Little do many of the winter ski revelers know that Niseko is only a 45 minutes drive to the coast Being on a small island, you have two coasts to choose from, the Sea of Japan or Pacfic Ocean.
Both areas are beautiful in their unique rugged way. The Japanese coastline is a sight for any visitor - vertical cliffs, unbelievably deep forest greens and super clear water.
On the Sea of Japan side, the fishing is unbelievable. A key spot is Shakotan, about 1.5hrs drive from Niseko. The bed and breakfast (a Ryokan called Uni-Ya) there is owned by a local fisherman who serves up the best sushi I would say in all of Hokkaido. Fish are caught at 6am and on your plate by lunch - the ultimate in fresh sushi.
Many current Niseko property owners are making their way up in summer to experience the green side of Niseko and its surrounding areas.
Pic: Coastal Shakotan.