One of Hokkaidō‘s prime ski resorts during the winter months and a hiking base during summer and autumn, Niseko sprawls between the mountain Yōtei-zan to the east and Niseko Annupuri to the west. Views at any time of year are splendid, and there is something almost holy about the snow-covered peaks on a chilly winter day.
When snow is falling (and it does a lot), sounds are dampened, making even a walk out to the car seem like a magic sleigh ride. Locals are as laid back and friendly as the tourists (many of whom are Aussies) are boisterous. Skiing at Niseko, with its jaw-dropping views of mountains and its plethora of onsen, is unequalled. Like it’s northern cousin Furano, Niseko enjoys perfect powder snow; if you’re one of the first on the slopes, you’ll feel like you’ve left Earth as you float downhill.