How to get to Niseko: Train vs Plane

Skiing in Hokkaido is different from skiing in any other place in the world. The high snowfall, its unique coastline, mountains that go from a few hundred meters high to volcanoes and the central Hokkaido high alpine mountains. Not to mention the excellent fluffy powder snow that keeps falling for days. The terrain is primarily […]

Snowfall forecast for winter 2021/2022 in Japan

The Japanese meteorological agency announced the snowfall trend for this winter (December-March). Due to the influence of the La Niña phenomenon, the amount of snow on the Sea of Japan side of eastern and western Japan will be higher than average. Effects of the La Niña phenomenon The La Niña phenomenon that occurred this fall […]

When do Hokkaido ski resorts open for winter 2022/2023?

Updated 24 June 2022 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 […]

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 […]