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Fast Facts

Distance & Driving times from major cities
To Niseko From Sapporo
110 km 2 hours
To Niseko From Otaru
60 km 1 1/2 hours
To Niseko From New Chitose Airport
110 km 2 hours
Closest Town:
Niseko 10km
Closest Airport:
Chitose 120km
Banking Facilities / ATM:
No - Closest available at Kutchan. Cash is preferred to credit cards and cards may not be accepted.
Lift Base Elev: 280m
Summit Elev: 1170m
Vertical Drop: 890m

Longest run: 5000m

Average Snowfall:
12 metres
Season:
December to April
Runs:
Beginner 30%
Intermediate 40%
Advanced 30%
Winter activities: Alpine Skiing, Night Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Snow Boarding, Alpine touring, Snow shoeing, snow mobiling, snow rafting, horse riding, Karaoke
Summer activities: Golf, park golf, mountain biking, hiking, tennis, fishing, white water rafting, horse riding, hot air ballooning, Karaoke
 
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About Higashiyama

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 and fishing.

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.

Facilities

The resort offers:

  • Children's facilities
  • Night Skiing
  • Ski and snowboard rental
  • Ski school
  • Local Onsens (outdoor natural hot springs)
  • Restuarants and Bars
  • Tennis courts
  • Amusement Center
  • Convenience Store
  • Boutique

Natural wonders

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 Mt. Fuji.

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.

Climate

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 are
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.

Accommodation

Higashiyama offers several different types of accommodation including Japanese pensions (guesthouses), self-contained apartments (condominiums) and a large Hotel.

Getting there from Sapporo

Car
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.

Train
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.

Bus
Chuo Bus, Niseko Bus and Donan Bus operate between New Chitose Airport – Sapporo and Higashiyama.
The trip takes approximately 2:40 hours

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More information

http://www.princehotels.co.jp/ski/niseko_e/index.html
http://www.niseko.ne.jp/en/index.html
http://www.niseko.org/index.php?wrd=2

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