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 studio tdes, MSK JR Apartment, Kutchan
The Daily English Show was produced in Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan from October 2006 to July 2009 (with a break in 2007 when we toured Canada).
Kutchan is the name of the town we lived in and the ski area (including several resorts) is known as Niseko. The Daily English Show started in Tokyo in April 2006. We moved to Kutchan in October 2006 and set up our studio opposite the North Kutchan Post Office. In December 2008 we moved the studio to MSK JR Apartment.
When The Daily English Show was in Niseko, the show featured the Niseko Snow Report.
Studio tdes also wrote a Japanese language learning column for Powderlife Magazine (published in issues 10 to 17) and ran informal Japanese lessons in Hirafu.
Here are some Niseko links you may find useful. Click the tdes link to see people, places etc that have appeared on The Daily English Show. If you know of a site that isn't on here, please tell us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please let us know about any typos or mistakes in the links - thanks!
niseko info
Kutchan - Wikipedia
Niseko Hirafu - Guide, Japanese
Niseko - Guide, Japanese
The Kutchannel - Forum, news, English/some Japanese tdes
Powderlife - Events, noticeboard, news, free magazine, directory, English tdes
Pirca Niseko - Events, info, Japanese
Niseko Guide - Directory, English
Niseko Snow - Guide, directory, forum, English
Welcome Niseko - Guide, English
Niseko Links - Directory, English
Niseko Tourism - Directory, English/Japanese
Niseko Sap - Tokai University student project
Niseko Info - Japanese, some English, Niseko info and video
The Cable - Niseko news, English
Q Tabi - Travel info
Powderhounds - Australian ski + snowboard guide


niseko video
The Daily English Show - English language show, formerly based in Kutchan
tdes niseko - Extra videos produced in Niseko by studio tdes
TDES Niseko Snow Report - 2008/9 season snow report from The Daily English Show
Break Kutchan - Japanese video introducing Kutchan

niseko ski resorts
Niseko Annupuri - Annupuri
Niseko United - Hirafu, Annupuri, Higashiyama, Hanazono
Niseko Village - Higashiyama

niseko blogs - Japanese
Niseko Yurt Village - Restaurants, bars, Hirafu tdes
Ramacipan - Natural yeast bread, made in Kutchan tdes
SAS Scott Adventure Sports - Adventure sports
Ikoinomura - Accommodation, Annupuri
Kitakitsune - Accommodation, Annupuri
Loaf Lounge - Bar and Skate bowl in Kutchan tdes
Yamaloco - Designer
Izumikyo - Accommodation
Brat - Accommodation
Niseko 343 - Mountain shop
Niseko Tabi - Accommodation
NOASC - Adventure Sports
Good Sports - Adventure Sports
Bontak - Tune and repair snowboard shop
Niseko Now - Hotel Kanronomori
Senchou - Izakaya
W.S.B Eijiblog - Kutchan bar
Scenic Byway - Scenic night event
Shirokuma - Accommodation
Lion Adventure - Adventure Sports

niseko blogs - English
Niseko Yurt Village - Restaurants and bar in yurts
Niseko Info - Snow info etc, by instructor from NGSA tdes
AAC Niseko - Australian Alpine Club

niseko print media
Powderlife Niseko - Free English magazine for English-speaking locals and tourists tdes

niseko design, IT
Katsuki - Web design tdes
Mountain Design - Web design, etc
Konnichiwa Japan - Software development, based in Sapporo  

niseko photography, video, film
Neil Hartmann - based in Sapporo

niseko art
Pottery at Jam Garden - Pottery shop and studio tdes
FAF Koubo - Pottery
ST Gallery - Painting, photography
RAM - Metal
Musee Keou Nishimura - Painting, sketch, print
Pon Nitay - Clothing, postcards

niseko music
Yotei Daiko Serve Association - Taiko (Japanese drumming)

niseko transport
Cool Star - luxury mini-buses
Niseko Auto - Rental cars and sales
Kutchan Night Go Bus - (Almost) free bus from Kutchan to Hirafu

niseko winter sports activities
Powder Company / PowCom - Guides, board test center
NGSA Niseko Global Ski Academy - Ski lessons, telemark skiing, guiding tdes
Pro Powder - Lessons etc. tdes
The Hero - Guiding, instructing etc.
Sheesa Riding Camp - Guiding, instructing etc.
Post Niseko (formerly Loaf Bowl) - skateboard bowl tdes
Niseko Base (Ski Japan)
Discovery U - snowshoe tours
NSA - snowmobile, snowcat
NISS - Ski and snowboard lessons, Hanazono and Hirafu
NOC Niseko Outdoor Centre - Ski lessons, igloo building, snowshoe tours
Paintball - Snowshoe paintball
Niseko Weiss - CAT ski, snowmobile park tdes
Mother Goose Snowboard School - snowboard lessons
Niseko Academy Snowsports School - Instructor training, lessons

niseko summer sports activities
UKKA - Rafting
Discovery U - Tree Climbing, eco trekking
Good Sports - Rafting
NAC Niseko Adventure Centre - Rafting, canyoning, climbing, trekking etc
NOASC Niseko Outdoor Adventure Center- Rafting, canyoning, ducky, bridge swing, hiking, indoor abseiling etc.
Niseko Balloon - Hot air balloon

niseko equipment - rent, buy, repair
Gentem Stick - Custom snowboards
Toyru - Skis, telemark skis, climbing gear
Bontak - Tune and repair snowboard shop
Niseko 343 - Rentals, tune, shop
Niseko Grand Hirafu - Rental skis, boards, gear
Demo - Rental skis, boards, gear (next door to clothing shop Fusion)
NOASC - Ski, snowboard rentals
Niseko Powder Boards - Rental skis, boards (Java)
Rythm & Beats - Rental skis, boards (Deep Powder Tours/Ski Japan)
Inski - Rental skis, boards; Clothing shop (Australian chain)
Larry Adler - Rental skis, boards (Australian chain)

niseko onsens
Ikinomura - Annupuri
Yugokorotei - Annupuri
Kanronomori - Moiwa
Popolo - Hotel Scot, Hirafu
Green Leaf Hotel - Higashiyama (Niseko Village)
Hirafutei - Hirafu
J-First - Hirafu
Kiranoyu - Niseko station

niseko massage, body
Niseko Massage - Massage, Hirafu, Australia House, Hirafu tdes
Beauty Spa - Massage, facials, body treatment, Niseko Northern Resort, Annupuri
Java Massage - Java House, Hirafu
White Tara - Thai massage
Nagomi - Chiropractic
Fum Fum - Aromatherapy
Wakka Spa - Hilton Hotel, Higashiyama (Niseko Village)
Niseko Physio - Sports injuries, taping, rehabilitation etc., Australia House, Hirafu
Karada - Ashifumi (traditional Japanese massage), J-Sekka, Hirafu
Alam Sari - Traditional Balinese massage, Woody Note, Hirafu
Also: Yo's Natural Therapies (ph: 090 5071 8212)
Thai massage / foot relaxation - inside Pension SchiHeil, Hirafu

kutchan cafes, restaurants, bars
Loaf Lounge | blog - Skate, pool, ping pong, bar, shop, cafe, no cover charge, free wifi
mecca and smooth - Bar, cover charge
Be - Bar, no cover charge, pool table, darts
Pelican Burger - Burgers, coffee * free wireless internet
Cafe Kaku - Pizza, coffee, beer, live Jazz
Usagiya - Tempura, soba
Cocoroya - Cafe
Ruhiel - Gelato

kutchan shops
Cocoroya - Souvenirs
Boom - Snowboard shop
M Pocket - Alcohol, import food

niseko bread
Ramacipan - Natural yeast bread, Kutchan - by order only tdes
A-Bu-Cha - Bakery and cafe, Hirafu

niseko shops
Niseko View Plaza - Locally-produced vegetables, farmer's market
Niseko Shuzo - Nihon-shu

niseko cafes, restaurants, bars
Lohas - Japanese restaurant, Annupuri
Niseko Northern Resort An'nupuri - Buffet Restaurant, Annupuri
Ezo pub - Higashiyama, inside Hilton, happy hour every day 6-7pm

hirafu bars
Samurai Bar - Bar inside a yurt, with fire tdes
Jam Cafe Bar - Japanese bar, cafe, happy hour 5-6pm
The Northern Fox - Live music
Gyu+ - Bar, fridge door
Bar Barunba - Indonesian-style bar, small
Apres Bar - Australian bar, next to slope, inside Hotel Scot
Wild Bill's - Tex-mex, pool table, darts
Java Bar - Bar, free wifi
Blo Blo - Bar, small
Paddy McGinty's - Irish pub
Paul's Cafe - Belgium beer
Also: Red Bar, Splash, Yuki Bar

hirafu cafes, restaurants, izakayas
Kabuki - Okonomiyaki and teppanyaki
Bhozan - Nepalese curry tdes
Dragon - Italian, pasta, wine, bar
Bouken Kazoku - Traditional Japanese food, near Hirafu, bookings only
Mozart - Cafe, restaurant
A-Bu-Cha - Cafe, bakery, bar
JoJo's - Cafe, above NAC
Gentem Cafe - Inside yurt, near Hirafu
Bang Bang - Izakaya
Senchou - Izakaya
Sekka - Fusion restaurant, bar, shop
Raku - Izakaya
Tsubara Tsubara - curry, near Hirafu
Kamimura - Australian restaurant
Sakamoto - Sushi, Izakaya
Hamakko - Izakaya
Santana - cafe, bar
Komekichi - Onigiri Cafe, by gondola
Syokusai Hirafu - Hotel Niseko Alpen
Izakaya Yukisato - Niseko Kogen Hotel
Edelweiss - Hotel Niseko Alpen
Slalom - Hotel Niseko Alpen
Supur - Hotel Niseko Alpen
Cow Bell - Hotel Niseko Alpen
Payoka - Kogen Ski Center
Piruka - Kogen Ski Center
Yakiniku Yotei - Kogen Ski Center
Also: Lumberjack - Curry ph 0136 22 3086

hirafu shops
Fusion - Clothes
Sakura Gift Shop -  Traditional Japanese gifts etc.
Also: Omoshiro Box - Original handmade goods, fair trade goods etc, Pension Schiheil ph 080 6583 3939

niseko services
Japanese for Powder People - Japanese lessons for tourists
Niseko Wine Supply - Order Australian wine
Niseko Cuisine - In-house catering
En - In-house catering
Niseko Gourmet - In-house catering
Hirafu Kids - Childcare
Niseko Consulting - Real estate consulting services
Japan Snowfields Property Loan - Commonwealth Bank Australia

near niseko
Kinoko Oukoku - Mushroom shop

niseko jobs
The Kutchannel - local site, noticeboard
Powderlife - local site/mag, noticeboard

niseko annual events
Namara Ippatsu - Ski, board jumping; March
Scenic Night - An evening of candle light from Chitose to Niseko
Niseko Utari Festival - Music festival

niseko accommodation - accommodation lists, tours
Niseko accommodation - Find out what's available now
Japan Ski Experience - UK and Japan based tour operator
MSK JR Apartment - Kutchan, rent rooms or apartments by the month
Niseko Holiday - Lodges in Hirafu
Annupuri Village - Chalets in Annupuri
Snow Japan - List of accommodation in Niseko
Niseko Powder Holidays - accommodation, guest services, tours
Hokkaido Tracks - High-end accommodation, guest services
Welcome Niseko - Lodges in Hirafu
Ski Japan - Australian tour company | Snowwave | Summer Japan
Deep Powder Tours - Australian tour company
Niseko Management Service - Accommodation, property management
Niseko Powder Connection - Accommodation, tours
The Niseko Company - Accommodation, guest services (West Canada Homes/Properties)

niseko accommodation - lodge, pension, backpackers, B&B
Australia House - Lodge opposite Seicomart in Hirafu
Oasis Lodge - Annupuri
Annupuri Lodge - Lodge, Annupuri
Milky House - Lodge, Annupuri
Jam Garden - Near Hirafu tdes
Saison Club - Chalets and rooms tdes
Izumikyo - Chalets, near Hirafu
Shizenkan - Lodge and backpackers, Hirafu
Lodge Fujii - Lodge, Hirafu
Lodge Bamboo - Lodge, Hirafu
DB Lodge - Lodge, Higashiyama
Pension Moorea - Pension/lodge, Hirafu
Grandpapa - Hotel/lodge/pension, Hirafu
Alpine Central - Lodge, Hirafu
The Red Ski House - Lodge, Hirafu
Snowgum Lodge - Lodge, near Hirafu (Izumikyo)
Slowlife - Lodge, Hirafu (NPH)
Captain Hirafu - Semi-catered chalet and B&B lodge, Hirafu tdes
Hakuunso - Lodge, Hirafu
Lodge Ronde - Chalets, apartments
Base Lodge - Lodge, Hirafu (NPH)
Tabinokosaten - Lodge
Pension Fuu - Pension, near Hirafu
Kanon - Pension and log house, Hirafu
Kimamaya - Lodge, Hirafu
Blowhard - Lodge, Hirafu
Freedom Inn - Lodge, Hanazono
Bouken Kazoku - Lodge, near Hirafu
Shirokuma - Cottage
Alberta Lodge - Hirafu
Pension Popcorn - Hirafu
Woody Note - Hirafu

niseko accommodation - hotels
Ikoinomura - Annupuri
Kanronomori - Moiwa  tdes
Green Leaf Hotel - Higashiyama tdes
Hilton Niseko Village - Higashiyama
J-First - Hirafu
Waisu - near Kutchan

niseko accommodation - apartments
Casi 67 - High-end apartment

niseko real estate, property development
Izumikyo - Real Estate
West Canada Properties - Real estate | West Canada Homes - Custom building
North Base Niseko - Real estate
Niseko Property - Real estate
Hokkaido Tracks - Developer | Tracks Real Estate - Real estate (Hokkaido Tracks)
Ridgerunner - Developer
Nisade - Real estate, development etc.
Niseko Reality Sales (NOASC) - Real estate
Niseko Life Plan - Real estate
Hokkaido Real Estate - Real estate
Holiday Niseko - Property management
Niseko Home Design - Architect, building
Ikee Architecture - Design, construction
Niseko RPM - Property management | Niseko RDC - Design, construction

niseko developments, properties
Japan Powder Lodges - own a share in an Australian ski lodge