When staying in Niseko you are strongly advised to carry cash denominated in Japanese Yen. If you have cash in other currencies, you can exchange it for Japanese Yen at very competitive rates in the NGS office, opposite the Welcome Centre here:
Alternatively, upon arrival at New Chitose International airport you can also access money from the ATM located on the arrivals floor of the airport. Directions can be found at the information desk manned by English speaking staff.
If you do run low on Japanese yen while in Niseko you can always get the bus into Kutchan, where you can access an international ATM machine which is located in the Kutchan post office. Please note that the ATM machine is limited to weekdays up until 6pm and Saturday mornings only.
For your convenience, peace of mind and to receive the best currency exchange rate it is highly advisable to obtain Japanese Yen before you leave your home country.
In Hirafu Village there is only one international ATM located in Yamashizen. It accepts MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus, Visa, American Express, Diner Club, China Union Pay and Discover Cards for cash advances.
In Kutchan the main Post Office and all 7-Eleven convenience stores have international ATMs.
If you wish to exchange traveller’s cheques you will need to travel to the Hokuyo Bank in Kutchan which is the adjacent town to Niseko Village.
As a general rule be advised that credit cards are NOT accepted in in most local shops and restaurants.
NISEKO MONEY EXCHANGE
Most major currencies can be exchanged in Niseko including:
$USD $CAD $AUD $NZD $HKD CNY KRW £GBP €EUR CHF
In Hirafu you can exchange currency at IKEUCHI NISEKO (ATM), HT Holidays, and the NGS office (reference exchange rate) next to the Welcome Centre; and in Kutchan at the main post office, Hokuyo Bank (on the corner of Eki-mae Dori and Route 5) and the supermarket LUCKY Kutchan.
NOTE: daily withdrawal limits may apply
Travellers cheques can be cashed in most major currencies, including USD, CAD, AUD, NZD, GBP, EUR, at Hokuyo Bank and the main post office which are both in Kutchan. Please ask your accommodation provider to contact these places to find out which travellers cheques they deal in.
There are international ATMs (with English instructions) in Hirafu at SHIKI Niseko (1F – just beside Supermarket & Deli) as well as in Kutchan and Niseko towns at Hilton Niseko Village, the post offices and 7-Elevens. The main post office in the Kutchan downtown is on Eki-mae Dori (the main street), past Route 5 from the train station.
Both towns are a 10-15 minute taxi or bus ride away. A taxi will cost about JPY5000 return. A bus will cost about JPY800 return per person, but if you are a Niseko All Mountain Pass holder, you can board a town bus for free. If you have a 12-point ticket, it requires 1 point to ride a bus. Others can use buses with regular bus fare.
The cards and networks accepted at post office ATMs are: Visa, Visa Electron, Plus, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, China UnionPay, and Discover.
Please note that there may be restrictions on the different accounts you can access for different banks and networks, for example credit and cheque accounts on debit cards on the Cirrus/Maestro/Plus networks.
If you are going to a post office in Kutchan or Niseko towns solely to use the ATM, it might be a good idea to ask your accommodation provider to call the post office before you make the trip down. The main post office ATM is open weekdays 8.45am-7pm and weekends 9am-5pm. It may be closed on holidays. The ATMs in Seicomart do not accept international credit or debit cards. It only accepts domestic bank cards. However, purchases may be made at the counter at Seicomart and Lawson with major cards including Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
|TOWN||BUILDING||LOCATION||DAYS OPEN||HOURS OPEN||LINKS|
|HIRAFU||SHIKI Niseko||1F (SEVEN BANK ATM)||Everyday||7:00-22:00|
|KUTCHAN||Post Office||Kutchan Main Office||Mon-Fri|
Sat, Sun, Holidays
|KUTCHAN||Post Office||Kutchan North||Mon-Fri|
Sat, Sun, Holidays
|KUTCHAN||Post Office||Kutchan South||Mon-Fri|
Sat, Sun, Holidays
|KUTCHAN||SEVEN ELEVEN||Kutchan Moto-match||Everyday||24hr|
|KUTCHAN||SEVEN ELEVEN||Kutchan Yakuba-mae||Everyday||24hr|
|KUTCHAN||LUCKY Kutchan||(SEVEN BANK ATM)||Everyday||9:30-21:00|
|KUTCHAN||MAX VALU||(Mizuho BANK ATM)||Everyday||10:00-23:00|
|NISEKO||HILTON Niseko Village||(AEON Bank ATM)||Everyday||24hr|
|NISEKO||Post Office||Niseko Main office||Mon-Fri|