April is the best time to ski and dine Niseko on a budget

By 4th April 2017 Sponsored Content

If you’re on a budget but want to experience skiing and dining in Niseko, there is no better time to visit than April with beds starting at around $40.

April is spring in northern Japan, which means it’s not too cold, there’s lots of sunshine and there is still plenty of snow.

The above photo was taken today – April 3 – and as you can see there is still more than enough snow from top to bottom!

But the best part is, because it’s “late season” there’s hardly anyone here! The slopes are almost empty, restaurants are never booked out and accommodation is at its most affordable.


MY ecolodge is a boutique travellers lodge in Hirafu designed for savvy, budget conscious skiers and holidaymakers.

Quad-share rooms are available from ¥4752 (approx US$43) per person, and double or twin rooms from ¥5940 (approx US$53).


Book this April and get free breakfast, free transfer from Hirafu Welcome Centre & Kutchan Station, and free shuttle to the ski slopes.


The lodge has free high-speed Wi-Fi, a common lounge area, a small shop for snacks and drinks, and onsite dining and catering by Green Bentoss Cafe and Dining serving takeaway “bento box” meals and other dining options.


+81 (0)136 55 5208


  • Avatar for Deon Paoliello Deon Paoliello says:

    Hi I’ve seen your comments about skiing in April in Niseko and thought I would email you. I am really keen to ski in Niseko this coming April 2019 (April 13- April 20). I’m coming from Australia and would hate to travel all that way only to have no snow, I understand that there might not be powder days. We are a family of four with three intermediate skiers and one beginner. So we would probably spend most of our time on groomed runs. We would also need lessons. I am worried about the base layer of snow in April. Do you have any advice for me?

    • Avatar for Yogi Yogi says:

      Hi Deon, thanks for your question!

      I can almost guarantee there will still be plenty of base. You can’t predict mother nature so I wouldn’t want to bet my house on it. But last year we had a very low snowfall spring and on the 18 April there was still plenty of snow – see evidence here:

      That’s typical of this time of year. About the 20th-30th it starts to melt back a bit and by close of season this is usually where it’s at:

      Note: Only Hirafu and Annupuri resorts will be open – Hanazono closes 31 March and Niseko Village closes 7 April next year.

  • Avatar for deon Paoliello deon Paoliello says:

    thank you so much for the prompt reply

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