Rusutsu is located in Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan.

Much beloved by the Japanese, Rusutsu offers spectacular scenery and the rustic beauty of rural Hokkaido.

The resort covers three mountains, with enough terrain to suit skiers and snowboarders of all levels in the winter months.  In the summer months, Rusutsu transforms into an  adventure playground, offering an incredible number of outdoor activities in pristine Hokkaido nature, whilst still offering a huge range of resort facilities for activities indoors.

Summer Weather ( June to August)

Hokkaido is the furthest north of the main islands of Japan. It’s 820km north of Tokyo and is separated from the mainland by the Tsugaru Straits.

Unlike the rest of Japan, which can swelter during the summer on months,the average temperature in summer in Hokkaido is about 20 degrees Celsius which is cool and pleasant.

Even in Summer, some days might feel a bit chilly , when the the temperature can drop below 10 ? in the morning and evening.

On mainland Japan, during the rainy season (tsuyu) in Tokyo and Kyoto, and in most parts of Japan, it tends to get rather hot and humid. However, in Hokkaido ,there’s no official rainy season, little humidity and the climate is refreshing and comfortable – the perfect time to visit !

Location and access to Rusutsu

Given its proximity to Sapporo City (60 minutes by car) and New Chitose Airport (90 minutes by car), Rusutsu Resort has long been a favourite amongst Japanese skiers and snowboarders. With growing international flight routes into New Chitose Airport,  the same location that makes Rusutsu  an easily accessible Japanese skiing holiday destination, makes it a perfect Summer destination also.

There are free shuttle services from Sapporo or paid shuttles from New Chitose Airport.

From Sapporo or Chitose, travelers can also drive, take a private car, or a reservations-only public bus to Rusutsu resort.

Amenities and Accommodation

Most of Rusutsu accommodation are around the foot of West Mt, including the award-winning The Vale Rusutsu.

Unlike a classic ski resort town, amenities at Rusutsu are mostly provided within the hotels at the base of the slopes rather than by independent providers.

The main Rusutsu accommodation consists of two large slopeside resort hotels and a condo hotel.

The Rusutsu Resort Hotel is very conveniently ski-in ski-out, has a wealth of facilities and services, and is very family friendly. Next door is The Vale Rusutsu with its deluxe suites and apartments. The luxury Westin Rusutsu Resort also offers direct access to the slopes for summer activities.

Rusutsu Resort Hotel

The very large Rusutsu Resort Hotel is at the base of the ski lifts of West Mountain with ski-in ski-out access. Variety of Western and Japanese style room configurations for 2 to 5 guests. The family oriented hotel complex has many shops, various restaurants, Disney-esque decor, an indoor wave pool & onsens.

The Vale Rusutsu

The Vale Rusutsu is a modern condominium hotel that offers luxury accommodations in 1 – 4 bedroom suites/condos and residences with living areas, kitchen and oversized bathrooms. Ski-in ski-out location & adjacent to Kotobuki Onsen & all the restaurants & shops of Rusutsu Resort Hotel.

Westin Rusutsu Resort

Westin Rusutsu Resort is a 24-storey all-suite hotel with quality upscale accommodation. Very spacious twin, king, quad, & family suites for up to 7 guests, all with sitting areas and some with kitchenettes. The Resort features Gym, sauna, massages, indoor and outdoor onsen baths, an indoor pool, and restaurants or other dining nearby.

Getting Around

Guests can travel between the resort hotels by monorail or shuttle bus- both taking around 5 minutes -or those keen to stretch the legs can also walk between the hotels.