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Rusutsu

Situated on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and close to Niseko, Rusutsu receives 12m of light fluffy snow each year. The snow area is spread across three mountains all of which are linked by lifts and combined offer an wide selection of terrain including
off-piste and tree skiing. There’s also a halfpipe, park and night skiing available.

Rusutsu is a smaller resort than Niseko (both in size and in tourists), so if you want to experience a more relaxed resort with less competition for those powder stashes then Rusutsu is a great choice.


Getting Here

If you are driving up, expect the drive to take around 2 hours from Sapporo Airport (New Chitose Airport).

Google map directions:

Public Transport

If you want to use public transport, the bus is the only option (there are no nearby train stations).

We recommend taking the bus from the airport (probably the simplest option). Round trip costs ¥4600.

To book your transfer, use one of the following bus company websites:


Accommodation

Since Rusutsu is frequented by fewer foreigners than Niseko, there are less accommodation choices in Rusutsu (and less English signs for that matter!).

Below are our choices for accommodation, but alternatively you might consider doing daytrips from Niseko rather than staying in Rusutsu (day trips run from Niseko daily during the snow season since the resorts are so close together).

Budget accommodation

One budget accommodation option in Rusutsu is the Powder Lodge, located across the road from the Rusutsu gondola. This lodge has western style rooms with tv and shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.

The only problem? They have very limited online presence, so you will need to use a travel agent to book (try Skimax or Ski Japan ).

Alternatively, check out the Pension Lilla Huset ( ¥8400 p/n). There are also several other Pensions available to book online via Rakuten travel

Midrange accommodation

.Check out the Hotel Romulus for basic but decent facilities at a reasonable price (Approx ¥10000 p/n)

High End accommodation

Check out the Rusutsu Resort for all your luxurious needs :-)

 


Nightlife

We haven’t been here yet, but that will change in Feb 2010 :-)

In the meantime, if you have any nightlife tips, please leave us a comment on the review form!

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