Niseko is gearing up for the return of international tourists for winter 2022/2023 as Japan gradually opens its borders. By the time season 2022/2023 rolls around, it will have been almost 3 years since the Niseko resort saw any overseas tourists. There have been many changes during this time. Old businesses have closed or moved and new ones have opened. Here are some notable differences that have taken place so you’re up to date when you come back to Niseko.
New in Niseko United Resort
Hanazono ‘Symphony’ Gondola
This brand new 10 seater gondola opened up in Hanazono Resort of Niseko United during 2021/2022. It stops just above the Legends of Shinya run, suitable for intermediate level skiers and snowboarders. First-time and beginner skiers and snowboarders can access the beginner run, Juicy Fruit, via the mid-station. Be sure to enjoy the lovely mountain views from the comforts of the leather seats.
Changes in Niseko United Resort
Hanazono 1 Lift
Grand Hirafu Dot Base Carpark
The Dot Base Carpark and drop-off areas are notorious for traffic jams, especially when it is an epic powder day. During these last 2 years, the Niseko resort has redesigned the layout to allow for a better traffic flow. A drop-off zone for cars has been created in the car park area, and designated bus stops are clearly marked in front of the Welcome Centre.
This ramen institution is famous for its Hokkaido Niseko “Potato” ramen. Unfortunately it is no longer in Niseko. It is now located in Makkari, which thankfully is not too far away. It is approximately half an hour’s drive from Niseko and in the same building as an onsen. Nothing better than finishing up an onsen with a delicious bowl of steamy ramen.
Another popular ramen joint in the Niseko resort, Moon Bar luckily is still in Grand Hirafu. Its new home is located just a few streets away from its old place, nearby the Lawson shop on Route 343.
No Longer in Niseko United Resort
The iconic pizza joint has moved out of the Niseko United Resort. However, it’s not all bad news as it can still be found in Kutchan on Route 5 as well as Iwanai town. So head down to Kutchan town to enjoy that classic Niseko Pizza pizza!