Summer in Niseko brings a myriad of alpine activities to make the most of the lush mountain surroundings, fresh air and warmer weather. The rivers swell, the flowers bloom and fruit ripen inviting you to go out and revel in the season’s intoxicating embrace. These are some recommendations for you when you visit during the warmer months.
A wonderful way to see how the region blossoms in the summertime, take a ride on the Summer Gondola, which will ascend 820 metres above sea level, unveiling a spectacular panorama that stretches beyond Mount Yotel. Hikers and cyclists can disembark here to make their way down the mountain through a myriad of trails.
With three delightful golf courses in the Niseko area, summers are a golfer’s delight if you’re looking to practice your strokes. The 18-hole, Arnold Palmer designed Niseko Golf Course is beautiful, running through a forest of white birches and pines. We also highly recommend the Niseko Village Golf Course at the Hilton Niseko Village, where views of Mount Yotei astound. Hanazono Golf Course undulates over a scenic hilly landscape, making it both challenging and breathtaking.
As the snow melts, the waters swell and rise in the beautiful Shiribetsu River, bringing forth the thrills of white water rafting for all levels of adventure seekers. We recommend doing this popular activity with an experienced guide.
Within the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the vistas at Lake Toya are truly magical, and our favourite way to traverse it is via stand-up paddleboarding, a mesmerising way to see this picturesque lake which is reputed to have the clearest waters in Japan.
Lush alpine landscapes, comfortable weather and smooth roads are perfect biking conditions, which is why the area regularly hosts Japan’s largest cycling race – the ‘Tour de Hokkaido’.
We can highly recommend hiring a scooter and riding through the vast flower and farmlands. There are also many farmers’ markets where you can stop, sample and purchase some of the delicious fresh local produce.
Niseko is home to many traditional festivals year-round and we love Jaga Matsuri – the Potato Festival in nearby Kutchan town, the Niko-Niko Festival at Niseko Village and the Niseko Fireworks Festival.