Getting There

Niseko is two to three hours drive from Hokkaido’s international airport, New Chitose Airport, just outside Sapporo. It is an international airport but not all airlines fly direct to Chitose. Most international visitors will have to catch a domestic flight from Tokyo via the international airport Narita or domestic airport Haneda.

Ground transport into Niseko from New Chitose Airport

On arrival at New Chitose International Airport, visitors not on a full travel package have a few options to complete this last leg of their journey to Niseko and back. Although the trip is only 110kms, due to icy roads and no direct train route, it takes two to three hours.

If your flight gets in late you may have to stay overnight in Chitose.

Local Bus

Local bus is the cheapest form of transport from the airport in winter. Buses depart about every 30 minutes from the airport to dropoff points in the three major resorts in Niseko – Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri.

They take about 3 hours, and most include a rest stop halfway and some drop-off at Rusutsu. One way will cost about ¥2,500 or ¥4,000 for a round trip.

There are four different local bus companies doing the route: Whiteliner, Donan, Chuo and Hokkaido Resort Liner. They all cost roughly the same and take the same amount of time to get to Niseko. Whiteliner runs the latest with their last service about 9pm.

Local Bus Companies

Whiteliner Buses
+81 (0)112 42 2040
Chuo Buses
+81 (0)112 31 0500
Donan Buses
+81 (0)123 46 5701
Hokkaido Resort Liner
+81 (0)112 19 4411

Train

The train is more scenic, passing by the ocean and deep through the snow-bound countryside. For those who don’t mind taking a bit more time, the train may add to your Niseko experience.

The train terminal is on the basement level of the airport. There is no direct train from Chitose to Kutchan (the closest major station to Niseko) so you need to change at Otaru.

Once you get to Kutchan you will still need to make the last leg to Niseko – a 15 minute taxi ride, which will cost about ¥3,000.

One way to Kutchan is about ¥3,000 or about ¥5,000 return. The whole trip should take 3-4 hours.

For more information and the latest timetables and fares, please visit Hokkaido Railways website.

Train Stations

Airport
+81 (0)123 45 7011
Sapporo
+81 (0)112 22 7111
Otaru
+81 (0)134 22 0771
Kutchan
+81 (0)136 22 1310
Niseko
+81 (0)135 44 2104

Rental Car

If you are comfortable driving in the snow, renting can be convenient as it allows you to take a trip to Kutchan to stock up the fridge before returning the car.

One way hire from Chitose to Hirafu is about ¥7,000 for 6 – 24 hours.

Car Rental Companies

Niseko Auto Rentals
+81 (0)136 55 5991
Rent-A-Car Shin-Sapporo
+81 (0)118 15 0100


Taxi

A standard taxi from Chitose to Hirafu will cost about ¥30,000, but you may not fit all your gear in it. Try Sprint Taxi & Hire on the number on the right. Prices not advertised.

Taxi Company

Sprint Taxi & Hire
+81 (0)136 55 5400


Private Transfer

Skybus offers a door-to-door transfer service from the airport to Niseko or Sapporo from ¥29,000 per vehicle. Wi-Fi and DVD systems included in each vehicle.

Transfer Company

Skybus
+81 (0)136 55 5601

The fastest way to get to Niseko is Skybus door-to-door transfer

 

New Chitose Airport to Niseko

 

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Hirafu
Niseko
Annupuri
Hanazono