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Hanazono Niseko is great for beginners
Hanazono Niseko is great for beginners
Hanazono 308
Hanazono 308
Niseko International Snowsports School
Niseko International Snowsports School
Hanazono Niseko has a covered magic carpet
Hanazono Niseko has a covered magic carpet
Niseko Hanazono is very child friendly
Niseko Hanazono is very child friendly
NISS offers kids' group lessons
NISS offers kids' group lessons
Hanazono Ski Resort
Hanazono Ski Resort
Hanazono Niseko: views across to Mt Yotei
Hanazono Niseko: views across to Mt Yotei
Hanazono has good terrain parks
Hanazono has good terrain parks
The main terrain park has a range of kickers
The main terrain park has a range of kickers
Hanazono terrain park
Hanazono terrain park
Niseko Hanazono Ski Resort
Niseko Hanazono Ski Resort
Hanazono 308 has a good range of fare on offer
Hanazono 308 has a good range of fare on offer
Hanazono 308
Hanazono 308
Hanazono activities include snowmobiling tours
Hanazono activities include snowmobiling tours
Hanazono snowmobiling
Hanazono snowmobiling
Hanazono snowshoe tour
Hanazono snowshoe tour
Hanazono snowshoeing
Hanazono snowshoeing
Tubing at Hanazono
Tubing at Hanazono
Hanazono offers various activities
Hanazono offers various activities

Niseko Hanazono

Hanazono Niseko is one of the four Niseko United ski areas and it’s interconnected via the slopes and lifts with Niseko Hirafu and then Niseko Village and Annupuri. The Niseko Hanazono base area is currently primarily for day trippers from Hirafu, but with the new ski-in ski-out Hanazono Park Hyatt to be introduced in the future, and the potential to install a gondola to connect Niseko Hanazono with Weiss, it’s set to become an even bigger player in Niseko Japan.

Summary of Pros and Cons of Niseko Hanazono

Pros
  • Hanazono is rather family friendly, with an enclosed magic carpet, kids’ group lessons (in English), and a tube park.
  • The Niseko snow is renowned for often being phenomenal, but on those rare days when the sun comes out, the Hanazono snow quality is superior to its neighbours due to its mostly north-easterly orientation.
  • Niseko Hanazono has decent terrain parks.
  • Hanazono Ski Resort is better than Hirafu for beginners due to the gentle slopes and less traffic.
  • The sidecountry is plenty of fun and minimal ingress/egress effort is required.
  • Hanazono can be a nice ski area to play on inclement days because the two main lifts have hoods and it’s a fraction more protected than the other side of the mountain.
Cons
  • There’s negligible Hanazono accommodation so most beginners have to catch a shuttle from Hirafu in order to ski Hanazono.
  • Those staying in Hanazono accommodation will need to settle in for the night or catch a taxi to Hirafu, because otherwise there is zilch happening, not even night skiing.
Hanazono Ski and Snowboard Terrain
Niseko United provides plenty of terrain variety, but Hanazono Ski Resort itself is very small with only 8 courses and 3 consecutive quad chair lifts. It covers 732 metres of vertical drop (308-1,040m). The official trail stats are 22% beginner, 66% intermediate and 12% advanced (only 1 black run which hits a mere maximum gradient of 30 degrees!), which doesn’t quite express the extent of the beginner terrain considering that a couple of the red runs are very easy and good for progression. And the green run near the base is so flat in parts that it sometimes traps snowboarders!

Hanazono has some lovely off-piste tree skiing (ie inside the resort boundaries) from Lift #3 and also in the famed Strawberry Fields and Blueberry Fields where freshies seem to last about 5 minutes. And if you don your avalanche safety gear and the backcountry gates are open, the slackcountry offers amazing tree skiing.

Hanazono Niseko is popular for the terrain park features, which includes a main park with quarter pipe, different sized kickers, and banks. There is also a beginner and intermediate park with a couple of boxes and rails.

Where is Hanazono Niseko?

The Niseko Hanazono Ski Resort and the little village that sits at the base are located between Niseko Hirafu (interconnected via the piste) and the old Weiss Ski Resort where Weiss Cat Skiing currently operates.

There are shuttle buses between multiple locations in Hirafu and Hanazono that operate every 20 minutes between 7:50am and 5pm.

Hanazono Accommodation

There isn’t a village at the base of Hanazono Ski Resort (yet) and there are only a few options for Hanazono accommodation.

Hanazono Accommodation Listings

Ski Resort Facilities & Activities

Niseko Hanazono Ski Resort has well developed amenities. NISS (Niseko International Snowsports School) offers Hanazono ski and snowboard lessons. Kids’ group ski lessons are available for ages 3-6 whilst ski and snowboard lessons are available for ages 7-17. Adult group lessons are also available, and of course NISS also offers private lessons.

Hanazono 308 at the base houses a rental shop, retail shop, and a large cafeteria with good food that’s ridiculously priced relative to other Japanese ski resorts.

Hanazono activities include snowmobile tours, snowshoeing tours, tubing and Weiss Cat Skiing

Tours That May Include Hanazono Niseko

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.
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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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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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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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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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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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