and is interconnected with Niseko Village and then Hirafu and Hanazono. Officially known as Niseko Annupuri Kokusai (ie Annupuri International), most people just shorten it to Annupuri.

The An’nupuri village at the base of the ski area is very quaint, and much of it has the old-school Niseko vibe whereby it’s retained some of its Japanese-ness and quiet atmosphere. This sleepy part of Niseko is ideal for real skiers and snowboarders who are in Niseko for the powder and not the other types of fluff.

Summary of Pros and Cons of Niseko Annupuri

Pros
  • Much of the Annupuri accommodation is less costly than other parts of Niseko.
  • The Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort provides easy access to what’s arguably the best Niseko sidecountry terrain, and it provides the easiest access to Moiwa.
  • The village is close to Konbu Onsen; a hot pot of onsen hotels.
  • It can get a little busy at Annupuri Ski Resort but not to the same degree as Hirafu.
  • The new quad chair lift is a dream for beginners as it accesses some nice mellow slopes and there are easy progressions for beginners.
  • Like the rest of Niseko, the snow quantity and quality are amazing.
Cons
  • As with other parts of Niseko, the Annupuri Ski Resort is frequently over loved by powder chasers. Thankfully it’s a long season from late November to early May so there are plenty of times to avoid the crowds.
  • The foul weather that brings the big snowfalls is also responsible for frequently closing the primitive top lift at Annupuri Ski Resort, which cuts it off from the rest of Niseko United. The upside is that the Hirafu punters can’t get over to Annupuri.
  • Ski and snowboard lessons with an English speaking ski instructor are only conducted in a private format (only ages 7 and up).
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
  • Relative to crazy Hirafu, Niseko Annupuri village is a quiet sleepy hollow, and it’s very laidback relative to Niseko Village where the wealthy ski bunnies hang out. There isn’t much in the way of pretty boutiques or party bars, but people stay in Annupuri to chase powder.
  • It’s somewhat time consuming to get to Hirafu if you are seeking vibrant nightlife.

Niseko Annupuri Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The trail map doesn’t look like much and it reflects that in isolation, Annupuri Ski Resort is rather small with only 13 courses and 6 lifts. It’s a skinny ski area between the elevations of 400 and 1,156 metres (756m vertical). Thankfully the slopes are interconnected with the other Niseko United ski areas, and Annupuri also provides access to sidecountry terrain and Moiwa. See the An’nupuri ski resort page for more information on the terrain.

Where is Niseko Annupuri?

The Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort and the village that sits at the base are located between Niseko Village (interconnected via the piste) and Moiwa (interconnected only via the sidecountry).

The New Chitose Airport (Sapporo Airport) is the main gateway airport (114km away) and there are airport shuttle buses and private transfers available. See the travel to Annupuri page for more information.

Annupuri Accommodation

The small Annupuri village sits at the base of the ski area, yet true ski-in ski-out accommodation is limited to the Niseko Northern Resort Annupuri. Within very short walking distance of the Annupuri gondola are a couple of streets where much of the Annupuri accommodation is concentrated, whilst other parts of the village are somewhat spread out.

There are a few Annupuri hotels, and other accommodation types include lodges, inexpensive pensions, chalets and very close by are Japanese ryokans with onsen.

Annupuri Accommodation Listings

Ski Resort Facilities

Ski and snowboard rentals are available, although not the same variety that you’d find in Hirafu. For Annupuri ski lessons and snowboard tuition, group lessons are only in Japanese, so if you want to know what the instructor is actually saying, paying the premium for private lessons is the only option (ages 7 and up).

Annupuri has a handful of cafeterias and eateries that are located slopeside, so it’s easy enough to stop for a snack or lunch.

Annupuri Restaurants

Don’t expect a main street lined with restaurants, but there is a decent range of Annupuri restaurants if you’re prepared to explore a little. A few places are old school Japanese and only accept cash.

Niseko Northern Resort Annupuri has a few dining options including a lovely izakaya and a funky lounge bar.

Lucky Fingers sounds like a men’s club but it’s a lovely restaurant and bar, serving up very interesting Western/Japanese fusion cuisine including lots of fancy izakaya style snacks. The cocktails are also rather impressive.

Del Sol Caffe Pizzeria is a tiny pizza restaurant (they also do take-away pizza) if you’ve got a hankering for some western cuisine. Taj Mahal is about 1km from the main Annupuri village and has lovely Indian food, whilst Sushi Shin at the Kamui Hotel has absolutely superb sushi and is a branch restaurant of "Sushi Miyakawa" in Sapporo.

For those who are lucky enough to be guests of Lodge 401, the bar snacks on offer are amazing.

Annupuri Activities

In the Niseko region there are lots of Niseko ski guiding options available to explore the powder in the off-piste, sidecountry or backcountry. Niseko cat skiing is also an emerging activity to score plenty of fresh powder, and there are snowcat skiing outfits that cater to intermediate powder riders up to experts.

Specific Annupuri activities are pretty much limited to the kids’ park. For shopping requirements, you’ll want to head into Hirafu.

Tours That May Include Annupuri

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Southern Hokkaido Powder Tour DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED ADVENTURE
10 Nights - Up to 8 Ski Areas
From price based on twin/double-share option for group tour for 2018-19 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,089
Early bird special if full payment made by Sept 7 2018
Ability: Advanced to Expert
The Southern Hokkaido region scores the most snow and with this lift accessed sidecountry tour you'll get to explore the best ski areas. 7 nights in Niseko, 3 nights in Otaru, multiple resorts, complete flexibility & as much POW as you can handle!
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Safari Japan Tour DETAILS
GUIDED POWDER SKIING SAFARI
9 Days | 8 Nights | 7 Skiing
From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy with a full group of 6.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,904
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This guided backcountry powder skiing safari takes in Central Hokkaido's best locations as well as Niseko & surrounds. Each tour has a maximum of 6 spots; join as a solo, small group or book the entire 6 spots.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Niseko Freeride Tour DETAILS
POWDER ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Riding
From price based on twin/double-share option.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,620
To be eligible for this special price you must book & pay the required deposit by the last day of the promotion...no exceptions
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
This snowboarding tour takes in what many would argue are the best ski areas in Japan with a choice of up to 11 ski areas in the Niseko region. Home base is a nice hotel in Niseko so you have access to Niseko's vibrant nightlife. Have a guide to take you to the best powder stashes at each location.
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Niseko Guided Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TRIPS IN/FROM NISEKO
For PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests
From price based on a PER PERSON rate for Niseko guided day tour for 2018-19 season (private groups only of 6 guests) in shoulder season.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
From 60,000 yen for a group. *Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 103
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are in Niseko with a group, you can't go past a guided ski or snowboard day tour in Niseko or at one of the nearby ski areas (off-piste, sidecountry or backcountry). PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests (i.e. you cannot join a group).
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BDT Lift Assisted Backcountry Tours DETAILS
LIFT ASSISTED BACKOUNTRY TOURS
Niseko Area | PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY | Min 2 Days
From price based on 1 day tour per person - 5 people in private group (lift tickets not included).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 132
Deposit must be paid by the end of the promotional period to qualify for discounts
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Join Black Diamond Tours for 1 day of guided powder hunting in Niseko or one of the nearby resort or backcountry areas with your own PRIVATE GROUP. Areas include Niseko backbowls, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Teine & Kokusai. Primarily lift accessed so minimal hiking.
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Ski & Snowboard Camp Tours
Ultimate Early Season Camps DETAILS
EARLY SEASON TOUR
8 nights | 7 days | Cat Skiing, Avi Training
From price based on twin/double-share, 9-day package for 2018-19 season.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,839
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Beat the high season rates and crowds and get Japow earlier than the punters. Based in Niseko, you'll visit 4 ski resorts for lift accessed sidecountry, enjoy a day of cat skiing at Chisenupuri, receive 2 days of avalanche awareness training & get an intro to backcountry touring.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Guided Tours DETAILS
GUIDED BACK/SIDE-COUNTRY DAY TOURS
Private & Mixed Group
price is per person per day (min 3 guests required for tour to operate)
base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
Prices include tax.
Price p/p
USD 176
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Niseko Black Snowsports offer lift-access backcountry & sidecountry guiding services for advanced to expert mixed & private groups around Niseko/Moiwa, Rusutsu & Kiroro. Book for your own private group tour or join a group.
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BDT Guided BC Day Tours DETAILS
PRIVATE GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOURS
Niseko Area | Shiribetsu & Yotei | Min 2 Days
From price based on 1 day of guided backcountry skiing/riding per person (5 guests in your group e.g. 75,000 yen total).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 132
Deposits must be paid by the end of the promotion date to qualify for discounts
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Join Black Diamond Tours on an epic day (or days) of guided backcountry skiing or riding near Niseko. Ideal for private groups (or waiting list for group tours). Areas include Niseko backcountry areas, Shiribetsu, lower Mt Yotei or Yotei summit (weather pending).
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Heli Skiing Tours
Shiribetsu-Dake Day Heliskiing DETAILS
DAY HELI SKIING RUSUTSU - 6 RUN PACKAGE
Includes Niseko pickup & lunch
From price based on 6-run heli ski day 2018-19 early bird rates.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,408
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
At last, a Niseko heli skiing operation! Make this one of the best days of your life skiing Hokkaido's deep dry powder on a dormant volcano (next door to Rusutsu and not far from Niseko).
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Cat Skiing Tours
Iwanai Cat Skiing Day Package DETAILS
MIXED GROUP DAY CAT SKIING
8 - 10 Runs (Approx 4,600m vertical/day)
Price is per person per day for high season
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
Displayed price may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations. Price includes 8% sales tax
Price p/p
USD 618
Deposit must be paid prior to promotion end date to qualify for any discounts offered.
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Iwanai Cat Skiing serves up powder runs of 325-650 metres of vertical bliss, with 8 to 10 runs for the day. Located near Niseko, the Iwanai Resort snowcat skiing terrain scores masses of snowfall. Ideal for strong intermediate & advanced riders.
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Niseko Cat Skiing Day Tours DETAILS
NISEKO DAY CAT SKIING
Single Day Guided, Inc. Lunch
From price is per person (min 4 persons required to operate)
Base/invoice currency is Japanese yen in taxes
*display price may vary slightly with fluctuations in currency
Price p/p
USD 493
Ability: Advanced to Expert
A day of awesome guided cat skiing near Niseko in backcountry terrain with some steep lines, technical trees, and pillows and mushrooms. The snowcat skiing is ideal for those craving bottomless untracked powder runs.
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Chisenupuri Cat Skiing DETAILS
UNGUIDED CAT SKIING NEAR NISEKO
Single Day, Pick Up & Return Niseko
Price is per person per day
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
*display price may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations
Price p/p
USD 308
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Unguided cat skiing near Niseko is at the former ski resort of Chisenupuri. You have the freedom to explore and it is ideal for apprentice powder hounds or advanced riders heading to Niseko. Chisenupuri cat skiing is a lust-do! Finish the cat ski day with a soak in an amazing onsen.
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