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Region
Hokkaido
Island
Hokkaido
Largest City
Sapporo
Population
5,682,950

Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort

All the snow with none of the crowds in Hokkaido.

Moiwa is the hidden gem of Niseko, Japan’s famous skiing paradise. With abundant powder snow and just a fraction of the crowds, this resort is the perfect place to carve some fresh tracks on pristine, vacant slopes.

Located on the northernmost island of Hokkaido, Niseko boasts some of the world’s best powder snow. This makes it one of the most popular ski resorts in the country, attracting large crowds of skiers and snowboarders from across the globe. All this comes against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Yotei, a cone-shaped active volcano reminiscent of Mount Fuji.

As Moiwa is situated slightly apart from Niseko’s four main resorts, it has the advantage of being quieter than the neighboring slopes. This means you can enjoy the bountiful top-quality snow the area is famous for without the queues that usually come with it – ideal conditions for perfecting your snow plow or parallel turns!

Moiwa courses

Moiwa is a small but sweet ski resort, with just eight runs and three lifts. There are two green trails suitable for beginners, three intermediate red runs, and three ungroomed black routes for advanced skiers and snowboarders. The longest course is the 2,000-meter red Sky Slope, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding scenery as you traverse the mountainside.

Moiwa ski area chairlifts.

Moiwa ski area chairlifts.

Moiwa Facilities

Moiwa’s facilities are proportionate to its size, with ski and snowboard equipment and clothing available to rent, and a ski school providing private and group lessons for both beginners and improvers. The lodge is also home to a casual restaurant serving Japanese and international food, open daily from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Après-ski

While there are some hotels and restaurants around the base of Moiwa, the area is fairly quiet in the evenings. For more lively après-ski options check out Hirafu town, which is about a 10-minute drive away at the foot of Niseko’s largest resort, Grand Hirafu. Hirafu is very tourist-friendly, with numerous eateries and a bustling nightlife.

Alternatively, after hitting the slopes head to one of the nearby onsen (hot springs) for an evening of ultimate relaxation!

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Things To Know

Travel tips

Unlike Niseko’s other resorts, a separate lift ticket is needed for Moiwa. One, two, three, four and five-day passes are available, as well as four-hour tickets. Discounts are available in the off-peak season (early to mid-December, and March). Find out more: http://niseko-moiwa.jp/

How To Get There

Address

448 Niseko, Abuta District, Hokkaido 048-1511, Japan

By train

The nearest train station is Niseko. From Sapporo station and New Chitose Airport, you will need to transfer at Otaru. The journey can take between 1.5 and 3 hours depending on connections and which train you catch.

By bus

Regular buses run between New Chitose Airport and Sapporo city to Niseko Moiwa. The journey takes approximately three hours.

From Niseko, shuttle buses run between the main Niseko area and Niseko Moiwa, and it’s also possible for advanced skiers to ski between the different resorts.

By car

Niseko Moiwa is about a two-hour drive from both New Chitose Airport and Sapporo city, although this option is only recommended for people confident driving in snow.

Where To Stay

The Lodge Moiwa 834
  • Niseko 447-5 Abuta-Gun Niseko-Cho, Hokkaido 048-1511
  • 9.1/10
  • 0.1 km
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Hokkaiido Lodge
  • 447 Abuta-Gun Niseko-Cho, Hokkaido 048-1511
  • 7.2/10
  • 0.1 km
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Niseko Backcountry Lodge
  • 447-14 Niseko Abuta-Gun Niseko-Cho, Hokkaido 048-1511
  • 8.6/10
  • 0.1 km
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Moiwa Chalet Niseko
  • Niseko 447-15 Abuta-Gun Niseko-Cho, Hokkaido 048-1511
  • 8.8/10
  • 0.2 km
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