Niseko is known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding during the winter, but in spring, the snow melts away to unveil lush greenery and (if you're lucky) stunning cherry blossoms.
It's the perfect time to enjoy a range of outdoor activities, both on and off the slopes, like snowshoeing, white water rafting, and golf, and experience the vibrant local culture. Read on to discover why we love this beautiful season.
Have the slopes virtually to yourself!
As spring arrives, many skiers and snowboarders assume that the season has come to a close. While it's true that the daily powder snowfall may have ceased, don't be fooled into thinking that it's time to hang up your gear just yet!
Thanks to over 10 meters of snowfall this season, the base is incredibly deep and is groomed daily, creating perfect spring skiing conditions.
What's more, the resort is practically empty, meaning you'll have moments where you can glide down the groomers virtually alone. Combine this with the increasing number of stunning bluebird days and no lift lines, and you have a winning combination for an unforgettable day on the mountain.
Grand Hirafu resort is set to remain open until Sunday 7 May, weather/ snow dependent.
Sample the delicious spring produce
Indulge in the delectable flavors of locally-sourced spring produce, such as the Marsh Marigold, Butterbur Sprouts and Alpine Leek. These plants thrive in Hokkaido in spring and are a must-have on the spring menus of Niseko's finest restaurants. Whether you prefer them raw or cooked, their taste is simply divine.
Strawberries are an unsung hero of spring produce in Japan. They are known to be much sweeter and juicier than the ones commonly found overseas. If you're looking for a must-try dish, we highly recommend the delightful mix of burrata cheese, marinated beetroot, and juicy strawberries pictured above from An Dining, located on Level 1 of Ki Niseko.
A variety of NEW spring activities to try, both on and off the slopes
NAC Spring Rafting: For those seeking an adrenaline rush, white water rafting on the Shiribetsu River is a top spring activity in Niseko. Starting from April 8th, 2023, this thrilling experience is sure to get your heart racing. Find out more here.
Grand Hirafu Spring Park: The newly-opened Grand Hirafu Spring Park is a must-visit for snow enthusiasts of all levels. With a variety of jumps available, from beginner to advanced, there's something for everyone. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to show off your skills on the park, located on the Shirakaba Course. Find out more here.
Snowshoeing: Embrace the last of the winter snow by joining a snowshoe tour in early April. Explore the serene forest with its majestic trees and even venture to one of the stunning lakes in the area.
Hanazono Winter Zipline: The Hanazono Zipline is back and open for limited bookings until April 9th. Soar through the air on one of Asia's longest ziplines and experience the thrill of a lifetime. Find out more here.
Great deals on lessons and lift passes
Springtime brings with it savings across the resort, for the final month of the winter season.
Niseko-Hirafu's leading international snowsports school, GoSnow, have announced their spring season savers, allowing you to improve your skiing or boarding skills more quickly and affordably.
Additionally, the resort has switched to spring season pricing for all lift passes, providing an excellent opportunity to explore Grand Hirafu or all four resorts of Niseko United. Our concierge team is available to assist in arranging your lift passes before your arrival here.
Sit back, relax and take in the long & sunny days
As we bid farewell to the chilly winter months and welcome the warmth of spring, the weather takes a turn for the better, with sunny skies and clear bluebird days, perfect for capturing stunning photographs and taking in the breathtaking view of Mt Yotei, unobstructed by its usual cloudy veil.
The days feel much longer, with the sun not setting until 6 PM which means more time to enjoy all the joys that spring brings!
Interested in a Spring Stay?
We would love to host you. Please check the availability below, and take note of our Spring season operation dates.
If you have any specific questions, please contact our reservations team.