Facilities & Services

Niseko has a great range of quality ski resort facilities and services including: Niseko ski hire; snowboard rental; Niseko ski school; and child care. All four ski areas and villages at Niseko are well set up for those on a ski holiday, and international travellers from an English speaking background are very well catered for.

Niseko Ski Hire

There are various Niseko ski rental shops located near the slopes that can provide you with all your snow equipment rental requirements, including those all important fat skis and long snowboards for the deep powder. The quality of the rental equipment is generally higher than many other Japanese ski resorts where you can often find rear entry boots! Also with the Niseko ski and snowboard shops, you don’t need to worry that they won’t have skis, clothing or boots for big westerners. Even Mr Big Foot is catered for! 

Whilst there are a good number of ski rental shops in Niseko, it always pays to pre-book your rental equipment especially if you want performance gear. Many of the Niseko ski hire shops will transport either you or your gear to and from your accommodation.

Niseko Sports has 3 convenient locations: Hirafu-Zaka on the main street; Hanazono 308; and The Vale Snowsports right near the Family Ace chair lift and beginners slope.




Niseko Ski School - For Adults & Teens

There are several choices of ski and snowboard schools (also known as snow sports schools), with at least one Niseko ski school program on offer at each of the four Niseko ski areas.

Most ski schools have a pickup service or have several meeting points for private lessons so you don't need to worry too much about where they are based.

Group lessons on the other hand may have only one or two meeting points:

Gondola Snowsports - Group & Private Lessons
NISS Snowsports School - Group & Private Lessons Hanazono


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If you're an advanced rider but just want a few tips on riding powder whilst being guided around Niseko, GoSnow offers powder guiding with as little or as much hiking and/or traversing as you want. Avalanche safety gear rental and instruction on its use is included in the rates:

Niseko Ski School - For Kids

 Services
 Niseko Kids
 NBS Kids Club
NISS
Gondola Snowsports 
 
 Private
Ski
 Group
Ski
 Group
S/Board
 Private
Ski
 Group
Ski
Group
S/Board
 Group
Ski
 Group
S/Board
Group Ski  Group S/Board 
 2-3 years
                 
 3-5 years
               
 5-6 years
               
 7-12 yrs
                   
 12-14 yrs
               

Gondola Snowsports
Gondola Snowsports offer group ski and snowboard lessons for kids (7 and up) and adults, and group ski lessons for kids ages 3-6. Lessons can be either for a half day or full day. Meeting points for lessons are either at the Hirafu Gondola area near the Ki Niseko hotel, or at the Family base near The Vale hotel.

Niseko Kids

Niseko Kids provides private and group ski lessons (and group snowboard lessons) for children. Niseko Kids is located next to the Hilton Hotel Niseko Village (Higashiyama).

NBS Kids Club
NBS provides private and group ski lessons (and group snowboard lessons) and equipment rentals for kids. Group lessons are held for the full day (including lunch) or just the morning. NBS is located at the base of the Ace Family Lift in the Alpen Ridge building next to the Vale Hotel.

NISS
NISS provide group ski & snowboard lessons for kids (as well as adults). The kids' group lessons are conducted over at Hanazono but they run special shuttle buses from the base of the Family Ace lift in Hirafu to get across to Hanazono. Private lessons have the convenience of starting from either Hanazono or Hirafu.

Niseko Child Care

Niseko is very well set up for children including a range of kids’ activities and various options for childcare. Here's an overview of Niseko child care options.

 
 Niseko
Babysitting
 Alpen
Hotel
 Niseko
Kids
Niseko
Kids Club 
 0-12mths
       
 1-2yrs      
 2-3 years
       
 3-5 years
       
 5-6 years
       

Mobile Child Care & Babysitting Niseko
There are several providers of child care services where the carers come to your accommodation day and/or night to mind your children. An example is Niseko Babysitters who provide in-accommodation babysitting services with English speaking staff for children of all ages – from newborns to adolescents.

Alpen Hotel Childcare
A little cheaper than using babysitting services, the Alpen Hotel provides child care services, located in the Upper Village near Ace quad lift#2 and the Welcome Centre bus stop. Reservations are required via alpen@grand-hirafu.jp. The staff don’t speak fluent English but this is not a problem for most children.

Niseko Kids Club
Niseko Kids Club is located at Aya Niseko at the base of the beginner Family run and chair lift, providing child care for ages 12 months to 6 years. Click here for more information and to make a booking enquiry.

Niseko Kids
Niseko Kids provides child minding for the little ones ages 1 to 6, for a half day or full day. For children ages 3-5 there’s also the option to include a one hour private ski lesson. They also have a Night Owls program in the evenings from 6-9pm. Niseko Kids is located next to the Hilton Hotel Niseko Village (Higashiyama).


Niseko On-Mountain Eating

Niseko has 17 on-mountain restaurants with many of these located at the main base areas, or there are mid-mountain facilities such as Rest House Ace Hill (with the famous thermometer commonly used as a meeting place), and the King Bell Hut. Most of the restaurants have cafeteria “fast-food” that is very reasonably priced. Fare includes traditional Hokkaido dishes such as ramen, pork buns, domburi, tonkatsu and other curries.

A favourite amongst the gaijin is Hanazono 308 at the base of the Hanazono area. The food is more expensive than elsewhere although the servings are huge. This new building has limited seating, so try to avoid the peak lunch hour if you can.

Niseko Banking Facilities

You will need to budget reasonably well prior to visiting Niseko as there is not ready access to ATMs that accept international cards. There’s an ATM at Yamashizen (a little further up the hill from Wild Bill’s), the supermarket in Hirafu (at Shiki), and at the post office or 7-Eleven in Kutchan.

Niseko is still largely a cash society and only about half of the restaurants accept credit cards, so factor this into your budget. Thankfully credit cards are accepted for lift ticket purchases (unlike at a few Hokkaido resorts), ski and snowboard rental, and most activities.