Hokkaido Stories and Tips

Niseko Side Trip

Natural hotspring at base of ski run Photo, Hokkaido, Japan

While many people visiting the Niskeo region are more than content to stay in Hirafu and explore the four zones that make up the United Niseko field, I wanted to explore. John, from Niseko Izumikyo, took me to other ski hills nearby which were amazing. Looking at the trail map, I wouldn't have even considered it—a single chair and two or three runs didn't look worth it. However, from a single chair there proved to be access to countless private bowls and fresh tracks through the forest all day.

After 4 or 5 hours of that my legs were burnt, so the "compulsory" visit to a hot spring was called for. Hot springs can be founded dotted throughout the Niseko area. For about $5 (sometimes free) you can soak as long as you like and emerge feeling refreshed and keen for more.

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