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Niseko Shuttle Bus Services

Niseko United is the name of the combined four ski areas of Hanazono, Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri. These ski areas are connected at the top of the mountain via the top ski lifts.

At the base of each ski area is a distinct village.

There are three shuttle bus services in operation.

  1. Niseko United – two routes connecting Niseko Annupuri with Niseko Village, Niseko Hirafu and Niseko Hanazono.
  2. Hanazono Shuttle Bus – two routes operating between Niseko Hirafu and Niseko Hanazono
  3. Grand Hirafu Shuttle Bus – two routes operating within Niseko Hirafu
  4. Niseko Village Shuttle Bus - shuttle between each accommodation within Niseko Village to Hirafu and Kutchan town.
  5. Moiwa Shuttle Bus - connecting Niseko Hirafu and Niseko Moiwa
  6. Kutchan Buses - connecting Niseko Village and Niseko Hirafu with Kutchan

Niseko Area Map


Niseko United Shuttle Bus

Niseko United Shuttle Bus

If you have a Niseko United lift pass, you can ride this bus for free and if not, you can pay a small fee to the driver.

When you get on the bus please take a numbered ticket.

The bus will automatically stop at each stop so no need to notify the driver.

The bus fare for each stop is usually displayed on a billboard at the front of the bus, so please try to have your fare ready when you get off.

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Hanazono Shuttle Bus

Hanazono Shuttle Bus

Hanazono ski resort have made it hassle-free to start your day during winter, with 2 free shuttle buses running guests to HANAZONO 308.

The Hanazono shuttle bus service has 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 HANAZONO at around 8:30 am in time for early lifts. The HANAZONO Shuttle operates daily from 8:00am to 5:10pm (last bus starts at Hanazono).

Hanazono Bus Routes

  • Hours: Approximately every 30 minutes, from 7:50 to 17:10
  • Please do not bring your suitcases onto the shuttle bus

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.

Hanazono ski resort 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.

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Hanazono Shuttle Bus

Grand Hirafu Shuttle Bus

Use the free Grand Shuttle bus to get around Hirafu Hours: every 15 or 20 minutes

During peak morning/evening times, the buses will stop at the hotel and ski areas only.

Grand Hirafu Bus Times

Winter 2020-21 season shuttle bus timetable to be confirmed.

  • Passengers with large luggage (e.g. suitcase) may not board
  • Dates and hours may change due to weather & road conditions or lift operating hours

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Niseko Village Shuttle Bus

Niseko Village Shuttle Bus

Complimentary scheduled Niseko Village shuttle between each accommodation within Niseko Village to Hirafu and Kutchan towns for in-house guests.

Winter 2020-21 season shuttle bus timetable to be confirmed.

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Moiwa Shuttle Bus

Moiwa Shuttle Bus

A free shuttle bus service between Hirafu Bus Stop (next to seicomart) and Moiwa Ski Resort is in operation during ski season.

Winter 2020-21 season dates and timetable to be confirmed.

  • Shuttle Service will only stop at designated stops.
  • First come first serve basis
  • Please be waiting at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled time
  • Pick up at any other locations nearby cannot be arranged

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Kutchan Buses

Kutchan Buses

Two day time public bus services - Niseko Bus and Donan Bus - between Niseko Village, Niseko Hirafu and Kutchan operating from 1st December 2019 to 31st March 2020.

One evening public bus service between Niseko Hirafu and Kutchan operating from 11th December 2019 to 22nd March 2020.

Winter 2020-21 season shuttle bus timetable to be confirmed.

  • Buses will only stop at designated stops.
  • Fare to be paid on the bus

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