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.
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 every night.
For traditional food from the local Hokkaido region, try Kazahana in the Rusutsu Tower. The restaurant specialises in Japanese cuisine made using fresh and natural ingredients. Kazahana also features a traditional Japanese Teppanyaki bar where you can watch the chef cook, serving up food straight from a large hot plate.
There are more options in the huge hotel’s north and south wings, including the Bellevue (South Wing), which offers French cuisine. Additionally, there’s Italian fare on offer in the Costa Terrazza (North Wing) and a popular Bavarian-themed “Oktober Fest” buffet restaurant, also located in the North Wing - the cuisine is Japanese, but there's a Bavarian band for entertainment.