Definitely worth visiting Hanazono for lunch at least once. The ramen noodle soups are sensational. Go crab!
a long wait for cold chips, but it was a very busy lunch time, the steak was hot!, the skiing across was superb and down to the base was like a sunday drive, and no lines
Niseko has 4 ' resorts' which are rally four ski bases down the bottom of the one big mountain and Hanazono seems to have the best set up in terms of ski services, rental, food and access. We rented snowboards, backcountry guides, enjoyed good food and coffees here. They have a shuttle bus that picks up and drops off around... More
Niseko powder is incredible. In January we had waist deep powder all over the mountain. This past weekend we returned and it continued to snow daily, so we had fresh tracks in the bowl and outside gate 4 and fresh tracks over and over in Yotei Sunset and Miharashi trees. The terrain is varied and has something for everyone.
Hanazono is easily accessible from Hirafu providing the top lifts are operating. Otherwise, you could get the bus from the other resorts. It has very pleasant long runs with quite a few greens and reds. At the base there is a sort of 'welcome centre' with a cafe, which does the best roast pork ramen noodles. Yum!
This is an amazing part of the Niseko resort mountains-was my favourite place. Skied here one day when it was nearly a total whiteout, so nearly no one on the slopes-seemed to be protected from the winds.Loved the covered chair lift! Apart from the crowd at lunchtime (really hard to get a table) enjoyed the food. Didn't find it too... More
Awesome skiing. Great runs. Fantastic snow. And a wonderful lodge with great dining - every meal option cooked fresh and hot, coffee, and even live jazz guitar music for lunch-time entertainment. Hirafu and Hanazono combined make for some of the best powder skiing in the world, and for sure, #1 in Asia.
its kind of flat and slow lots of beginners snow can be good but crowded think thredbo on its best day in last 20 years (but still crap compared to the rest of japan)
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