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Come and Enjoy the Luxuries of Rusutsu Resort – Hokkaido’s Largest Resort!

Niseko / Rusutsu Skiing & Snowboarding

According to the World Ski Awards, for the third year in a row, Rusutsu Resort is the Best Ski Resort and the Westin Rusutsu Resort is the Best Ski Resort in Japan! Rusutsu Resort is known for its excellent facilities, which provide a perfect, relaxing experience. Join along as we dive in and share all about this incredible paradise in Japan's north.

Getting Your Lift Ticket

Sapporo / Chitose Skiing & Snowboarding

Lifts are how you travel up the mountain to slide back down again. If you're new to skiing or snowboarding, it's best to practice on the easy slopes and in beginner areas before riding a lift. You'll need a lift ticket to ride them, which you can buy at ticket counters. Please bear in mind that many ski resorts in Japan accept cash only, and only a few accept credit cards.

Skiing in Japan for and with Kids

Sapporo / Chitose Skiing & Snowboarding

Winter is a great time not only for adults but especially for the little ones. Snowmen, sleds, and skiing and snowboarding are fun activities that make every holiday a special memory. Ski resorts in Japan have an extensive program for children of all ages, such as snow parks to play and sled in to actual lessons, but also daycare and indoor playgrounds.

All You Need to Know About Japan's New Departure Tax that Started in 2019!

Sapporo / Chitose

Even though visitor numbers to Japan continue to grow year by year, we find that supporting infrastructure such as foreign language signage in hotels or commercial establishments leaves much to be desired. Very little is being done in the area of foreign language communication despite glaring inadequacies, and this is a major issue the country is trying to tackle. With the goal of turning Japan into a major tourist destination, and in order to be able to create a more comfortable environment for foreign visitors in view of current needs, the Japanese government has introduced an "international tourist tax" of 1,000 yen (about US$9) per departing person - also known as the departure tax. The tax will be levied from January 7, 2019 and applies to everyone leaving Japan - whether native Japanese or foreign visitor. However, this gives rise to some questions: Who exactly does this new tax apply to? How do I pay? What is the purpose of this new system? What will the tax be used for? If you're wondering about them yourself, wonder no more, because we have all the answers for you right in this article!

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