Quick Guide: First-timer Parents to Niseko

Do you worry of bringing your kids for a snowboarding trip? Is your kids holding you back?

Some people won’t go on a 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 4 different ski resorts in one mountain and the seafood in Hokkaido is truly 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 holding you back by booking that vacation. Don’t worry! Niseko have variety of activities for your children to do and enjoy while you are rocking the slope.

Here are the list of options for you:

  1. Private Babysitter
Activities tailored to your kids (Image by Niseko Babysitter)

Niseko Babysitters offers private babysitting at the comfort of your hotel. They offer 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 are 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. Ski Lesson

Niseko has 4 interlinked ski resorts: Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Annu’puri and Niseko Village. All of the four ski resorts offers private or group lessons to your kids from 3 – 5 years old. You can choose from half day to whole day. I would suggest to go 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 designated kids-only area with beginner lift and lessons only slope. Makes it great for kids to enjoy without intimidation.

  1. Tube Park
Bond with your kids down the tubing lanes. (Image by Hanazono)
Tubing/sliding in Hanazono  is a great 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 8am to 5pm 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 7 years old and over to participate this activity. They offer a 30 minutes  and  60 minutes tour for up to 8 snowmobiles.

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

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4 thoughts on “Quick Guide: First-timer Parents to Niseko

  1. 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…


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