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Japan Skiing at Kiroro Snow World
Japan Skiing at Kiroro Snow World
Kiroro Snow World
Kiroro Snow World
Powder Skiing Kiroro
Powder Skiing Kiroro
Mountain Hotel & Base Facilities Kiroro
Mountain Hotel & Base Facilities Kiroro
Some of the Best Powder Skiing in Japan
Some of the Best Powder Skiing in Japan
Ski Kiroro Japan
Ski Kiroro Japan
Kiroro Snow World
Kiroro Snow World
Deep Deep Powder!
Deep Deep Powder!
Kiroro Ski Resort Hokkaido
Kiroro Ski Resort Hokkaido
Hokkaido Skiing at its Best
Hokkaido Skiing at its Best
Kiroro Ski Resort
Kiroro Ski Resort
Kiroro Receives 13m+ of Snow Per Season
Kiroro Receives 13m+ of Snow Per Season
More Powder....
More Powder....
Kiroro In-Bound Glades
Kiroro In-Bound Glades
Kiroro Night Skiing
Kiroro Night Skiing
Kiroro Japan
Kiroro Japan
Kiroro Powder Line
Kiroro Powder Line
Hokkaido Ski Resort Kiroro
Hokkaido Ski Resort Kiroro
Kiroro Snow World
Kiroro Snow World
Groomed Run Kiroro
Groomed Run Kiroro

Kiroro

Kiroro Ski Resort Kiroro Snow World in Hokkaido Japan is a destination resort with modern facilities and infrastructure. Kiroro flies under the radar relative to some of the high profile Hokkaido ski resorts nearby, but the lack of crowds is an advantage for discerning powderhounds who make the most of the abundant snow and the tree skiing.

Kiroro Ski and Snowboard Terrain Kiroro is a medium sized resort spread over two mountain peaks. The resort has 21 runs, or courses as the Japanese like to call them, with an equal spread of green, blue and black piste. Even though a third of the slopes are rated as black, the on-piste terrain is not particularly challenging and is mostly suited to beginners and intermediates. The exceptions are the couple of mogul courses where you can watch the locals having a whale of a time ruining their knees. Kiroro also has a basic terrain park for those with a desire to use their travel insurance.

Skiers and snowboarders who love cruising will enjoy the Grand Line, whilst “L plate” powderhounds will adore the Powder Line which is famed amongst the locals. Meanwhile the real powder skiing and riding can be found in the trees, and thankfully the patrollers turn a bit of a blind eye to going off-piste and out of bounds. Combined with an average of 13 metres of snowfall per season and a base of 3-4 metres, Kiroro is a destination that will please most powder-holics.

Hokkaido is often chilly which keeps the snow in pristine condition, yet you may not need to wear your thermals at Kiroro (unless you go night skiing!). Thankfully the Kiroro lift infrastructure is incredibly well developed. Of the nine lifts, one is a toasty gondola, whilst five are detachable fast chairs with cosy hoods.

Where is Kiroro Snow World? The Kiroro ski resort and the associated Akaigawa Village is located 43km west of Sapporo Hokkaido, and 28km from the seaside town of Otaru. From the Sapporo New Chitose Airport, Kiroro is a 2 hour bus ride. Alternatively it’s a 70 minute express train ride to Otaru, followed by a 30-50 minute trip by taxi or bus to Kiroro.

Kiroro is only 60 minutes from Niseko, so if you’ve got some wheels or go on a guided tour, you can get away from the Niseko crowds and take a day trip to Kiroro.

Kiroro Hotels Kiroro is a resort in the truest sense because there is no village or real town. Kiroro has a couple of resort complexes centred around the two Kiroro hotels. Both hotels provide a high standard of accommodation and a range of facilities. The Mountain Hotel (now called the Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort) is conveniently located at the base of the ski area. A ten minute walk (or a shuttle bus ride) down the hill is the larger Hotel Piano (now called The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel).

Facilities The facilities and services at Kiroro resort are well set up and include a few shops, a ski and snowboard rental shop, ski school, and kids’ day care. It’s also de rigueur for kids to go to the French inspired “Annie’s Kids Academy”, the child specific ski school.

Kiroro has several restaurants offering a variety of cuisine, and as to be expected for a Japanese ski resort, the nightlife is incredibly sedate.

Kiroro Activities Besides the skiing and snowboarding, Kiroro has various winter activities on offer. Kiroro has a few onsens with both indoor and open air hot springs, as well as a swimming pool and day spa to maximise on relaxation. Other activities include snowcat sightseeing tours, snow shoe tours, sledding, and snow tubing. Otherwise you can hang out in the games arcade, play billiards or get into the Japanese culture with some pachinko.

Why Ski or Snowboard at Kiroro? Those who like to stay on the corduroy will enjoy the absence of the hordes, and families will like Kiroro because the needs of the whipper-snappers are well catered for.

The views at Kiroro are amazing and you can largely enjoy the serenity without the annoying loudspeaker announcements that Japanese ski resorts are famous for. Of course if you love noise and blaring music, you can get a great fix in the karaoke room.

Kiroro is blessed with lots of yuki and because the ski resort is uncrowded and very few riders go off-piste, there’s a very high chance of scoring freshies. Subsequently Kiroro scores 5 out of 5 from us as a destination for powderhounds. Now that the Powderhounds have sniffed out the powder at Kiroro, the cat is completely out of the bag so you’d better get to Kiroro before anyone else discovers the joys of this little treasure.

Summary of Pros and Cons

Pros 
  • As with many of the other Hokkaido ski resorts, the quality and quantity of the powder is fabulous.
  • The off-piste areas are uncrowded and the sidecountry is almost devoid of other riders. Off-riding isn’t officially allowed but the patrollers don’t tend to police it. This is a great destination for powder hounds for a few days or as a day trip from Niseko.
  • Fantastic lift infrastructure.
  • Ski-in ski-out hotel at the base of the ski resort. 
Cons
  • Kiroro is only a medium sized ski resort (by Japanese standards) so there might not adequate piste terrain for stays of more than 4-5 days.
  • Hotel accommodation is the only style of lodging available, and there is nothing for those travelling on a budget.
  • Quiet nightlife (as with most Japanese ski resorts). 

Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective
  • Very family oriented with lots of kids’ activities, although they don’t offer group ski lessons in English (only private lessons) and the child care staff don’t speak English. 
  • Kiroro is a very well established resort with all the required facilities and services. There’s no village at Kiroro and it offers a modern Japanese cultural experience.

Tours that may include Kiroro

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Hokkaido Snow Tow DETAILS
HOSTED & SELF-GUIDED ADVENTURE
6 Nights | 7 Days | 5 Skiing | 5 Ski Areas
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USD 1,564 USD 1,564
Book and pay deposit prior to Aug 31 2016 and get 14.7% off advertised price
Book and pay deposit by 31st August and get early bird special of 14.7% off advertised price
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Take the hassle out of organising your powder adventure to Hokkaido Japan next season by joining one of these great unguided tours. You still have the freedom to do your own thing at the ski areas but all of the logistics are taken care of.
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Hokkaido Explorer Tour DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
12 Nights - 10 Ski Areas - 10 Days Skiing/Riding
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USD 3,351 USD 3,351
Book and pay by June 30 and get 4.4% off advertised price.
Ability: Advanced, Expert
Based in Niseko Hirafu, then Furano, then Otaru, chase the best conditions and snowfall at 7 of Hokkaido's best ski areas and lesser known ski areas including Niseko, Rusutsu, Moiwa, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, Mt Racey and Tomamu.
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Hokkaido Unplugged DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE
10 Days | 9 Nights | 7 Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 2,990
Ability: Advanced, Expert
So you have had a taste of Japan powder and you are now ready to get away from the crowds and find the best of Hokkaido. This tour visits some epic sidecountry and backcountry areas in Hokkaido.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Progression Packages - Niseko DETAILS
PROGRESSION TOURS - NISEKO
8-Day Package (with or without accommodation)
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USD 2,184
Ability: Beginner, Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Take your skiing & boarding to a new level whether it be on or off-piste, on the bumps, in deep powder or in the terrain park. Based in Niseko, Japan you will also have day trips to Rusutsu & Kiroro. The full package includes lift passes and deluxe accommodation plus guiding/coaching.
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Powder Progression for Skiers DETAILS
GUIDED SKIER PROGRESSION TOUR
8 Days - Niseko + 3 Other Ski Areas
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USD 2,008 USD 2,008
Book and pay by June 30 to get 7.3% off advertised price
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Do you want to learn to ski deep powder and look like a pro? This tour focuses on helping you to develop your powder skiing skills whilst maintaining optimal fun. Includes day trips to Kiroro, Rusutsu & Moiwa
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Powder Progression for Snowboarders DETAILS
SNOWBOARD PROGRESSION TOUR
8 Days - Niseko + 3 Other Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 2,008 USD 2,008
Book and pay before June 30 to get 7.3% off advertised price.
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Do you want to learn to ride deep powder and look like a pro? This tour focuses on helping you to develop your powder boarding skills whilst maintaining optimal fun. Includes day trips to Kiroro, Rusutsu & Moiwa
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Backcountry Delights DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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USD 2,321
Ability: Advanced, Expert
Journey into the heart of Hokkaido with a tour/guiding company that has been running Hokkaido ski tours since 1984. This incredible backcountry tour takes in Tomamu backcountry, Yubari Range, Kitami Pass and Kurodake.
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