What is the Niseko United lift pass?

Niseko United consists of the 4 resorts Hanazono, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri. All 4 resorts can be skied on the Niseko United All Mountain 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 All Mountain Pass as it covers more terrain. For beginner or intermediate riders, the Grand Hirafu pass should be sufficient.

Do I really need cash?

Yes. Japan is still very much a cash society. Some places, especially in resort will accept credit card. We recommend carrying enough cash for the day in case card is not accepted. Most accommodation, snow sports lessons and rentals in Niseko will accept credit cards. Pre-book the essentials to save the hassle of carrying excess cash and wasting holiday time looking for an ATM. Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, so you can feel a little more at ease carrying cash. Head to our Travel Information page to learn where to find international ATMs in Niseko.

Can I use my smartphone in Japan?

If you activate international roaming, you can use your Smartphone in 3G service areas whilst in Japan.  Please beware of high international roaming charges. Japanese SIM cards have for a long time really difficult for visitors or foreigners to obtain. Recently there are companies that are making it easier. You can find short stay 3-14 day pre-paid data only SIM cards at airports or convenience stores in Japan. Alternatively, our favourite, mobal, offer a pre-paid or monthly Japanese SIM with voice, text and data. With free shipping worldwide and free pick-up in Japan, you can be connected the moment you step […]

Do I need a tourist visa?

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.

Isn’t it too expensive?

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.