Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu (Kutchan Town, Hokkaido)

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
(北海道 倶知安町)
Planned season: Saturday 23rd November 2019 until Wednesday 6th May 2020
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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.

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 - 115cm 1st - 260cm 1st - 340cm 1st - 335cm
2nd - 115cm 2nd - 275cm 2nd - 330cm 2nd - 330cm
3rd - 105cm 3rd - 275cm 3rd - 330cm 3rd - 330cm
4th - 95cm 4th - 260cm 4th - 340cm 4th - 330cm
5th - 75cm 5th - 260cm 5th - 345cm 5th - 330cm
6th - 85cm 6th - 270cm 6th - 350cm 6th - 320cm
7th - 80cm 7th - 285cm 7th - 350cm 7th - 320cm
8th - 115cm 8th - 290cm 8th - 350cm 8th - 320cm
9th - 135cm 9th - 300cm 9th - 360cm 9th - 320cm
10th - 150cm 10th - 280cm 10th - 360cm 10th - 320cm
11th - 160cm 11th - 270cm 11th - 370cm 11th - 315cm
12th - 150cm 12th - 280cm 12th - 375cm 12th - 320cm
13th - 145cm 13th - 270cm 13th - 375cm 13th - 320cm
14th - 160cm 14th - 260cm 14th - 380cm 14th - 320cm
15th - 190cm 15th - 250cm 15th - 380cm 15th - 325cm
16th - 180cm 16th - 260cm 16th - 370cm 16th - 335cm
17th - 180cm 17th - 290cm 17th - 370cm 17th - 340cm
18th - 185cm 18th - 280cm 18th - 365cm 18th - 340cm
19th - 195cm 19th - 290cm 19th - 355cm 19th - 330cm
20th - 200cm 20th - 290cm 20th - 355cm 20th - 320cm
21st - 190cm 21st - 300cm 21st - 350cm 21st - 305cm
22nd - 190cm 22nd - 310cm 22nd - 345cm 22nd - 305cm
23rd - 190cm 23rd - 315cm 23rd - 345cm 23rd - 310cm
24th - 195cm 24th - 310cm 24th - 345cm 24th - 330cm
25th - 210cm 25th - 320cm 25th - 340cm 25th - 330cm
26th - 210cm 26th - 310cm 26th - 340cm 26th - 325cm
27th - 215cm 27th - 310cm 27th - 340cm 27th - 330cm
28th - 230cm 28th - 300cm 28th - 340cm 28th - 330cm
29th - 255cm 29th - 310cm 29th - - 29th - 335cm
30th - 260cm 30th - 310cm 30th 30th - 330cm
31st - 260cm 31st - 320cm 31st 31st - 325cm

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' area is located next to the base of the King Number 1 pair lift. It is a special safe area separated from the main ski and snowboard courses. The area features tubing, sleds with steering and brakes, snow striders, igloos and an area for playing in the snow and rest area. The Kids Park is open from 10:00am until 3:00pm and entry is 2000 yen for 1 adult and 1 child (500 yen for additional adults; 1,500 yen for additional children).

Lessons for children are also available as well as other activities. There is a 'Kids Room' on the 2nd Floor of the Hotel Niseko Alpen where adults can leave their children in a safe and supervised environment (charges apply). Open for children aged from 6 months to 6 years, from 14th December 2019 until 29th March 2020. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'King Area Free Ride Park' is located near the base King Number 1 pair lifts and features a variety of items. In the spring months the 'Spring Park' also usually opens up, located on the Shirakaba course. 

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:30pm
'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.

Nighta is from 4:30pm until 8:30pm.

Nighta is planned from Wednesday 11th December 2019 until Sunday 22nd March 2020.

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Age 7-12
Older Child
Age 13-15
Age over 60
12 points 4,800 yen 3,500 yen 4,200 yen 4,200 yen
1 Day 8,000 yen 4,800 yen 6,400 yen 6,400 yen
2 Days 14,700 yen 8,900 yen 11,800 yen 11,800 yen
3 Days 21,400 yen 12,900 yen 17,100 yen 17,100 yen
4 Days 28,100 yen 16,900 yen 22,500 yen 22,500 yen
5 Days 34,800 yen 20,900 yen 27,800 yen 27,800 yen
6 Days 41,500 yen 24,900 yen 33,200 yen 33,200 yen
7 Days 48,200 yen 28,900 yen 38,600 yen 38,600 yen
8 Days 54,900 yen 32,900 yen 44,000 yen 44,000 yen
9 Days 61,600 yen 36,900 yen 49,300 yen 49,300 yen
10 Days 68,300 yen 40,900 yen 54,700 yen 54,700 yen
11 Days 75,000 yen 44,900 yen 60,000 yen 60,000 yen
12 Days 81,700 yen 48,900 yen 65,400 yen 65,400 yen
13 Days 88,400 yen 52,900 yen 70,800 yen 70,800 yen
14 Days 95,100 yen 56,900 yen 76,100 yen 76,100 yen
15 Days 101,800 yen 60,900 yen 81,500 yen 81,500 yen
16 Days 108,500 yen 64,900 yen 86,800 yen 86,800 yen
17 Days 115,200 yen 68,900 yen 92,200 yen 92,200 yen
18 Days 121,900 yen 72,900 yen 97,600 yen 97,600 yen
Free 50 Hours 64,000 yen
Season Ticket 125,000 yen 75,000 yen 100,000 yen 100,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Niseko United tickets

The lift tickets 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 (Wednesday 11th December 2019 until Sunday 22nd March 2020). 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 nighta on the final day of the ticket.

A returnable deposit of 1000 yen is required to purchase tickets.


Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko HANAZONO lift tickets

Gondola return: Adults - 2,200 yen; 7-12 years - 1,600 yen; 13-15 yrs & Seniors - 2,200 yen
5 hours: Adults - 5,100 yen; 7-12 years - 3,000 yen; 13-15 yrs & Seniors - 4,000 yen
8 hours: Adults - 5,700 yen; 7-12 years - 3,400 yen; 13-15 yrs & Seniors - 4,500 yen
1 day: Adults - 6,200 yen; 7-12 years - 3,700 yen; 13-15 yrs & Seniors - 5,000 yen
2 day: Adults - 11,600 yen; 7-12 years - 6,900 yen; 13-15 yrs & Seniors - 9,300 yen
3 day: Adults - 16,900 yen; 7-12 years - 10,100 yen; 13-15 yrs & Seniors - 13,600 yen
4 day: Adults - 22,200 yen; 7-12 years - 13,300 yen; 13-15 yrs & Seniors - 17,800 yen
5 day: Adults - 27,500 yen; 7-12 years - 16,500 yen; 13-15 yrs & Seniors - 22,000 yen
6 day: Adults - 32,800 yen; 7-12 years - 19,600 yen; 13-15 yrs & Seniors - 26,300 yen
7 day: Adults - 38,100 yen; 7-12 years - 22,800 yen; 13-15 yrs & Seniors - 30,500 yen
Nighta: Adults - 2,900 yen; 7-12 years - 1,700 yen; 13-15 yrs & Seniors - 2,300 yen
Free 30 hours: 31,700 yen
Free 50 hours: 50,700 yen
Two week pass (valid for 14 days): 56,700 yen
Full Season: Adults - 100,800 yen; 7-12 years - 60,500 yen; 13-15 yrs & Seniors - 75,600 yen
Night skiing season ticket (valid from 4:30pm): 24,800 yen

Early season and spring season cheaper tickets are available.


'Regular Season' is defined as 11th December 2019 until 22nd March 2020.
'Early Season' is from opening until 10th December 2019.
'Spring Season' is from 23rd March 2020 until closing.

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 the opening day of the season until late in the season. 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. There are four main routes.

There is also a Hanazono Shuttle bus service that goes from the Hirafu Welcome Center to the Hanazono resort area.
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 every day of the season.

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