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When does Niseko United open? Dates are here for the 2023/24 season!

Get excited! Niseko United has announced the opening dates for its four ski areas ahead of the highly anticipated 23/24 snow season in Japan.

With the southern hemisphere season having just kicked off those already excited to return to the Japow can mark your calendars. Niseko United's four ski resorts have today announced their opening and closing dates for the season!

As in past years both Niseko Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri are set to continue all the way into May. All four resorts are set to open together on December 2nd subject to snow conditions.

Know before you go
Those booking early in the season should be aware that unlike in places like Europe and Australia, where due to marginal snow conditions snow guns allow some Resorts to offer limited snow from the very first day - Niseko's resorts do not require snowmaking - so these dates should be noted as the earliest opening time subject to the first big powder dump.

The Niseko United Opening Dates for the 2023-24 Winter Season are as follows:

Niseko Tokyu Grand Hirafu
Opens December 2, 2023 – May 6, 2024

Niseko Tokyu Grand Hirafu sits at the top of Hirafu village and is arguably the most well known and popular Niseko resort. With fantastic night skiing, world-class facilities, and amazing après ski you'll need to get in quick to avoid missing out. You may notice a change this season with new hotels like Niseko Kyo on Family Run and the Alpen Hotel owned by the resort demolished ahead of rebuild.

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Niseko Hanazono Resort
Opens December 2, 2023 – April 7, 2024

With its diverse terrain, luxurious gondolas and renowned powder snow, Hanazono is popular with advanced powder seekers and luxury travellers alike. The village features a stylish central check-in and eating area The Edge with great atmosphere. Hanazono has opened for lessons and rentals for the 2023-24 winter season 20% off all rentals at Niseko Sports until July 31!

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Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
Opens December 2, 2023 – May 6, 2024

Located on the west side of the Niseko United ski area this resort is a "hidden gem". Known for its long runs, cafe up the slopes and great night skiing. Like Niseko Grand Hirafu the Annupuri Ski area opens all the way until May 6th, 2024.

We recommend laps on the Jumbo Quad for beginners and those who love night skiing and WIIIDE runs!

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Niseko Village Ski Resort
Opens December 2, 2023 – April 7, 2024

Nestled in the middle of the Niseko United area Niseko Village features the longest lift in the area - the Niseko Gondola. A quieter option suitable for more advanced skiiers and boarders the village also hosts a range of events.

Niseko restaurants

All four ski areas can be accessed by the Niseko Bus that operates between the Resorts - meaning you can stay in a central area like Hirafu and see them all!



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Amon Bradshaw

Amon Bradshaw

Amon is our Japan Marketing Manager - having joined the team in late 2022 after 5 years experience in the Australian ski and tourism industry - Amon enjoys hiking, camping and snowboarding badly.


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