Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu (Kutchan Town, Hokkaido)

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
(北海道 倶知安町)
Planned season: Saturday 4th December 2021 until Sunday 4th May 2022
* Usually open until early May (details yet to be confirmed)
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu - often known as Niseko Grand Hirafu (or just 'Hirafu') - is located in Kutchan town in the western region of Hokkaido. It is one of the four connected ski resorts that share a joint lift ticket and make up 'Niseko United' (the others being Niseko Annupuri Kokusai, Niseko Village Ski Resort and Niseko HANAZONO Resort). The Hirafu base area is the most lively in the region with a good choice of places to eat and a bustling nightlife. Probably the most international feel of any ski resort in Japan.

The Niseko resort area is one of the most popular ski resort regions of Japan. Located to the west of Sapporo city on the eastern and southern slopes of Mt Niseko Annupuri and with stunning views of nearby Mt Yotei, it's often top-quality dry powder snow conditions are now popular with skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Niseko has a different feel from most other Japanese ski resorts, with a higher percentage of visitors from around the world and subsequent catering to their needs.

With fewer people expected due to travel restrictions during the 2020-2021 season, a number of ski lifts will be rested during the 2020-2021 season, opening has been delayed until 5th December and night skiing will be until 8:00pm. We can probably expect Niseko to be quieter this season than it has been for quite a while!

Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and also the largest and northernmost prefecture (though it is not usually referred to as a prefecture). It has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and also the Pacific Ocean. Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and was host to the 1972 Winter Olympics. Hokkaido is home to the largest number of ski hills in Japan. While the majority of them are very small, some of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Hokkaido - mostly found in regions to the west and east of Sapporo - are amongst the most famous in Japan.

The Mountain

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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu is lift-connected with:
Niseko Annupuri Kokusai, Niseko HANAZONO Resort, Niseko Village Ski Resort

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 240cm 1st - 350cm 1st - 465cm
2nd - - 2nd - 250cm 2nd - 350cm 2nd - 470cm
3rd - - 3rd - 255cm 3rd - 360cm 3rd - 490cm
4th - - 4th - 285cm 4th - 370cm 4th - 490cm
5th - 75cm 5th - 270cm 5th - 400cm 5th - 480cm
6th - 75cm 6th - 270cm 6th - 400cm 6th - 470cm
7th - 90cm 7th - 270cm 7th - 390cm 7th - 480cm
8th - 100cm 8th - 275cm 8th - 420cm 8th - 490cm
9th - 95cm 9th - 290cm 9th - 430cm 9th - 480cm
10th - 105cm 10th - 290cm 10th - 430cm 10th - 490cm
11th - 95cm 11th - 290cm 11th - 440cm 11th - 470cm
12th - 95cm 12th - 280cm 12th - 450cm 12th - 475cm
13th - 100cm 13th - 290cm 13th - 415cm 13th - 470cm
14th - 130cm 14th - 300cm 14th - 405cm 14th - 470cm
15th - 155cm 15th - 300cm 15th - 405cm 15th - 470cm
16th - 170cm 16th - 300cm 16th - 410cm 16th - 465cm
17th - 180cm 17th - 305cm 17th - 460cm 17th - 470cm
18th - 180cm 18th - 340cm 18th - 470cm 18th - 475cm
19th - 200cm 19th - 330cm 19th - 470cm 19th - 475cm
20th - 210cm 20th - 350cm 20th - 460cm 20th - 475cm
21st - 210cm 21st - 350cm 21st - 455cm 21st - 470cm
22nd - 210cm 22nd - 345cm 22nd - 450cm 22nd - 470cm
23rd - 200cm 23rd - 340cm 23rd - 445cm 23rd - 475cm
24th - 195cm 24th - 330cm 24th - 460cm 24th - 475cm
25th - 200cm 25th - 320cm 25th - 470cm 25th - 470cm
26th - 210cm 26th - 320cm 26th - 470cm 26th - 465cm
27th - 230cm 27th - 315cm 27th - 490cm 27th - 465cm
28th - 220cm 28th - 320cm 28th - 490cm 28th - 465cm
29th - 220cm 29th - 315cm 29th - - 29th - 465cm
30th - 230cm 30th - 320cm 30th 30th - 440cm
31st - 235cm 31st - 350cm 31st 31st - 440cm

Previous Statistics

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
A number of ski and snowboard schools operate around the Niseko resort areas. Check our Lessons in English page for any current ski school listings on SnowJapan.

Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
A good selection of ski and snowboard equipment and wear rental facilities are available around the Niseko resort areas. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Kids Park' and 'Kids Room' areas were both closed for the 2020-2021 season. 
Park Information
Park information

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Niseko Grand Hirafu is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm in the daytime.

Night skiing is from 4:30pm until 8:00pm.

Night skiing is planned from Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 20th March 2022.

The following lifts were rested during the 2020-2021 season:

- Ace Pair Number 1 lift
- Ace Pair Number 3 lift
- Ace Pair Number 4 lift
- King Pair Number 1 lift
- King Quad Number 2 lift

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Age 7-12
Older Child
Age 13-15
Age over 60
12 points 4,900 yen 3,600 yen 4,300 yen 4,300 yen
1 Day 8,100 yen 4,900 yen 6,500 yen 6,500 yen
2 Days 14,800 yen 9,000 yen 11,900 yen 11,900 yen
3 Days 21,500 yen 13,000 yen 17,200 yen 17,200 yen
4 Days 28,200 yen 17,000 yen 22,600 yen 22,600 yen
5 Days 34,900 yen 21,000 yen 27,900 yen 27,900 yen
6 Days 41,600 yen 25,000 yen 33,300 yen 33,300 yen
7 Days 48,300 yen 29,000 yen 38,700 yen 38,700 yen
8 Days 55,000 yen 33,000 yen 44,100 yen 44,100 yen
9 Days 61,700 yen 37,000 yen 49,400 yen 49,400 yen
10 Days 68,400 yen 41,000 yen 54,800 yen 54,800 yen
11 Days 75,100 yen 45,000 yen 60,100 yen 60,100 yen
12 Days 81,800 yen 49,000 yen 65,500 yen 65,500 yen
13 Days 88,500 yen 53,000 yen 70,900 yen 70,900 yen
14 Days 95,200 yen 57,000 yen 76,200 yen 76,200 yen
15 Days 101,900 yen 61,000 yen 81,600 yen 81,600 yen
16 Days 108,600 yen 65,000 yen 86,900 yen 86,900 yen
17 Days 115,300 yen 69,000 yen 92,300 yen 92,300 yen
18 Days 122,000 yen 73,000 yen 97,700 yen 97,700 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season: Niseko United lift tickets

The lift ticket charges shown above are valid for all four of the Niseko United resorts - Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko HANAZONO Resort, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri Kokusai - during the peak season period (Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 20th March 2022). Cheaper lift tickets are available for the early and spring season periods.

The 8 Day Ticket can be used on any 8 days over a period of 10 consecutive days.
The 9 Day Ticket can be used on any 9 days over a period of 11 consecutive days.
The 10 Day Ticket can be used on any 10 days over a period of 12 consecutive days.
The 11 Day Ticket can be used on any 11 days over a period of 13 consecutive days.
The 12 Day Ticket can be used on any 12 days over a period of 14 consecutive days.
The 13 Day Ticket can be used on any 13 days over a period of 15 consecutive days.
The 14 Day Ticket can be used on any 14 days over a period of 16 consecutive days.
The 15 Day Ticket can be used on any 15 days over a period of 18 consecutive days.
The 16 Day Ticket can be used on any 16 days over a period of 19 consecutive days.
The 17 Day Ticket can be used on any 17 days over a period of 20 consecutive days.
The 18 Day Ticket can be used on any 18 days over a period of 21 consecutive days.

All day tickets are valid until the end of night skiing on the final day of the ticket.


2021-2022 Season: Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko HANAZONO lift tickets

To be added at a later date


'Regular Season' is from Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 20th March 2022.
'Early Season' is from opening until Friday 17th December 2021.
'Spring Season' is from Monday 21st March 2022 until Sunday 3rd April 2022.

Night skiing is from Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 20th March 2022.

Getting to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu

By public transport
4.2km from Hirafu Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
7.3km from Kutchan Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
Transport Information
Kutchan Station on the Hakodate Honsen line is the main and most convenient train station used by people travelling to the Niseko area for the ski and snowboard resorts, though many people actually prefer to use direct bus services to Niseko from Sapporo and New Chitose Airport.


Train services operate between Sapporo Station and Kutchan Station, with many requiring a transfer at Otaru Station on the way. With good connections this can be done in as little as around 100 minutes - but sometimes waiting for connections at Otaru can be fairly lengthy and greatly increase that time. During the winter season, there is a limited express 'Niseko Ski Express' service a few times a day which goes directly from Sapporo Station to Kutchan Station using the Hakodate Honsen lines. This service takes around two hours. The Niseko Ski Express train stops at Niseko Station, Kutchan Station, Otaru Station, Otaru Chikko Station, Teine Station and Sapporo Station.

The journey from New Chitose Airport Station usually takes around 2.5-3 hours.


During the main winter months a number of private bus companies offer direct services to Niseko from Sapporo City and also from New Chitose Airport. These regular and convenient services are probably the most popular way to get to Niseko.

There are also a number of buses scheduled between Rusutsu and Niseko each day during the winter season. This journey usually takes around 40 minutes and costs around 1,000 yen.

>> More information on getting to Niseko by public transport
Niseko United Shuttle Bus

The Niseko United Shuttle bus service operates from 5th December 2020 until 4th April 2021. It is free to use for anyone who has an Niseko All-Mountain Hourly Pass or a Day Pass lift ticket. People without those tickets can also board the bus at a small charge. The bus connects Kutchan Station and Niseko Station with the Hirafu Welcome Center and the other main ski resorts on the mountain with many drop off points on the route.
By Car
43.1km from the Kuromatsunai IC on the Kuromatsunai Shindo
66.8km from the Asari IC on the Sasson Expressway
69.3km from the Otaru IC on the Sasson Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 5 (3.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 343
The base of Niseko Grand Hirafu base is just over 7km from the central area of Kutchan town.

Getting to Niseko Grand Hirafu from central Kutchan town

Heading south from Kutchan Station on Route 5, either turn right onto Prefecture Road 343 and follow the road until traffic lights about 5km further on, then turn right to head into Hirafu; or, continue a bit further on Route 5 and turn right onto Prefecture Road 631 and then continue on Prefecture Road 343 to head up to Hirafu.

Approaching the Niseko region from Sapporo City

From central and the southern part of Sapporo City, take Route 230 south via the Nakayama Pass and Kimobetsu town. At the traffic lights on the far side of Kimbotsu town, turn right onto Route 276. This road continues through to Kutchan town. This route is about 100km and in normal conditions takes up to two and a half hours by car.

From areas to the north of Sapporo City either take the Sasson Expressway or Route 5 towards Otaru City. From the Asari IC exit turn right onto Prefecture Road 1 and then after a few hundred metres turn right again onto Prefecture Road 956. Kutchan and Akaigawa are on the main road signpost. After about 4km, turn left onto Route 393, also known as the Askaigawa National Highway. The road turn off for Kiroro resort is about 17km along this road. Continue on Route 393 following the signs through to Kutchan.

Alternatively continue on Route 5 through and beyond Otaru City. Route 5 generally follows the same route as the Hakodate Honsen train line through to the Niseko region. There are less of the curves on this route than there are on parts of Route 393, but it is a slightly longer drive (about 7km).

Approaching the Niseko region from New Chitose Airport

From the main exit of New Chitose Airport, head towards Tomakomai on Route 36 and Prefecture Road 781. After 23km turn right onto Route 276 (signposted as Kimobetsu and Lake Shikotsu). Continue for about 18km and turn left at the signs to stay on Route 276. Go past Lake Shikotsu and keep following Route 276 signposted as Kuchan and Kimobetsu. On reaching the Route 230 junction, turning left goes into Rusutsu. For Niseko, turn right here onto Route 230 for just 1km before turning left to join Route 276 once again. Route 276 continues into central Kutchan town and the station area.

Enjoy the views of the northern slopes of Mt Yotei on the way!

This route is about 115km and in normal conditions takes up to two and a half hours by car.
>> More information on getting to Niseko by car
There is parking for over 900 vehicles close to the base of Niseko Grand Hirafu. Parking is free.

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