Access Winter 2020-21
Niseko Hanazono Resort
328-36 Aza-Iwaobetsu, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-Gun
Hokkaido 044-0082 Japan
At the resort center Hanazono 308, you can purchase lift tickets, rent skis and snowboards, reserve and join snowsports schools and various activities.
Access From the Niseko Area
Hanazono Shuttle Bus
During the winter season, the Hanazono Shuttle operates daily from 8:00am to 5:10pm (last bus starts at Hanazono). 2 free shuttle buses running guests to Hanazono 308. We have the entire Upper Hirafu village and surrounded area covered with a bus every 30 minutes; operating through the upper village to transport guests from their door direct to Hanazono. No one will have to wait or walk far to start their day, this service is ideal for the family or the keen pow enthusiast with the first bus arriving at Hanazonoat around 8:30 am in time for early lifts.
Bus stops are within walking distance of most accommodations in the Upper Village of Hirafu.
Real Time Shuttle Bus Location
Now you can check the real time location of the Hanazono Shuttle and the Niseko United Shuttle.
Changes introduced during the 20-21 winter season:
- Hanazono Shuttle Bus will only cover the Upper Hirafu village area. (Vale stop runs only once an hour after around 8:50)
- Bus stop "Midtown Niseko East" will not be serviced this season.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding.
Please note that Hanazono Shuttle Bus services may decrease the number of regular departures or suspend operation due to weather conditions.
Ski Down to Hanazono
Niseko HANAZONO Resort is part of the Niseko United group and lies on the North Eastern side of Mount Niseko Annupuri (far right-hand side of the trail map below) and can be accessed via the lift system with a HANAZONO / Grand Hirafu Lift Pass or Niseko All Mountain Lift Pass.
- Confident beginners: From Hirafu, take the Hirafu Gondola followed by the Swinging Monkey, turn right off the lift onto Parallel Course (red), then the Silver Dream (green).
- Intermediate and above: From Hirafu, take the Hirafu Gondola or Ace Quad Chair followed by the King Hooded Triple, turn right onto Youtei Sunset (red), then follow the signs down to HANAZONO.
Also, if you use the Hanazono-Grand Hirafu Lift Ticket issued by the neighboring Grand Hirafu, you can take all the Hanazono and Grand Hirafu lifts.
ACCESS FROM AFAR
Rental cars can be hired from Kutchan, Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and are an inexpensive and convenient option for those who are comfortable driving in the snow and wish to explore the area.
Please be aware that the roads can be icy and dangerous in the winter. We advise that you make sure the rental car has all-wheel drive and snow tires.
*Japanese website but available in English, please click the "Select Language" button within the page.
Use the following MAPCODE number for directions to HANAZONO on your car navigation system.
398 504 798*71
The coach services are very efficient and provide a frequent schedule to the resorts in the Niseko area during winter. The typical journey takes around 2.5 – 3hrs. Whilst convenient and hassle-free, all coach transfer options are scheduled services departing at set times, which may not suit all guests. Click on the link below for a range of different services to cover all guests' needs and cut down on the wait time.
Hakodate Line is the main rail artery of Hokkaido, running through the Niseko area, it offers easy access to Hakodate, Sapporo, Otaru, Asahikawa and other major cities in Hokkaido. Kutchan station is the most convenient stop when traveling to/from Niseko, just 10 min drive to HANAZONO and 15 min drive to Hirafu Village.