Let it snow! Niseko’s famous ski destination is ready for skiers and snowboarders big and small with new hotel and chalet openings, must-visit restaurants, child care options, and plenty of things to do other than skiing. Whether you have little ones just starting their skiing journey or teenagers seeking adrenaline-pumping challenges, Niseko offers an all-encompassing experience for families with kids of all ages. Hit the slopes, take a ski lesson, go snow tubing, explore the town’s finest restos with the kids, and uncover secret recommendations with the Little Steps Guide to Family-Friendly Niseko.
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|Ski Resort Opening Dates 2023 2024||Season Dates||Description|
|Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area||December 2, 2023 – May 6, 2024||Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area welcomes families to a winter wonderland from December 2, 2023, to May 6, 2024. With breathtaking panoramic views and a variety of ski runs suitable for all skill levels, it provides the perfect destination for families to enjoy memorable skiing adventures together.|
|Niseko Village Ski Resort||December 2, 2023 – April 7, 2024||Embrace the magic of winter at Niseko Village Ski Resort, open from December 2, 2023, to April 7, 2024, offering an exceptional experience for families. With impeccably groomed slopes catering to all levels, thrilling off-piste terrain, and a multitude of winter activities, it ensures a delightful skiing getaway for the whole family.|
|Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU||December 2, 2023 – May 6, 2024||From December 2, 2023, to May 6, 2024, Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU promises an unforgettable winter adventure for families. Renowned for its extensive terrain, diverse ski runs, and lively après-ski scene, it offers excitement for all ages. Families can bond on the slopes and create lasting memories in this winter paradise.|
|Niseko Hanazono Resort||December 2, 2023 – April 7, 2024||Get ready for pure winter bliss at Niseko Hanazono Resort, operating from December 2, 2023, to April 7, 2024, where families can experience unforgettable skiing moments. Renowned for its deep powder snow and pristine slopes, Hanazono provides meticulously maintained facilities, snow parks, and thrilling backcountry areas for families to enjoy.|
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Discover your winter wonderland in Niseko with Villa Finder's exquisite selection of ski chalets. Impeccably maintained and perfect for families, Villa Finder offers a variety of options to choose from. Consider Hana and Jo, ideally located near restaurants and cafes for your convenience. For breathtaking Mount Yotei views and ample communal space, The Vale Niseko is your ultimate retreat. And if you're seeking a contemporary touch, don't miss Yuki Sugi, a charming family-friendly townhouse with sleek bunk beds. Embrace the enchantment of Niseko, and make your reservation today!
Always popular, Niseko is a magical place for snow-loving families with babies, toddlers, kids, and teens! For those looking for family-friendly accommodation in Niseko, there are 4 popular resort areas to choose from: Annapuri, Niseko Village, Grand Hirafu, and Hanazono. Little Steps has rounded up a list of our favorite luxury chalets, affordable and cheap options, ski-in/ski-out favorites, big group options, and a few secret stays as well.
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LUXURY FAMILY HOTELS, RESORTS, VILLAS/COTTAGES IN NISEKO:
Annupuri Family-Friendly Luxury Hotels And Chalets:
Niseko Village Family-Friendly Hotels And Chalets:
Hanazono Family-Friendly Luxury Hotels And Chalets:
Resutsu Hotels and Resorts For Families:
Grand Hirafu Family-Friendly Luxury Hotels And Chalets:
LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS, VILLAS/COTTAGES IN NISEKO:
Annupuri Family-Friendly Luxury Boutique Hotels And Chalets:
Niseko Village Family-Friendly Luxury Boutique Hotels And Chalets:
Hanazono Family-Friendly Luxury Boutique Hotels And Chalets:
Grand Hirafu Family-Friendly Luxury Boutique Hotels And Chalets:
AFFORDABLE (CHEAP) BOUTIQUE HOTELS, VILLAS/COTTAGES IN NISEKO:
Annupuri Family-Friendly Affordable Boutique Hotels And Chalets:
From sushi to ramen, Niseko is also famous for its food! Enjoy food from Michelin-starred favorites to the best casual Hirafu restaurants to enjoy as a family - it's all here.
One of the most famous in the area is Kamimura - it's a Michelin-starred French restaurant in Hirafu. It’s open all year round and you’ve never truly dined in Niseko unless you’ve eaten here. However, they don’t allow children below 7 inside. But don’t fret! You can drop off your kids at the Niseko Kids Club.
There are lots of child-friendly restaurants that also accommodate big groups, especially if you are traveling with your extended family or friends. A favorite is Jojo’s, which is located on the second floor of Niseko's climbing and adventure center. It has a dedicated playground for kids and serves delicious Western food. If you’d like to try Swiss raclette and fondue, stop by the Alpinist, which is located in Odin Place. However, they are only open during the winter season and by reservation. If you and your family are a fan of buffet lunches and dinners, Prativo is the place for you.
New And Favorite Restaurants For 2023 / 2024 Ski Season:
Niseko Family Favorites: There’s always something new in Niseko! Always evolving, foodies can enjoy the latest and greatest on the food scene. Below are the always popular Niseko restaurants that kids love too!
A few tips for eating in Niseko:
With two locations in Niseko, Rhythm Niseko is a family-friendly hub of rentals and gear that will sort you and the kids out...pronto! Rent skis, snowboards, helmets, snow boots, and more. Rhythm Niseko offers pick-up and rental exchange plus tuning and repair services. Hire gear in advance via their online booking here. Niseko Base is another popular ski rental company offering skis/boards from top brands such as K2, Head, Ride, Line, Armada, and Burton. They have child rentals with helmets included. In Hanazono, Niseko Sports is popular with kids and adults. Need lift tickets - shop at Niseko Lift Tickets - You can check prices here.
Ski Rental For Adults + Kids:
Kids + Adults Jackets, Gloves, Goggles, Gear In Niseko:
In addition to skis, Rhythm also has an excellent selection of ski-shopping extras for kids. Other options include:
If you're seeking convenience, book the whole family in for lessons at Niseko Base Snowsports with classes for kids 3 and up. Another option is NISS which is a purpose-built setup in Hanazono and is fab for getting the kids to a 'quieter' part of the mountain away from the masses in Hirafu. This option is ideal for little ones and beginners as well. GoSnow is an international ski school in Hirafu offering magic carpets for early learners, priority lift lines at Grand Hirafu, and lessons for kids, teens, and privates too.
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Apres-ski is a must! Top spots for sips post-ski include the popular Masu at Odin Place - right in Hirafu. Craving a craft beer? The Tap Room is where you can try local brews and it's in the same building as Masu! Other popular Apres Ski spots include The Vale Bar & Grill by The Ace Family Ski Lift. Others in Hirafu that people love are The Barn.
Hirafu Apres Ski Favorites:
There are loads of things to do in Niseko other than skiing. Kids will be happy to know that there is a huge indoor play space, Galaxy Of Kids in Hanazono, with 10 climbing walls, a floating adventure trail, and so much more! For amazing winter kids camps, Edventure is super popular with families. They also offer movie nights and Igloo making classes for kids. Niseko offers even more unique classes including ice cream-making workshops at Milk Kobo (Takahashi Farm) and other cultural experiences around town such as Taiko drumming lessons, tea ceremony demonstrations, and sushi-making lessons, which are usually advertised closer to the date. For a fun soba noodle-making class - book it up here. Hanazono Park offers tons of fun, such as sledding, snow tubing, zip-lining, and winter rafting. For dog sledding, horseback riding, snow rafting (get pulled behind a snowmobile), and snowshoe adventures, you can try Rusutsu and Niseko Village! There are plenty of places to arrange snowmobile tours including Explore Niseko and Hanazono.
For indoor fun, you can take a day pass at the popular indoor pool at Alpen Hotel Niseko (then finish at the onsen upstairs). Jo Jo's is also popular with families as it offers a three-story indoor playground and a climbing wall within the NAC (Niseko Adventure Centre) building.
Niseko Gourmet is a fun place to do fam-friendly cooking classes. If you want to go on a tour and make sure somebody takes photographs for you to remember, contact Niseko Photography. One for pops? Go whiskey tasting at Nikka Whiskey!
More Fun Activities Besides Skiing For Families In Niseko:
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Most onsens, natural thermal hot springs, in Niseko allow kids to join if a parent is present. For a family-friendly experience, book your own private onsen at the Kanronomori Hotel. They offer two private onsen rooms with large cedar baths and a relaxation area that can be hired out for a period of 50 minutes. Hilton Niseko Village has a large indoor bath and a wide outdoor bath next to a pond with stunning views of Mt. Yotei. You can enjoy the view of "Ezo Fuji" from both the indoor and outdoor baths. Yugokorotei is another favorite - gorgeous indoor and outing onsen options with top views. The Niseko Grand Hotel offers the largest onsen in the area.
Most chalets and hotels offer babysitting services on request. For those seeking more of a drop-off option, there are options that are great for families. Located in Aya Niseko, Niseko Kid's Club offers certified, English-speaking caregivers that will entertain your children aged 1-6 with fun-filled activities both inside and outside. They offer full and half-day options and baby rental equipment too. Niseko Babysitters is an agency that provides fun active babysitting. All babysitters are first aid certified, bonded insured, and have many years of childcare experience even for small babies. Want a more cultural experience? Win D'Ol is a unique option with full and half-day Japanese cultural programs for kids, sports nannies to hang on the slope with them, and evening care options.
Having supplies within your reach is helpful, especially when you cannot wait for room service or if you crave something at an ungodly hour. There are several general merchandise stores and groceries that you can check out during your downtime.
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