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Location of Rusutsu Resort on Hokkaido 

rusutsu Resort at a glance:

  • Rusutsu is on the Island of Hokkaido, Japan's north island.
  • Sapporo is the major city on Hokkaido & this is the easiest place to fly into if going to Rusutsu.
  • The main Sapporo airport is south of the city in the town of Chitose. It is the New Chitose Airport (CTS).
  • Rusutsu is a 90 minute drive from both downtown Sapporo and New Chitose Airport.
  • Once at Rusutsu, you are isolated from any city or town but Rusutsu is a sprawling resort complex with plenty of services, restaurants, bars, and activities to keep you busy.
  • Rusutsu has 3 skiable mountains, West Mt., East Mt., and Mt. Isola. All are connected by lifts, gondolas, and a monorail.
  • 18 total lifts, 4 gondolas, terrain park, Sidecountry park, night skiing, and tree-skiing is allowed. 

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RUSUTSU IS A ONE STOP RESORT FOR YOUR JAPANESE VACATION. LOCATED ON HOKKAIDO THIS ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED:  SHRED UNTRACKED POW ALL DAY AND BE ENTERTAINED ALL NIGHT. THERE ARE TWO CAMPUSES CONNECTED WITH A MONORAIL, AND YOU’VE GOT ACCESS TO BARS / RESTAURANTS / SHOPS AND PLENTY FOR THE KIDS. 

“IT’S DISNEY LAND OF JAPAN”
 

Hokkaido is where the accounts of perfect snow come from. The frigid air that blows off of Siberia and across the Sea of Japan dries out this otherwise coastal snowpack. The result is a continuous supply of dry and light and fluffy powder to be enjoyed. Like you've heard, perfect.

Rusutsu itself is located an easy 90 minute bus ride from Sapporo, the population hub of Hokkaido and scene of the 1972 Winter Olympics. Rusutsu is easy to get to and it's large and modern, but it lacks the international reputation of neighbor Niseko. This keeps the crowds manageable and the snow pristine. In traditional Japanese style, no detail is overlooked at this resort. From a luxury 24-story all-suite tower to the adjacent hotel complex, and all of the amenities and activities in between, it's tough to feel bored here. If the snow isn't falling and you've already been snowmobiling, dog-sledding, snow rafting, snowshoeing, sledding, and night skiing; then stay inside and tour the bars, restaurants, shops, arcade, merry-go-round (within an indoor village), onsen (Japanese hot bath), pool, water slide, gym, more restaurants, another onsen, singing tree, and whatever else you happen to find within this sprawling complex. Then retire to your room and wait for the snow to fall again because it's never long between storms. 

Simply put, Rusutsu is the hidden gem within an area of the world's best powder. If you are really looking to ski in Japan, then Rusutsu must be on your list of places to go.