This is FOD’s first series of blog about Niseko, Hokkaido Japan. We will share with you our experience and thoughts about Accommodation and Food in Niseko. In our next blog, we will talk about our favorite snowboard brand, ski school and places to ride in Niseko.

Accommodation

In Niseko, there are a lot of different types of accommodation that you can choose to stay in ranging from luxurious serviced apartments, chalets, hotels, lodges or condominiums. If you are going with a large group, we recommend staying in a chalet and our favorite is The Orchards. The Orchards is located about ten minutes away from Hirafu by car. Different sizes and layout of western style chalets are available, each tastefully and stylishly designed. We stayed at a 6-bedroom, 4-bedroom and 2-bedroom chalet before and all of them were beautifully decorated with their own character, clean and well-kept. You don’t need to worry about getting around the Hirafu and Annupuri areas or even to Kutchan if you stay at The Orchards as a shuttle service operated by courteous and friendly staff is available on demand and the last pick up is late enough to allow you to take the second seating at restaurants and not worry about drinking and getting a ride back. So if you would like to venture out and try some of the best izakayas or yakiniku restaurants in Kutchan that the locals vote as the best in Niseko, it is definitely not a problem.

Food

How can we not talk about food in Niseko after spending a day outdoors on the slopes? There are so many great restaurants and cuisines and since our favorite is Japanese, we will talk about this as one of the best cuisines in the world. The creativity and art of making Japanese food are remarkable. Take sushi as an example, the way that it is made requires a special technique and the skill of cutting the fish takes years of learning to master, but at the end of the process, it’s super OISHI!!! Our favorite sushi place in Niseko is Sushi Shin.

One of our other go to places is Japanese Izakayas where we can enjoy different small dishes, finger food, skewers, sashimi, sushi, and noodles. The menu has a lot of choices and we recommend them for large groups as there is something for everyone. Bang Bang and A-Bu-Cha 2 are two must-try Izakayas in the Hirafu area.

If you want to take a break from local food, there are a lot of other quaint Italian restaurants, pizza places and bars that you can choose from which is not something you can get in other Japan ski resorts. If you fancy an apres ski mulled wine or a cocktail before or after dinner, our favorite bar is Musu located inside Odin Place. The espresso martini is For Outdoors' top pick.

For coffee and bread lovers, you must try Koko Bakery also in Odin Place and the Green Farm Cafe at Shiki.

That’s it for this blog but stay tuned for our next one to find out about For Outdoors favorite snowboard brand, ski school and places to ride in Niseko.