The Niseko App
Ski Japan -- Jan 21

Introducing "The Niseko App". Niseko's most comprehensive mobile guide with everything you need to know about the Niseko resort and village at your fingertips!

Developed by the team at Niseko.com and Ski Japan (Hokkaido's longest serving and largest inbound tour operator), using The Niseko App's most up to date & detailed information, you'll be like a local in no time. Knowing what's what, where to go, how to get there and how to make the most out of your time in Niseko.

How many times have you been at a new ski resort and you don't know your way around, where the lifts are, the best on hill eateries, services or facilities; maybe the paper trail map in your pocket is now so wet that you can't read it!

Or maybe you know what it can be like to try find, and meet up with your friends who are scattered around the resort!

What about those times where you have needed a translator, or wanted to know a good place to eat close by. Maybe you want to plan your Apres ski activity whilst your in the gondola, or find a nearby onsen for after your days riding…

Anthony Trovatello (Chook) from SkiJapan.com commented that "You'll be like a local in no time, knowing what's what, where to go and how to make the most out of a skiing or boarding holiday in this remarkable resort. This really is the perfect pocket guide to Niseko and in a country where English isn't the main language, this little gem will save your life time and time again on or off the mountain!"

The App is FREE (with NO advertising) and can be used before, during or after your trip to the snowiest resort on the planet as a handy resource.

One of the best features is that most of the data is "built in" so you wont need to have Wi-Fi or use costly data international data plans to access the info you want and when you want it.

This really is the perfect pocket guide to Niseko and in a country where English isn't the main language, this little gem will save your life time and time again!

*Right now the APP is only available on Android Smartphones and you can download FREE from the Google Play store

The Apple iPhone version is due for release in early February.

The App was produced by the team at www.SkiJapan.com and www.Niseko.com

What you will find in The Niseko App.

Daily Snow Reports and Live cams:
Receive the latest snow report information and live webcams direct to your phone. A personally written summary by local reporters on the ground in Niseko will tell you the conditions of the day. You don't even need to get out of bed to check the weather!

Live Lift Status:
Get the latest live lift status to know what's open, on hold, or closed across all four Niseko resort areas.

Resort Information:
All the key info such as annual snowfall, number of lifts, longest run, park n pipe options, trail maps, location, services and more.

Accommodation Guide:
Whether it be for your upcoming trip, current trip or for next seasons trip. From ski-in-ski-out luxury apartments/ condominiums, to townhouses, bed and breakfast and budget options- this App has you covered.

Local Services:
Niseko's most detailed guide to local services. Showing you the options, locations, prices, opening hours, contact info and recommendations for services including: lessons, rental, retail shops, medical, relaxation,
onsens, travel services, tours and activities guide and much more!

Dining & Drinking:
Your number one guide to where to eat, drink and relax. Search by closest restaurant, location, style of food or by name. Each selection is complete with info such as location, recommended dishes, price range, opening hours/ days, seating capacity, payment methods and drinks available.

Maps:
Complete with all necessary local maps so you'll always know where you're going! Maps include
Resort Trail Maps
Village Maps
Airport Maps

Transport/ Timetables:
Now that you know where your going, The Niseko App will help you to get there, whether its to a local restaurant, to the local train station, Sapporo or the airport; there is a complete list of timetables and transport options to make for smooth trip planning.

Find your friends! Social media and sharing:
With the ability to sign in through Facebook directly to the APP, you will always be able to find and meet your friends on the mountain or around town!

News, Events & Blog:
Want to always be in the know? Then check out our news and events link to our Niseko.com Blog with news, events, snow reports and other interesting facts and tales about life in Niseko.

Coupons & Deals:
With special offers from various business and events around town, including rental, lessons, dining, shopping and tour discounts you'll always be able to find a good deal with the Niseko App.

Translator:
With a direct link to Google Translate, your Japanese language skills will excel!

News source: Ski Japan

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