Super cool: six unique Niseko activities

By 4th July 2019 Activities, Adventure, Culture

There are plenty of unique activites to try in Niseko! Inside or out, up or down – take a day off the mountain and experience more of this winter wonderland before you leave.

1. Snowbiking

If you thought snowmobiles were the ultimate go-anywhere snow machine, think again. Snowbikes can traverse steeper terrain with much greater ease than a snowmobile. In fact Niseko Snowbike Adventures says they can get all the way to Kiroro cross country on a snowbike (evidence pictured top) but a snowmobile would never make it. If you have solid motorbike or dirt bike experience you don’t want to miss this.

2. Onsen (hot spring) Tour

Niseko is home to many great hot spring onsens and a steaming hot bath is the perfect way to recover after a long day up the mountain. The different hot springs all have varying minerals that offer therapeutic benefits, as well as different colours and consistencies. There’s even a mud bath which is great for your skin! Jump on the ¥500 Yumeguri Onsen bus to take a tour of the area’s best baths.

3. Tree trekking

You’ve heard of tree trekking in summer but not winter right? It’s hard to believe but even with the amount of snow that’s falling and building up here you can still go tree climbing on the new course alongside the Ace Family Run – Japan’s largest course. Rug up and give it a go!

4. Japanese cooking class

If you weren’t a Japanese food convert before you came to Niseko, our guess is you will be by the time you leave. A good Japanese feed might not be as cheap back home, so while you’re here it’s a perfect opportunity to learn how to cook with an authentic Japanese master of the art.

5. Photography workshop

A great way to explore the local area and create some great memories is a photography workshop with a local professional. Half day workshops cater for outright beginners with tuition and guidance, or seasoned professionals just wanting to visit Niseko’s most picturesque and interesting locations.

6. Snowshoe trekking

To get an idea of how hard  life in Niseko must have been in the old days, take a trip out to the Ikeuchi Niseko Adventure Center in Higashiyama. Traditional snowshoes are woven out of bamboo and rope, and secured to your shoes with leather straps. Step out into deep, deep snow of the forests and fields and get a taste of history and adventure, and an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.

This article appeared in Powderlife 2019 / Vol 12 / Issue 52 


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