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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.

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 19, 2022 to early May 2023)
Lifts
5 lifts
Tickets
Full day 4800 yen
4-hour pass 4200 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 5800 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
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, The Base Sapporo Susukino is located in Sapporo, 13 km from Shin-Sapporo Station and 20 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center. 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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    • Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Sapporo and with Sapporo Station reachable within 6.5 km, Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO offers a shared lounge, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi throughout the property and a bar. The property is around 10 km from Shin-Sapporo Station, 24 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center and 40 km from Otaru Station. Susukino Station is 4 km from the guest house and Sapporo Dome is 4.7 km away. With a shared bathroom, certain units at the guest house also provide guests with a city view. Sapporo TV Tower is 4.9 km from Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO, while Sapporo Convention Centre is 5.2 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 14 km from the accommodation.
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    • VILLA KOSHIDO kotoni
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 2-star accommodation, 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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    • Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Conveniently located in the centre of Sapporo, Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo offers free WiFi and a shared lounge. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space. The property is non-smoking and is set 2.7 km from Sapporo Station. 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 fridge. 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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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Nakajima Koen
      Luxury
      Set 3.5 km from Sapporo Station, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Nakajima Koen offers 4-star accommodation in Sapporo and has a restaurant. With a shared lounge, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. All guest rooms at the hotel come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a safety deposit box. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Nakajima Koen. Speaking English and Japanese, staff are willing to help at any time of the day at the reception. Shin-Sapporo Station is 13 km from the accommodation, while Otarushi Zenibako City Center is 20 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 11 km from Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Nakajima Koen.
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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 units 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. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Susukino Station, Odori Station and Odori Park. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from 41 PIECES Sapporo.
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    • Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo is attractively set in the centre of Sapporo, and features a fitness centre, free WiFi and a shared lounge. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Private parking is available on site. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. The rooms have a wardrobe. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Sapporo Station, Hokkaido University and Kita-Juni-Jo Station. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 8 km from Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo.
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    • ONSEN RYOKAN Yuen Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Attractively situated in the centre of Sapporo, ONSEN RYOKAN Yuen Sapporo features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and private parking. Ideally situated in the Sapporo City Centre district, this ryokan provides a restaurant, as well as a sauna and a hot spring bath. The property is non-smoking and is situated 1.8 km from Sapporo Station. The rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The rooms include a kettle, while certain rooms are fitted with a balcony and others also boast city views. At ONSEN RYOKAN Yuen Sapporo rooms have bed linen and towels. Speaking English and Japanese at the 24-hour front desk, staff are always at hand to help. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Former Hokkaid? Government Office, Odori Park and Odori Station. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from ONSEN RYOKAN Yuen Sapporo.
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    • Villa Sapporo Honobono
      Budget-friendly
      Villa Sapporo Honobono features city views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Sapporo, 11 km from Sapporo Station. Fitted with a terrace, the units offer air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet and free toiletries. A fridge and microwave are also provided, as well as a kettle. After a day of skiing or cycling, guests can relax in the garden or in the shared lounge area. Shin-Sapporo Station is 16 km from the aparthotel, while Otarushi Zenibako City Center is 27 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 18 km from Villa Sapporo Honobono.
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    • Hotel Potmum Sapporo
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 2-star accommodation, Hotel Potmum Sapporo is set in Sapporo, 3.3 km from Sapporo Station and 10 km from Shin-Sapporo Station. Each accommodation at the 2-star hotel has city views, and guests can enjoy access to a shared lounge and to a restaurant. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. Some rooms come with a kitchenette with a microwave. At Hotel Potmum Sapporo all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. An American breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Hotel Potmum Sapporo include Sapporo TV Tower, Naebo Station and Susukino Station. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 8 km from the hotel.
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