Niseko- Getting Around

Fresh Powder operates luxury accommodation in Furano and Niseko. We hope that visitors to our accommodation or these areas will find the following information useful. Please note that Fresh Powder is not affiliated with businesses shown below and cannot make reservations. This information is current at time of publication but Fresh Powder cannot be responsible for any unpublished changes.

The majority of our guests to Niseko visit in winter. During this time we strongly advise against hiring a car to get around. Hiring a car in winter is expensive and driving can be hazardous, especially to visitors who are not accustomed to bringing a vehicle to a stop in two feet of powder snow! So what other options are available. The good news is that regular buses operate through-out the village in winter, walking is a feasible and quite enjoyable transport method and if you want to indulge you can arrange private transfers with local companies such as Yohtei taxi. There are also ample taxis to shuttle you to and from your destination. For guests staying at Fresh Powder our complimentary courtesy van can pick you up on arrival and drop you off on departure to the bus stop or train station. In addition we run a twice weekly shopping trip to Kutchan for supplies, completely free of charge as part of our luxury service.


Most of the bars, restaurants and convenience stores found in Niseko Hirafu are within fifteen minute walking distance from Fresh Powder. The upper village, where Fresh Powder is situated, houses a good portion of these amenities. Although they may be a fashion fopah in Western countries, the durable wellingtons or gum boots, fitted with an insulated liner are your best option for walking around town. They keep your socks dry from the constant two feet of fresh powder snow and are easy to slip on and off when entering Japanese establishments. There are several areas in town that you do need to take care when walking as black ice can form, making it very slippery.


The Kutchan railway station has a high concentration of taxis waiting for travelers to disembark from the train. You can phone to order these taxis and others that may be waiting in Hirafu for a nominal fee. A taxi fare from Hirafu to Annupuri, Higashiyama, Kutchan or Hanazono should only set you back around ¥3000 yen one way. Details of the taxi companies can be found in the Fresh Powder welcome folder or alternatively feel free to contact our staff during your staff for assistance booking a taxi. We recommend taking a business card from our manager with the address for Fresh Powder to ensure you return home hassle free.

Courtesy Bus

A courtesy bus offered by the resort operates throughout winter on a regular basis. The bus route is very well defined and covers most of the lower village, middle village, Izimukyo one and two. This service also extends to transfers between Hirafu, Hanazono, Higashiyama and Annupuri. The courtesy bus is offered as a complimentary service to skiers and boarders. Technically it should not be used by visitors who require transport around town. A local bus service operates an inexpensive and reliable bus service between Niseko Hirafu and Kutchan township. However if you are planning a late night out you will need to make alternate arrangements to return home as the service finishes before midnight. For further details on the bus time tables please click here.

Private Transfer

Several companies such as Yohtei taxi, Skybus and Niseko taxi’s offer private transfers around town. You can book Onsen tours, transport to and from restaurants out of town, trips to local places or interest or set your own schedule. Most companies use 8-10 seat vans making it a viable and affordable option for larger groups. In general the reservation staff have a good command of English and booking is easy although they do tend to book out quickly in winter. Our personal recommendation is Yohtei taxi which also provides a good English website.


Hiring a car and driving around Niseko Hirafu in summer is an effective way to experience all the sights and sounds of the region. In winter we strongly recommend not driving a vehicle around the township as conditions can be very hazardous due to large deposits of snow and slippery conditions. Another major problem later in the season is the high snow banks that form either side of the road. These impede vision for oncoming vehicles and make turning corners very difficult.

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
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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
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