For the month of February, the Hirafu area can be accessed via the Free Hirafu Free Bus, running until 28 February, 2023

In addition to the Niseko United Shuttle Bus that connects the four major resorts, the Hirafu area free loop bus will operate until the end of February.

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

What if I'm staying after February?

When the Free Shuttle Bus ceases operation in March, we would highly recommend anyone staying in the Lower Hirafu Village to rent a car for added convenience and flexibility. Our Front Desk team can easily arrange car rental for you, so please don't hesitate to enquire here.

Most of our properties have ample parking spaces, so you can easily get from your accommodation to the slopes or village.

There is a nationwide requirement for foreign visitors driving in Japan to have a valid International Driving Permit, so please make sure to arrange one in your own country before traveling to Japan.


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

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Posted on 10 February, 2023 by YUKO MIYAKE in Winter.