There is no better feeling after getting off a flight than having your chauffeur waiting at the arrival terminal to whisk you off in a private transfer to your chalet. This winter I did just that and travelled like a VIP to Hirafu Village in Niseko, Japan.

Best of all, it’s actually cheaper than taking a coach or public transport when you have a group of people. It’s when there are just the two of you when it can be the pricier option.

Private Transfer Driver Sign | Niseko, Japan

Travelling in Style

Our driver was waiting for us when we arrived. He helped us with our luggage and we walked all of 5 minutes to the exit where he loaded up the Alphard and we were on our way within minutes.

The drive from Chitose Airport to Niseko is beautiful and most transfers take you through a beautiful forest, past the beautiful Lake Shikotsu, then around stunning Mt Yotei when approaching the ski resorts.

Private transfers operate throughout winter and can be arranged via our concierge teams at Ministry of Villas and Powderlife.

Chitose Airport Transfer | Japan

How Much is a Private Transfer?

With private transfers, you can even arrange a supermarket stop on the way to your accommodation. This is a good idea if you want to stock up on a few groceries on the way. Most supermarkets are open to 9pm so if you are arriving before this time then it’s worth the stop. But most transfers will charge between Y5,000 – Y10,000 for a 30-minute stop.

For travellers with little ones, a baby seat or booster can be pre-booked at an additional charge.

Keep in mind in Niseko almost all transfers (private and public) will have terms and conditions that offer no refunds in the event of delayed flights or cancellations. In most cases, the transfer company will try and wait for you as long as possible but charges may apply.

Lucky Supermarket | Niseko, Japan
Chitose Airport Transfer Shopping Stop | Japan

Get Insurance!

We strongly recommend travel insurance to cover against cancellations from delayed or cancelled flights. But this is regardless of where in the world you travel, it’s always important to make sure you are covered in the event something happens that is out of your control.

The Welcome Centre Regional Junction | Niseko, Japan

For us there is no better option when travelling to have your own private transfer, but if you prefer you can also arrange a public bus or take the train.