I joined nice tour to go to Niseko and Rusutsu area. One of the reasons that fewer tourists visit is due to the perceived difficulty of getting there. There are several options, from hiring a car, using a private taxi, catching the shuttle bus or even joining a guided tour, like with Niseko Xtreme , Black Diamond Tours or Shinsetsu Mountain Guides Explore Niseko , the information center in the glass cage beside Seicomart, has loads of information about getting there.
You’ll spend 5 days in Niseko before heading across for 2 days back country skiing amidst the fumaroles and boiling ponds of the volcanoes at Mt Asahidake, and finish off the Niseko guided tours trip with a night in vibrant Tokyo. Extensions either side can also be arranged, allowing you to squeeze in an early-morning visit to the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market.
The ski lifts in Grand Hirafu are within walking distance but your guide will collect you each morning and drive to the chosen ski area for the day. It can often be quite busy in the morning at Grand Hirafu so we will most likely start the mornings at a different resort to avoid the crowds and maximize our time in the powder.
Travel to Central Hokkaido from Sapporo or Niseko to the town of Furano. Experience Asahidake Ropeway for a full back-country adventure, the long and hidden tree runs of Furano, Tomamu and Kamui. Soak in the on sens after a long day on the mountain enjoying the uncrowded resorts and beautiful scenery.
Niseko Village (formerly known as Niseko Higashiyama) is located in between Grand Hirafu and Annupuri resorts, and has the Hilton Niseko Village hotel located at its base. The resort closes in early April but reopens for a short period during the Golden Week holidays.