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NISEKO’S ONLY ALL SEASON LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE | ISSUE 17

DEC 2012

Deep December the worlds best pow!

Gone Geisha a peek inside this unique tradition...


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DEEP IN THE HEART OF THIS SNOW LOVERS PARADISE IS BIG FOOT LODGE BAR AND KITCHEN. With the quirky cosy feel of a Canadian hunting lodge, to the top shelf tipple of a classy Aspen ski club, our approach to alpine hospitality is simple; bring your drinking lips! Feast on our famous Hokkaido wagyu burgers, try our genuine NYC buffalo hot wings or share a whopping tray of Cajun fish sliders amongst friends... This is dude food at its best. Our drinks range is mighty impressive too. From a punch bowl for six to a huge range of bourbon, whisky, cocktails and beer, we’re sure you’ll find something to wet your whistle. Check out our website for regular entertainment tweets... From poker nights and acoustic soul to our midnight DJ sets live streamed from our famous Melbourne club, Tramp, you’re sure to have a good time at Bigfoot lodge. OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK from 6pm til late. Happy hour 6-7pm nightly - try our famous hot buttered rum, flame made at the bar... she’s delicious!

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A day in the life of Miyuki 7:15 am – Catch the school bus 8:00 am – Start school. We have a recess and lunch break

during school hours.

3:30 am – Finish school 4:30 am – 5:30 pm – Play basketball

6:30–7:30pm – Help cook dinner 8:30–9:30pm – Go to bed

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DEC 2012|ADVERTISING

STAY.DINE.RELAX.HERE Welcome drinks. Breakfast. Dinner. Private driver service to and from the ski lifts. Concierge. Japanese cooking classes. Experience Niseko Gourmet Chalets. call us on +81 (0) 90 2070 9272 www.nisekogourmetchalets.com

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Kamimura

The iconic Michelin-starred French restaurant, defines exquisite dining in Niseko. Its intimate, elegant ambience together with stylish interiors offers guests a truly special experience. Kamimura has moved to Shiki hotel this season. It offers a nine course degustation menu, created by Chef Kamimura after careful selection of only the finest meat, seafood and produce from Hokkaido. Each dish is a celebration of both his passion for exquisite food and the highest quality ingredients for which the region is famous. Closed Sundays 6:00pm–8:30pm Last Order 0136 21 2288

Otsukisama

Moon Bar, a new Izakaya restaurant Niseko, is the brainchild of popular local dining identity Shu san. Izakaya in Japan were originally street-food stalls or carts for quick snacking or drinking. These days they are more like pubs, ranging from retro-rustic decor to stylish high-end lounges in Niseko. Spanning three floors, Moon Bar offers steak, hot pot, sashimi, sushi, tempura, ramen noodle plus many more dishes, which are best eaten as shared tapas at communal tables. 11:30pm–2:30pm, 6:00pm–2:00am (Food Last Order 10:00pm) 0136 23 2265

Manpuku-tei

Blink and you will easily miss the entrance to Niseko’s hottest Korean dining experience, hidden at the bottom of the village. Combining fresh Hokkaido ingredients with home style Korean cooking, Manpuku Tei encapsulates the firstclass Japanese hospitality omotenashi, meaning “to cook with heart”. Korean style hot pots, stone-roasted bibimbap (mixed rice), ox tail soup, and buchimgae (Korean pancake) are all bursting with authentic Asian flavours that are sure to warm the body after enjoying Niseko’s powder slopes. Occasionaly Closed 5:00pm–12:00am Last Order 11:30pm 0136 25 4079

Steak Rosso Rosso

This is the only Western style steakhouse in Hirafu where you will find thickly cut, sizzling steaks. It’s all about exceptional produce, whether it’s premium Hokkaido beef, Australian beef, famous Japanese wagyu or the more expensive Kobe-Gyu marbled steak cooked straight from the grill. Served with an excellent selection of wines, Steak Rosso Rosso will complete any meat-lover’s dream. Occasionaly Closed 6:00pm–11:00pm 0136 21 7100

Yummys

Located in a traditional log house, Yummy’s pizza do authentic, no-fuss pizza. Also available are family friendly options such as homemade risotto, taco rice, fondue, nachos and vegetarian options. Yummy’s also do home delivery for those who don’t want to brave the cold. Occasionaly Closed 5:00pm–10:30pm 0136 21 2239

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DEC 2012|RENTAL, RETAIL & SNOWSPORTS SCHOOL

KIDS

SEICOMART

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Momiji Gallery

Niseko Cultural School Take the opportunity to experience a taste of traditional Japan and immerse yourself in the rich Japanese culture. This winter, the School will open on 17th December 2012 and close 30th March 2013.

Open 5pm–Midnight, daily 170-50 Aza-yamada, Kutchan www.nisekoculturalschool.com

0136 55 8585

Cocoroya

Lawson

Japanese antiques & souvenirs

Convenience Store

Under new management! A wide range of antiques and souvenirs to take back as a memento of Japan including vintage kimono and obi, clothing and accessories, scrolls, bronze ware, furniture and a huge range of gifts. Worldwide shipping available!

The only 24-hour convenience store in Hirafu We have light meals, alcohol, and all your basic necessities coupled with efficient Japanese service. Just 100m from SkiJapan.com main office. Try our juicy fried chicken!

Open 9am–7:30pm daily Kita 1 jyo, Nishi 1, Marutaka building 1F, Kutchan-cho Bilingual service, credit cards ok www.cocoroya.jp

Open 24 hours daily 171-1 Aza-yamada, Kutchan

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DEC 2012|TRANSPORT

BUS INFORMATION

2012 - 2013 Season

Donan Niseko

LOCAL TRANSPORT

Annupuri Ski Resort → Hilton Niseko Village → Hirafu → Kutchan Hotel Niseko Ikoi no Mura

Niseko Northerm Resort Annupuri Annupuri Ski Resort

Annupuri Ski Resort Entrance Fujiyama

Hokuei Intersection   Milk Kobo

    Higashiyama Pension Village

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Niseko United Shuttle

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Kutchan Night Go

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      Niseko Village Ski Centre

Local Bus (Donan Bus / Niseko Bus)

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      The Green Leaf Niseko Village

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Hirafu Gondola

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  Milk Kobo Kabayama Elementary School

Hirafu Intersection

Hirafu Welcome Center Hirafu Tei / Chalet Ivy

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JR Train From Kutchan To Oshamambe

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Kutchan → Hirafu → Hilton Niseko Village → Annupuri Ski Resort JR Train From Oshamambe To Kutchan

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JR Train From Sapporo and Otaru To Kutchan

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Plat Information Centre / Takiguchi Sports

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Yotei maru Sushi Train Takasago

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Yamada Intersection

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Tokyu Lodge

Hirafu Welcome Center Hirafu Gondola

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Hirafu Intersection

Kabayama North

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  Milk Kobo

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Kabayama Elementary School     Higashiyama Pension Village       Niseko Village Ski Centre

      The Green Leaf Niseko Village       Hilton Niseko Village

    Higashiyama Pension Village   Milk Kobo Hokuei Intersection Fujiyama

Annupuri Ski Resort Entrance Annupuri Ski Resort

Niseko Northerm Resort Annupuri Hotel Niseko Ikoi no Mura

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8:34

9:14

10:04

10:54

11:34

12:14

13:04

14:14

14:54

15:24

16:04

16:49

17:34

18:09

19:04

19:34

20:09

21:04

8:35

9:15

10:05

10:55

11:35

12:15

13:05

14:15

14:55

15:25

16:05

16:50

17:35

8:38

9:18

10:08

10:58

11:38

12:18

13:08

14:18

14:58

15:28

16:08

16:53

17:38

18:13

19:08

19:38

20:13

21:08

8:42

9:22

10:12

11:02

11:42

12:22

13:12

14:22

15:02

15:32

16:12

16:57

17:42

18:17

19:12

19:42

20:17

21:12

8:44

9:24

10:14

11:04

11:44

12:24

13:14

14:24

15:04

15:34

16:14

16:59

17:44

18:19

19:14

19:44

20:19

21:14

9:25

10:15

11:05

11:45

12:25

13:15

14:25

15:05

15:35

16:15

17:00

17:45

18:20

19:15

19:45

20:20

21:15

8:45 Donan

Local Bus (Donan Bus):

Niseko

18:10

19:05

19:35

20:10

21:05

※: Schedule for 28 Dec 2012 - 6 Jan 2013 and 12 Jan - 14 Jan, 2 Feb, 3 Feb, 9 Feb - 11 Feb.

Year-round; however, the above timetable is valid only from 14 Dec 2012 to 10 Mar 2013.

Local Bus (Niseko Bus):

1 Dec 2012 - 31 Mar 2013

NUS

Niseko United Shuttle:

Night

Kutchan Night Go:

15 Dec 2011 - 23 Mar 2013 ★: Operates daily from 23 Nov 2012 to 7 Apr 2013 and from 27 Apr to 6 May 2013; and Sturdays and Sundays from 13 Apr to 21 Apr 2013. ▲: Operates daily from 8 Dec to 14 Dec 2012 and 24 Mar to 7 Apr 2013. 1 Dec 2012 - 31 Mar 2013


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Niseko.com - Issue 17 - December 2012  

December 2012 Issue of Niseko's Favourite Lifestyle Magazine

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