TOP RECOMMENDATIONS Kiroro Snow World
High-quality powder snow at this Hokkaido hideaway
Kiroro is a luxurious yet laid-back winter resort nestled in Hokkaido’s spectacular nature. There are two international resort hotels at the foot of the mountain aimed at snow travelers looking for the next level of style and comfort.
There are 22 courses that stretch over Mt. Asari and Mt. Nagamine, and the longest course is 4,050-meters long. The resort is a popular destination for families because of the Annie Kids Ski Academy — run in cooperation with France's most popular childrens' ski school — and the vast quantities of high-quality snow is a draw for skiers and snowboarders.
How to get there
The resort is around 90 minutes by car from New Chitose Airport, 60 minutes from Sapporo and 40 minutes from Otaru. During the winter, there are Kiroro buses that run directly to the resort. Reservations are required for the bus.
Take the train from Sapporo Station to Otaru Station, or from New Chitose Airport Station to Otaru Chikko Station. Then rent a car or a take a taxi to the resort.
A haven of high-quality, heavy snowfall
Kiroro’s snow quality is considered particularly good — even by Hokkaido’s high standards — and there are times when the snow builds up to over five meters. The excellent, heavy snowfall attracts snow enthusiasts to Kiroro who take on the 14 runs in the four off-piste ski areas (excluding off-limit areas) in addition to the regular courses.
Two luxury resorts — one superb winter experience
There are two luxury resorts at the foot of the ski area — the Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort and The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido. The Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort’s location at the base of the mountain provides its guests with very easy access to the slopes. One of the distinctive features of The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido, is the neighboring Ice Star Resort. At this subzero restaurant, café, and bar, everything is sculpted out of ice and snow — including the glasses (open in select periods).
Fun for all ages — activities in abundance
The snow park is the place to go for frosty fun — especially with the little ones — and enjoy some sleighing and tubing. Alternatively, book a more active experience on a snow banana boat, mini snowmobile, snow buggy, snow bubble ball, or snow fat bike. Head deeper into the Hokkaido wilderness on a snowshoe trekking tour, snowcat tour or the sherpa twilight tour — a large snowmobile ride during the late afternoon/early evening.