Rusutsu

Rusutsu is one of the most popular ski resort in Japan!!

Rusutsu Resort is considered one of the best ski resorts in Hokkaido with good powder and a variety of long runs. Rusutsu has 3 main mountains - East, West and Mt Isola offering a moderate terrain for beginners, wide open cruisers for intermediates and an endless selection of glade, off-piste powder for experts.

Location
Rusutsu, located on the island of Hokkaido, Northern Japan, is a year round destination for both Japanese and international holiday makers.

How to get there
From Chitose Airport: 2 hours by bus
From Sapporo: 1 hour and 30 minutes by bus
From Tokyo: 3 hours by plane & bus
From Osaka: 4 hours by plane & bus


Commonly you will need to fly into New Chitose Airport (Sapporo) or arrive on a domestic flight from Tokyo or Osaka. Bus transfers are the most convenient and economical way to get to Rusutsu from Sapporo New-Chitose Airport or Sapporo City. The bus to Rusutsu takes about 1.5 - 2 hours depending on road conditions and your drop off point.  

Mountain Statistics 
Ski Season: December to April
Mountain Elevation: 994 meters
Snowfall Average: 14 meters
Longest Run: 3.5 km
Steepest Run: 37 Degrees
Numbers of Courses: 37
Number of Lifts: 13 chairlifts, 4 Gondolas
Terrain: Beginner: 30%, Intermediate: 40%, Advanced: 30%

 

Rusutsu Trail Map  Click link to PDF file Rusutsu Weather  Click link to Snow Forecast.com
   


Shuttle buses
From late Novemeber to early April, a free shuttle bus for resort guests operates daily between Sapporo and the resort. The bus departs from the Rusutsu Resort Sapporo Office near Sapporo Station in the morning and returns to Sapporo in the evening. Also from December to early April multiple buses run daily between Sapporo and Rusutsu resort, operated by Donan Bus and Hokkaido Access Network. Buses continue on to Niseko and Lake Toya. Reservations are required in advance.

Restaurants & Nightlife
The hotel complex offers lots of meal options for around  ¥4800.  Ordering a la carte can be around ¥2000.  Or you can leave the complex and walk down the road to a few small restaurants for a much more reasonably priced meal average ¥800 to ¥2000 that will still be tasty, while drinks are around ¥600. On-mountain lunch facilities all offer similar menus, and offer basic reasonable and tasty food. However in terms of night lift there is very little.


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