Went up to Niseko for a couple of weeks 2 years ago expecting to be blown away by it. Was a bit disappointed by the reality but still had some awesome days in strawberries and off the peak.
The run off the peak is the best run but you have to hike it and there are usually ten thousand others trying the same thing so it gets tracked quite quickly. Also the inbounds terrain is really flat with short steep sections.
Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu review by jacktheripper
A load of us went up to Niseko for a week after reading last years weather reports for the same period. We didn't have half as much snow as we anticipated, but last year the snow did get to Japan quite early.
I was a little annoyed because due to the lack of snow the 'gates' to the backcountry and the Niseko 'local rules' were not open and not in effect. The chair lifts were terrible as well. I suppose I
For my first skiing experience in Japan, I was impressed.
I grew up skiing in the dry, deep powder of the American West (CO/UT), so skiing in Japan had a lot to live up to. For the most part, Niseko Hirafu delivered.
The most surprising thing for me was the lack of crowds, followed closely by the decent deal I got on accommodation/lift passes (80,000 yen for 15 days skiing/lodging). The last week or so of the trip the