Niseko United information
Niseko United is the umbrella name for four resorts, namely Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Village, Grand Hirafu and Hanazono. What makes Niseko United stand out from the competition is that you can ski or snowboard on all four slopes by purchasing a single all-mountain pass.
This electronic tag gives you access to 18 lifts and gondolas, 60 runs, as well as free rides on the inter-mountain shuttle bus. If you're planning on skiing for several days, a week or even the season, you can also buy discounted multiday passes.
Rental equipment is of very high quality, and can be picked up virtually everywhere at affordable prices. Rental shops also typically have a few foreign staff on hand to help English-speaking customers. A high percentage of visitors to Niseko are from abroad, with plenty of Australians and growing numbers from Europe and North America. English is everywhere you look and listen.
At the base, most of the après-ski action is in Hirafu; though luxury-seekers harbour in the Hilton at Niseko Village, and locals tend to stick to Annupuri.
Communal bathing in an onsen after a day on the slopes is a chance to jump into Japanese culture. Most hotels either have an onsen on the premises, or can point you in the direction of the nearest bathhouse.