2014年12月06日

Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Area Open

- 2014-2015 Winter Season -

Eventually Nikose Grand Hirafu Ski Area has opened since today.

All ski courses have not been opened but some have been opened. 

Enjoy winter activities !

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2014年07月15日

Niseko Summer Field

What is a Kutchan's feature in summer ...
This season when you drive a road, you may see the field of flowers blanketed with pink or white color.
Such a beautiful field isn't it?


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These are potatoes' flowers.
Therefore, we should say "potato flowers".
Cultivation of potatoes in Niseko and Kutchan areas
has started since MEIJI era.
Nowdays cultivation of potatoes has become one of main industries in the area
and also Niseko and Kutchan have emerged as a major production area of potato.

If you visit Kutchan town's homepage, you may obtain
the informatoin of potato flowers and potato flower map.
Then we advise you to check the site before you come to Niseko this season.

NOTE:
The field is actually farmers' private cultivation and farmers are very much care about them for growing.
Therefore, please do not enter the field to approach and see the flowers.
(m)
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2014年05月08日

Sakura in Niseko Izumikyo Area

Eventually cherry blossoms have bloomed in Izumikyo area.

Just bloomed.
The peak bloom may be next week?

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(next to TERRA)

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2014年05月02日

Sakura in Niseko

It's already MAY, isn't it?
The cherry‐blossom front is moving northward
and it's come to the southern area of Hokkaod just before.
We are looking forward to enjoying seeing Sakura in Niseko.

By the way, there is another Sakura info.
If you come to Niseko this Spring season,
why don't you go to Shu Ogawara Museum of Art?

"Satsuki Kitaguchi Four Seasons SPRING" has been held there by the 2nd of June 2014.

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 <Satsuki Kitaguchi>

You may enjoy another Sakura art there.
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2014年01月01日

A Happy New Year !

Have a look at snow statues in front of Izumikyo Management Center !
Not only snowmen. There is another statue ... a snow statue of horse!
(This is the year of horse in Chinese astrology.)


A tiny horse is welcoming you to Izumikyo Management Center.
The snow horse was just made a couple of days ago
but the snow horse has been already as popular as the snowmen.

These statues are lit by lots of candles at night time by Jan 3rd.
When you visit Izumikyo, why don't you check it ?



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Anyway, as the new year starts, we wish for you,  happiness and growth.

(y)

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2013年12月14日

Snowmobile in Niseko

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Last day I went to "White Isle (snowmobile tour company)" to ride on a snowmobile.
I registered at the front desk and then prepared myself
such as putting on a snow wear, snow booths, globes, a neckwarmer,
a helment and gogles.
(The snowmobile tour company lended me the helmet and gogles.)

(If you don't have any snow wear or snow booths,
you can rent them there; separately charged.)


A guide trained us how to operate a snowmobile. Then, we started to drive it.
We drove a snowmobile along behind the guide.

At the begining of my driving, I was at a loss to operate a handle or to shift my weight.
But gradually I got used to operating the smowmobile.
Once I got used to the driving, I could drive a little bit faster.
It's a fantastic !

The tour menu that I joined was 30-minute course.
You may think that it sounds short time but it was adventurous and enjoyable for me
because the course had up and down and we drove on a bridge too.


When I joined the tour, I could not see Mt. Youtei due to snowing.
But I heard if it is sunny, you can see Mt. Youtei or if you are lucky, you could find animals' footprints on the snow.


In addition to the 30-minute course, there are 60-minute course and 90-minute course.
Some courses run in the rime trees zone and if it is sunny, you may see Japan Sea.

I think the snowmobile menu may be good to family with child
or it may be good when you are not going to go skiing/snowboarding during your stay
but want to do something different in the snow.

There are some discout on the snowmobile fees to Izumikyo's guests.
If you are interested in it, please let us know.

(n)
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2013年12月03日

Niseko Ski Areas open!

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It's December!

Grand Hirafu ski area has opended since Nov 30th.
Niseko Village and Annupuri ski areas have opened since Dec 1st.

Niseko Hirafu area and Kutchan town area have been getting bustling with tourists.
(n)
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2013年09月17日

Autumn leaves progress in Niseko

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A weather condition has become better since yesterday's heavy rain.
Today it's sunny day.
But it's windy and the temperature is getting lower and lower,
almorst 20 degrees C.

Getting colder brings heightened attention when is the best time of autumn leaves.

Surrounding trees and leaves of Izumikyo Management Center are just changing
from fresh green color into yellow or orange color.

It's still early to enjoy seeing autumn leaves around Izumikyo area
but it seems that Goshiki Onsen area and top of Mt. Yotei area begin to turn red or yellow.

In Nikose Annupuri and Chisenupuri area, leaves colors are mostly green.


When you come to Niseko, please check and enjyo seeing autumn leaves, too.


(y)

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2013年09月10日

Lake Hangetsu

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We are often asked where Lake Hangetsu is.

Lake Hantetsu is in the northwest of the base of Mt. Youtei.
The lake is a volcano lake.
Its sea level is 270 meter, average water depth is 4m and the deepest part is 18.2m.

In Autumn, you can enjoy seeing the seasonal mushrooms, birds and leaves.

As for mushrooms and birds,
you may find "hiratake (blue oyster mushrooms)" , "naratake (honey mushrooms)"
 "yamagara (Parus varius)" and "kibashiri (Certhia familiaris)".

As for leaves, it may not be needed to say, when leaves are tinged with red or yellow is nicer.
 

Why don't you visit Lake Hangetsu when you come to Niseko?


(y)

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2013年09月06日

Yukichichibu Onsen

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Eventually hot summer is over.

Here Niseko, it's getting colder and colder in the early morning.
Moreover sun is also getting softened.
I am waiting for this season , coming autumn.

But before autumn comes, let's refresh and remove the fatigue by hot summer!

There is onsen called "Yukichichibu" ( about 30 min drives from Izumikyo).
It seems to be said that the onsen has an effect on not only the recoverage from fatigue
but also the whitening ability so that the onsen's sulfur component is thicker.

In Yukichichibu, one of the most popular things is "Doroyu".

There is "doro (mud)", which contains much onsen component, at the basement of the onsen.
Taking doroyu onsen gets smooth skin, so "doro pack (mudpack)" is popular in women.

When you come to Niseko, why don't you go onsening?
(n)
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