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So, Where is Niseko?

Niseko is a town on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. Niseko-Hirafu is the main village hub of Niseko and is home to Grand Hirafu Resort, one of the four ski resorts that make up the Niseko United on Mt Niseko Annupuri.

Japan is an island nation with Tokyo as its capital and is situated to the east of the Chinese mainland and Korean Peninsula.

Flights to Japan and Niseko

The nearest airport to Niseko is New Chitose International Airport, located just under an hour's drive from Hokkaido's capital of Sapporo.

Depending on where you're travelling from, some flights do go direct to New Chitose International Airport from some places like Hong Kong, for example. That being said, it's most likely you will connect through one of the two international airports in Tokyo: Narita and Haneda. Both of these airports have connecting flights to New Chitose.

Be aware that you may be required to transfer between Narita and Haneda airports. If you need to transfer between the Narita and Haneda airports, there are buses and trains available. An airport shuttle bus takes between 65 - 85 minutes and is approximately 3,100 yen per person. The train (Keihin Electric Express Railway) journey is between 90 - 115 minutes and is 1,760 yen - 3 080 yen per person.

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You can check routes, departure and arrival times and fares and more using the Haneda Airport App:

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Travelling to Niseko with your family is easy with the right know-how.

Getting From New Chitose Interational Airport to Niseko

There are a variety of transportation options available from New Chitose International Airport, with various fares and times. Options include bus, train, private transfers and rental cars.

Our Guest Services team can assist with your airport transfers.

For more information, please visit our Transfers page.

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SkyExpress: A private transfer service providing convenient and comfortable journey to and from Niseko.

Catching a Train to Niseko Instead

If you're flying into Tokyo and would prefer to take the scenic route to Niseko, and perhaps stop along the way, you can catch Japan's famous Shinkansen or "bullet train". It's a network of high-speed railway lines linking most major cities including Tokyo to Hakodate on the southern coast of Hokkaido.

You will need to change to a local Hokkaido train once you get to Hakodate, where you can then take in the glorious scenery of Hokkaido as you transit to Niseko's main station, Kutchan.

For information on the Shinkansen, visit the website. Or visit Route Search to plan your trip.

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Japan's famous Shinkansen travels at a maximum operating speed of a speedy 320 km per hour.

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Sofie Lahtinen

Posted on 14 July, 2017 by Sofie Lahtinen in Travel Tips.