Kiroro is an up-and-coming resort with uncrowded slopes, more powder than Niseko and arguably some of the best tree skiing in Japan. This modern ski resort was built in 1991 and is located just two hours from New Chitose Airport in Sapporo. Kiroro is located 1 hour from Niseko so makes for a great addition to a Hokkaido powder tour. The terrain and hotels are both family friendly.
Spread over two peaks the pistes are varied and well-groomed, but the real appeal of Kiroro ski holidays is its Powder Zone and off-piste - the backcountry was recently opened up, with three designated points giving easy access. For the best powder skiing, we usually head for the trees.
There’s no real village at Kiroro. Instead, there are two resort-style hotels The Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort and The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel. Both offer shops, restaurants and facilities that include swimming pools, onsens and karaoke. Both properties are available through Skimax.
How to get there
The closest airport to Kiroro is Sapporo Chitose. When flying from Australia one stopover is required, the fastest route is via Tokyo (either Narita or Haneda airports) and then on to Sapporo Chitose (CTS). The direct flight from Sydney arrives into Haneda airport, whereas any direct flight from Melbourne or Brisbane arrives into Narita airport. Flight time to Tokyo is approximately 10 hours and 1h 35mins from Tokyo to Sapporo Chitose.
The city of Tokyo makes a great stopover destination; the city is full of culture and history while still offering an unlimited amount of shopping, dining and entertainment options. We recommend 3 days to enjoy all this city has to offer.
Another option is to fly via Hong Kong. Flight time to Hong Kong (HKG) is approximately 9h 30mins and 4h 45mins from Hong Kong to Sapporo Chitose (CTS). This city delivers a unique mix of East meets West and is home to some of the best cuisine around. We recommend 3 days to explore the city.
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