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Mt Yotei, Niseko, Hokkaido.

Mt Yotei, Niseko, Hokkaido.

Niseko is located about two and a half hours drive from Sapporo or about two hours from Chitose. There are some places to visit in Niseko but it is better known for it’s sporting activities. The town has an estimated permanent population of 4,642 people and a total area of 197.13 km2. The population figure however, changes markedly between seasons as the town has a highly transient population of visitors that come mainly for the summer or winter. For details of the Niseko ski and snow board areas, please see our Winter Sports & Resorts page.





Niseko is situated between two mountains, Yotei-zan to the east and Niseko Annupuri to the west. The Matsukari River encloses the town to the north. There are two main train stations, Niseko station and Hirafu station. One of the larger and more popular sections of the skiing area is Mt Hirafu, however many times it may be more convenient to catch a train to Niseko Station and get a bus from there.
Niseko Train Station.

Niseko Train Station.

Niseko can definitely be called the sports capital of Hokkaido. During the winter Niseko is a ski / snow boarders paradise with large amounts of some of the best quality snow in the world falling. Also on offer are ice-climbing, snowshoeing and dog sledding trips. During the late spring, summer and autumn Niseko is a hiking and rafting mecca for nature lovers. This period also offers canoeing, kayaking and camping opportunities. Niseko is also very popular throughout the year for its large number of onsens (hot spring baths).
Niseko is a small rural town situated in the midst of a huge national park and is perhaps best known for it’s Winter Resorts and Other Sports. However there are a few interesting attractions to be seen in the Niseko area.


Niseko Places To Visit

  • NAC Niseko Adventures
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Arishima Takeo Memorial Museum

Born into a relatively wealthy family on March 4, 1878 Takeo Arishima was a Japanese author as were his two brothers. Three of his major works include, Aru Onna (A Certain Woman - pub. 1919), Oshiminaku Ai wa Ubau (Love Robs without Hesitation) and Kain no Matsuei (Descendant of Cain - 1917).

His own life was also somewhat of a dramatic story begginning with a failed suicide attempt while still in university. After this attempt he turned to Christianity and moved to the United States to attended Harvard University. However he quickly became dissilioned with Chistianity and instead turned to socialism. On returning to Japan he formed a literary group called “Shirakaba” (White Birch) and set up a farm collective. He then married but his first wife passed away just six years later due to disease.

After another six years he met a married woman Akiko Hanato. The two became involved in an affair which was uncovered by Hanato’s husband some time later. This lead to his second and very much more succesful suicide attempt by hanging along with his lover. The museum displays various documents and works by this interesting individual.

AdmissionAdults ¥ 500
Junior High School student ¥ 100
Children & Niseko residents free of charge.
Opening Hours9 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday
ClosedMondays (following day if Monday is a holiday) and New Year Holidays
Contact(0136) 44-3245
Getting There57 Abuta-gun Niseko-cho, Arishima.

Japan, 〒048-1531 Hokkaidō, Abuta-gun, Niseko-chō, Arishima, ニセコ町有島57番地