Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
Main tourist attraction in Hokkaido. Powder snow and huge ski slopes
Sapporo Kokusai Skiing Resort attracts not only local skiers but also many repeaters from outside Hokkaido. Though close to cities 60 and 40-minute drives from Sapporo and Otaru, respectively, the resort has an ample amount of soft powder snow. It is popular with skiers as they can ski there until the Golden Week holiday season in May every year.
A key attraction is the Sky Cabin gondolas each capable of carrying eight skiers and Marchen Daiichi lift quads each for four people. A 3.6-kilometer Rinkan Course-Marchen Course offers exhilarating and satisfying glade skiing in the wildness. It is a perfect course because even entry-level skiers can enjoy skiing safely. There are seven courses such as the Downhill course for advanced skiers, Swing course for intermediate skiers and Woody course for beginners. Each slope is wide and long, enabling skiers to enjoy skiing in accordance with their levels.
As a recommendable plan, skiers can relieve their fatigue by bathing in the Jozankei hot spring spa at the foot of mountain on the way before returning home later in the day.
Address: 937 Jozankei, Minami Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Hours open to visitors: Nov. 17 to May 6 (flexible each year)
9:00 to 17:00 (weekdays), 8:40 to 18:00 (Saturday, Sunday and national holiday)
Directions: (Bus)90-minute bus ride to Sapporo Kokusai Skiing Resort from Sapporo Station of Hokkaido Railway Co.’s Hakodate Honsen Line (100-minute ride from New Chitose Airport). (Car)Car rides of 60 minutes and 40 minutes of Hokkaido Railway Co.’s Sapporo and Otaru stations, respectively.