Nothing beats skiing in Niseko, but on occasions it's great to get out and explore. The beauty of being in Hokkaido is that there are so many resorts to visit, often within a short drive of Niseko.

Engineering blogger James Ramsden was preparing a ski trip to Hokkaido when he decided to put together an interactive map of ski resorts in the area. It's a great tool for anyone considering a holiday in Hokkaido, and an even better one for Niseko guests looking for day-trip options. Just click on any of the skier icons for resort details and a link to the website.

Check it out: