Quick Guide: First-timer Parents to Niseko

by michgraune

Do you worry about bringing your kids for a snowboarding trip? Are your kids holding you back?

Some people won’t go on holiday because they feel like they will be attending the needs of their children instead of having fun. Other’s won’t trust other people to take care of their kids. I get that! I wouldn’t trust other people either without any extensive research.

Niseko, Japan is a world-renowned powder snow destination for snowboarder and skier enthusiasts. There are four different ski resorts in one mountain, and the seafood in Hokkaido is genuinely amazing! I highly recommend Niseko for everyone to visit, may it be for a short trip, snowboarding trip with friends and of course, a snowboarding family trip with kids.

If the safety and activities of your children are holding you back by booking that vacation, don’t worry! Niseko has a variety of activities for your children to do and enjoy while you are rocking the slope.

Here is the list of options for you:

  1. Private Babysitter

 Niseko Babysitters offers private babysitting at the comfort of your hotel. They provide service for both daycare and evening. And also welcome kids from newborn to 14 years of age. They have different activities to entertain your children.

  1. Creche/Daycare

There is three Creche/ Daycare available in Niseko.

    • Niseko Kid’s Club is the newest international creche/daycare located inside Aya Niseko and offers care for children 12 months to 6 years old. Rest assured that your children are having the time of their lives under competent carers if you require service in the morning, afternoon or for the entire day.
    • Niseko Village and Hotel Niseko Alpen both offers Daycare for kids from 12 months to 6 years old. If you are staying in either of the hotels, you can avail discount and conveniently drop your kids. Booking is a must during peak season for all three Creche/Daycare cares.
  1. 3. Ski Lesson

Niseko has four interlinked ski resorts: Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Annu’puri and Niseko Village. All of the four ski resorts offer private or group lessons to your kids from 3 – 5 years old. You can choose from half day to the whole day. I would suggest going to a resort closest to your accommodation. Nevertheless, if you have Niseko United Pass, you can avail free transportation from all of four ski resorts. 

All of the lessons are conducted in a designated kids-only area with beginner lift and lessons only slope. Makes it great for kids to enjoy without intimidation.

  1. Tube Park
Tubing/sliding in Hanazono is an excellent way for the entire family to engaged and have fun. They have a magic carpet to take you back to the top of the tubing lanes. Hanazono runs a free shuttle bus from entire Hirafu Village to Hanazono 308 every 20 mins from 8 am to 5 pm daily throughout the winter season.
Recently this year, Hanazono also offer snowmobiling and tandem snowmobiling and makes it another great family activity.  Children must be seven years old and over to participate in this activity. They offer 30 minutes and 60 minutes tour for up to 8 snowmobiles.

Have you traveled recently to Niseko with children? Let me know about your experience.

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wanderlustplusone February 23, 2017 - 4:18 pm

We would love to go skiing in Jspan sometime. My question, do they have English speaking teachers for the ski lessons? I can ski very well but both my boys have never been before…

pinayadventure February 23, 2017 - 4:25 pm

Hi Vanessa, all of the 4 ski resorts have English speaking instructor. You would likely feel your not in Japan. I’m sure you and your family will have a blast in Niseko! 🙂

wanderlustplusone February 24, 2017 - 1:59 pm

Thanks for you quick reply!

-Eugenia February 27, 2017 - 1:44 am

This is very useful information for those wanting to travel there. Thank you for following BrewNSpew.

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