Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort - often cunningly known as just Moiwa - is located in Niseko town in the western region of Hokkaido. It is located on the south-western slopes of the same mountain as the other famous ski resorts collectively known as Niseko United, the closest being Niseko Annupuri Kokusai. Moiwa is not connected with the Niseko United resorts and not part of that grouping.
The Niseko resort area is one of the most popular ski resort regions of Japan. Located to the west of Sapporo city 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. Having said that, not being part of the Niseko United group gives Moiwa a quieter feel than the more well-known areas nearby.
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.
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.
A number of ski and snowboard equipment and wear rental facilities are available around the Niseko resort areas.
There are no special snow park facilities but a number of ungroomed areas.
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Early December until Early April
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 3:30pm
Normally open from 8:00am until 3:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort is normally open from 8:00am until 3:30pm every day. The first lifts start from 8:30am.
There is no night skiing at this area.
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort Lift Ticket Charges
7-15 year olds
16-22 year olds
60 years & over
1 Lift Coupon
2020-2021 Season lift tickets
Cheaper tickets are available online.
Children not old enough to attend elementary school are admitted free of charge.
If using the Lift Coupons, two are required to ride the quad lift.
The 2 days pass is valid for 4 days. The 3 days pass is valid for 6 days. The 4 days pass is valid for 8 days. The 5 days pass is valid for 10 days.
Cheaper tickets are available from opening until 18th December 2020 and also from 1st March 2021 until the end of the season.
Getting to Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
By public transport
7.6km from Niseko Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
18.2km from Kutchan Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
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.
A free Shuttle Bus between Hirafu Bus Stop and Moiwa Ski Resort is in operation during.
36.9km from the Kuromatsunai IC on the Kuromatsunai Shindo
77.7km from the Asari IC on the Sasson Expressway
79.1km 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 Moiwa Ski Resort base is just over 7km from the central area of Kutchan town.
Getting to Niseko Moiwa 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 3.5km until reaching the turn off to Niseko Moiwa. Follow this road 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.
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