To snow-sports enthusiasts, Niseko is synonymous with Champagne-powder snow and world-class winter resorts. But is there life in this part of Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's main islands, at other times of the year when the army of international skiers and snowboarders are absent?
The zip line trail at Niseko Village is not just the longest in Hokkaido but also, arguably, the most scenic. The dormant volcano in the distance is none other than Mt Yotei, also known as Ezo Fuji because of its resemblance to Japan’s most revered mountain. The word Ezo, by the way, is the old name for Hokkaido.
Let's put it this way, if the two giants of Niseko _ I mean Mt Annupuri, where the district's four resorts are located, and Mt Yotei, the stand-alone, cone-shaped volcano that dominates the eastern skyline with its majestic presence _ could speak, the answer would be a unanimous, and sonorous: "Hai!"