With spectacular views of Mt Yotei
Higashiyama offers wonderful light powder snow ideal
for both skiers and snow boarders. Higashiyama resort
is a year round resort also offering horse riding,
mountain biking, hiking, white water rafting, golf
Higashiyama offers some of the steepest
runs in the Niseko area. It is located in the middle
of the three Niseko resorts with Annupuri to the
right and Hirafu to the left. All three resorts link
together at the top. A shaed lift ticket for all
three resorts can be purchased.
Hirafu offers 890 vertical metres.
- 30% beginner
- 40% intermediate
- 30% Advanced
From spring to autumn, there are so
many outdoor activities to particpate in including
golf, tennis, horse back riding, white water rafting,and
hot air ballooning.
The resort offers:
- Children's facilities
- Night Skiing
- Ski and snowboard rental
- Ski school
- Local Onsens (outdoor natural hot
- Restuarants and Bars
- Tennis courts
- Amusement Center
- Convenience Store
Thermal springs / onsens
Onsens, natural thermal springs that come from deep within the volcanic earth
are located in Higashiyama. Some of these springs contain a large mineral
and sulfur content and the steaming hot natural water is very therapeutic
and helps to ease the aches and pains from a hard days skiing, boarding,hiking
or mountain biking.
Mt Yotei zan
Mt Yotei, 1898 metres high, is the most
famous mountain on Hokkaido and a defining point
in the Niseko area. Mt. Yotei is popularly called
Mt. Ezo-Fuji because its shape resembles the famous
Food and wine
Ice creams made from local dairy produce
are also available. The flavours vary including traditional
ice cream flavours and some unusual ones such as
red bean, potato and pumpkin to name a few.
Japanese beer and sake is readily available
as well as the occasional home made fruit wines.
The local wines - more of a liqueur include local
plums, apricots or other fruits. Wines from around
the world are also available at many restaurants.
There are various restuarants offering
a wide range of cuisines including tradional Japanese
such as sushi, and restuarants serving western style
food. Relax after a day of activites with a cocktail,
wine or beer.
Winter - is long and can be quite cold.
Light powder snow arrives from across the Sea of
Japan and the Siberian desert. Skiing and snow boarding
in untracked powder snow is very popular during winter.
The average temperatures in winter
December -8 degrees Celcius
January -8 degrees Celcius
February -7 degrees Celcius
March -1 degrees Celcius
Spring - brings the thaw and as the
snows melt they reveal a world of bamboo forests
that have been flattened by the heavy snow. The breezes
are still cool and fresh.
Summer - with the disappearance of
the snow it is now an ideal time to go hiking to
view the alpine wild flowers. Golf, white water rafting
and various other sports are popular at this time
of the year.
Autumn - arrives earlier than other
parts of Japan but is is still a great time for hiking
with the clear crisp autumn skies.
Higashiyama offers several different
types of accommodation including Japanese pensions
(guesthouses), self-contained apartments (condominiums)
and a large Hotel.
Getting there from Sapporo
To Higashiyama From Sapporo
Distance approx. 102 km
New Chitose Airport - Higashiyama: about 2:00 hours
Sapporo - Higashiyama: about 2:10 hours
Take Route 230 via Nakayama pass to Kimobetsu town. Turn right at the crossing
of Route 276 towards Kutchan. At Route 5, turn left.
JR line (Hakodate Honsen); Sapporo – Kutchan – Niseko
Approximately 1 ¾ hrs to Niseko. Disembark at Niseko for Higashiyama
and take the bus from Niseko station to Higashiyama resort. Higashiyama is
approximately 10 minutes from Niseko train station by taxi.
Chuo Bus, Niseko Bus and Donan Bus operate between New Chitose Airport – Sapporo
The trip takes approximately 2:40 hours
colours of breakfast - a story about powder
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