Things to do
If you’re seeking thrills, winter in Niseko United’s four ski resorts could see you cutting through ice on a snowmobile or snowboarding after dark. Little ones can also join in the fun with snow tubing or rafting. A range of runs and cross-country routes will suit
first-time skiers as much as old hands. In warmer months, explore the landscape on two feet – or two wheels. This is the time when world-class golf courses open their greens, too.
Niseko promises a spa experience like no other. The region is peppered with onsen – volcanic hot springs. You can soak in the steaming, mineral-rich water in modern hotels and day spas. But be sure to visit Kombu onsen, which have been steaming away for over a century.
Niseko’s mountain backdrop and bubbling springs aren’t just a feast for the eyes. They’re also part of the reason this area has a reputation for farm-fresh food. Try just-picked asparagus in spring, edamame in summer and speciality potatoes when the seasons change. This is also a region that produces its own beer and wine – ideal to go with on-the-go onigirl snacks or fine dining menus.