Everybody knows that Niseko is one of the best ski destinations in the world. But what you may not know is the secret that the locals hold close. As glorious as Niseko is in winters, being Japan’s powder playground, summer in Niseko is the stuff that dreams are made up of.

You don’t need to be a winter sports enthusiast to enjoy the charms of this beautiful region located in the mountainous north of Hokkaido island. The alpine scenery makes a sensational backdrop. Indulge in all kinds of summer activities from hiking to kayaking to horse riding to hot air ballooning. With flowers in full bloom, stunning panoramas, delicious food and a host of activities, Niseko is one of Japan’s favourite summer spots. 

Plum trees and Lake Toya and Mt.Yotei

Summer in Niseko

Soak up the Scenery

As the snow melts the landscape explodes with wildflowers, making Niseko a perfect base for hiking and biking. Enjoy the crisp clean air as you ramble across the moors. Or climb Mount Yotei to enjoy a 360-degree panorama from the trail that winds around the caldera. Everywhere you look, you will be in awe of the natural beauty around.

Sekka Ni 3 - Fabulous view of the living and dining area

Quiet country lanes are ideal for family biking, while cycling enthusiasts can access exhilarating downhill mountain trails via gondola. Golfers will be thrilled to know that Niseko has some renowned courses to choose from. In fact, Niseko Village Golf Course was named Japan’s Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards in 2014. Like to enjoy the scenery in a more prone position? Enjoy a touch of Japanese culture in the process by visiting an onsen. Niseko has some beautiful onsen (hot springs) in various scenic locations.

Japanese onsen

Water Adventures

Picturesque lakes and rivers make freshwater fishing, kayaking, canyoning and rafting popular summer pastimes. Shiribetsu River offers some of the best rafting in Asia. Here, you can expect stunning alpine scenery and crystal clear water. Alternatively, head to the nearby Shaoktan Peninsula where sea kayaking reveals a magical ocean colour known as ‘Shakotan blue’.

kayaking background

Family Fun 

Tree top adventures and the longest zip line in Japan are just some of the drawcards at Pure at Niseko Village. You must visit this nature activity centre, a great all-round family destination. This is also the place for horse riding, exhilarating hot air balloons rides and cycling. ‘Pure’ Adventure is the parks newest attraction and has proved a huge hit thanks to its inflatable playground filled with mazes and slides. 

Family experiencing horse riding

Delectable Dining

Niseko has grown a formidable dining scene in recent years, with the paddock to plate philosophy embraced by restaurants and cafes. Head to Niseko Green Farm to pick your own vegetables and build a pizza which will be cooked in the wood-fire oven. Head out to discover local specialities. Like Kaisen Don, a hot rice bowl topped with sushi and sashimi. Or Hokkaido Ramen, with its soothing and comforting flavours. And don’t forget to end with the famous Hokkaido soft serve ice cream. Yum.


When you stay in our chalets, you also have the opportunity to enjoy a unique in-chalet dining experience. Tap into Niseko Gourmet‘s private catering service for epicurean feasts in your kitchen. You can share an amazing in-house dining experience with your family and friends without leaving the comfort of your own accommodation. A Niseko Gourmet Host and Private Chef will come to your chalet and arrange everything. The setting for the dinner and preparation will be done in front of you. And you will be served incredible dishes cooked just for you. What’s more, the team will also clean everything away so that you can relax and enjoy the experience.

Traditional Japanese food Sushi

Summer Festivals

Summer is also festival season, known as Matsuri. Every town has its own themed festival, often based around food, as the region is renowned for excellent fresh produce. Hirafu Matsuri takes place in August with festivities including great music, food and fireworks. Happen to be around in October? Then, don’t miss the three-day Konpira Temple Festival, best known for its firewalking. Festivals are the best time to see any destination all decked up.


So, what are you waiting for? Now that you have found out Japan’s Best Kept Secret, you must go see summer in Niseko for yourself. Book and secure one of our Japan chalets to make the most of your Niseko Summer escape.