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Sapporo Kokusai (札幌国際スキー場, 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 in good conditions.

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 the Sapporo area 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 19, 2021 to early May 2022)
Lifts
5 lifts
Tickets
Full day 4600 yen
4-hour pass 3900 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 5500 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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    • The Base Sapporo Susukino
      Mid-range
      Located in Sapporo, less than 1 km from Odori Park, The Base Sapporo Susukino features rooms with city views and free WiFi. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space. The hotel features family rooms. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a microwave, a fridge, 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 Former Hokkaid? Government Office, Sapporo TV Tower and Sapporo Clock Tower. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 45 km from The Base Sapporo Susukino.
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    • Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO
      Budget-friendly
      Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO in Sapporo provides adults-only accommodation with a bar and a shared lounge. Each accommodation at the 1-star guest house has city views and free WiFi. The property is 5 km from Sapporo Dome and 5 km from Sapporo Clock Tower. The units feature a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Sapporo Convention Centre is 5 km from the guest house, while Sapporo TV Tower is 5 km away. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 42 km from Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO.
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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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    • 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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    • BEACH AND FIELD INN
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Sapporo, within 1.1 km of Sapporo Convention Centre and 2.9 km of Sapporo TV Tower, BEACH AND FIELD INN offers accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is situated 2.9 km from Sapporo Clock Tower, 3.7 km from Odori Park and 3.8 km from Former Hokkaid? Government Office. All guest rooms feature a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 44 km from the guest house.
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    • Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Set within 1.4 km of Sapporo TV Tower and 1.6 km of Odori Park, Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo in Sapporo offers a shared lounge and rooms with free WiFi. The property is situated 1.7 km from Sapporo Clock Tower, 2.1 km from Former Hokkaid? Government Office and 2.7 km from Sapporo Convention Centre. The property is 2.7 km from Hokkaido University, and within less than 1 km of the city centre. At the hotel, all rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 45 km from Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo.
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    • Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori
      Mid-range
      Open from November 2018, Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori is situated in Sapporo. A 3-minute walk from Odori Park, the property is also a 7-minute walk away from Sapporo Clock Tower and offers free WiFi. Attractions in the area include Sapporo TV Tower, a 7-minute walk away, or Former Hokkaid? Government Office, located an 8-minute walk from the property. At the hotel, all rooms are equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All rooms come with a kettle, while certain rooms are equipped with a kitchenette with a microwave. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the property. Staff at reception can lend a hand around the clock with advice on the area. Hokkaido University is an 18-minute walk from Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 40 km from the accommodation.
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    • Randor Residence Susukino Suites
      Budget-friendly
      Randor Residence Susukino Suites provides air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi in the Sapporo City Centre of Sapporo, 1.1 km from Odori Park. The accommodation features a hot tub. Each unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with bath and a hairdryer. There is also a fridge, stovetop and a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Sapporo TV Tower, Sapporo Clock Tower and Former Hokkaid? Government Office. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 45 km from Randor Residence Susukino Suites.
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    • Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites
      Budget-friendly
      Located in the centre of Sapporo, 700 metres from Odori Park, Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites provides air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi. Well set in the Sapporo City Centre district, this hotel is set 2.6 km from Hokkaido University. The hotel features family rooms. At the hotel, every room comes with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites offers certain rooms with city views, and each room comes with a kettle. All units at the accommodation are equipped with a seating area. Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites offers a hot tub. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Former Hokkaid? Government Office, Sapporo TV Tower and Sapporo Clock Tower. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 45 km from Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites.
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    • Hotel Potmum Sapporo
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Sapporo, 1.9 km from Sapporo Convention Centre, Hotel Potmum Sapporo offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel features family rooms. Some rooms come with a kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge. Guests at the hotel can enjoy an American breakfast. Sapporo TV Tower is 1.9 km from Hotel Potmum Sapporo, while Sapporo Clock Tower is 2 km away. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 44 km from the accommodation.
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