When do Hokkaido ski resorts open for winter 21/22?

Winter is just around the corner and it feels like summer and autumn have gone by faster than usual. Nevertheless we have been busy preparing for another japow-like winter season here in our base ski resort of Niseko United. We are happy to report that none of our staff or any of our guests contracted Covid-19 […]

Best of Furano in Autumn Itinerary (3 days, 2 nights)

Visitors from all over Japan (and the world pre-covid) are drawn to Furano’s flower fields in summer and snowy mountains in winter. However, the best time to visit this central Hokkaido town, yet often overlooked, is autumn. This picturesque time of year shows off brilliant displays of vibrant golden and red hues. Meanwhile, every foodie’s […]

Accommodation Review: Fenix Furano

Furano in Hokkaido, Japan is fast growing in popularity as a must-visit destination in Japan. There are many accommodation options, such as Fenix Furano, to choose from. This review of Fenix Furano offers insight into the various aspects of the accommodation that we believe travellers consider important when making decisions on where to stay.  We hope this […]

Accommodation Review: Club Med Tomamu

Having a positive experience is the pinnacle of any family ski holiday or summer vacation. There are many elements that make a memorable holiday, especially the type of accommodation you stay in and the services available to you. This review of Club Med Tomamu offers insight into the various aspects that we believe travellers consider important when making […]

5 things to do in Furano in summer

Sunrise from Mount Tokachi in Furano, Hokkaido (Photo: Hokkaido Ski Club)Sunrise from Mount Tokachi in Furano, Hokkaido (Photo: Hokkaido Ski Club)

If you are in Japan this coming summer and looking for an interesting place to visit (or planning your post-COVID travel bucket list), look no further than Furano. Located in central Hokkaido amongst the Mount Tokachi mountain ranges, this well-known winter destination is considered to be a Hokkaido summer hotspot. There are a great variety […]

5 Niseko cafes that hit the sweet spot

Plate of Japanese pancakes at a cafe

Nothing excites a sweet tooth more than the delicious flavours of Japanese desserts and sweets. Light and fluffy crepes, matcha mochi and milky soft creams. Your mouth is watering already, right? When the summer season rolls around in Niseko, the list of sweet spots to get your sugary fix are endless. Yet the best ones are those that are […]

Where to stay in Niseko: Niseko Village and Annupuri

Ski slopes at Annupuri resort are great for beginners

In part 1 of this series, we presented our accommodation recommendations for the east side resorts of Niseko United – the bustling village of Grand Hirafu and the exciting luxury developments of Hanazono. For part 2 we head over to the west side of the resort and look at where to stay in the Annupuri and […]