Highly Rated in Reviews! Top 5 Hotels and Ryokan in Hokkaido for Skiing
Hokkaido, a region that is popular when it comes to winter sports, is home to many hotels and ryokan (Japanese-style inn) that offer great access to its slopes. Here are five lodging facilities in Hokkaido that have received high marks based on guest reviews posted on online booking websites!
1. Akan Tsuruga Besso Hinanoza
Akan Tsuruga Besso Hinanoza is a lodging facility located in Akanko Onsen (Lake Akan Hot Spring), one of the best hot spring areas in all of Hokkaido. The Akan Lake Side National Ski Area is just five minutes from this hotel by car, and there is a pick-up service that guests can use to get there. After a day of skiing, guests get to relax in their own private open-air bath that comes in every room at this hotel. The bathtubs are made of Japanese cypress, ceramic and other materials, giving each one a unique vibe. All the guestrooms here are luxurious suites where guests can unwind and relax while looking at the gorgeous view of Lake Akan. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. There are staff who can speak English and Chinese.
2. Fresh Powder Apartments
Fresh Powder Apartments is a lodging facility where guests can marvel at the magnificent view of Tokachidake (Mt. Tokachi). One of its main appeals is the availability of a wide array of guestrooms, including rentable detached private mountain villas, and 1-room to 3-room apartments. The rooms are equipped with a kitchen, washer, dryer and other amenities, so they are perfect for extended stays. You can go skiing at the Kitanomine Gelande (ski slopes) that is about a 5-minute walk from the hotel, with the gondola terminal just 40m away. Here, you can enjoy winter sports to your heart’s content. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English.
3. Rusutsu Pension Clydesdale
Rusutsu Pension Clydesdale is a pension-type (boarding house) property that is situated in Niseko Rusutsu, an area that best represents Hokkaido’s ski resort scene. It is around a 3-minute drive away from the bus stop of Rusutsu Ski Resort, which has massive ski slopes that cover three mountains. Free shuttle service is also available. This facility offers accommodation packages that come with discounted lift tickets and entrance tickets to the annexed amusement park, so make sure to check them out! Wi-Fi is free throughout the whole property. They have staff who can speak English.
4. Niseko Tabi-Tsumugi Backpackers
Niseko Tabi-Tsumugi Backpackers is a guesthouse that is situated in Kutchan, an area that is known for having one of the heaviest snowfalls in Hokkaido. There are several ski areas around this hostel, with the nearest one being the Kutchan-cho Asahigaoka Ski Area that is only five minutes away by foot. Perfect even for novices, this ski slope has areas dedicated to ski walking and sledding. Furthermore, the Niseko Grand Hirafu and the Niseko HANAZONO Resort (there is a pick-up service to this resort from the hostel), where guests can move between ski areas by shuttle bus, are also recommended to those who just want to have fun at the slopes. The rooms at this facility are comprised of male and female dormitories, as well as private rooms – all of which are equipped with a kitchen for cooking. They have staff who can speak English.
5. Pension Ashitaya
Pension Ashitaya is a pension-type (boarding house) facility that is incredibly popular for its beautiful location overlooking a wine vineyard, with a view of the Tokachi mountain range. Inside this pension is a homey space that is filled by the warmth of wood. The nearby ski slope is the Furano Ski Resort, which is about 10 minutes away by car. There is a free shuttle service that guests can use. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English.
Even when viewed from a global perspective, the ski areas in Hokkaido are known for the great quality of their powder snow. Stay at any of the hotels featured in this article and have fun engaging in various winter sports!
*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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