Number 1 thing you should do in Hokkaido: Ski/Snowboard

Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan is getting more and more popular over the years for the fluffy powder snow.

View of Mt Yotei from Kutchan town

The sweet spot for ski/board freaks still is Niseko, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Mt Fuji of Hokkaido, Yotei.

Mt Yotei actually helps the famous Mt Annupuri (with 4 ski slopes: Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Annupuri and Niseko Village) to have the dry powdery snow that is most suitable for snowsports.

It is actually not the snowiest ski resort in Hokkaido, but the quality of the snow on a good day is one of the top of world class.

Founder of Helping Dragon boarding in Grand Hirafu

The fact that so many outdoor lovers from all over the world has settled in Niseko, making this small town with only 20,000 in population, the most international area in Japan.

A lady walking a dog in the main street in front of Kutchan Station, the main train station to access Niseko. Half of its body was covered by snow!

Niseko is the most international friendly

Having worked for a Michelin restaurant group Kamimura and a property management company MnK in Niseko, the founder of Helping Dragon realized that guests there feel the reassurance that prioritized language is English here.

Especially during winter, the majority of people there are visitors and workers from overseas, so nothing to worry about in terms of language when you are in Niseko!

Useful website to know to get around Niseko: NPB

Niseko Promotion Board(NPB) will tell you everything you need to enjoy your time to the fullest in Niseko.

The board members are international executives mostly running a business in Niseko, so the information they have is really useful.

Home Page of the Niseko Promotion Board

It would be smart to take a look at even a brief info of how to get to Niseko, what you can do and events will be happening at your period of arrival.

Want to work in Niseko? Some good sites to know!

Niseko has been the area that the land price has risen the most out of all the areas in Japan for a number of consecutive years.

So everything is getting expensive!

In order for snow lovers that wants to save their budget the best they can would be good to work there.

Lots of businesses there provide subsidies for accomodation, lift passes and other goodies that will help you with your stay in exchange for working.

Quite a number of people decide to stay for summer in Hokkaido then do another winter season, and there will be a chance of you getting sponsored to work a year round as well.

So why not try working there for a season to see.

Kutchannel is where business owners and job hunters access to find what they’re looking for.


You will get the highest chance getting a job offer from making a post in Kutchannel

There is also a facebook page for winter staffs working in Niseko that helps a lot in getting the information you need.

Groups on Facebook where you can collect useful information before you come into Niseko

Other good snow resorts to visit…

Stay tuned for our posts about other good ski/snowboard resorts in Hokkaido!

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