Rusutsu is a quirky, Disney-style resort that offers almost unparalleled powder and tree skiing. Don’t be surprised to find a singing tree in the entrance way of the Rusutsu hotel and base, it’s all part of the charm.
With over 14 metres of snow a season it’s easy to see why this resort attracts powder seekers from around the world. The resort is made up of 3 mountains - East, West and Isola. Between the three there is terrain suited to all abilities, including gladed areas, wide groomed runs and open powder bowls. Freestyle fans should check out the natural terrain park, home to many a great photoshoot.
The two main accommodation options are Rusutsu Resort Hotel and Westin Rusutsu Hotel. The first is a resort-style hotel with an in-house mall, wave pool, restaurants and bars as well as Disney-like features that will keep the kids entertained for hours. The Westin Rusutsu Hotel is just a monorail ride away from Rusutsu Resort Hotel and offers the most impressive indoor/outdoor onsen in Rusutsu.
Accommodation for peak season (Christmas, January and Chinese New Year) books out far in advance, we’d recommend booking in accommodation 6 months prior to travel.
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How to get there
The closest airport to Rusutsu 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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The drive from Sapporo Airport to Rusutsu is approximately 2 hours. Shuttle or private transfers are available - it’s important to note that if your flight arrives into Sapporo after 8.30pm or departs from Sapporo before 1pm a private transfer is required.
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