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How To Get There

Where is Kiroro Resort? Kiroro Ski Resort is located 43km west of Sapporo Hokkaido, and 28km south of the town of Otaru. The road distance from Niseko to Kiroro is about 50km, a drive that takes about an hour.

Getting to Kiroro from New Chitose Airport The New Chitose Airport (Sapporo) is the gateway airport for Kiroro. See the travel to Hokkaido travel page for information on flights to Hokkaido.

You can catch a Kiroro bus with Hokkaido Resort Liner for transfers between Kiroro and the airport. The Kiroro bus takes about 2 hours and they have about eight schedules per day (NB this generally can't be booked until Sept/October).

Kiroro buses need to be booked at least 9 days in advance.
Hokkaido Resort Liner - Chitose / Kiroro
The most economical & efficient way to get to and from Sapporo Chitose Airport to Kiroro. Multiple services daily. Bookings available online from Oct each year. Adult 4,000¥/Child 3,000¥ (2017-18 prices)

Getting from Sapporo to Kiroro Hokkaido Resort Liner also provides buses from the city of Sapporo to Kiroro. You can book your Sapporo to Kiroro bus here. The schedules generally cater for day trippers, with one bus leaving from Sapporo to Kiroro early in the morning, and a couple of departures from Kiroro in the late afternoon. The pick up and drop off points in Sapporo include the train station and a range of hotels, so trip times vary from 1:40 hours to 2:20 hours. If the bus doesn’t stop at your Sapporo hotel, there’s a good chance it stops at one nearby. For schedules and rates or to book your transfer (from October onwards), click here.

If you have a car, the drive from Sapporo to Kiroro only takes about 80 minutes. The drive up the mountain is really easy, with no particularly windy sections or steep pitches.

Alternatively there are really frequent trains from Sapporo to Otaru. The trip takes about 40-50 minutes. See Hyperdia to check timetables and fares.

Travel from Otaru to Kiroro From Otaru train station there is an inexpensive Hokkaido Chuo Bus that departs about four times a day. The trip time is about 50 minutes.

Otherwise catch a taxi from Otaru to Kiroro. The trip takes 30 to 40 minutes.

From Niseko to Kiroro Kiroro is only a 1 hour drive (or a little over an hour via bus) from Niseko ski resort, so Kiroro is a perfect day trip to get away from the Niseko crowds.

One option is to catch a train from Kutchan (or Niseko) to Otaru which takes about 80 minutes. From Otaru you can catch a bus or taxi (as outlined above).

Alternatively, if you want a guide to show you a good spots, you can take a guided day tour at Kiroro which includes transport from Niseko.

Or for multi-day stays you might want a private transfer between Niseko and Kiroro (in drop down menu).

Getting Around Kiroro Kiroro has two main areas: the ski resort; and the Kiroro.

The ski resort has the Sheraton Hotel at the base and the interconnected Resort Center which houses various facilities.

About 10-15 minutes walk down the hill is The Kiroro (a Tribute Portfolio Hotel) and Kiroro Town, a small strip of shops, restaurants and facilities that couldn’t really be described as a “town”. The kids’ Snow Park is located next to The Kiroro.

It’s easy enough to walk around either of the areas, but to get between the zones you can catch the complimentary Kiroro shuttle bus. The ride only takes 3 minutes and the shuttles run on a continuous loop, although later in the evening the schedules are less regular.

Other Ski Resorts Nearby Niseko and the nearby Moiwa are only an hour drive away. Rusutsu is a little further afield.

Sapporo Kokusai is not far away as the crow flies, but it takes about 70 minutes by car. Alternatively if you want to head to Sapporo Kokusai for a day trip, there are sometimes snowcat shuttles that operate from the top of Kiroro to the top of Kokusai that only take 20 minutes.

A great way to make the most of the nearby ski resorts is to take a private guided tour with WRTs that includes transport.

Key Transport Operators
Hokkaido Japan Shuttle Bus Hokkaido Resort Liner - Bus Transfers
The most economical & efficient way to get to and from Sapporo/Airport to Hokkaido resorts including Niseko, Rusutsu, Furano, Kiroro, Kokusai & Tomamu.