Ease of Use Operator Price (from) Travel Time

An easy and very affordable method of getting to and from Furano. The Kitano-mine bus stop is located only 40m away from Fresh Powder Apartments.
Good Sports Whiteliner ¥2500  one way 3hrs - Chitose Airport
Skybus ¥2500  one way 3hrs - Chitose Airport
Chuo Bus Company ¥2200  one way 3hrs - Sapporo
Donan ¥3000  one way 3 hrs - Sapporo

Please be aware that the above timetables are accurate to the best of our knowledge, however the transport companies may alter their schedule so it is always wise to re-check schedules directly with the companies before travel. For more help and information on any of these options please feel free to email info@freshpowder.com .

Chitose Airport

During winter four bus companies operate regular direct services from Sapporo New Chitose Airport (CTS) to Niseko Hirafu Ski Resort. Most operators staff a service desk at the arrivals level of Chitose Airport, with English speaking ambassadors on hand to assist you. From here the staff will escort you to a waiting area before guiding you onto the bus. The journey to Niseko Hirafu takes around 3 hours, with a refreshment stop about half way along the journey. Although several of the services travel directly to Niseko Hirafu most operate via the resort of Rusutsu along the way. For guests travelling to Niseko Fresh Powder please advise the bus driver that you need to get off at the Niseko Hirafu bus stop.


Most buses from Sapporo depart from the Sapporo JR train station. The two main companies operating services from Sapporo are the Chuo Bus Company and the Donan Bus Company. Typically the buses are large, modern coaches with comfortable seats. We strongly recommend purchasing food and drink prior to the trip as the travel time can be up to three and a half hours. In addition it is definitely worth making a toilet stop just prior to boarding. The frequency and routes for the service are reduced significantly over the summer period making it an unsuitable transport method. As with the Chitose service guests for Niseko Fresh Powder should disembark at the Hirafu bus stop.

Purchasing Tickets

For guests staying at Fresh Powder we recommend pre-booking your bus transfers well in advance. During winter the services book very quickly and getting a seat can be difficult. To book your transfer you can follow the booking steps when making your accommodation booking or alternatively contact our staff by email at niseko@freshpowder.com. For guests who wish to book the service themselves we recommend either the Goodsports Whiteliner company or the Skybus service, as both operate English websites.

Furano Office Furano Apartments & Chalet Direct Phone No:
Address: 14-26 Kitanomine, Furano, Apt #1: 1 BR Japanese Bath +81 (0) 167 23 6481
  Hokkaido, Japan, 076-0034 Apt #2: 2 BR Mid Floor (Kitanomine) +81 (0) 167 23 6482
MapCode: 450 028 802 (for car navigation)
Telephone: +81 (0) 167 23 4738 Apt #3: Studio Mid Floor +81 (0) 167 23 6483
Fax: +81 (0) 167 22 1089 Apt #4: Studio Fire Place +81 (0) 167 23 6484
Email: furano@freshpowder.com Apt #6: 2 BR Top Floor (Tokachidake) +81 (0) 167 23 6486
Web: www.furanofreshpowder.com Chalet: 5 BR Parkside +81 (0) 167 23 5624
Niseko Office Niseko Apartments Direct Phone No:
Address: 183-38, Aza Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Apt #1: 3 BR Creek Side +81 (0) 136 22 3687
  Niseko Hirafu, Hokkaido, Japan 044-0081 Apt #2: 3 BR Mountain view +81 (0) 136 22 3707
MapCode: 398 414 144 (for car navigation)
Telephone: +81 (0) 136 22 3807 Apt #3: 2 BR Top Floor +81 (0) 136 22 3763
Fax: +81 (0) 167 22 1089 Apt #4: Studio Top Floor +81 (0) 136 22 3801
Email: bookings@freshpowder.com Apt #5: 1 BR Top Floor +81 (0) 136 22 3806
Web: www.nisekofreshpowder.com Office: Downstairs +81 (0) 136 22 3807
General Enquiries Emergency Contact - Staff Mobile
Telephone: +81 (0) 167 23 4738 Mobile #1: +81-90-6212-6913  
Email: info@freshpowder.com Mobile #2: +81-90-7517-8467  
Web: www.nisekofreshpowder.com