Thanks guys getting excited at my desk been learning Japanese online haha
SklarThere are also lots of places to go in Hokkaido that aren't Niseko. I've gone to Hokkaido twice and only driven through Niseko, never stayed there or skied in the resorts.
Ethan summed things up pretty well, although I've never skied on Honshu.
springvisualsI was in Hakuba for a month and it was sick! I stayed in Happo and mostly skied at 47 and Happo One but there are so many places to check out like Cortina as well. Tree skiing is a little different in Japan they take their wildlife preservation on mountains seriously and it is actually illegal to ski in trees at certain mountains so be sure to triple check before heading in. The nightlife in Happo is pretty awesome too, it is A LOT of Australians. If you want great food check out Lucky Pete's Cafe and Bar some fire food and Pete is a really cool dude to just sit and talk with at the end of the day. The Lion Cafe right across from Lawson in Happo also has some great burgers definitely the best in the area that I got to try. There is a foot onsen diagonally across to chill at and dip the feet after a long day of riding as well. I noticed that even the local Japanese love trying to speak English and actually appreciate when you try to learn their language and culture as well.