Niseko Annupuri Kokusai (Niseko Town, Hokkaido)

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
(北海道 ニセコ町)
Planned season: Saturday 4th December 2021 until Thursday 5th May 2022
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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 areas 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.

For the 2021-2022 season, the Jumbo Number 3 pair lift will only be open over the New Year and weekends and holidays in January and February.

The Niseko resort area is one of Japan's most popular ski resort regions. It is located to the west of Sapporo city on the eastern and southern slopes of Mt Niseko Annupuri. With stunning views of nearby Mt Yotei, its 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 international visitors and subsequent catering to their needs.

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 190cm 160cm 1st - 260cm 1st - 340cm
2nd - - 2nd 210cm 170cm 2nd - 260cm 2nd - 340cm
3rd - - 3rd 210cm 175cm 3rd - 260cm 3rd - 340cm
4th 80cm - 4th 210cm 175cm 4th - 270cm 4th - 340cm
5th 80cm 60cm 5th 210cm 200cm 5th - 260cm 5th - 340cm
6th 80cm 50cm 6th 220cm 200cm 6th - 260cm 6th - 350cm
7th 80cm 60cm 7th 220cm 200cm 7th - 270cm 7th - 340cm
8th 80cm 60cm 8th 220cm 200cm 8th - 280cm 8th - 340cm
9th 80cm 60cm 9th 220cm 200cm 9th - 290cm 9th - 350cm
10th 80cm 65cm 10th 220cm 220cm 10th - 270cm 10th - 350cm
11th 70cm 65cm 11th 230cm 230cm 11th - 290cm 11th - 341cm
12th 70cm 65cm 12th 220cm 220cm 12th - 270cm 12th - 320cm
13th 70cm 65cm 13th 250cm 230cm 13th - 270cm 13th - 320cm
14th 70cm 65cm 14th 250cm 240cm 14th - 290cm 14th - 350cm
15th 70cm 80cm 15th 270cm 240cm 15th - 290cm 15th - 340cm
16th 70cm 100cm 16th 250cm 240cm 16th - 290cm 16th - 340cm
17th 70cm 90cm 17th 250cm 240cm 17th - 290cm 17th - 320cm
18th 90cm 90cm 18th 250cm 240cm 18th - 290cm 18th - 320cm
19th 130cm 130cm 19th 250cm 250cm 19th - 290cm 19th - 320cm
20th 130cm 130cm 20th 250cm 260cm 20th - 290cm 20th - 320cm
21st 130cm 130cm 21st 250cm 250cm 21st - 290cm 21st - 330cm
22nd 140cm 140cm 22nd - 250cm 22nd - 290cm 22nd - 330cm
23rd 140cm 140cm 23rd - 260cm 23rd - 290cm 23rd - 320cm
24th 150cm 140cm 24th - 260cm 24th - 320cm 24th - 320cm
25th 160cm 140cm 25th - 260cm 25th - 330cm 25th - 320cm
26th 180cm 140cm 26th - 260cm 26th - 300cm 26th - 320cm
27th 180cm 140cm 27th - 240cm 27th - 350cm 27th - 320cm
28th 190cm 150cm 28th - 260cm 28th - 350cm 28th - 320cm
29th 190cm 150cm 29th - 260cm 29th - - 29th - 320cm
30th 190cm 150cm 30th - 260cm 30th 30th - 310cm
31st 190cm 150cm 31st - 260cm 31st 31st - 310cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
A number of ski and snowboard schools operate around the Niseko resort areas.  
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
There is a kids sledding area by the base area. 
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 7:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 7:30pm
'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, 4:30pm until 7:30pm.

The Number 3 Jumbo pair lift will only be operating on weekend and holidays.

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

1 day: 5,600 yen (adult); 3,300 yen (child); 4,100 yen (older child & senior)
2 days: 9,900 yen (adult); 5,900 yen (child); 7,300 yen (older child & senior)
3 days: 14,400 yen (adult); 8,600 yen (child); 10,600 yen (older child & senior)
4 days: 18,900 yen (adult); 11,300 yen (child); 13,900 yen (older child & senior)
5 days: 23,400 yen (adult); 14,000 yen (child); 17,200 yen (older child & senior)
6 days: 27,900 yen (adult); 16,700 yen (child); 20,500 yen (older child & senior)
7 days: 32,400 yen (adult); 19,400 yen (child); 23,800 yen (older child & senior)
Night: 2,400 yen
Season: 60,000 yen (adult); 36,500 yen (child)

Cheaper tickets available in early and spring season periods.


'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 various bus services to Niseko Annupuri.

The ski area is about 10 minutes from Niseko Station by bus or taxi.
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.
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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