Overview

530 Rooms
2 hours Transfer time
bed & breakfast Board basis

The focal point of Rusutsu resort, and you can step directly onto the slopes from hotels warmth. Located on the west mountain with gondola access to the rest of the resort's terrain the hotel pretty much is Rusutsu Resort.

If you just want to ski (or board) then it’s a great option, the terrain is fantastic and the ski school here is top notch and English speaking. Ski back to the hotel at the end of the day and you won’t need to leave with everything on your doorstep. You don’t have to step outside to sample the live music at Cricket bar, ride the wave pool or try some sushi at Sekkatei.

The Rusutsu Resort Hotel is very family orientated. It’s quirky and fun with singing bears (not real ones!) and a merry-go-round inside. It may sound kitsch but it offers a real flavour of what Japan can be all about. The complex itself is huge with 530 rooms and covers everything you could possibly need in a hotel/town. It has a vast selection of facilities including numerous bars and restaurants, an array of shops, an onsen, massage, games room and a 4D theatre.

What we like about Rusutsu Resort Hotel

- A resort within a hotel with numerous restaurants, a shopping arcade, bars and wave pool
- Ski in, ski out access to the West Mountain - you take the Gondola over to the East Mountain
- Quirky to say the least - dancing bears (not real), Venetian town, merry-go-round and even a theme park outside

Worth knowing

- An incredibly compact resort, there's not much outside the hotel
- A huge hotel
- Very family orientated but great for anyone who likes things weird and wonderful

Features

  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Massage
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ski lockers
  • Car parking
  • Conference
  • Games room
  • Laundry service
Rated 4 on TripAdvisor

What others have said

Poor experience and not going back Seattle, Washington We had recently booked a vacation to this "resort" and we were very disappointed by the poor experience we had. First of all, the "warm and friendly hospitality" we have grown in love within Japanese... Rated 2 on TripAdvisor
No more King Crab Leg at Oktoberfest restaurant buffet Hong Kong, China Stayed at this hotel 4 years in a row for skiing because of the snow quality and food (king crab leg) during winter season. They are what Rusutsu Resort is famous for. I was very disappointed that... Rated 2 on TripAdvisor
Found a winner for family with little kids We went there for our 2 year old as previous ski trips he couldn't really do much at all and we felt bad. And we found a winner and will definitely go back again. The hotel is old and rooms are... Rated 4 on TripAdvisor

View on map

The Rusutsu Resort hotel is located at the base of the West Mt. where you can easily access the slopes and ski directly to the hotel at the end of the day. A gondola links the West Mt. to the East Mt. which is connected to Mt. Isola (the entire ski area).

  • Distant to lifts
    Ski in, ski out
  • Distance to town
    More or less is the town
  • Ski region
    Rusutsu

Rooms

There are 530 rooms in the Rusutsu Resort Hotel, split over the north and south wings and all very spacious and decorated to a high standard.

In room amenities

  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen TV
  • Mini fridge
  • Phone
  • Hot water dispenser
  • Safe
  • WiFi
  • Slippers and bath robe
  • Toiletries

Standard western room

The standard western rooms have two twin beds. They can also take an extra bed to sleep a third person some can take a fourth. Mountain views, en suite bathroom with shower.

Approx. 33m2, sleeps max. 4

Board basis

Bed and breakfast

Facilities

Dining in the north and south wings

  • Kanten (Hokkaido buffet)
  • Sekkatei (Japanese – sushi, nabe-hot pot and more…)
  • Oktober Fest (buffet)
  • Crescent Hall (buffet)
  • Belle Vue farm restaurant (western cuisine, farm-to-table)
  • Dolce (tea lounge)

Bars and Pubs

  • Obrist (bar)
  • Cricket (lively sports bar)
  • Kakashi (Japanese pub)

Cafes and fast food

  • Daniel’s Eat-in – hearty sandwiches and burgers
  • Daniel’s Gelato – Italian gelato shop
  • Woodpecker – deserts
  • Edelweiss – alfresco eatery, light bites
  • Daniel’s Pizza – you guessed it, pizza
  • Scarlet’s Café – bakery/patisserie
  • Welcome Potato – potato heaven

Leisure facilities

  • Bath house/Onsen
  • Indoor wave pool open until 10pm
  • Aroma treatment room – Averara
  • Musical fountain display
  • Carousel
  • Reading room
  • Majong
  • Shops, including a new burton shop (2016)
  • Games world
  • 4D theatre
  • Self-service laundry
  • WiFi
  • Ski shop, rentals and lockers

You can also use the restaurants/facilities at the Westin Rusutsu Resort (although some facilities are not included).

Resort guide

Rusutsu

The resort
Resort height - 235m
Highest point - 994m

Ski areaRusutsu - 42km of piste

Slopes
There is almost no need for a piste map when the slopes are this easy to navigate. Some of the best and quietest tree skiing you'll find anywhere.

Blue runs 30%
Red runs 40%
Black runs 30%

Lifts - 19

Season length - December to April
Snowiest months - January & February

Why choose Rusutsu?
- Fabulous tree skiing, that remains untracked for much longer than most resorts
- Great English speaking ski schools
- For quirkiness, from a massive theme park to singing bears
- A family-friendly resort with almost everything under the one roof
- Massive amounts of snow and almost empty slopes

Activities
Cross-country skiing | horse riding | night skiing | onsens | snowmobiling | snowshoeing | heliskiing | merry-go-round

Transfer time
New Chitose - 2 hours
Niseko resort - 25 minutes

Rusutsu area lift pass
6 day lift pass from £256
9 day lift pass from £381

Mads Brand & Digital Manager Fantastic for tree skiing and not getting lost. Always different routes to take that lead down to the same lift, great for mixed ability groups. View Mads' profile
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