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5 Night Niseko Snowboard Group Tour: December 13-18
Be blown away by the beauty of Niseko and its epic powder, which makes it a world-renowned snowboarding destination. This exclusive 5 night tour is only available to SOFA members and includes: Unchanged: Be blown away by the beauty of Niseko and its epic powder, which makes it a world-renowned snowboarding destination. This exclusive 5 night tour is only available to SOFA members and includes:
- 4 awesome days snowboarding/skiing the mountain - explore all 4 Niseko resorts!
- 5 nights in a self contained Niseko condo with kitchen and laundry facilities that's only a short walk to the ski lifts.
- Optional activities (at extra charge ) such as Onsen visits, kid-friendly activities and a guided mountain photography experience.
- Experienced local guides to show you the way, recommend the best of everything and ensure you have an unforgettable snow holiday.
- Airport Bus transfers.
The advantage of our group tour Ski Niseko option is we take care of the all the details. Simply get yourself to the designated hotel near New Chitose Airport and our English-speaking tour guide will take care of the rest, giving you stress-free family fun in Japan's adventure capital, Hokkaido.
Our chartered bus will take the scenic road to Niseko with a few exciting stops whilst giving you all the info you need along the way to make the most of your visit. We and Rhythm Japan will also assist you with your ski gear hire, accommodation check-in and lift ticket options.
We have the local knowledge to make sure your visit to Niseko, widely regarded as the best 'JAPOW ' resort, is the best it can be. And thanks to group buying power we can deliver all that and more with with a Military Discount. Unchanged: We have the local knowledge to make sure your visit to Niseko, widely regarded as the best 'JAPOW ' resort, is the best it can be. And thanks to group buying power we can deliver all that and more with with a Military Discount.
This tour also includes some optional tattoo-friendly Onsen trips, kids activities, an unforgettable mountain photography experience and group meals where you can try some of Hokkaido's best restaurants and cafes. As locals, we know all the top eateries and can provide recommendations.
This tour includes a 5 night stay in your own fully-furnished Niseko Condo with its own kitchen and laundry facilities that's just a short walk from the ski lifts, 4 days skiing the mountain where you can roam all 4 Niseko resorts and ski and access to discounted ski and snowboard lessons and equipment hire provided by the market leader for rentals, Rhythm Niseko.
Please note: This package and discount rental gear is only available to serving members of the United States Military or those with SOFA status that have booked one of our tours. Unchanged: Please note: This package and discount rental gear is only available to serving members of the United States Military or those with SOFA status that have booked one of our tours.
Staying in Hirafu puts you right in the heart of the Niseko nightlife and within walking distance of the chairlift (which is great for families when your kids tell you they forgot their beanie!).
For those who don't want to spend all their time on the slopes, Niseko has plenty of other activities to chose from and Niseko Military Leave is most happy to help you create your dream vacation.
For this package we will be using alpine condos managed by Holiday Niseko and offer discounted Standard or Premium options. Here is an example of each:
These apartments are located in the heart of Hirafu, which is a short stroll to many restaurants and cafes.
Both the above options are fully furnished apartments, the difference being the level of luxury and square meterage on offer. Some are 2 bedroom, some 3 and some 4 bedroom and require a minimum number of guests.
Our pricing model is to charge per person. The more people included in your booking, the larger and luxurious your apartment becomes.
For more information including pricing, click on the 'Accommodation' tab at the base or top of this screen.
Introducing the Family Pack
Based on our survey results we found the Japanese ski industry was not providing good options for larger families. This is our attempt to rectify this. For the price of our Family Pack you can get a really nice 2 bedroom condo that can sleep 4 to 6 people at an even further discounted rate. For our Family Pack the price is the total price for all travelers.
Family Packs are charged at a flat rate rather than per person and include accommodation and return chartered bus transfer for your family. This is a special deal for military families only and is not available for a party of 4-6 adults.
An example of a 2 bedroom Condo for our Family Pack would be Asuka.
Rhythm Niseko Rental Package
We've teamed up with Rhythm Niseko to bring you a discounted rental package, including ski or snowboard and boots and they also have a great range of clothing.
Added: Rhythm Niseko is the largest rental provider in Niseko and has the best range of equipment and clothing and we have negotiated an exclusive deal for Only those on our tour.
Enjoy a free welcome coffee from Rhythm & Beans when you collect your hire.
Discounted Niseko photoshoot
with Sea and Summit Media
We have negotiated an exclusive deal for a military discount with Sea and Summit Media.
This includes an on-mountain photography experience to military service members and their families stationed in Japan. The snow and scenery in Niseko is like nowhere else in the world. It's a dream winter vacation experience.
Bring a group of friends or family as we explore the best zones on the mountain. From beginner to expert, groomers to deep powder, professional photographer Chad from Sea and Summit Media will capture magazine-quality images of our day together. You'll be taking home some epic shots of your exploits!
Split the cost of this special offer with a few friends and and a full-day guided mountain experience costs less than $140USD each. Learn more.
Discounted Ski Lesson with True Niseko No matter if you are a total beginner or experienced pow master, True Niseko can tailor a package to suit your needs.
We recommend teaming up with up to four people of similar abilities and sharing the cost of your own private lesson.
You can chose between a half day morning, half day afternoon or full day instruction to get the most out of your time in Niseko.
To book your ski lesson simply go to through our 'book now' gateway and select your time and accommodation preference, then drag and drop your ski lesson package. Each package can take 1-4 people. If you would like lessons over multiple days just select 2 or more True Niseko options to be included in your package.
Where is Niseko ?
The small ski village of Hirafu services the ski industry and provides a true ski-in-ski-out experience and really comes alive during the winter whilst the larger Kutchan town is the main shopping and local supply town.
Partial Payment Options
Should you wish to change your mind anytime before the 3 week period, a full refund will be provided. Unchanged: Should you wish to change your mind anytime before the 3 week period, a full refund will be provided.
We hope you can join us this season
Niskeo ML currently offers your base tour price plus 2 accommodation levels priced per person ( 2 person minimum ) or a family pack ( 2 Adults and up to 4 kids) priced as a total price.
Our minimum number of travels is 2 per apartment so please create a booking under 1 name with a minimum 2 travelers.
The more names you get the better the accommodation offered becomes. For example book for 2 and you will get a nice entry entry level condo. Book for 8 and you will get a millionaires palace.
Introducing the family Pack
Based on our survey results we found the Japanese Ski industry was not providing good options for larger families. This is our attempt to rectify this. For the price of our " family pack " you can get a really nice condo that can sleep 4 to 6 people at an even further discounted rate. For our family pack the price is the total price for all travelers.
Be away that the kids will be sharing one large futon area loft so they won't have their own stand alone beds like tour packaged options.
We feel your best option would be team up with some friends, get a larger group together and try and rent out the the larger apartments as they usually come with a higher level of luxury.
If you are travelling with group we suggest you complete the process under one booking or if you would like to book and pay separately please send us an email with your plans and we will do our best to meet the needs of your group.
If you are travelling individually we can assist you with your sharing accommodation preferences.
List of some examples of Standard Condo’s
List of some premium Condo’s
Day 1 ( Sunday the 12th Dec )
Arrive at the New Chitose Airport. Take the Sapporro train from the airport and travel approximately 2 spots to arrive at the Chitose Train Station. ( about 10 minutes from the airport ).
For those traveling from Okinawa Peach fly direct on flight MM272 departing Okinawa at 16:10 and arriving New Chitose at 19:15. For more info go to
Check into the JR Inn which is an affordable hotel right on the station and they do a pretty good breakfast too. Please note the price and booking of this hotel is not included in your package. To book this hotel go to link below
You can reserve the hotel on the link below.
Day 2 ( Monday the 13th Dec )
We will pick you with a chartered bus from the JR Inn hotel at 9:00am the following day and drive you out the senic way to to Niseko stopping briefly at few key locations. The trip will take approximately 2.5 hours.
We will arrive in Hirafu we you can get measured for you Ski or snowboard gear, check into your apartment and soak in the vibe. This would be a good day to go purchase your lift tickets and go shopping for supplies as well. The following 4 days are reserved for you to shred the Niseko POW and take the up vibe.
Your best bet is purchase the " 4 day all mountain pass. This allows you ski all 4 resorts which more all less meet at the top of the Mountain. You can see the pricing options here
Day 3 ( Tuesday the 14th Dec )
Your first day to Shred the slopes of Grand Hirafu getting the feel for your equipment and the resort. If you have not skied directly we strongly recommend a lesson with " True Niseko " to get the most out of your time in Niseko.
Day 4 (Wednesday the 15th Dec )
We suggest you head over to Annupuri and enjoy our personal favourite of the 4 resorts that make up Niseko United. For those interested we will be doing a bar run in Hirafu that evening where you get to try some amazing Japanese whiskeys. If there is interest we have some strings to pull to get a " introduction to Japanese whiskey with some tasting from the very knowledge staff the Bar Gyu.
Day 5 ( Thursday the 16th Dec)
We suggest you explore Hanozo Village. For those the more advanced riders sample the POW in " Strawberry fields " for a great introduction of what off piste Niseko POW ridding can offer. For those interested we will be arranging an Onsen Tour with tattoo friendly options as well.
Day 6 ( Friday the 17th )
We suggest you put all the resorts together and explore the very best Niseko United has to offer. and a group dinner for those that are interested.
Day 7 ( Saturday the 18th )
We will depart approximately 6:30am and return to you New Chitose Airport by 9:00am. For those that wish to extend there stay this a great time to wave goodbye to your new friends and continue shredding Japow until your heart is Content.
For those returning to Okinawa Peach flys direct on flight MM271 leaving the airport at 11:10 am.
For those not flying to Oki we would suggest booking a flight that does not leave before 11am. The realities of group travel mean sometimes trips can take longer than we anticipate.
This package includes
- A 5 night stay in your own fully furnished Niseko Condo with it’s own kitchen and laundry facilities that’s just a short walk from the ski lifts,
2 . Access to discounted Ski and Snowboard equipment hire provided by the market leader for rentals Rhythm Niseko.
3 . Access to discounted photoshoot and guiding with Sea and Summit Media
4 . Transport from our suggested first night stay at Chitose train station and return charter from Niseko to New Chitose Airport.
5. Assistance to plan Onsen side trips, local knowledge and organisation ( but not cost ) of an optional group dinner.
- Cost of first night stay at JR inn Chitose.
- On mountain costs or lift ticket tickets
- Any damage to accommodation is the responsibility of the guest
- Cost of ski or Snowboard gear hire
- Food and beverages.
- Flights to Hokkaido and costs of any cancelations are your responsibility
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Should your access to Hokkaido be affected by your commands decision due to covid-19 Niseko ML offers a full refund.
Yes. In fact most of our trips excluding the party night in Susukino are suitable for small children. We do carry one child seat that can take up to a 6 year old. If you are travelling with children please let us know via an email so we can cater to your needs better. We even have some childcare options with experienced qualified sitters.
With notice Niseko Military leave can call on some other experienced drivers and vehicles to help manage a larger group or even charter a 45 seater bus if required. Please contact us directly if you are managing a larger travelling group.
Breakfast is often supplied by our chosen hotel. If you do have some specific requirements please let us know in the notes section. Niseko is blessed with great convenience stores and many boutique restaurants so we are confident we can almost always find somewhere that suits your needs but if you do have particularly allergies or needs it may be wise to take a packed lunch or make contact with us ahead of time.
Japan does not have a culture of tipping. Neither the places we visit will be expecting tips and either will Niseko Military leave.
All we ask is if our service exceeded your expectations please tell your friends or leave a positive google review.
Niseko is a ski resort located about 2 hours drive from the New Chitose Airport and the city of Sapporo
There are 2 convenience stores located in Hirafu that a surprisingly good range of products. For larger famlies and mulitple self-catering stays its worth heading to Kutchan which is the largest town in the area and has 3 supermarkets. Max Value is the easiest to find and is on the left hand side as you enter the town when heading from Hirafu
There is an English speaking Doctor located at the Niseko international clinic in Hirafu but the largest hospital is based in Kutchan. For moderate to serious injuries it's best to head straight to Kutchan Hospital
If you require police dial 110
If you require an ambulance or fire dial 119