In the 2022/23 winter season, access to the Hirafu area will be more convenient with the frequent Hirafu Free Shuttle Bus.

In addition to the Niseko United Shuttle Bus that connects the four major resorts, the Hirafu area free loop bus will operate again this year.

This year, the shuttle is painted red and features a snow mountain motif, so it's easily recognisable from a distance.

Service Overview

Operating Dates Operating AreaOperating Times
15 December, 2022 - 28 February, 2023Kabayama Area > Hirafu Ski Resort Welcome Center > Niseko Hirafu AreaHirafu Area: Approx every 20 minutes. Kabayama & Izumikyo Area: Approx every 30 minutes

Route Map

Hirafu Free Shuttle Bus Route Map 2022 23

Download PDF of the Route Map: Hirafu Free Shuttle Bus Route Map 2022 23

Equipped with GPS function

Starting this year, a new system that allows users to check bus operation information in real-time via GPS is being used, making it even more convenient.

Instead of waiting out in the cold, you can receive real-time location updates and only go outside when the bus is approaching. The official website will be released sequentially from early December.

>>View the official page here.


If you have any questions about this bus service, please contact the Kutchan Tourism Association.

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Posted on 24 November, 2022 by YUKO MIYAKE in Winter.