Niseko Access & Transfers

Accessing Niseko & the wider area has never been easier

Accessing Niseko & the wider area has never been easier

Niseko & Chalet Ivy Hirafu is within easy access to New Chitose International Airport, along with some of Japan’s most culturally celebrated areas including Sapporo & Otaru, as well as a range of other smaller resorts.

We can assist to arrange for private transfer to and from the airport, please click here to ensure the smoothest of travel.

For bus transfers, please book directly through the links on this page.

Niseko is a 2 hour drive from the areas closest airport, New Chitose International Airport, and Sapporo city, Hokkaido’s lively capital and a renowned cultural hot spot. The area is accessible via train & bus throughout all seasons, connecting the area directly with Otaru, Sapporo & New Chitose International Airport.

Chalet Ivy Hirafu strongly recommends avoiding driving a private or rental vehicle during the winter months given the heavy snow the region experiences.

Private Transfers

Private Transfers are the most convenient and comfortable way to get around in and out of the Niseko area. Chalet Ivy Hirafu can assist in booking private transfers between New Chitose International Airport, Sapporo and our hotel.

Book Private Transfers With Us
Other Transfers

Niseko is conveniently accessible by bus & train throughout the year, connecting the area to other major destinations in Hokkaido. You can use the links below to plan your transfers, though please note Chalet Ivy Hirafu is unable to assist in reservations, arrangements & the accuracy or information for the public transport options below.

Shuttle bus service Public bus service
White liner
Resort liner
Chuo bus
Donan bus

Please also note the availability of winter bus schedules varies and are usually available for booking in October / November depending on the bus companies.

Train
JR schedule
Free Ski Shuttle Bus

Our convenient shuttle services will get you around Niseko in comfort. To get to and from Chalet Ivy Hirafu and DOT BASE and Gondola, guests need only hop aboard our free shuttle!

Operation: 0830 – 1700
– The ski shuttle only goes to DOT BASE and Gondola
– Pickup is not available at the family slope area
– Pickup call 0136 22 1123
– Please additionally see the ‘Important Notes’ section below

Important Notes

– The shuttle bus service is only for Chalet Ivy guests.
– The shuttle bus service is on a first-come-first-served basis. No reservation is required.
– Busy periods are to be expected particularly around dinner time. Please allow ample time to avoid missing the bus.
– In order to use the shuttle service, please present your room key card to the driver.
– The bus will depart from the lobby entrance.
– The shuttle bus service is only available as scheduled.
– The time schedule may be changed without any notice due to weather or traffic conditions.
– You are welcome to get off at any point on the bus route but must board at designated pickup locations.
– We highly recommend ordering a taxi in advance if you wish to travel outside of our scheduled time or route.

Kutchan Shuttle Bus
Dec 1 – Mar 5 only

Chalet Ivy Hirafu guests only, no reservations

Kutchan town center is a 10 to 20-minute drive from Chalet Ivy Hirafu. In addition to the Kutchan JR train station there are a variety of restaurants, supermarkets and other stores for groceries and basic necessities.

Our bus makes designated stops at convenience stores and supermarkets via its circular route between Kutchan and Hirafu.

Kutchan Shuttle Bus Timetable

Chalet Ivy 1730 1840 1935 2040 2130
Izumikyo 1733 1843 1938 2043 2133
MaxValu 1740 1850 1945 2050 2140
Lucky 1745 1855 1950 2055
JR Kutchan Station 1809 1859 1954 2059 2149
Plat Information Center 1810 1900 1955 2100 2150
MaxValu 1905 2000 2105 2155
Izumikyo 1912 2007 2112 2202
LAWSON 1914 2009 2114 2204
Chalet Ivy 1921 2011 2116 2206

Important Notes

Regarding our In-Area and Kutchan Shuttle Bus Service

– The shuttle bus service is only for Chalet Ivy guests.
– The shuttle bus service is on a first-come-first-served basis. No reservation is required.
– Busy periods are to be expected particularly around dinner time. Please allow ample time to avoid missing the bus.
– In order to use the shuttle service, please present your room key card to the driver.
– The bus will depart from the lobby entrance.
– The shuttle bus service is only available as scheduled.
– The time schedule may be changed without any notice due to weather or traffic conditions.
– You are welcome to get off at any point on the bus route but must board at designated pickup locations.
– We highly recommend ordering a taxi in advance if you wish to travel outside of our scheduled time or route.

Pick up & Drop off service: Welcome Center and JR Station

We can pick up and drop off at these key locations:

Welcome Center
– 0800 to 2100 (Jan to Mar & Dec only)
– 0800 to 1800 (Apr to Nov only)

JR Kutchan Station
– 0800 to 1800

A reservation is required for the above pick up service. Please make your reservation one day before by 1700.

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