The Rusutsu Experience

Aug 28, 2023

Winter in Rusutsu is a truly enchanting experience that captures the true beauty of a winter wonderland.

Nestled in the northern reaches of Hokkaido, Japan's coldest and most pristine island, Rusutsu transforms into a snowy paradise during the winter months. Here's a glimpse of what you can expect when visiting Rusutsu in winter:

Abundant Snowfall: Known for its legendary "Japow" (Japanese powder), Rusutsu receives copious amounts of light, dry snowfall each winter. This powdery snow is a dream for skiers and snowboarders, offering excellent conditions for both beginners and experts.

World-Class Skiing and Snowboarding: Rusutsu boasts an extensive ski resort with a variety of slopes catering to all skill levels. From wide, gentle slopes perfect for beginners to deep, tree skiing that seasoned professionals will find exhilarating, there's something for everyone.

Scenic beauty: The landscape of Rusutsu takes on a fairytale quality when blanketed in snow. Snow-capped mountains and dense forests draped in white create a picturesque backdrop that's perfect for snow sports and nature enthusiasts alike.

Less crowds : What makes Rusutsu so much fun is the resort’s 3 peaks – West Mt., East Mt. and Mt. Isola – each with its own unique terrain and with far less crowds there is no chasing fresh snow and standing in long lift lines as there is plenty for everyone.

Relaxing and secluded : After a day of outdoor activities, you can unwind and enjoy the mountain vibes from the luxury of your accommodation. With far less beds and so much nature surrounding, you will feel like you have truly escaped to the mountains and the peace of nature.

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Culinary Delights: Winter in Rusutsu is an opportunity to enjoy the famous Hokkaido produce and cuisine. Indulge in local specialties like Rusutsu pork and take a short drive from the resort into the country to discover a few surprising foodie hotspots. The local hole in the wall restaurants in and around the main resort offer a casual Japanese foodie experience.

Family-Friendly Atmosphere: Rusutsu Resort is well-suited for families traveling with children. The resort offers kid-friendly slopes, lots of snow to play in and a few off snow kids activities ensuring that everyone can make the most of their winter vacation

Away from the hustle and bustle of Niseko: Rusutsu is 30 minutes away from Hirafu by car, making it the perfect distance away to enjoy a more quiet, family-friendly holiday experience. Even from this distance it is easy access for those wanting to indulge in offerings of Hirafu village.

Rusutsu in winter is a snow-lover's paradise that offers not only exceptional skiing and snowboarding conditions but also a holistic Japanese winter experience that combines outdoor adventures, relaxation, and cultural immersion. Whether you're an avid skier, a nature enthusiast, or simply seeking a unique winter getaway, Rusutsu has something truly special to offer during the cold months.

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