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How To Get There

Where is Rusutsu? Rusutsu is near Mt Yotei, the Mt Fuji of Hokkaido Japan. The Rusutsu ski resort is 75km southwest (90 minutes) of Sapporo, 89km west of the New Chitose Airport, 30km southeast of Niseko Hirafu (about 30-40 minutes), and only 20km from the town of Niseko.

The actual town of Rusutsu is a few kilometres down the road from the resort.

Getting to Hokkaido Japan For advice on flights to the New Chitose Airport (Sapporo) and getting to Hokkaido, see our travel to Hokkaido page for more information.

Transfers to Rusutsu from Sapporo or New Chitose Airport There are no train stations near Rusutsu but there are good bus shuttle options, so very few people hire a car to travel to Rusutsu.

There is bus transport to Rusutsu at very reasonable prices from the New Chitose Airport or Sapporo City (lots of Sapporo hotels or the Odori Bus Centre). See the airport and Sapporo city transfer pages for schedules, fares, and to book your transfer to and from Rusutsu (NB generally this is not available to book until early October). Buses need to be booked at least 9 days in advance.

Getting from Niseko to Rusutsu

There are various ground transport operators that can get you from Niseko to Rusutsu if you’re moving bases or taking a day trip. Donan provides just bus transport or Niseko Ground Service provides a lift ticket and transport package. Both leave from the Hirafu Welcome Center – bookings required. Or you can arrange a private transfer between Niseko and Rusutsu here.

If you’re looking for guiding to hunt down the powder at Rusutsu, check out WhiteRoom Tours or Black Diamond Tours often head there as part of their Powder Hunter trips which include hotel pick-ups, guiding and lift ticket.
 
Getting Around Rusutsu ResortThe village of Rusutsu is spread out a little between the Rusutsu Resort Hotel (North and South Wings) and a strip of restaurants and izakayas. It's only a short walk between the accommodation and restaurants of this area. There is also accommodation and facilities at the Rusutsu Tower Hotel (The Westin) which is connected to the Rusutsu Resort Hotel by a little kitsch monorail that operates from 7am to 11pm. Sometimes if the monorail is congested, they also run a shuttle bus between the two hotels.

Other Ski Resorts near Rusutsu Other than Niseko, nearby ski resorts include Moiwa and Chisenupuri.

Moiwa (aka Niseko Moiwa) is well known for its off-piste and side-country runs and the lack of crowds to steal your freshies. Moiwa is next door to the Annupuri ski area of Niseko and is interconnected via the slopes when the backcountry gate is open.

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, Sahoro & Tomamu.