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Explore Rusutsu

Much beloved by the Japanese, Rusutsu Resort is a hidden gem of Hokkaido.

Rusutsu offers spectacular scenery and the rustic beauty of rural Hokkaido and is a fantastic holiday destination. The resort covers three mountains, with enough terrain to suit skiers and snowboarders of all levels. It is also within close proximity to Niseko (around 45 minutes by car), meaning it is a popular option for a day-trip to escape the crowded slopes. Being less busy means more of Japan's famous powder snow to go around, making Rusutsu an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Hokkaido!

Being a 45 minute drive from Niseko, it is a popular day-trip spot for those looking to get away from crowded slopes. The resort covers three mountains, meaning an extended stay is becoming a more popular option. Being less crowded than Niseko, it means there is plenty of Japan’s famous powder snow available at any time of the day.

The indoor, convenient layout of the resort makes it easy for guests to transition to après-ski from ski in and out luxury stays like The Vale Rusutsu. With a variety of restaurants to choose from, in-resort shopping, a two-story carousel, and an arcade, Rusutsu Resort is prefect for guests of all ages. While there is plenty to stay occupied within the resort itself, Rusutsu town is a short drive away and offers further exploration for those looking to get out and about.

Summer in Rusutsu is even more fun as the resort features an amusement park and waterpark. With other activities like rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking, Rusutsu Resort is a perfect destination for families on holiday! For adult travelers, the resort also features several popular golf courses, park golf, and tennis.

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Getting Here

A popular weekend getaway for Sapporo residents, Rusutsu Resort is easy to get to. The nearest international airport is New Chitose International Airport in Sapporo. From Sapporo or Chitose, travelers can drive, take a private car, or a reservations-only public bus to Rusutsu resort.

By car, the trip from Sapporo takes about 1.5 hours. In winter, the trip may take up to 3 hours. Please note that Rusutsu is not accessible by train.

Our Guest Services Team is delighted to assist guests in booking private transfers or seats on the public bus.

Private Transfer

For guests who want to avoid the icy roads, are traveling in a group, with extra luggage, or who just need a little extra space, NISADE’s trusted private transfer providers offer a seamless pick-up from the airport all the way to The Vale Rusutsu.

From sedan taxis to luxury limousines, a range of vehicles, customization options, and schedules are available to suit any party.

  • Price: from 30,000JPY
  • Travel Time: 1.5hrs door to door
  • Options: English-speaking airport meet & greet. Child and infant seats available depending on vehicle.

Public Bus

Several reliable bus services run between New Chitose International Airport and Rusutsu Resort. Buses are generally scheduled around major international or connecting flights, and there are multiple runs daily. All Rusutsu-bound buses deliver guests to the entrance of Rusutsu Resort where a NISADE representative will be waiting to take you to The Vale Rusutsu.

Please note that all buses are reservation-only, and that bus timetables are usually issued in late September. Limited bus services are available in summer.

  • Price: from 3,500JPY per adult
  • Travel Time: 2hrs door to door
  • Notes: Rest stop half-way. No child seats available.
Getting Around

Rusutsu Resort is conveniently organized right at the base of the ski slopes, and the majority of the resort is connected, so guests can easily enjoy the best of the resort without braving the cold. For guests who will travel to neighboring towns or to restaurants outside of the resort, we recommend taking a taxi.


Please note that taxi quantities are limited and there are no taxi companies based in Rusutsu, so advanced booking is required. Please inquire with Front Desk for assistance in booking a taxi.

Local Taxi Companies:

  • Yohtei Taxi: +81 (0) 136-45-2740
  • Smile Kanko Taxi: +81 (0) 136-48-2700
  • World Koutsu: +81 (0) 136-33-2114
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