Long Stay Accommodation
Stay longer in Niseko
If you're a business traveller, slow traveller or digital nomad, you might like to spend more time in Niseko. We have created rates especially for you, for a selection of our properties conveniently located around the ski resort.
Where to stay
Located in Hirafu Kabayama this 1.5 bedroom chalet sleeps up to 8 guests. Living room, large bathroom, kitchen, toilet and ski storage.
Located in Hirafu Kabayama each 1 bedroom apartment sleeps up to 6 guests. Living room, bathroom, kitchenette, toilet and ski storage.
Niseko Ski Lodge
Located in Hirafu this 6 bedroom private lodge sleeps up to 28 guests. Living room, 2 full bathrooms, kitchen, 3 toilets and ski storage.
Niseko Ski Lodge
Located in Higashiyama this 10 bedroom lodge offers private rooms, with shared bathrooms and ensuites. Living room with Mt Yotei views, restaurant and ski storage.
Located in Niseko Soga these 2 bedroom townhouses have a full kitchen, dining room and large bathroom. Perfect for those with a car.
Located in Niseko Soga this simple lodge has a mix of rooms with ensuites and rooms with shared bathrooms.
Stay around the base of Mt Niseko Annupuri
Friendly mountain town with expat community.
Worker friendly cafes nearby.
Working in Niseko
There are many cafes and restaurants that are happy to welcome remote workers in Niseko, especially from April-November as the town does not have the large numbers of visitors that stay for winter. During the peak winter months, the cafe's and restaurants are incredibly busy, so you might prefer to answer some emails and enjoy breakfast, but move on by lunchtime.
You'll find affordable meals and drinks, free wifi and some great spaces to get some work done. If you need to take video calls all day we would suggest working from your apartment or chalet during that time. During autumn and spring, you might also find some cafes offering business meeting specials, where you get great deals for working from their cafe.
Summer is an amazing time to stay and work in Niseko. Perfect for digital nomads who want to spend a little extra time in Japan out of the cities.
Spend your free time hiking the local volcano or the many other trails in the region. You'll find the locals on their skateboards on the Rhythm pump track, by the river having a swim and a BBQ and cycling the mountain roads.
Most of the town's restaurants are open over summer, and you can try locally farmed products everywhere. It's easy to work in cafes during this time as they are often quiet and relaxing, with a steady flow of guests.
BBQ's are popular everywhere, from backyards to restaurants. We love visiting the bi-weekly Friday BBQ's at Green Farm Cafe in Hirafu. They have a different theme on the food, drink specials, and do cater for dietaries (if you message in advance).
Summer festivals are popular, and over summer it feels like each village has its own one. You can visit them all from the ones nearby in Kutchan, Niseko Town, Niseko Village and Hirafu. We also love to take a road trip to Furano's belly button festival or Shakotan's fire festival.
In Niseko, the change from summer to autumn happens fast, enjoy the beautiful colours of yellow, orange and red on the village trees. It's a photographers dream. Autumn has very affordable long stay accommodation, much like spring, it is a quieter time in town.
Some restaurants and cafes will close for autumn, or for a month to give their team a quick break before winter. But there are still many options for places to eat and drink in town. In late September visit the Niseko Autumn Food Festival in Hirafu, for 4 nights of food, drinks, music, and laughter. The after-party continues at a local bar each night after the festival winds up.
Autumn is a great opportunity to take a road trip around Hokkaido to enjoy the autumn colours. October is often when most towns hit their peak colours, but like the Sakura season, there is a forecast.
Winter is Niseko's peak season, with very high numbers of tourists visiting the ski resort. Booking your accommodation in advance is key to getting a long stay during winter. This is the time of year you will pay the most for your accommodation in Niseko.
Niseko United ski resorts begin to open from November 23rd each year. Niseko United does not offer locals specials or early bird passes, so your best option is to choose the best lift pass for you. We would suggest a season pass or an hours pass. The hours pass for the whole mountain need to purchased online with Niseko United. The benefit of an hours pass is that you can sell it to someone if you have hours leftover, and they are easy to sell. Season passes must be purchased at the resort and your photo is put on the pass, you cannot sell them on to others.
Getting around in winter is easy with the Niseko United shuttle which connects all 4 ski resorts. The shuttle runs from first lifts until late in the evening (usually around 11pm for the last bus). This shuttle is perfect for getting to the ski resort, local restaurants, bars and onsens.
Spring arrives slowly in Niseko, you will see plenty of snow in March and a little more sunshine. April is fun slushy spring skiing with many resorts still open, and by mid-May, the cherry blossoms are blooming.
Spring is perfect for skiing on a budget, with many deals in the resort. It's also easy to find second-hand skis and snowboards as workers are leaving the resort. Hirafu and Annupuri are usually the last resorts to close around May 5th each year.
Take a guided rafting trip on the Shirabetsu river, the season starts in mid to late March. Or hire a backcountry guide and hike up the local volcano Mt Yotei, and ski into the crater before skiing back down.
Most restaurants and bars are open during spring, with some taking breaks in April or May before opening for summer. Working in cafes becomes much easier from mid-March onwards.
Hokkaido is a great place for a road trip, in spring we suggest Hakodate for cherry blossoms in early May. Or go across the island to Shiretoko to try and spot a wild bear coming out of hibernation.