Notice of Annual Autumn Maintenance


AYA Niseko will be temporarily closed for routine maintenance during the following period:

October 29th, 2017 (Sunday) - November 7th, 2017 (Tuesday)

During this time, AYA Niseko will be inaccessible to the public. Please note that in-house facilities such as the AYA Gym, AYA Spa, and Kiyoe Gallery Niseko will also be closed until doors reopen on November 8th, 2017.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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First Snowfall on Mt. Yōtei and Niseko-Annupuri for 2017/18


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Barely 10 days had passed since the start of autumn before Niseko had its first taste of snow for 2017/18!

The first discernible snow was spotted on Mt. Yōtei in the final days of September, where a slight but noticeable dusting of white could be seen against the vivid greens and oranges covering the stratovolcano.

Despite some pleasantly warm and bright autumn days, evening temperatures continued to plummet, eventually resulting in the year’s first visible snowfall covering the upper portions of the Niseko-Annupuri mountain range with a blanket of white on October 5th — having completely transformed the top of Mt. Yōtei into a chilly winterscape the day before.

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Snow dusted much of upper Grand Hirafu, highlighting the ski lift stations scattered around the mountain.

In Niseko, the year’s first snowfall typically falls in early-to-mid October, with more significant, heavier downfalls occurring at lower altitudes through mid-to-late November.

This year’s first snowfall occurred slightly earlier than usual, adding to our excitement for the winter season ahead of us... It won't be long now until Niseko is covered by its own blanket of white snow.

Book now and save up to 15% on your winter stay!

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Specials Extended - Save 15% on Your 2017/18 Winter Stay!


Specials now available until October 31st!

Now that Autumn has turned and there's a hint of frost in the air, we've extended our 15% special until October 31st to make sure you don't get left out in the cold this winter!

Our attentive and dedicated team of staff offer a 24 hour reception, concierge service, ski valet, and a comprehensive range of in-house services and amenities that include:

  • 24 hour reception
  • Ski valet
  • Public and private onsen
  • Yoga studio
  • Art gallery
  • Concierge
  • Spa & massage
  • Kid's club
  • Ski school access
  • Retail store

Book now and save 15%!

With AYA Niseko, you can experience the convenience of exclusive ski-in ski-out access and the luxury and comfort of a world-class condominium hotel — all in the midst of Niseko's truly breathtaking alpine scenery.

Applicable apartment types

Applicable stay dates

  • December 1st - December 15th, 2017
  • January 8th - February 13th, 2018 *
  • February 23rd - March 10th 2018
  • March 11th - April 30th 2018

* Excludes Studio and 1.5 Bedroom apartment stays.

Check availability now for discounted rates and online booking, or contact our reservations team.

Terms & conditions

  • 15% discount on selected winter 2017/18 apartment stays. 
  • Discounted rates available until October 31st, 2017. 
  • Applies to a limited number of units, and is subject to booking availability.
  • Applies to apartment stays of 3 nights or longer (unless otherwise stated), excluding Penthouse, Residence, and Atelier apartments.
  • Applicable to standard accommodation rates only, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.
  • Bookings must be made before the end of the promotional period.

Reservations & enquiries

For reservations and enquiries, or to find out more about AYA Niseko specials, please do not hesitate to contact us directly:

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (+81) 136-23-1280

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Discover Niseko's Famous Night Skiing This Winter!


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When the sun goes down, Grand Hirafu utilises powerful floodlights to illuminate the mountain with an intense glow, giving riders and adventurers a whole new perspective of the mountain.

As the name implies, night skiing is the act of skiing or snowboarding after the sun has set. Traditionally, many ski resorts operate lifts from the morning until early in the afternoon, but many — including Mt. Annupuri’s Niseko Grand Hirafu — operate a portion of their lifts well after the last of the sun’s rays have faded.

Unlike the daytime where it can sometimes be difficult to see trails and terrain features thanks to an abundance of powder snow and the bright sunshine that reflects off it; the evening floodlights help to provide additional visibility, with the snow, trees and trails becoming clear and well-defined under the dark, star-speckled skies.

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As one of the most popular ski resorts in Japan, and part of the Niseko United Resort Group, Niseko Grand Hirafu serves many avid explorers during the day, but the numbers on the mountain drastically drop once night skiing begins — there’s nothing quite like feeling as if you have the whole mountain to yourself...but be sure to wrap up warm.

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Evenings often make the perfect time for new skiers to practice the skills they’ve learnt during the day, without the worry of busy courses or lift queues.

Memorable Moments

Although it’s possible for some ski runs to become icier in the evening, it’s still common for heavy snow to start or continue well into the night, providing night skiers with first access to some of Niseko’s most enviable powder snow. With less people on the mountains after dark, night skiing can potentially provide some of the most memorable runs you’ll ever have.

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Night skiing has something for everyone — often having plenty of fresh tracks in pristine champagne powder lasting late into the night, or quiet, intimate ski runs framed by silent, snow-frosted forests.

AYA Niseko is located by the newly upgraded Family run, whose lifts are often some of the last to close: Experience quiet runs and breathtaking views of the illuminated towns below, and when you’ve had your fill of Niseko’s world-class night skiing, just glide directly back to our doors, and our ski valet will take care of your equipment.

Niseko United 2017/18 Night Skiing Schedule

  • Night Skiing Schedule: December 9, 2017 (Sat) - March 18, 2018 (Sun).
  • The last lifts in Niseko Grand Hirafu operate until 20:30 at night.

To find out more about gaining unparalleled access to Niseko's incredible night skiing, please don't hesitate to contact us, or check availability for the 2017/18 winter season!

Niseko United 2017/18 Operational Dates Announced


Having recently released this year's official trail map and getting us extremely excited for what the quickly approaching winter has in store for us, Niseko United have now also released the operating dates for this winter's resorts:

Niseko United Operational Dates

  • Niseko Grand Hirafu - November 23rd, 2017 (Thu) - May 6th, 2018 (Sun)
  • Niseko Hanazono - December 2nd, 2017 (Sat) - April 8th, 2018 (Sun)
  • Niseko Annupuri - November 25th, 2017 (Sat) - May 6th, 2018 (Sun)
  • Niseko Village - December 1st, 2017 (Fri) - April 2nd, 2018 (Sun)
Seasons (2017/18)
Early SeasonNovember 23, 2017 (Thu) - December 8, 2106 (Fri)
Regular SeasonDecember 9, 2017 (Sat) - March 18, 2018 (Sun)
Spring SeasonMarch 19, 2018 (Mon) - May 6, 2018 (Sun)

Niseko United Abridged

With less than 8 weeks away from the Niseko Grand Hirafu Resort opening, why not take a look at this incredibly useful infographic that Niseko United prepared for winter 2016/17:

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Featuring a huge amount of fascinating information about the mountain, the snowfall, and even about local businesses, why not brush up on your Niseko knowledge until the new season arrives - we look forward to seeing what this year's graphic will look like! 

You can download your copy of Niseko United's infograph here, or visit their website to learn more.

Winter is just around the corner, but you can still book now to save 15% on your 2017/18 holiday!