Where is Niseko?

Niseko is an area located in the “Hokkaido,” the North island of Japan.
Booking your flight to New Chitose AIrport is the first step of your journey to Niseko.
Many flights by various carriers fly into New Chitose Airport, including daily flights
from East/South-East Asia cities.
Niseko is about 100 km southwest of Sapporo city and Sapporo New Chitose Airport
2 hour driving distance.


The train ride to Niseko is very scenic. Passing by the ocean and through the countryside.
It does take a bit of time, and you’ll need to change trains a couple of times to get here.
But for those who don’t mind taking a bit more time, the train may add to your Niseko experience.

At New Chitose Airport, the train terminal is on the basement level.
There is no direct train from the airport to Kutchan (the closest major station to Niseko)
so you need to change at Otaru.

Once you get to Kutchan Station you will still need to make the last leg to Niseko;
– a 10 minute taxi ride, which will cost about approx. 3,000 yen.
The whole trip from the airport to Niseko should take 3-4 hours.

For more information and the latest timetables and fares, please visit Hokkaido Railways website.

Private Transfers

“SkyExpress” provides door-to-door private transfers from New Chitose Airport to your accommodation in Niseko and return.
We recommend the private transfer for the group and family trip!
Find the price rate sheet HERE
Book your stay at Ki Niseko or Niseko Central and get special discount offer!

Car Rental / Self Drive

Various rental car companies have outlets in New Chitose Airport.
Driving in Hokkaido is … very little traffic signals, scenic views, zero traffic jam.
Make sure you carry a valid international drivers license.

Niseko Classic official car rental company “Nippon Rent-A-Car” offers special price for the Niseko Classic participants. For more details, please click the image below!

List of rental car companies in New Chitose Airport.

Chitose airport110km2hours15minutesvia national route 276(Bifue mountain pass)
Sapporo100km2hoursvia national route 230(Nakayama mountain pass)
Otaru70km1hour15minutesvia national route 5

Time required above are refer to Hirafu area parking map(by niseko Promotion Board)