Kiroro: Touring the Local Backcountry with Jackson Sloss

Jackson Sloss sending it off an avalanche barrier

In February, we spent a day out in the Kiroro backcountry with Niseko rider and ski-instructor Jackson Sloss. Jackson was born and raised in England and has chosen to follow his dream of skiing year round. He has now accumulated 15 seasons of experience under his belt. He calls Niseko home during the Northern Hemisphere winter and has a few words of advice for your own Niseko adventure… How long have you been in Niseko? This is my 5th winter season in Niseko.Where do you work? I work for Niseko International Snowsports School, an awesome ski school based in Hanazono Niseko for the Northern […]

Powder Skiing: 5 tips to help you this winter

James Winfield sending it at Furanodake

James Winfield, fully certified instructor/trainer and avid freerider with some of the best local knowledge of the Hokkaido area, shares his 5 tips to ski powder this winter. To find the best snow and improve your skills get in touch with James at Transition or Hokkaido Collective.

Working Holiday Visa Japan

Japanense Visa

Your step-by-step guide to submitting your Working Holiday Visa Japan Application…Okay! So you’ve decided to head to Japan for whatever reason and you now need to figure out how to get a Visa for a country where you don’t speak and can’t read the language.Don’t stress! Japan is one of the easier countries to obtain a working holiday visa for, and best of all, the application is FREE! How to applyBefore applying, make sure you are eligible. Japanese working holiday visas are available to nationals of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Hong […]

A Night at IKI Restaurant Niseko

IKI Teppan Bar & Wine Selection

***EDIT: IKI Restaurant no longer exists*** IKI Restaurant Niseko offers one of the most convenient dinner locations in Hirafu, without the crowds. Not feeling the reading?  Click here for the photos!Situated inside the Shiki Building on the main street, IKI is tucked away behind Niseko Supermarket & Deli. Here you can dine in a casual, relaxed atmosphere while you watch the snow fall outside through the floor to ceiling windows.IKI was opened three years ago and serves an infusion of Asian & Western style foods. Head Chef Richard Robbins has put together a beautiful menu that serves up fresh Sashimi, to succulent Pork […]

Premium Powder Board Rental Niseko

Snow Surf Japan - Powder Board Rental

Want to ride Japanese powder but not sure if your regular board will cut it? Don’t want a typical “rental board” that’s been thrashed by multiple users.  Rent a powder board without compromising on quality & performance. Snow Surf Japan, is a recently launched premium powder board rental service that cuts costs for guests by providing only the essentials, the board itself. It provides intermediate/advanced riders a rental option without compromising on quality and performance.Snow Surf Japan offers a premium range of Burton and Jones’ powder boards.Keeping in mind that those seeking a powder board to ride are usually of intermediate […]

New Years Eve in Niseko

New Years Eve Fireworks in Niseko

Our Top Picks to celebrate New Years Eve in Niseko… The Vale NisekoPerfect for the New Year’s Eve family celebration. Kicking off at 3pm, kids will be entertained with a Colouring Competition, Face Painting & Lolly Bags. In true Japanese tradition, there will be Mochi making and the cracking open of the Sake Barrel. Enjoy the last sunset of 2015 as you sip on sake and enjoy the entertaining performance by the Taiko Drummers. Night Riding Grand HirafuWhat better way to begin the biggest celebration of the year than scoring freshies under the lights in Grand Hirafu. We’ve been there, and […]

Luggage Forwarding: Travel Hands-Free

Luggage Forwarding

Luggage Forwarding? What’s that…Most of us love to travel, but no-one enjoys dragging around your suitcase, or even worse a board bag when their lost in a new city. Luggage Forwarding allows you to send your luggage direct to your accommodation in Japan. Imagine walking out of the airport with nothing but hand luggage, and being free to explore from the moment you land in your newest destination.After having dragged our bags all over the country on our first trip to Japan, we now know all too well the convenience of luggage forwarding. Save yourself the hassle of dragging around […]

What’s the Best Run in Niseko

Skiing in Niseko

What’s the best run in Niseko?What’s the best run in Niseko? As someone who feels hard done by if I don’t get 366 days of skiing a year I get asked pretty frequently “where is your favourite place to ski?” Given that the question is normally posed by middle-aged businessmen it can be pretty confusing. If you’re still struggling to get your skis parallel then what you think is the best fun in the world isn’t going to cut the mustard for the pro-teams that pop into town a few times each season.So why did you come to Niseko and […]

Need a Babysitter in Niseko?

Babysitting in Niseko

“HELP! I need a Babysitter in Niseko!” Lucky for you, there are friendly and reliable child-minding services in Niseko who will take care of your children while you enjoy a fun filled day on the slopes or treat yourself to a night out on the town. During my previous seasons ski instructing in Niseko, I was asked on an almost daily basis if I knew of any babysitter’s available for that evening. With the increase in popularity and family orientation of the resort, demand for evening babysitting is at an all time high.Realising a business opportunity and capitalising on her experience […]

Best Accommodation in Niseko

Kimamaya by Odin

Infamously known for its deep, deep powder snow. Niseko is a ski and snowboarding mecca for winter sport’s lovers from all over the world.Laying in the shadows of Mt. Yotei- an active volcano, the Niseko area is full of natural beauty year round. In winter, the snow-capped volcano provides a stunning backdrop for the resort when the sun comes out to play.Keep reading to find out our Top 3 Dream Stays in Niseko. 1. GlasshouseGlasshouse stands in a league of it’s own. A 5 bedroom split-level home that comfortably sleeps 12, it is perfect for large families or groups of […]

Essential Basic Japanese Greetings and Phrases

The shop front of a local shot

Your introduction to some basic Japanese greetings and phrases to make your trip a little more enjoyable.Learning some basic Japanese before your trip will ensure your well equipped to prevent stress during simple events such as navigating a taxi driver or asking where the bathroom is.Landing in Japan is a surreal experience. If, like me, you had an overnight flight without a wink of shut-eye then you’ll be craving some sleep. Oh, and a shower after being crammed in-between two over-sized men for the past 10 hours. All that aside, I can’t contain my excitement each time I land in Japan. […]

5 tips for First Timers in Japan

Temples and Trees

So, your all booked and off to Japan? You won’t regret it… Before you leave, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on what you can do to make your trip a little more enjoyable. Here are our Top 5 Tips for first timer’s. LANGUAGEYou don’t speak Japanese, but you want to visit Japan? Don’t stress, this is not a problem. Japanese people are extremely friendly and welcoming. Regardless of your language abilities, you’re still going to have a great time. We do recommend you be prepared with a few greetings and important phrases. Not only will any attempt be well […]

When to Visit Niseko

Hirafu's night lights

So you’ve heard the word “Japow” thrown around and you want to get a piece of it. Knowing when to visit can make all the difference to your holiday experience.There is no denying that Niseko is infamous for it’s winter playground and copious amounts of snowfall during the Northern Winters. Generally speaking, you can ski in Niseko, from the end of November until the first week in May. The main season however will run from mid December until the end of March (dependent on snow conditions).The main season is when you can expect the mountain and village to be alive, […]