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Overview

Nestled in the Mountains of western Hokkaido; Kiroro Snow Resort sits between Mt Asaridake and Mt Nagaminedake, the Resort is approx. 45km North West of Sapporo and approx. 25km from the port town of Otaru. The resort consists of two major hotels as well as Yu Kiroro condominiums all of which offer ski in ski out luxury accommodation.

 

The resort offers 2 Gondolas, 4 hooded Quad lifts and 4 pair lifts (2 of which are hooded) the two mountains offer a total of 23 runs, there are some limited tree ski areas as well as gates to access the back country and also a Cat operation from the resort.

 

Kiroro ski resort offers quieter slopes than Niseko or Rusutsu and the infrastructure and facilities that are at Kiroro is enough to keep you entertained for your stay with good restaurant options and a couple of bar options as well, if you are thinking of a rest day then being so close to the port town of  Otaru is a great option for a day trip and for some sightseeing, enjoy local beer, wine and succulent seafood which is an Otaru specialty.

 

The kids are also well catered for in Kiroro, with a kids ski academy from 3 years of age which can look after the young ones from 9am – 4:30pm giving you plenty of time to enjoy the powder skiing and snowboarding.

 

Access to Kiroro from New Chitose Airport is via resort liner bus or via train and then a bus from Otaru. The team at Japan Powder can also organise a private transfer to your hotel direct via private shuttle.

If you want to enjoy Hokkaido's world famous Japan Powder, great tree runs, quiet slopes and great facilities while enjoying an affordable and very hospitable Japan Ski experience then Kiroro could be for you.

Facilities & Attractions

Tourist attractions and the latest trendy spots.

Recently renovated and redesinged, Kiroro Onsen has taken on a whole new concept. Starting from the oriental design of the entrance, to the 100% hot sp

When you need a break from the snow, the kids can have a turn at Game Park Granship. This facility has lots of different activities for the little ones

Kiroro town isn't so much a town as it is a compound adjacent to the mountain. There are couple of gift shops and speciality stores that are mainly the

There are some snow activities available snow strider, snow raft, banana boat, snowmobile, snow buggy.

A short tour for those who walk on the snow for the first time. Discover the wonders of winter on Snowshoes! Go with a guide on an outing and discover

Take in the breathtaking panoramic view of Hokkaido on board an environmentally-friendly snowcat, and be sure to have your camera ready! A fun, 20min t

Otaru is romantic port town, it’s a historic sightseeing destination in Hokkaido. You will see many historical buildings around Otaru canal from 100 ye

  • Best Time to Visit
  • How to Reach Kiroro
  • Resorts & City Guide
  • Pros & Cons
  • SPRING (March - May)
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  • Ave Weather: Max 7.4°C | Min -1.4°C

 
  • SUMMER (June - August)
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  • Ave Weather: Max 21.5° C | Min 13.4° C

 
  • AUTUMN (September - November)
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  • Ave Weather: Max 12.5° C | Min 3.7° C

 
  • WINTER (December - February)
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  • Ave Weather: Max -3.1° C | Min -10.6° C

 

Weather stats are based from Akaigawa (502m)

All weather information is sourced from climate-data.org  for more information follow the link 

https://en.climate-data.org/asia/japan/hokkaido/akaigawa-857562/

By Air

Access to Kiroro by air is via New Chitose Airport which is about 2 hours by resort liner from Kiroro.

By Train

The closet train station is Otaru which is approx 25km from Kiroro. From Otaru station bus, taxi and rental car options are available. The regular Airport train from New Chitose travels direct Otaru.

By Car

From the airport the journey takes approx. 2 hours to Kiroro, or 1 hour 15 mins from Sapporo and 30 minutes from Otaru, car rental is available at off of these embarkation points.

By Bus

Kiroro can be accessed by bus and is 2 hours from New Chitose Airport via the Resort liner or 30 minutes from Otaru with the local Chuo bus service.

By Private Transfer

Private transfers can be arranged from New Chitose Airport for as few as 1 person in a private car or up to 40 people with a bus charter. 

Below are some PDF tourist maps to help you navigate and enjoy your time in Kiroro.

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Pros

  • Fully integrated resort with everything you need for your holiday available within the resort
  • Ski in Ski out luxury accommodation with both hotel and condominium styles available
  • Long seasons Kiroro is generally open from Mid-November and closes early May
  • Great diamond dust powder snow that resets regularly in winter, its Hokkaido's snowiest resort
  • Great infrastructure over two mountains 21 runs with a Gondola and covered lifts
  • Family Friendly with an International Ski Academy for kids as young as 3, kids club, activity centre, indoor pool and a Games arcade

Cons

  • Limited Shopping available and as it is a luxury resort, prices will tend to be more expensive than other resorts with competition for customers
  • Bars and Nightlife are limited to the resort bars and Karaoke
  • Weather can cause lifts to close due to the regular storm cycle that brings all the wonderful snow, so expect some limited lift operation especially up higher on some days

Average snowfall for Kiroro

This data was collected by Kiroro

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