FAQs

The answers to your frequently asked questions (FAQs) about traveling to Japan and holidaying in Niseko.  If you have any further questions you would like answered, contact us and we’ll try have an answer for you as soon as we can!

Niseko United consists of the 4 resorts Hanazono, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri. All 4 resorts can be skied on the Niseko United lift pass. Alternatively there is the Grand Hirafu lift pass that covers Hanazono & Grand Hirafu.

If you are an advanced skier or snowboarder we recommend you purchase the Niseko United lift pass as it covers more terrain. For beginner or intermediate riders, the Grand Hirafu pass should be sufficient.

Japan is still very much a cash society. Some places, especially in resort will accept credit card. However you should expect to pay in cash unless advised otherwise.

Most accommodation, snow sports lessons and rentals in Niseko will accept credit cards.

Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, so there are no worries about carrying cash around.

Head to our Travel Information page to learn where to find international ATMs in Niseko.

If you activate international roaming, you can use your Smartphone in 3G service areas whilst in Japan.  Please beware of high international roaming charges. Japan does not offer a pre-paid sim card with calls and text.

There is the option to rent a phone, data sim-card or pocket wifi.

We have tried and tested the CDJapan rental data sim-card and found it to be sufficient and affordable. There are also data sim-cards now available via vending machines in Narita Airport. Both options require a credit card to purchase.

Residents of Australia, New Zealand and most European countries are eligible for a 90 day tourist visa upon arrival.

Please check here to see if your country is eligible.

If you are looking to work for the season in Japan, see our Working Holiday Visa Japan blog post.

Contrary to popular belief, Japan is no more expensive than many other countries. Restaurant prices, lift tickets and snow sports are found to be quite reasonable, if not cheaper when compared to other world class resorts.

It can be an affordable holiday, you just need to know when and where to go. The most expensive part of your holiday will probably be the accommodation. Prices can vary greatly depending on whether you holiday in peak or low season. Check out our When to Visit blog post for more information.

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