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Head to Kiroro Ski Resort to Enjoy Some of the World's Best Powder Snow!

Head to Kiroro Ski Resort to Enjoy Some of the World's Best Powder Snow!

Date published: 8 September 2020
Last updated: 28 September 2020

Kiroro Ski Resort, located in Akaigawa, Hokkaido, offers leisure all year round and is only about 1 hour and 40 minutes from New Chitose Airport by car and about 1 hour from Sapporo.

In winter, Kiroro Snow World opens and visitors can have fun in the snow! Here’s our guide to Kiroro Snow World, including the ski slopes, lift tickets, equipment rentals, and more.

Table of Contents
  1. When’s the best time to enjoy Kiroro Snow World’s 23 ski slopes?
  2. Types of lift tickets and how to purchase them
  3. Lift Ticket Fees (partial list)
  4. For long-term stays, the season pass is a great deal!
  5. Kiroro Ski Resort equipment rentals
  6. Other fun activities at Kiroro Ski Resort!
  7. Ski school lessons in English
  8. Take a break from the slopes at a café or restaurant
  9. Three hotels at Kiroro Ski Resort
  10. 1. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort
  11. 2. The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido
  12. 3. Yu Kiroro
  13. Kiroro Resort's coronavirus countermeasures
  14. How to get to Kiroro Resort

When’s the best time to enjoy Kiroro Snow World’s 23 ski slopes?

When’s the best time to enjoy Kiroro Snow World’s 23 ski slopes?

Kiroro Snow World is situated on two mountains, Asari and Nagamine. Snow at their summits can reach depths of 5 meters, and the quality has international notoriety, attracting skiers and snowboarders from overseas in search of the best powder.

Snow begins accumulating in December, and it snows almost every day in January making January and February the best time for skiing. January’s average temperature is about -8℃, with a low of about -18℃, so be sure to wear a hat, gloves, and properly layered clothing.

One of the main attractions of Kiroro Snow World is the abundance and variety of courses. Spread over 152-hectares, there are plenty of courses for beginners and advanced skiers alike, with the longest stretching a distance of 4,050 meters.

There are 23 runs, including fourteen uncompressed “Off Piste” courses and the “Powder Ride” are where skiers can take full advantage of the powder. Here are some recommended courses for each skill level.

● For beginners
The "Family Course," with a total length of 250 meters and an average slope of 6.2 degrees, is a run that even first-time skiers can enjoy with peace of mind. Once you get used to it, take on the "Nagamine No. 1 Course" with its gentle slope and a length of 1,900 meters for a memorable, long ride. Also recommend is the "Asari Panorama Course," which descends 2,500 meters from the Kiroro Gondola's terminal "Gondola Mountaintop Station" through a beautiful forest.

● For intermediate skiers
The 1,950 meter "Yoichi 1-A Course" with its changing inclines, is great for intermediate users. If you want a super-long cruise, go to Xebio "Asari Dynamic Course" that stretches 4,050 meters from the summit of Mt. Asari.

● For advanced skiers
If you're looking for powder, go to "Powder Ride," and if you're lucky enough to be the first one to hit the slopes, you can further relish the untouched fresh snow. On "Nagamine No. 2-B Course" skiers can enjoy the exhilaration of 1,100 meters of uncompressed snow. "Asari 2-C course" is steep, bumpy, and perfect for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Types of lift tickets and how to purchase them

Types of lift tickets and how to purchase them

Lift fees are priced according to age: adult, senior (65 years old and over), youth (13-18 years old), and child (6-12 years old). If you are a senior or youth, you will need a driver's license, passport, student ID card, etc. to verify your age.

The lift ticket is an IC (RFID) card, and a deposit of 500 yen is charged with the initial purchase. Children under the age of 5 ride the lift for free when accompanied by their parents, but since an IC card is required, a lift card deposit of 500 yen is still necessary.

Lift Ticket Fees (partial list)

● 3-hour ticket
・ High season (Dec. 11, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021)
Adults: 4,300 yen
Seniors: 4,000 yen
Youth: 4,000 yen
Children: 2,300 yen

・ Early season (Nov. 28 – Dec. 10) & Spring season (Apr. 1 – May 5)
Adults: 3,700 yen
Seniors: 3,500 yen
Youth: 3,500 yen
Children: 2,200 yen

● 6-hour lift ticket
・ All seasons
Adults: 5,300 yen
Seniors: 4,700 yen
Youth: 4,700 yen
Children: 2,800 yen

● Beginner 1-day pass
・ High season
Adults: 4,500 yen
Seniors: 4,500 yen
Youth: 4,500 yen
Children: 2,600 yen

・ Early season & Spring season
Adults: 3,900 yen
Seniors: 3,900 yen
Youth: 3,900 yen
Children: 2,300 yen

● 1-day pass
・ High season
Adults: 5,900 yen
Seniors: 5,200 yen
Youth: 5,200 yen
Children: 3,100 yen

・ Early season & Spring season
Adults: 4,000 yen
Seniors: 3,700 yen
Youth: 3,700 yen
Children: 2,500 yen

● 7-day pass
・ High season
Adults: 37,900 yen
Seniors: 34,100 yen
Youth: 34,100 yen
Children: 20,100 yen

・ Early season & Spring season
Adults: 26,300 yen
Seniors: 23,600 yen
Youth: 23,600 yen
Children: 16,400 yen

For beginners, the "Beginner One-day Pass" is recommended, but note that only the Family Lift and Nagamine No. 1 Express lifts may be used.
One- to seven-day passes are available at set prices. For more than eight days of use, and an additional daily fee is added to the seven-day rate.

● For ticket packages of 8 days or more, the following will be added to the 7-day ticket price:
・ High season
Adults: +5,300 yen per day
Seniors: +4,800 yen per day
Youth: +4,800 yen per day
Children: +2,800 yen per day
・ Early season & Spring season
Adults: +3,700 yen per day
Seniors: +3,300 yen per day
Youth: +3,300 yen per day
Children: +2,300 yen per day

For long-term stays, the season pass is a great deal!

If you're planning a long stay, the Premium Season Pass & Season Pass are great deals. Passes are valid from November 28, 2020, to May 5, 2021 (planned) and can be purchased at an early discount price until December 15, 2020. Not only can you ski to your heart's content, but there are also plenty of additional benefits, including special offers for activities and restaurants at the resort.

Lift tickets can be purchased in person or online. For online purchases, IC cards will be issued at the resort's automatic ticketing machines when you arrive, and offer buyers the added advantage of going straight to the slopes without lining up at the ticket counter. English service is available, for added convenience.

For more details on lift tickets and purchasing, please check the Kiroro Snow World website.

Kiroro Ski Resort equipment rentals

Kiroro Ski Resort equipment rentals

Rental equipment comes in a variety of types, from easy-to-use beginner options to intermediate and advanced models. Sizes for adults and children are available, including safe, easy-to-use equipment for preschoolers and elementary school children.

There are two types of set rentals: ski wear and equipment sets and equipment-only sets (ski or snowboard). The clothing and equipment set includes a jacket, pants, and a set of ski or snowboard equipment. Ski equipment sets consist of skis, boots, and poles, while a board and boots make up snowboard equipment sets. Individual accessory rentals for helmets, goggles, and gloves are also available.

● Rental fees (adult prices)
・ Evening (15:00 - close)
Skiwear & equipment set: 5,600 yen
Equipment set: 3,600 yen

・ Daytime (9:00 - 17:00)
Skiwear & equipment set: 8,200 yen
Equipment set: 5,200 yen

・ 1 day (9:00 - close)
Skiwear & equipment set: 8,700 yen
Equipment set: 5,700 yen

・ 2 days (9:00 - close)
Skiwear & equipment set: 13,800 yen
Equipment set: 8,800 yen

There are two rental shops: one at the "Mountain Center" at the foot of the slopes and the shop in The Kiroro, Tribute Portfolio Hotel in the Kiroro Resort area.

Both offer the same rentals, so you can simply choose the one that's closer to your accommodations. Rental equipment can also be reserved online.

Other fun activities at Kiroro Ski Resort!

Other fun activities at Kiroro Ski Resort!

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Kiroro Snow World has other winter activities to entertain guests. The "Snow Banana Boat" (1,500 yen per person) and the "Mini Snowmobile" (2,000 yen per person) are popular even with beginners and first-time riders.

The "Winter Segway" (2,500 yen per person) is notable as Kiroro is the first resort in Japan to offer on-slope Segway rides! There are also snow buggies, snowmobiles, and snowshoes available, and small children will have fun just playing in the fluffy snow.

Ski school lessons in English

Ski school lessons in English

Various ski schools make it possible to improve your skills in the Hokkaido powder.

The International Academy and the Snowboard Academy offer individual lessons in English or Chinese. Experienced instructors guide beginners as they learn to navigate the slopes. Lessons are 53,000 yen for 5 hours and morning or afternoon sessions are available.

Kiroro Ski & Snowboard Academy caters to students from beginners to advanced skiers. Regular lessons are only in Japanese, but non-Japanese are welcome to participate and private lessons in English are also available. Lessons are 8,000 yen for a one-day group lesson (4 hours) and 6,000 yen for a half-day group lesson (2 hours).

The Annie Kids Ski Academy offers ski and snowboard lessons for children aged 3 to 15. The one-day course is 9,000 yen and the half-day course is 7,000 yen.

Admission is limited, so if you want to ensure your attendance, make a reservation in advance. However, if there is a vacancy, same-day attendees are welcome to join.

Take a break from the slopes at a café or restaurant

Take a break from the slopes at a café or restaurant

There are plentiful restaurants in and near the resort. In the Mountain Center, the "Lumiere" cafeteria serves Japanese ski resort staples like curry and ramen, as well as a Kiroro-original dish called "Kirorope," which is a variation of Nemuro, Hokkaido's local escalope.

In addition to Sapporo Classic beer, exclusive to Hokkaido, wine and non-alcoholic beer are available. Lumiere is a great place to eat before you hit the slopes or for taking a break.

"Gondola Mountaintop Station," the final stop on the Kiroro Gondola on Mt. Asari, has gained fame with its appearance in a blockbuster Thai movie. The station's "Asari View" café and restaurant serves authentic ramen and soba noodle bowls in collaboration with popular Hokkaido restaurants. At an altitude of 1,180 meters, lunch with a spectacular view of the glistening world outside is an unforgettable experience.

The Nagamine area's "Crest" café is located in the middle of the slope, so it's a great place to rest on your descent down the mountain. This stylish café with a woody scent reminiscent of a Scandinavian log house, has pizza, soup curry, and special hot dogs.

Three hotels at Kiroro Ski Resort

1. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort

1. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort

Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort has a peaceful, modern atmosphere. It's right in front of the slopes, so you can be on the mountain in seconds! The hotel is connected to the Mountain Center, where you can relax in the large "Tokiwayu" communal bath to warm up before a good night's sleep so you'll be ready for more winter fun the next day.

Spacious premium deluxe twin room

2. The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido

2. The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido

The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido has a slogan that promises "uniqueness that can only be experienced here" and features spacious guest rooms that all measure at least 30 square meters. There are plenty of hot spring facilities you'll want to visit at the end of the day, like "Kiroro Onsen" and bedrock baths. The attached "Kiroro Town" has an all-weather amusement facility where you can enjoy hot springs, a pool, bouldering and mystery-solving activities, so you can have a good time indoors even on days with bad weather.

  • The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido
    キロロ トリビュートポートフォリオホテル 北海道
    • Address 128-1 Tokiwa, Akaigawa-mura, Yoichi-gun, Hokkaido 046-0593
    • Nearest Station JR Otaruchikko Station
    • Phone Number 0135-34-7111
    • Hours: 24 hours reception; Check-in 15:00, Check-out 12:00

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    Check with our partner site as the latest rates, rate details, and guest room requirements may vary.

3. Yu Kiroro

3. Yu Kiroro

Directly connected to the slopes, Yu Kiroro is irresistible for skiers and snowboarders. The hotel has 108 sophisticated one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and penthouse units as well as storage services for your skiing or snowboarding equipment, natural hot springs, open-air baths, and a fitness center.

  • Yu Kiroro
    Yu Kiroro
    • Address 128-9 Tokiwa, Akaigawa-mura, Yoichi-gun, Hokkaido 046-0571
    • Nearest Station JR Otaruchikko Station
    • Phone Number 0135-48-6789
    • Hours: 24 hours reception; Check-in 15:00, Check-out 10:00

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    • Please enquire directly about rates.

    Check with our partner site as the latest rates, rate details, and guest room requirements may vary.

Kiroro Resort's coronavirus countermeasures

Kiroro Resort is currently working on measures against coronavirus infections throughout all facilities including diligent ventilation of rooms and disinfection and cleaning of equipment. Employees are required to wear masks and wash their hands regularly, and their health is closely monitored. Guests are kindly asked to follow the posted "Kiroro Care" guidelines, which encourage keeping an appropriate distance from others, washing hands, and complying with cough etiquette.

How to get to Kiroro Resort

How to get to Kiroro Resort

● By bus
Hokkaido Access Network's "Resort Liner" bus offers direct transit to Kiroro Resort (reservations required).
・ From New Chitose Airport to Kiroro Resort (one way: adults 4,500 yen, children 3,500 yen)
・ From hotels in Sapporo to Kiroro Resort (one way: adults 4,000 yen, children 3,000 yen)
・ From Otaru City/Otaruchikko Station to Kiroro Resort (one way: adults 900 yen, children 500 yen)

● By train
・ From New Chitose Airport Station
Take the JR Rapid Airport from New Chitose Airport Station and get off at Otaruchikko Station, then get to the resort via taxi or rental car.
・ From Sapporo
From Sapporo Station, take the JR Rapid Ishikari Liner or JR Rapid Airport and get off at Otaruchikko Station, then get to the resort via taxi or rental car.

● By car
・ From New Chitose Airport
Chitose IC (Interchange) → Hokkaido Expressway → Sapporo JCT → Sasson Expressway → Asari IC → Route 1 → Shinko 5-chome Intersection → Route 956 → National Route 393 → Kiroro Resort
・ From Sapporo
Sapporo Nishi IC → Sasson Expressway → Asari IC → Route 1 → Shinko 5-chome Intersection → Route 956 → National Route 393 → Kiroro Resort

  • Kiroro Snow World
    キロロスノーワールド
    • Address 128-1 Tokiwa, Akaigawa-mura, Yoichi-gun, Hokkaido 046-0593
    • Phone Number 0135-34-7118
    • Open: November 28, 2020 - May 5, 2021 (may close due to lack of snow or bad weather)
      Parking: Free parking for 2,000 cars

* The information in this article is accurate as of August 2020. Services and prices at the resort, hotels, and restaurants are subject to change without notice.

Text by: minna no kotoba sha

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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