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Sapporo Kokusai (DyۃXL[, Sapporo Kokusai Skījō) is a ski resort located on the outskirts of Sapporo. Compared to other nearby popular resorts, Sapporo Kokusai is not the largest with only five lifts and seven courses, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in snow. The resort receives massive snowfalls, rivaling amounts seen at Niseko.

With six of its seven courses rated green or blue, Sapporo Kokusai accommodates beginner and intermediate riders well, but its single black run might not be as appealing for advanced riders in search of steep slopes. However, the resort does feature interesting off-piste and tree areas (many in-bounds) which offer great opportunities for enjoying deep powder snow.

Sapporo Kokusai is situated in the mountains about an hour drive from downtown Sapporo, not far from the hot spring town of Jozankei Onsen. The convenient location makes it a good choice for those with limited time in Sapporo or those looking for an alternative to the mega-popular Niseko resorts. It also means it can get quite crowded on weekends and holidays.

Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
A small but popular ski resort within easy access from Sapporo and Otaru known for tons of high-quality powder every year. Lift ticket prices are lowered during the shoulder seasons.
Season*
Mid November to early May
(November 17, 2023 to early May 2024)
Lifts
5 lifts
Tickets
Full day 5000 yen
Half day 4500 yen
Access
Bus About 90 minutes from Sapporo Station Bus Terminal.
Car About 60 minutes from central Sapporo via Route 230 or about 40 minutes from central Otaru.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.

Getting there and around

From Sapporo

Frequent morning and late afternoon buses run between the Sapporo Station Bus Terminal (located in front of JR Sapporo Station) and Sapporo Kokusai between early December and late March. The one way ride takes 90 minutes and costs 1300 yen. A ticket that combines the bus round trip with a 1-day lift pass is available for 6000 yen.

Alternatively, the resort can be reached by car in about 60 minutes from central Sapporo via Route 230. Winter driving skills are required to drive in Hokkaido in winter.

How to get to and around Sapporo

Hotels around Sapporo

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    • Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO
      Budget-friendly
      Set 6.5 km from Sapporo Station, 10 km from Shin-Sapporo Station and 24 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center, Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO offers accommodation situated in Sapporo. Featuring a bar, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Otaru Station is 40 km from the guest house and Susukino Station is 4 km away. Each unit comes with a safety deposit box and some rooms come with city views. There is a coffee shop and lounge. Sapporo Dome is 4.7 km from the guest house, while Sapporo TV Tower is 4.9 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 14 km from Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO.
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    • The Base Sapporo Susukino
      Mid-range
      Well located in the Sapporo City Centre district of Sapporo, The Base Sapporo Susukino is located 13 km from Shin-Sapporo Station, 20 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center and 36 km from Otaru Station. Each accommodation at the 3-star hotel has city views and free WiFi. The property is 2.7 km from Sapporo Station, and within 700 metres of the city centre. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a bidet. At The Base Sapporo Susukino each room has bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Susukino Station, Odori Park and Odori Station. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from The Base Sapporo Susukino.
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    • Ocho Guest House
      Budget-friendly
      Ocho Guest House is located within a 10-minute walk to Horohirabashi subway station and a 5-minute walk from Nakajimakoen Dori tram station. The dormitory rooms are furnished with simple yet stylish interior, and guests have access to the shared kitchen. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Bunk beds come with reading lights, USB ports, power outlets, personal lockers and curtains to secure privacy. Bathroom facilities are shared with other guests. The kitchen is equipped with an electric kettle, toaster and a coffee maker. There is also a washing machine on site. A simple breakfast consisting of toast, coffee and tea is provided for free. The lively Susukino area can be reached with a 10-minute tram ride, while popular attractions including Odori Park and Sapporo Clock Tower are a 10-minute drive away. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, a 60-minute drive from the property.
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    • VILLA KOSHIDO kotoni
      Budget-friendly
      VILLA KOSHIDO kotoni is situated in Sapporo, 15 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center and 17 km from Shin-Sapporo Station. With free WiFi, this 2-star hotel offers a shared lounge and a 24-hour front desk. The property is non-smoking and is set 5.1 km from Sapporo Station. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a bidet. The units feature a wardrobe. Otaru Station is 31 km from VILLA KOSHIDO kotoni, while Former Hokkaid? Government Office is 5 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 8 km from the accommodation.
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    • Shabby House
      Budget-friendly
      Shabby House is a 60-year old traditional Japanese home that is situated in Sapporo. Nishisenjuyojo Station is a 3-minute walk away from the property. The accommodation offers a free shuttle service to the home upon prior request. Shabby House features free WiFi. Guests will find a coffee machine in the room. Bathroom facilities are shared. Free bicycle and umbrella rentals are available on site. There is a 24-hour supermarket behind the property. Sapporo Clock Tower is 2.9 km from Shabby House, while Former Hokkaido Government Office is 2.9 km from the property. Shabby House is 2.5 km from Odori Park. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 40 km from the property.
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    • Sapporo Guest House Anne
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 1-star accommodation, Sapporo Guest House Anne is set in Sapporo, 14 km from Sapporo Station and 25 km from Otaru Station. The air-conditioned accommodation is 7.7 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center, and guests can benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site. The accommodation offers a housekeeping service and bicycle parking for guests. At the guest house, the units have a shared bathroom. A Full English/Irish breakfast is available every morning at the guest house. There is a coffee shop on-site. Skiing is possible within the area and Sapporo Guest House Anne offers ski storage space. Shin-Sapporo Station is 26 km from the accommodation, while Kita-Juni-Jo Station is 13 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 16 km from Sapporo Guest House Anne.
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    • BEACH AND FIELD INN
      Budget-friendly
      Offering quiet street views, BEACH AND FIELD INN is an accommodation set in Sapporo, 3.9 km from Sapporo Station and 10 km from Shin-Sapporo Station. This 2-star guest house offers luggage storage space and a shared lounge. Sapporo Convention Centre is 1 km from the guest house and Naebo Station is 1.5 km away. With a shared bathroom fitted with a bidet and slippers, units at the guest house also feature free WiFi. At the guest house, units are fitted with bed linen and towels. Otarushi Zenibako City Center is 22 km from the guest house, while Otaru Station is 38 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 8 km from BEACH AND FIELD INN.
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    • Pirka Sapporo
      Budget-friendly
      Offering quiet street views, Pirka Sapporo is an accommodation located in Sapporo, 2.7 km from Sapporo Station and 12 km from Shin-Sapporo Station. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the guest house, all units have a tatami. At the guest house, all units are fitted with bed linen and towels. Otarushi Zenibako City Center is 22 km from the guest house, while Otaru Station is 38 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 5 km from Pirka Sapporo.
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    • Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Conveniently located in the Sapporo City Centre district of Sapporo, Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo is set 12 km from Shin-Sapporo Station, 21 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center and 37 km from Otaru Station. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is 2.7 km from Sapporo Station, and within 1 km of the city centre. All guest rooms come with a fridge, microwave, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel all rooms include bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo include Susukino Station, Sapporo TV Tower and Odori Station. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from the accommodation.
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    • 41 PIECES Sapporo
      Luxury
      Set in the Sapporo City Centre district in Sapporo, 41 PIECES Sapporo offers 4-star rooms with free WiFi. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 800 metres from Sapporo TV Tower, 800 metres from Sapporo Clock Tower and less than 1 km from Former Hokkaid? Government Office. The property is 100 metres from the city centre and 1.9 km from Sapporo Station. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom equipped with a bidet and free toiletries, the units at 41 PIECES Sapporo have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and certain rooms will provide you with a terrace. At the accommodation every room includes bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near 41 PIECES Sapporo include Susukino Station, Odori Station and Odori Park. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from the hotel.
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