Getting to Niseko
To get to Niseko you first have to fly to New Chitose International Airport (CTS) You can fly to New Chitose International Airport form many international origins or domestically on one of Japan's domestic carriers.
Getting to Niseko Hirafu by Bus
Cost: ¥2300 one way
Travel Time: 2 - 2.5 hrs
Bus is by far the easiest way to get to Niseko. It is direct, takes under 2 hours and all buses are late model. There are a number bus companies including Chuo, Donan, Sky Bus and Goodsports Whiteliner. You can purchase tickets on arrival at the bus information counter in the arrivals hall or ask your accommodation provider. All signage is in English and easily located on arrival.
Getting to Niseko Hirafu by Train
Price: 2800 Yen Train Departs at Kutchan
Travel Time: 2.5 to 3 hours
If you are coming straight to Niseko from Sapporo's Chitose Airport the train works out to be more expensive and it takes a little bit longer. You will have to lug your gear a lot more too and also have to change trains at either Sapporo or Otaru. Once at the Kutchan Train Station you will have to use a taxi or bus to complete your journey. The taxi ride can be in the vacinity of ¥ 2000, adding to the cost quite considerable. However most tour operators will pick you up and drop you off.
If you decide to take the train, you have to purchase tickets before you get on the train. There is a information help counter near the platform. The train leaves from the basement of the airport, just look for the JR (Japan Rail) signs.
Getting to Niseko Hirafu by Car
Price: Upwards of ¥15,000 per day
Travel Time: 2 to 3 hours
If you are touring Hokkaido, then you may want to rent a car to make the most of you trip.It must be noted that in winter the drivng conditions are extremely hazardous in Hokkaido due to the shear amount of snow that Hokkaido gets and therefore if you intend to just spend your time in Niseko there is no real need for a vehicle.
Having said that if you drive with caution you can have a lot of fun and get off the beaten track, all vehicles have navigation and an English interface is available on request. Car rental companies will require an International Drivers License and a credit card with passport ID, apart from that its as easy as 123....