Niseko Annupuri Kokusai (Niseko Town, Hokkaido)

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
(北海道 ニセコ町)
Planned season: Saturday 28th November 2020 until Wednesday 5th May 2021
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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. It is a quad lift and 433m in length and called 'Dream Number 1 Quad Lift'.

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 20cm 70cm 1st 115cm 220cm 1st 160cm 290cm 1st 185cm 310cm
2nd 40cm 80cm 2nd 120cm 225cm 2nd 160cm 290cm 2nd 185cm 300cm
3rd 40cm 80cm 3rd 120cm 230cm 3rd 160cm 300cm 3rd 180cm 300cm
4th 40cm 80cm 4th 130cm 240cm 4th 160cm 300cm 4th 185cm 300cm
5th 50cm 70cm 5th 135cm 240cm 5th 165cm 300cm 5th 185cm 300cm
6th 65cm 70cm 6th 145cm 240cm 6th 165cm 305cm 6th 185cm 300cm
7th 85cm 70cm 7th 150cm 240cm 7th 170cm 300cm 7th 185cm 300cm
8th 90cm 80cm 8th 150cm 240cm 8th 175cm 310cm 8th 185cm 300cm
9th 90cm 80cm 9th 145cm 240cm 9th 180cm 300cm 9th 185cm 300cm
10th 90cm 90cm 10th 135cm 240cm 10th 180cm 320cm 10th 185cm 290cm
11th 70cm 110cm 11th 145cm 185cm 11th 180cm 320cm 11th 185cm 290cm
12th 70cm 120cm 12th 145cm 185cm 12th 180cm 325cm 12th 185cm 290cm
13th 75cm 120cm 13th 135cm 265cm 13th 180cm 320cm 13th 185cm 290cm
14th 75cm 140cm 14th 135cm 265cm 14th 170cm 320cm 14th 185cm 290cm
15th 85cm 140cm 15th 155cm 265cm 15th 170cm 320cm 15th 190cm 290cm
16th 85cm 150cm 16th 155cm 265cm 16th 170cm 330cm 16th 190cm 290cm
17th 85cm 150cm 17th 155cm 265cm 17th 180cm 330cm 17th 190cm 290cm
18th 80cm 160cm 18th 155cm 265cm 18th 175cm 330cm 18th 185cm 290cm
19th 80cm 170cm 19th 155cm 265cm 19th 180cm 330cm 19th 185cm 290cm
20th 80cm 170cm 20th 140cm 275cm 20th 180cm 330cm 20th 180cm 280cm
21st 90cm 170cm 21st 150cm 265cm 21st 180cm 330cm 21st 180cm 270cm
22nd 95cm 170cm 22nd 155cm 265cm 22nd 180cm 330cm 22nd 190cm 250cm
23rd 95cm 170cm 23rd 155cm 290cm 23rd 180cm 320cm 23rd 180cm 270cm
24th 95cm 170cm 24th 155cm 290cm 24th 185cm 320cm 24th 190cm 280cm
25th 95cm 170cm 25th 155cm 290cm 25th 180cm 310cm 25th 180cm 250cm
26th 100cm 180cm 26th 155cm 290cm 26th 185cm 310cm 26th 180cm 265cm
27th 100cm 180cm 27th 155cm 290cm 27th 185cm 310cm 27th 185cm 250cm
28th 100cm 200cm 28th 160cm 290cm 28th 180cm 310cm 28th 185cm 260cm
29th 105cm 200cm 29th 160cm 290cm 29th 180cm - 29th 185cm 260cm
30th 105cm 220cm 30th 160cm 290cm 30th 30th 185cm 250cm
31st 105cm 220cm 31st 160cm 290cm 31st 31st 180cm 250cm

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
'Kids Land Annupuri' is located near the Annupuri Gondola and is open from late December until late March (9:30am until 4:00pm). The area features sledging, a tubing course, a beginners slopes and an area for playing in the snow. Tube rental costs 500 yen and sledge rental costs 300 yen. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities but there are usually a few items on the courses. 

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 open from 8:30am until 4:30pm in the daytime.

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

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 2020-2021 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 (Friday 11th December 2020 until Sunday 21st March 2021). 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.


Niseko Annupuri lift tickets

*** To be updated at a later date ***


'Regular Season' is from Friday 11th December 2020 until Sunday 21st March 2021.
'Early Season' is from opening until Thursday 10th December 2020.
'Spring Season' is from Monday 22nd March 2021 until Wednesday 5th May 2021.

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. 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
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 1200 vehicles close to the base of Niseko Annupuri. Parking is free every day of the season.

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