Niseko Annupuri Kokusai (Niseko Town, Hokkaido)

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
(北海道 ニセコ町)
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 Annupuri Kokusai - often just known as Annupuri - 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 Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu, Niseko HANAZONO Resort and Niseko Village Ski Resort. This map shows the location of the Niseko ski and snowboard resorts.

A new ski lift opened for the 2017-2018 season along the base area of the Niseko Annupuri, aimed at beginner skiers and snowboarders.

For the 2020-2021 season, the Jumbo Number 2 and Jumbo Number 3 pair lifts will only be open over the New Year and weekends and holidays in January and February. There are a few other adjustments for this season including Kids Land not opening.

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 certainly has a different feel from many other Japanese ski resorts, if not only because of the 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.

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The Mountain

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

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 160cm 1st - 260cm 1st - 340cm
2nd - - 2nd - 170cm 2nd - 260cm 2nd - 340cm
3rd - - 3rd - 175cm 3rd - 260cm 3rd - 340cm
4th - - 4th - 175cm 4th - 270cm 4th - 340cm
5th - 60cm 5th - 200cm 5th - 260cm 5th - 340cm
6th - 50cm 6th - 200cm 6th - 260cm 6th - 350cm
7th - 60cm 7th - 200cm 7th - 270cm 7th - 340cm
8th - 60cm 8th - 200cm 8th - 280cm 8th - 340cm
9th - 60cm 9th - 200cm 9th - 290cm 9th - 350cm
10th - 65cm 10th - 220cm 10th - 270cm 10th - 350cm
11th - 65cm 11th - 230cm 11th - 290cm 11th - 341cm
12th - 65cm 12th - 220cm 12th - 270cm 12th - 320cm
13th - 65cm 13th - 230cm 13th - 270cm 13th - 320cm
14th - 65cm 14th - 240cm 14th - 290cm 14th - 350cm
15th - 80cm 15th - 240cm 15th - 290cm 15th - 340cm
16th - 100cm 16th - 240cm 16th - 290cm 16th - 340cm
17th - 90cm 17th - 240cm 17th - 290cm 17th - 320cm
18th - 90cm 18th - 240cm 18th - 290cm 18th - 320cm
19th - 130cm 19th - 250cm 19th - 290cm 19th - 320cm
20th - 130cm 20th - 260cm 20th - 290cm 20th - 320cm
21st - 130cm 21st - 250cm 21st - 290cm 21st - 330cm
22nd - 140cm 22nd - 250cm 22nd - 290cm 22nd - 330cm
23rd - 140cm 23rd - 260cm 23rd - 290cm 23rd - 320cm
24th - 140cm 24th - 260cm 24th - 320cm 24th - 320cm
25th - 140cm 25th - 260cm 25th - 330cm 25th - 320cm
26th - 140cm 26th - 260cm 26th - 300cm 26th - 320cm
27th - 140cm 27th - 240cm 27th - 350cm 27th - 320cm
28th - 150cm 28th - 260cm 28th - 350cm 28th - 320cm
29th - 150cm 29th - 260cm 29th - - 29th - 320cm
30th - 150cm 30th - 260cm 30th 30th - 310cm
31st - 150cm 31st - 260cm 31st 31st - 310cm

Previous Statistics

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai 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 number of ski and snowboard equipment and wear rental facilities are available around the Niseko resort areas. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Kids Land' will be closed for the 2020-2021 season. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no specific snow park. 

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai 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 Annupuri Kokusai is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm in the daytime.

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

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai 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 Annupuri only 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 Annupuri Kokusai

By public transport
7.7km from Niseko Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
18.2km from Hirafu 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.
By Car
37.8km from the Kuromatsunai IC on the Kuromatsunai Shindo
77.8km from the Asari IC on the Sasson Expressway
79.2km from the Otaru IC on the Sasson Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 5 (8.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 66
The base of Niseko Annupuri Kokusai base is just over 18km from the central area of Kutchan town.

Getting to Niseko Annupuri Kokusai 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. Continue through the Hirafu area and also past the Niseko Village turn off, until reaching a junction after about 7km. Turn right here onto Prefecture Road 66 and continue for just under 3km until reaching the turn off for Niseko Annupuri. Turn right to head up to the resort base.

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 about 1,200 vehicles close to the base of Niseko Annupuri. Parking is free every day of the season.

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