Rusutsu Resort (ルスツ) is considered one of the best ski resorts in Hokkaido. It has a large ski area that covers three mountains, each having a variety of long runs with a good mix of groomed trails, great powder and tree runs. It is located close to Lake Toya (Toyako) and is just on the other side of Mount Yotei from Niseko.
A large hotel complex sits at the center of the resort, consisting of the highrise Rusutsu Tower, the North and South Wings, the Highland Lodge and several trailside log cabins. A monorail connects the buildings with each other. In December 2015, the tower part of the hotel is scheduled to be re-branded into a Westin resort hotel. Several independently run pensions can also be found in the nearby town center of Rusutsu.
Besides skiing, Rusutsu Resort offers numerous other attractions, including restaurants and shops, pool facilities and hot spring baths, as well as places catering to foreigners such as the Cricket Pub sports bar. Summer activities include golf and an amusement park with over 60 attractions and 8 roller coasters.
|Description||A foreigner friendly ski resort with good powder and a variety of long runs makes Rusutsu one of the best ski resorts in Hokkaido.|
(From November 22, 2014)
6 hour pass
(until 20:00 in March)
|90 minutes by bus from Sapporo or New Chitose Airport. 30 minutes by car from Niseko Ski Resort.|
Get There and Around
From Sapporo(how to get to Sapporo)
A free daily shuttle bus for resort guests operates between Sapporo and resort from late November to early April. The bus departs from the Rusutsu Resort Sapporo Office near Sapporo Station in the morning and returns to Sapporo in the evening. Travel time is two hours. Reservations are required at least one day in advance.
From December to early April, multiple buses per day, operated by Donan Bus and Hokkaido Access Network, travel between Sapporo and Rusutsu Resort. Buses continue on to Niseko (Hokkaido Access Network) and Lake Toya (Donan Bus). The one way trip takes about two hours and costs approximately 3000 yen. Reservations are required. Buses leave from JR Sapporo Station and several major hotels in the city. Packages that include lift tickets are available.
From New Chitose Airport
Multiple bus companies, including Chuo Bus, Niseko Bus and Hokkaido Access Network operate buses between Sapporo's New Chitose Airport and Rusutsu. The one way trip takes about two hours and cost approximately 3000 yen. Reservations are required. Most buses continue on to Niseko. Packages including lift tickets are available. Most of these buses operate only from December to early April.
During winter only, Donan Bus operates two buses per day between Rusutsu and the various ski resorts in Niseko. The one way trip takes 60-90 minutes and costs 1000 to 1200 yen one way. Reservations are required. Note that the buses which operate between New Chitose Airport and Niseko via Rusutsu cannot be used for travel between Rusutsu and Niseko.
From Lake Toya (Toyako)
Donan Bus operates buses between Lake Toya and Sapporo which stop in Rusutsu along the way. The one way trip between Lake Toya and Rusutsu takes 45 minutes and costs 1150 yen. There are departures approximately every 2 hours throughout the year, and reservations are required.