Rusutsu is one of Japan’s most popular year round resorts but is outstanding when it comes to a ski holiday. The average annual snowfall is over 13m which creates endless incredible skiing. Here you’ll find untracked powder runs, an amazing variety of terrain and plenty of awesome natural terrain features not found anywhere else. Rusutsu is known for it’s bounty of kids activities henceforth, the resort is amazing for families. Furthermore, the ski-in, ski-out nature of the resort adds to the accessibility for families. This resort is more modernised than most but maintains a traditional Japanese culture. Unquestionably, Rusutsu has something for everyone!


Rusutsu has 3 main mountains – East, West and Mt Isola, here you’ll find untracked powder runs, amazing variety of terrain and some awesome natural terrain features not found in other resorts. It has the best tree-skiing in Japan and the backcountry is superb. The uncrowded groomed runs are amazing, resembling gigantic freeways with long consistent fall-lines.

The town of Rusutsu comprises the Rusutsu Resort Hotel and a handful of pensions, restaurants and a new sports bar serving pizzas and boutique beers.

  • 3 main mountains, 42 km of runs
  • Best tree skiing in Japan
  • Amazing uncrowded groomed runs
  • Night skiing until 8pm
  • One of the best half pipes and snow parks around

Mountain Statistics


Top Elevation 994 Metres
Base Elevation 400 Metres
Lifts 19 lifts, 4 gondolas
Runs 37
Ave Annual Snowfall 1200 cms
Terrain Beginner 30%
Terrain Intermediate 40%
Terrain Advanced 30%
Ski in / Ski out Yes

Other Activities

At Rusutsu there is more on offer than just world-class skiing and snowboarding with amazing adventures adding to your ski/board winter experience.

  • Snowmobiling
  • Snow Rafting
  • Dog Sledding

Getting There

Getting to Rusutsu

Fly into New Chitose Airport located 75km southwest (90 minute drive) from the Rusutsu ski resort.

Ask our Active Travel Experts to assist you in prearranging transfers or a rental car for your stay.


Rusutsu has a variety of accommodation options to choose from.

Contact our Active Travel Experts for insider tips on where to stay and tailor-made ski/board experiences.

Download our Quick Guide to Japan
Take a look at what Japan has to offer: From key facts about ski resorts, unique cultural experiences to winter activities and big city tours. Enter your details below to download your copy now