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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 may 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 in' is a more accurate description here, with each of the 12 restaurants in Rusutsu located within the large Rusutsu Resort Hotel building. However, the resort does manage to offer a great range of cuisines from the four corners of the world, enabling guests on half-board deals can 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 little further afield (or to be more accurate, 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.