Travel to Asari Hokkaido

Travel to Asari Hokkaido

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Where is Asari Hokkaido?

The Asari Ski Resort is located adjacent to the little Asarigawa Onsen village at the foot of Asaridake (Mount Asari). Asarigawa Onsen is only 9km southeast of Otaru, and 35km northwest of the city of Sapporo.

Driving to Asari

If you’re not on a guided tour, it’s easiest if you have a car to drive to Asari and the other Otaru ski areas. Asari is only a 15 to 20 minute drive southeast of Otaru.

It takes about 40 minutes to drive to Asari from the city of Sapporo.

Parking is free and there are travellators to get from the closest car park up to the day lodge.

Bus from Otaru to Asari

There are regular inexpensive buses from the JR Otaru train station that take 30 minutes (bus #13, gate #2) that stop at the Asarigawa Onsen bus stop. From there it’s a 5 minute walk to the ski area.

Bus from Sapporo to Asari

Or there are buses from Sapporo station to the ski resort. These are daily over the holiday period, otherwise just on weekends.


Asari Ski Resort is sometimes included on multi-day tours and is used as a refuge when the weather is bad and it precludes Kiroro or Kokusai. 

Other Ski Resorts Nearby

Asari is close to Kiroro as the crow flies, although the drive between the two ski resorts takes awhile.

Asari is also really close to Kokusai and 14km to the southeast.

Asari is 68km northeast of Niseko, a drive that takes about 1:20 hours. Getting to Asari via train and bus is rather complex, so the best option is to rent a car in Niseko.

See the Otaru overview for distances from Otaru to other ski areas.