Shuttle buses connect the resorts and different areas of Niseko including nearby Kutchan. Some are free or included in the cost of lift passes.
Niseko United Shuttle
The Niseko United Shuttle connects the Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri resorts from season open until March and is free for those with an All Mountain Pass.
If you have a 12-point ticket, one point per trip is needed. Others need ¥500 for adult and ¥300 for child per ride.
Hirafu Village Grand Shuttle Bus
Free shuttle buses run throughout Hirafu every 15 minutes all day every day until the end of night skiing.
There are stops everywhere so you’ll never be more than a couple of minutes walk from your accommodation, lifts or restaurants.
Hanazono Shuttle Bus
The Hanazono Shuttle Bus travels throughout Hirafu Village and out to Hanazono for those who don’t want to ski over.
Kutchan Night Go Bus
The Kutchan Night Go Bus runs from Hirafu to Kutchan Station about 10 minutes away every night. Step out from Niseko and enjoy shopping, eating, drinking and karaoke in Kutchan. Your first trip is ¥100 and free after that if you keep your ticket.
Yumeguri Onsen Shuttle Bus
Take a tour across Niseko sampling various local onsens for ¥500 on the Yumeguri Bus (December – March).
Driving in Niseko’s snowy, icy, white-out conditions can be for many tourists like learning to drive again. Even locals occasionally find themselves at the mercy of the harsh winter elements of Niseko.
Taxis are readily available, particularly in Hirafu, and can be hailed on major streets. Taxis cost about ¥2,500 for a ten minute trip.
Drivers probably won’t speak English, and you will need a business/place name and map for where you are going – often if you just have the address they may not be able to find it. For best chance of success, take directions / street names in Japanese if possible.
Many taxis have roof racks but they may have difficulty fitting in large ski or board bags.
Sprint Taxi & Hire
+81 (0)136 55 5400
+81 (0)136 22 1212
+81 (0)136 22 1171
+81 (0)136 44 2635
Renting a car is a great way to explore Niseko and surrounding areas. You just have to have to be prepared to negotiate the snowy/icy roads.
Before you drive in Niseko, read our driver survivor tips first.
Rental Car Companies
Niseko Auto Rentals
+81 (0)136 55 5991
+81 (0)118 15 0100