The IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology meeting in Hokkaido, Japan (January 2025)

Niseko Mountain Range

- Location of the meeting
The IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology meeting in 2025 will be held from 21 to 23 January in Niseko, Japan. Niseko is a mountain town in Hokkaido, the northern most island of Japan. The town is situated in the southwestern part of the island, 2-3 hours' drive from Sapporo (the captial of Hokkaido) as well as from the nearest Chitose Airport. Some international flights are operated to Sapporo Chitose Airport, but travelers from Europe or America usually connect their flights at Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya. It's 1.5 hour flight from Tokyo to Chitose. Niseko is well known for heavy snow fall. The mean snow depth in February at 1000 m a.s.l. was 3.3 m according to a record from 1996 to 2019.

- Meeting venue and accommodation
The venue of the meeting is Hilton Niseko Village, a hotel at the foot of Niseko mountain range. A meeting room for ~50 people is booked and guestrooms for single, double or three people are available. A special feature of this venue is its direct access to skiing slopes from a gondra station situated in the building. Booking your rooms in the hotel is the most convinient option, although it is possible to find another nearby accommodation if you prefer. Hilton Niseko Village offers rooms with reduced rates below:

~100 Euro for sharing a room with three people
~140 Euro for sharing a room with two people
~260 Euro for single use
(/person /night, including breakfast, excluding dinner)

Please wait until the hotel opens an online booking site in June. We will annouce as soon as the booking site is ready. We will also discuss with the hotel how to organize people who want to share a room with someone elso.

On 24 January, a backcoutry snow activity with skis/snowshoes will be organized. This will be an opportunity to inspect gliding properties of deep snow in Niseko. The field activity is supported by mountain guides in the region.
Niseko Mountain Guide Coyote, youtube site

Registration and abstract submission will be in August-October. Please wait for our annoucement. At this moment, please consider your participation and plan your trip in advance. Here, you can find information of Niseko, Hilton Niseko Village and the Niseko United ski resort.
Niseko Tourism website
Hilton Niseko Village
Niseko United Ski Resourt website
Slides presented in the IASC NAG meeting in January 2024

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Shin Sugiyiama
Local organizer of the 2025 IASC NAG meeting
Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University

IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology website