Mt. Yotei stands 1,898 m tall and spans five towns and villages, including Hokkaido's iconic resort Niseko as well as Kutchan, Kyogoku, Kimobetsu, and Makkari. The mountain is also called Yezo Fuji owing to its resemblance to Mt. Fuji, and many sightseers visit to gaze upon its sublime silhouette.
Niseko is a hub for sightseeing. There are several locations spotting a stunning view around the area, though the observation deck on Niseko-Annupuri is the pick of the bunch. Take the gondola up from the base of the mountain to the observation deck, which is perched about 800 m above sea level. There's no better place than here for a panoramic view of Mt. Yotei; the volcanic cone rises majestically from the plains, contrasting the village streetscape in the foreground.
The region is a year-round drawcard. Winter blankets the region in Hokkaido's renowned fine powder snow. In the warmer months, activities such as canoeing, rafting, trekking, fishing, golfing, and horse riding abound.
The area bristles with accommodation, hosting many onsen (hot spring) hotels and resort hotels nearby.
Niseko is the main hub for sightseeing.
From the Sapporo Station Bus Terminal, take the Express Bus Niseko-go run by Chuo Bus for 2 hours and 50 minutes and get off at Hondori.
Alternatively, from JR Sapporo Station, take the train for about 2 hours and 30 minutes to JR Niseko Station.
Ride the Gondola to a Spot with a Prime View of Mt. Yotei
Niseko-Annupuri, an active volcano 1,308 m above sea level north-west of Mt. Yotei, knows fame as a ski resort. Gondolas run even during summer, rising from the Mountain Base Station at 320 m to the Mountain Top Station at 820 m. The observation deck features a stunning panoramic view of Mt. Yotei.
- Niseko Grand Hirafu Summer Gondola
9:00am–4:00pm between mid-July and late September (may vary depending on the season), open every day during this period. A return ticket costs 1,100 JPY for adults, 550 JPY for children, and is free of charge for preschool children. The base station is 15 minutes by car from JR Kutchan Station.
Relish Dairy Sweets at the Foot of Mt. Yotei
The Takahashi Dairy Farm runs a sweet shop at the foot of Mt. Yotei. The dairy is fastidious about the quality of its milk, paying careful attention to all areas starting with the quality of soil in the pasture for its cattle to graze. There are many types of sweet treats that use fresh milk to enhance that flavors of their ingredients. The shop offers a wide assortment of sweets, including soft-serve ice cream and gelato with a refreshing aftertaste, cream puffs and roll cakes laden with cream, and yogurt drinks. The large site also includes an outdoor sports store, a restaurant, a cheese shop, a pizzeria, and other facilities. The dairy sweets taste particularly superb when coupled with the view of Mt. Yotei.
- Milk Workshop at Niseko Takahashi Dairy Farm
9:30am–6:00pm (closes at 5:30pm in the winter, times vary between facilities), closed during the New Year's holiday period. The Takahashi Dairy Farm is 12 minutes by car from JR Niseko Station.
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