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Niseko Rusutsu

Japanese Ski Resorts


Niseko is located on Japan's main northern island of Hokkaido about 100km west of the capital, Sapporo. It’s based on Mt Niseko Annupuri and is part of the Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Quasi National Park. Niseko has the backdrop of Mt. Yōtei, which is dormant volcano is comparable to Mt. Fugi.

With an elevation of over 1300m and having 38 lifts and 57 runs, Niseko is one of the most popular resorts in the country. Lift passes used to be quite pricey in Japan, but in recent years those prices have gone down, which has seen a surge of visitors from Europe, North America and Australia. With its miles of groomed runs and off-piste opportunities it has everything from beginners to the experienced skiers and half-pipe masters.

At night, go to the Niseko Adventure Centre and Niseko Outdoor Adventure Sports Club, which both have bars attached to it. Besides these places ask the locals when you are in town for the latest places to go out. The nightlife is pretty good and you won’t be disappointed. For more information on Niseko go to





Rusutsu is located in the southwest of Japan's most northerly island, Hokkaido. The resort has 17 ski lifts, 37 runs and an elevation of over 900m, which is spread over three mountains. Considered to be a more intermediate to advanced hill, it attracts die hard from all over Asia and Australia to its challenging slopes.

The huge Rusutsu Resort Hotel is the most popular hotel at the resort, as it offers 761 rooms, resort-scale facilities with a great bar and restaurant. If you don’t want something this fancy then you can stay in a log cabins, which has been imported from Canada, using timber first imported from Finland. For more information on Rusutsu go to




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