Niseko Black

When we first moved to Niseko five or so years ago, after 15 years working in Tokyo and a total of 20 years in banking, the last thing on my mind was starting a business here. Time to kick back I thought, improve my snowboarding, play some golf, maybe even a little fishing whilst enjoying the stunning beauty that is present all year round in Hokkaido. As we got to know the place however, experienced the amazing food, the healthy lifestyle and saw how much fun kids and adults alike can have around here in all seasons, I became interested in setting up a business here that would help to provide these experiences, albeit in bite size chunks, to visitors. We set up Niseko Black as a luxury travel concierge – specialising in taking care of literally everything from touchdown in Japan to when you leave; with one simple aim – to make sure you have the best holiday ever. Lofty aspirations indeed! Having been the customer for many years myself (and an often difficult one to say the least!) certainly helps in trying to anticipate the myriad needs of our clients. When, however, you are trying to deliver world class hospitality outside the major metropolises, it is impossible to do so without a close circle of local people, businesses and institutions. It is these people that ultimately represent the uniqueness of not just Niseko but Japan in general. They are are also the people that enable us to source amazing produce (you know who you are Denis!), organise special and unique activities (thank you Saori!), accommodate changeable restaurant bookings at peak times (way too many to mention) and generally achieve the impossible at very short notice (Chris H its all you mate!). We will attempt to focus on some of these locals in future articles, to try and give you a small insight into just how Niseko manages to consistently leave visitors with massive smiles, multiple amazing tales and an absolute certainty that they will return in Winter or Summer, with family or business colleagues, but definitely to return….;)


432-21 Niseko, Hokkaido Prefecture 048-1511

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