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Hokkaido

The north island of Hokkaido is also very popular among Australian skiers, and has four outstanding ski resort areas: Niseko, Rusutsu, Furano and Kiroro.


Niseko Skiing SnowboardingNiseko

The Champaign powder capital of Japan ski! The largest of the Hokkaido ski areas with 4 interlinked resorts famous for deep powder snow. Located just 1.5 hours by coach from New Chitose Airport, Sapporo.

How to get to Niseko
Return coach transfers from New Chitose Airport to Niseko are included in the Niseko package price.
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Season Period Late November – Early May Night Skiing Open Until 21:00
Average Snowfall 13 meters Max Elevation/Vertical Rise 1200 meters/900 meters
Difficulty (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) 30%/38%32% Skiers/Snowboarders 65%/35%
Max Gradient (Steepness) 37 degrees Longest Run 5600 meters
Number of Courses/Runs 68 Number of Lifts/Gondolas 33


Rusutsu LandscapeRusutsu

Rusutsu offers the best tree skiing in Japan and its extensive terrain park is one of the country’s best. Located just 1.5 hours by bus from New Chitose Airport, Sapporo.

How to get to Rusutsu
Return coach transfers from New Chitose Airport to Rusutsu are included in the Rusutsu package price.
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Season Period Late November – Early May Night Skiing Open Until 21:00
Average Snowfall 14 meters Max Elevation/Vertical Rise 1994 meters/594 meters
Difficulty (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) 27%/43%30% Skiers/Snowboarders 50%/50%
Max Gradient (Steepness) 40 degrees Longest Run 3500 meters
Number of Courses/Runs 37 Number of Lifts/Gondolas 17 


Furano SceneryFurano

Located in the middle of Hokkaido, Furano with snowfalls of up to 14 meters per season and boasts the lightest and driest snow in Japan.

How to get to Furano
Return coach transfers from New Chitose Airport to Furano are included in the Furano package price.
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Season Period Late November – Early May Night Skiing Open Until 21:00
Average Snowfall 14 meters Max Elevation/Vertical Rise 1209 meters/949 meters
Difficulty (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) 40%/40%20% Skiers/Snowboarders 50%/50%
Max Gradient (Steepness) 34 degrees Longest Run 4000 meters
Number of Courses/Runs 23 Number of Lifts/Gondolas 14


Kiroro SnowboardingKiroro

Located just 1 hour outside of Sapporo City by bus, Kiroro ski resort is known for being the earliest opening ski resort in Japan, as early as mid November.

How to get to Kiroro
Return coach transfers from New Chitose Airport to Kiroro is included in the Kiroro Package price.

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Season Period Late November – Early May Night Skiing Open Until 19:30
Average Snowfall 13 meters Max Elevation/Vertical Rise 1180 meters/610 meters
Difficulty (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) 35%/35%30% Skiers/Snowboarders 70%/30%
Max Gradient (Steepness) 37 degrees Longest Run 4050 meters
Number of Courses/Runs 21 Number of Lifts/Gondolas 8


Tomamu

Located just 1 hour by train from New Chitose Airport (or 90 minutes by bus), Tomamu is the most lavish of the Hokkaido resorts. The mountain is great for first time and advanced skiers and families. Tomamu boasts 6 gondola lifts with 25 runs down the mountain. Other than skiing, Tomamu offers a variety of other fun activities such as Snow Shoe Walk, Snow Mobile Rides, Banana Boat Snow Rafting and the Snow Sled Park.

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Season Period Late November – Early April Night Skiing Open Until 18:00
Average Snowfall Max Elevation/Vertical Rise 
Difficulty (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) 36%/48%16% Skiers/Snowboarders
Max Gradient (Steepness) 35 degrees Longest Run 4020 meters
Number of Courses/Runs 25 Number of Lifts/Gondolas 8