Despite being less than an hour from the Sapporo city center, this ski resort boasts some of Hokkaido’s best powder snow and vast ski slopes. With seven types of courses, there’s something for all skill levels, from a 3.6km forest trail and up to 30-degree gradients to a family course over 100m wide.
The high altitude means that the quality and snowfall of the powder snow rival the world-famous Niseko, and with the season lasting from mid-November to early May, there’s plenty of time to enjoy the trails. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Sea of Japan from the top of the slopes.
After you’ve worked up an appetite, try the top-quality dishes in the lodge restaurant that have earned a seal of approval from skiers and snowboarders, including spicy miso ramen and freshly baked pizza.
The resort is around 30 minutes by car from one of Hokkaido’s best hot spring resorts, Jozankei Onsen—there’s no better way to warm up and ease those tired muscles after a day of skiing or snowboarding.
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Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
- Jozankei 937, Minami-ku, Sapporo
- Take the nonstop bus to Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
- Admission fee
- Fees apply