If you’ve ever seen a Japanese period piece or samurai film, or have listened to a big-budget movie soundtrack in the last 15 years, chances are you’ve heard the epic rumblings of one of Japan’s most recognisable traditional instruments, the Taiko drum.
There may have been more beautiful bluebirds over recent days, but don’t be fooled — winter is well on its way. If it’s anything like last season, we’re in for more incredible early snow, and lifts could open as early as the final week of November.
Niseko is best known to international travellers as one of the greatest ski destinations in the world. It’s a winter wonderland. A delight in white. You know it, and we know it.
Yet for inbound domestic travellers, Niseko—like much of Hokkaido—is also seen as an incredible green season destination.
Since the current incarnation’s introduction in November 1983, little has changed for the Ace Family Lift – one of the most iconic lifts of the Grand Hirafu Ski resort.
Installed and popularised during the ski boom of the early 80’s, the Family lift has long since been the old warhorse of the slopes, providing slow but scenic trips to the top of the Family run for over 30 years.
The long-awaited Niseko Classic 2017 weekend is finally here! We’ve checked the forecasts and it’s going to be a blinder!
It doesn’t matter if you’re a Niseko Classic competitor looking to let off some steam before the big race, a tourist looking to see the sights and enjoy some local hospitality, or a local just looking for a fantastic event to attend, get yourself down to Niseko Classic Festival this weekend!
June and July have been absolutely packed with refined concerts, exhibitions, and viewings that demonstrate the cultural clout that Niseko and its surrounding areas can deliver.
In the last week or two, we’ve been lucky enough to see Yoko Arano, distinguished local calligrapher and some of her amazing artwork in the Kiyoe Gallery (being lucky enough to witness a live demonstration of the master working), as well as a brilliant little piano concert with player/composer, Hajime Fukuda.
Whether you’re based in Japan or abroad, or are competing in the 70km or the longer 140km event, you do NOT want to miss out on the Niseko Classic 2017!
With under a week remaining until registration closes, it’s now or never to apply for Hokkaido’s most anticipated cycle race of the year!