Hitting the slopes, Rusutsu
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Hitting the slopes, Rusutsu

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Rusutsu resort information & après-ski


Après-ski in Rusutsu is low key. Visitors may like to start the evening with a visit to the traditional onsen (men and women shower and bathe separately in the communal volcanic pools, but they might then meet up in a mixed-sex thermal pool).

Alternatively, opt for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the Dolce tearoom, or visit one of the karaoke rooms for a bit of a knees-up.

There are half a dozen bars and night spots in the Rusutsu Resort Hotel, including the Obrist bar; or for sports events, check out the bar named after the one sport guests are unlikely to see played here, Cricket. The Kakashi Tavern has a relaxed atmosphere with local beers.

Eating out

Each of the 12 restaurants in Rusutsu is located within the large Rusutsu Resort Hotel building. However, the resort does manage to offer a great range of global cuisine, enabling guests on half-board deals to eat at a different establishment each night.

For traditional food from the local Hokkaido region, try Sekkatei. Kazahana also specialises in Japanese cuisine using the fresh and natural ingredients for which Hokkaido is renowned, but served in a Western-style dining room.

Venture a few floors up in the hotel and guests will find Kanten, which serves Chinese fare. Other choices include Belle Vue and Bon Appetit for French and international food respectively, while Italian is offered at the Costa Terrazza.

Resort Information

Beyond the slopes

On the snow, there's cross-country skiing, snow rafting (riding down the slopes on large inflatable rafts), snow tubing, orienteering, snowmobiling, and dog sledding to choose from.

Options in the warmth range from the chance to try traditional Japanese methods of bread baking and an insight into Japanese crafts to the various facilities within the Rusutsu Resort Hotel. Among its features is a gym, swimming pool with wave machine, amusement arcade, games room and a carousel ride.

No visit to Hokkaido is complete without a soak in a traditional Japanese onsen (hot-spring baths), which can be found in the resort.

Family fun

Rusutsu ski resort is a good choice for families due to the safe and convenient nature of the giant complex as well as its easy-to-ride lifts, high service standards, affordable dining and non-ski family fun activities.

Rusutsu’s ski school can provide group and private lessons for children aged four and above, who can then progress on to the numerous green runs when proficient.

The hotel has an indoor nursery for children up to six years old.

Retail therapy

All of the shops in Rusutsu are within the hotel complex, concentrated in a central retail shopping centre. This manages to accommodate nearly 30 shops, so most needs can be met. Local products to look out for include wood and leather crafts.

Splashing out

A day trip to provincial capital Sapporo is a worthwhile outing and is relatively easy to reach by bus; although it's best to be accompanied by a Japanese speaker. The annual Sapporo Snow Festival (www.snowfes.com) sees the creation of amazing snow carvings the size of large buildings. This week-long event, which is usually held during the month of February, attracts visitors from around the world.

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The Rusutsu Resort Hotel is the main option in terms of accommodation in Rusutsu, albeit with a number of options to suit different tastes and budgets.

Rusutsu Resort Hotel

(0136) 463 111.

This 4-star hotel can accommodate more than 2,000 guests and has a remarkable range of facilities. The hotel is divided into four main sectors: Rusutsu Tower has the best accommodation, offering extensive suites; North and South Wings offer more conventional hotel rooms; while the fourth option is Canadian-style log chalets.

Getting there and around

Getting there

Nearest airport: Sapporo New Chitose Airport (CTS).

Distance to resort: 100km (63 miles).

Driving time: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Getting around

As all facilities are concentrated within one large complex, all of which can be easily reached on foot; there is therefore no need for transportation between facilities.