Local History

1899Yamada Onsen opens on the east slope of Niseko Annupuri (today’s Grand Hirafu area).
1902Hokkaido Railway Company opens the Hakodate Main Line between Otaru and Hakodate.
1904Kutchan Sta., Hirafu Sta., Makkara Sta. (today’s Niseko Sta.), Konbu Sta., and Rankoshi Sta. open on the Hakodate Main Line.
1919The Ski Club of Hokkaido University holds a training session at Aoyama Onsen in the Konbugawa district of Rankoshi Town. This marks the beginning of Niseko as a ski destination.
1928Prince Chichibu visits Mt. Niseko Annupuri and Mt. Chisenupuri to ski.
1961In anticipation of the All-Japan Ski Championships Alpine scheduled for the following year, Niseko Kogen Kanko Co., Ltd. is founded. Development of ski resort at Yamada Onsen becomes active. Niseko’s first ski lift is constructed. Niseko Kogen Hirafu Ski Resort opens. It is named after Hirafu Station, the nearest Railway station.
1965St. Moritz Lift Co., Ltd. commences business at the Niseko Hirafu area.
1972At the southwest slopes of Mt. Niseko Annupuri, the Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort opens.
1982At the south slope of Mt. Niseko Annupuri, the Niseko Higashiyama Ski Resort opens.
1985The Niseko Kogen Kanko Co., Ltd. comes under the umbrella of Tokyu Land Corp.
1992Tokyu Land Corp. establishes the Niseko Hanazono Ski Resort on the northeast slope of Niseko Annupuri.
1993Electronic lift tickets are introduced, allowing skiers to use the lifts of all the ski resorts at Niseko Annupuri.
2004Niseko Kogen Kanko Co., Ltd. merges St. Moritz Lift Co., Ltd. The Hirafu Alpen, the Kogen, and the Hanazono are integrated into Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu.
Tokyu Land Corporation sells the Niseko Hanazono Ski Resort to Australian-owned Nihon Harmony Resort KK.