Rusutsu is one of Japan’s most popular resorts all the year round. If you don’t like sharing when it comes to untracked powder then Rusutsu is the place for you. The main advantage Rusutsu has over other resorts in Hokkaido is the accessibility of the tree runs and back country.

One of Japan’s most popular resorts during winter and summer is Rusutsu. What draws guests to Rusutsu is the diversity of terrain skiers and snowboarders have access to, including beautifully groomed runs, back country terrain and tree runs. Rusutsu isn’t just a ski resort, it also offers a unique experience for those visiting. With theme park like activities including arcade games, a singing tree and world’s largest inside merry-go-round, Rusutsu will have you saying wow!
With a great balance of beginner to advanced terrain, activities that will keep the kids entertained, incredible views of the surrounding region makes Rusutsu a great destination.
Where to stay Rusutsu
Rusutsu is predominantly ski-in, ski-out. With rooms spanning from hotel style to 1-4 bedroom condos. Accommodation options at Rusutsu range from western apartments to true Japanese style.
Skiing & Snowboarding Rusutsu
With three peaks and 42km of epic terrain makes Rusutsu one of the largest resorts in Hokkaido. Rusutsu boasts incredible terrain to suit all levels of skiers and snowboarders, with wide groomers that are frequently groomed, to the unique terrain parks. Guest will also be able to ski day to night, with an array of dedicated night skiing routes. Because of its perfect location, Rusutsu will receive on average 15 meters on Ja-Pow each season.
How to get to Rusutsu
Rusutsu in conveniently situated at the base of the West Mt, where you will find hotels, restaurants, and activities galore. Because of this, there is no need for transport or buses to experience all the resort has to offer.
Most major airlines that fly into Japan will have services to New Chitose Airport. From New Chitose Airport there are bus services that run frequently to the resort daily. The trip time from New Chitose to Rusutsu is approximately 2 hours.
Rusutsu also has free shuttle transfers from Sapporo. This is a great service for those who are looking at having a stop over in Sapporo before continuing to Rusutsu, or for those planning muti destination ski holidays.
Top things to do in Rusutsu
Unlike a lot of resorts in Japan, Rusutsu isn’t just know for its great snow conditions and terrain. Rusutsu is also know for having some epic winter activities, perfect for those rest days or those looking to experience something unique. Heli skiing, snowmobile rides, snow rafting, dog sledding, horseback riding, nature tours and ice fishing are just a few activities you will be able to experience. Keep an eye on the resort calendar, as regular events do take place during the winter season.
Dining & Après in Rusutsu
Best Après in Rusutsu:
Rusutsu is one of few resorts in Japan that promote après and nightlife. With a choice of the Pub Cricket craft beer & Grill which offers traditional pub fare and craft beers and Main Bar – Orbist, located in a more intermediate setting perfect for those wanting a signature cocktail or two.
Best Restaurants:
With more than 30 restaurants and dining options, Rusutsu is sure to have options to suit all, show casing produce from the Hokkaido area. Guests will be able to choose between traditional Japanese cuisines, buffet style dinning and cafes, that are sprinkled throughout the resort.