If you talk about winter in Hokkaido, then probably the one thing that will come to mind would be winter sports! This region is home to a lot of ski resorts that are famous worldwide for their top-quality snow. Here are five great resort hotels in Hokkaido that are convenient for enjoying skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports.
1. Westin Rusutsu Resort
Rusutsu Ski Resort is a popular spot for enjoying powder snow of the highest quality. With three peaks, 37 trails and a total runway distance of 42km, this is truly one of the best resorts in Hokkaido! It is also famous for the Side Country Park, where guests can go on a powder run at the zone with snow that is kept natural and un-pressed thanks to the line of trees on the mountain and the terrain. Westin Rusutsu Resort is a hotel where you can easily go to the ski resort for active sports through the monorail. All guest rooms are maisonette-type rooms measuring at least 72 sq.m. so there's plenty of elbow room. The hotel’s hot springs, its pride, helps relieve muscle pains, joint pains, bruises and fatigue, so it is the perfect match for those who enjoy engaging in strenuous winter sports. This hotel also offers an open-air bath that will let guests enjoy an elegant time relaxing in the bath while gazing at the great outdoors of Hokkaido.
2. Asahidake Manseikaku Hotel Bear Monte
Hotel Bearmonte offers the easiest access to the Daisetsuzan Asahidake Ropeway as it is just a 3-minute walk away from it. This hotel is filled with a natural warm atmosphere thanks to its appearance that resembles a mountain resort. It is also popular for its natural hot spring facility that has water that is flowing directly from the hot spring source, so water is not added or circulated in the bath. The peak that can be reached from this hotel via the ropeway has an elevation of 2,291m. At Asahidake, the highest peak in the Daisetsuzan mountain range, you can see the Asakidake Ski Area, the mecca of mountain skiing. The highest point in the ski slope is 1,600m above sea level, and here, guests will be able to enjoy the best kind of powder snow. This area is inside a national park, so you can enjoy skiing in the midst of unspoiled, great nature. However, you need to be careful, too, as this is not a developed skiing area.
3. New Furano Prince Hotel
Furano Ski Resort, one of the largest ski areas in all of Hokkaido, is a place where many international skiing competitions are held. The New Furano Prince Hotel is a hotel that boasts of prime location as it stands on the side of the ski slope. Every guest room in this hotel is designed to offer guests a comfortable stay. It also features natural hot springs that will soothe your tired body.
The Furano Star Watching Tour is recommended at this hotel. The sky full of stars as seen from an elevation of about 900m will surely take your breath away. Reservations are not required, so try to join the tour when you’re there!
4. Otaru Asari Classe Hotel
Otaru Asari Classe Hotel is located about 40 minutes away from Sapporo Station and approximately 15 minutes from Otaru-Chikko Station in the JR Hakodate Main Line, both by car. It houses the Asarigawa Hot Springs Ski Resort that skiers of all levels can enjoy, from novices up to experts. Comprised of three buildings, this hotel offers a wide variety of guest rooms that each has a unique design, so you can choose the room that you like. In the vast public bath that is equipped with a sauna, you can also soak in a rustic open-air bath made of stone that is filled with natural hot springs. During winter, you can enjoy the Yukimiburo (Snow Viewing Bath) while marveling at the beauty of snow. If you want to enjoy the hot springs in private, then you have to stay in the room that is annexed to its own private open-air bath. You can have the hot springs all to yourself in peace, without feeling self-conscious about other people!
5. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort
Kiroro Snow World is a ski area that is known for its soft powder snow that boasts of having the highest quality in Hokkaido. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort is a convenient resort hotel with great access that is located next to this spot. It offers four types of rooms that each have a refined style and warm atmosphere. The Tokiwayu Spa, a massive bath facility that is directly connected to the ski area, is equipped with an open-air hot tub and indoor baths, and soaking in any of these baths will immediately warm your cold body. You will also be happy about the Stone Sauna, which will remove the toxic elements from your body through infrared radiation, and the Aesthetic and Relaxation Spa that is open to both men and women.
※Photo shows The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
If you ever want to go to Hokkaido to engage in winter sports, then stay in any of these hotels that offer great access to the slopes to save time and energy, and enjoy to your heart’s content!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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