ANNUPURI is preparing itself for an onslaught of tiny ghouls, goblins and ghosts on Halloween in preparation for the annual Niseko Halloween Party.
This year promises to be bigger and better with a trick or treat in the Annupuri pension village, a haunted house, pumpkin carving, mini pumpkin craft and other Halloween games.
YUICHI Kamimura, founder of Niseko's famed Kamimura restaurant, has been invited to Hong Kong to work as a guest chef at the Aberdeen Marina Club in Hong Kong from November 15-22.
The Marina Club is owned by the Shangri-La Group and is among the most prestigious private clubs in Hong Kong.
TITLE :: Winter really on the way in Niseko
SNOW has continued to fall on the higher peaks around Niseko with the peak of Mt Yotei now with enjoying a good base of snow.
Cold, rainy weather over the past week has ensured snow has been consistently dusting the top quarter to third of the mountain, with large amounts of snow looking to be accumulating in gullies.
TITLE :: First snow settles on Mt Yotei
MT Yotei received its first dusting of snow for the season yesterday, heightening excitement among powder lovers and reminding us that the season is just around the corner.
After a summer that had above average rainfall, hopes are high that this winter will see big snowfalls.
The first snow on Yotei comes
TITLE :: Silver Week gold for Niseko
THIS week has seen a rare "Silver Week" holiday period in Japan, where three public holidays fall consecutively at the start of the week, resulting in five days of holidays.
The domestic tourism market is becoming increasingly aware of Niseko and the attractions the area has to offer.
SEVENTEEN keen triathletes from Hong Kong and Tokyo spent this week in Niseko tuning their swim, bike and run skills.
Led by the Hong Kong national team and IHP triathlon coach, Kevin Clark the guests enjoyed great weather for their training camp.
The participants cycled to Lake Toya before enjoying a swim session in
THE ladies of Niseko got the ball rolling for Niseko Golf Week at the Alpen Hotel Park Golf Course at the base of Grand Hirafu yesterday.
Tomoka Kakuta took first place in the Niseko Ladies Park Golf Open 2009 with an impressive one over par 34, collecting a swag of booty including a golf lesson courtesy of John Barton, a Groove Cycle
THE first snow has fallen in Japan in the lead up to winter 2009/10, on the 1984m peak of Mt Kurodake,the Kyodo News Agency has reported.
Last year's first snow fall was on Mt Asahidake - Hokkaido's highest peak - on September 24 so
TITLE :: Niseko Cycle Week was ‘perfect’
THE second Niseko Cycle Week fulfilled its promise to be bigger and better than the first, with organisers and participants agreeing the event was a huge success.
"It was perfect," declared Jess Ripper, one of the many volunteer event organisers.
"Weather-wise we hit the nail on the head and there were definitely
TITLE :: Niseko Cycle Week cranks up
THE second Niseko Cycle Week kicked off on Sunday with a group ride from Hirafu to Niseko Village, followed by the opening ceremony and barbecue alongside the Niseko Village cross country mountain bike course.
A number of events were
TITLE :: Trivia back by popular demand
QUIZMASTER Aleisha Riboldi has already set a date for the second Hirafu Pub Trivia Quiz Night at Paddy McGinty's following the popularity of the last weekend's event.
Within days of Aleisha's announcement that she wanted to host a
TITLE :: Niseko Cycle Week countdown is on
NISEKO is well on the way to becoming an international summer cycling destination with a swag of high profile international sponsors joining the second Niseko Cycle Week, kicking off August 30.
Local cycling enthusiasts decided to
AFTER weeks of unseasonal rain, the Kutchan Jaga Matsuri (Kutchan Potato Festival) was graced with perfect weather on Saturday.
It seemed the whole of Kutchan took advantage of the picture-perfect bluebird weather to celebrate their
ROGER Donazzan has been appointed chairman and acquired a one-third shareholding in Hokkaido airport shuttle transfer company Skybus.
An Australian investor and lawyer, Donazzan was founder and former executive chairman of Nihon Harmony
DESPITE fairly consistent rain throughout the event, there was no sign of the blues at the 20th anniversary Hanazono Music Festival over the weekend.
The weather kept numbers down but those who braved the elements made the most of
THOUSANDS of people are expected to hit Niseko's Hanazono Ski Resort this weekend to celebrate the 20th Anniversary Hanazono Kutchan Music Festival at the base of the ski hill.
Formerly the Kutchan Jazz Festival, this year the festival
AFTER a cool start to summer, the last of winter's snow is about to disappear completely with just a few small patches remaining in gullies on Mt Yotei.
The snow has held out for two and half months since the Niseko ski resorts closed,
TITLE :: Niseko summer wheels in motion
AFTER a cool spring, Niseko's summer sprang to life over the weekend, headlined by the Grand Hirafu Bike Challenge downhill mountain bike championships.
With the very last patches of snow about to disappear up high on Mt Yotei, beautiful
TITLE :: Charity golf a swinging success
THE inaugural Niseko Spring Charity Golf Classic on Saturday raised almost Y300,000 for local kids and elderly residents, as well as adding another fun-filled event to Niseko's summer calendar.
The beneficiaries of the money raised
TITLE :: ATM makes first tracks in Hirafu
THERE'S a buzz around Niseko as the town prepares for the inaugural Niseko Spring Charity Golf Classic at the Niseko Village Golf Course this weekend.
An initiative of local companies West Canada Homes and The Niseko Company, the event will raise money for several local causes including the local Kabayama Primary School.
NISEKO season 2008/09 officially closed on Wednesday after another five and half months of amazing skiing and snowboarding.
The ski hill here traditionally closes at the end of Japan's Golden Week holiday celebrations on May 6, with
POLICE believe a jogger has discovered the body of missing Australian tourist Scott McKay in a river a few hundred metres past his accommodation.
Speaking on behalf of local police, Niseko-Hirafu safety liaison officer at the time
THE body of Australian skier Scott McKay has been located, almost two months after he went missing at a northern Japan ski resort.
Mr McKay, 27, an IT business owner from Brisbane, has been missing since February 20 this year, when he was last seen leaving a bar during a holiday at Niseko ski resort
By Bella Lund
A MEMORIAL service for Australian IT specialist Scott McKay, missing in Niseko since late February, was held last week at the chapel of his old high school, Brisbane Grammar School.
Scott, a prefect in his