Kiroro Ski Resort

Kiroro Resort Hokkaido
The deep powder is the forte of Kiroro Japan
A pro is the ski-in ski-out hotel at Kiroro
Kiroro Snow World
Kiroro Ski Resort Japan
Kiroro offers lovely views
The Kiroro snow is amazingly abundant
Kiroro ski school offers group kids' lessons
Kiroro off-piste skiing
Kiroro Japan
Kiroro "Town" and The Kiroro Tribute Hotel
The Kiroro sidecountry can be pretty tasty
Kiroro has impressive lift infrastructure
Kiroro skiing off-piste
Kiroro Resort Hokkaido Japan
Kiroro Resort Japan
A very very deep day at Kiroro
Kiroro Resort
You need a permit to ski the sidecountry
Kiroro offers nice views

Kiroro Ski Resort

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Kiroro Ski Resort

Kiroro Resort in Hokkaido Japan is a destination resort with upscale facilities and infrastructure, and Puki Yuki blesses the Kiroro Ski Resort with a mighty lot of powder. Kiroro Japan used to fly under the radar relative to some of the high profile Hokkaido ski resorts nearby, but now it’s becoming much more popular and a little more difficult for discerning powder hounds to find fresh tracks.

NB New for the 19/20 season, the Kiroro Tribute Hotel will be connected with the ski resort. A chondola (a cross between a gondola and a chair lift) will head from the hotel up to the main base, and a new ski slope will head down to the hotel making it ski-in ski-out. The content will be updated accordingly when we visit during the 19/20 season.

Kiroro Japan: Pros and Cons

  • As with many of the other Hokkaido ski resorts, the quality of the powder is fabulous, and the Kiroro snow quantity is ridiculous.
  • Kiroro Ski Resort is a very good destination for powder hounds for a few days or as a day trip from Niseko.
  • If you’re willing to skin, the Kiroro backcountry offers phenomenal powder rewards.
  • Kiroro Resort has fantastic lift infrastructure.
  • There is a deluxe ski-in ski-out hotel at the base of the ski resort.
  • Kiroro Hokkaido is a good choice if you want to go skiing early in the season.
  • Kiroro Resort is very family oriented with lots of kids’ activities, and kids’ group ski and snowboard lessons in English (but no child care).
  • There is an extraordinary amount of non-skiing activities on offer for not just kids, but adults too (if you have the budget).
  • Kiroro Ski Resort is medium sized (by Japanese standards) so there might not adequate terrain for stays of more than 4-5 days.
  • Hotel accommodation is the only style of lodging available and it's very expensive. Kiroro is a money-making machine so expect to get fleeced at every corner, and not just for accommodation. It caters to a very upscale market, and if that’s not you, it will hurt the hip pocket.
  • The nightlife is quiet (as with most Japanese ski resorts).
Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective
  • 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.
  • Off-piste and sidecountry skiing and riding is now permitted, with certain provisos. You no longer have the risk of having your pass pulled, but the cat is completely out of the bag regarding this former powder hound paradise, and fresh tracks disappear quickly in lift accessed areas. Thankfully a powder reset is never far away.

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!

Skiers and snowboarders who love cruising will enjoy the Grand Line, whilst “L plate” powder hounds will adore a few ungroomed runs. Meanwhile the real powder skiing and riding can be found in the trees. And if you want to head into the sidecountry (ie outside the resort boundaries) you need to submit a backcountry plan to get permission. See the Kiroro Hokkaido skiing page for more information.

Kiroro Snow and Lifts

Formerly known as “Kiroro Snow World”, the ski area was very aptly named. Kiroro Resort is blessed with lots of yuki and is up there as one of the Japan ski resorts (or world ski resorts) that receives the most snowfall. Kiroro Resort cites a statistic of 21 metres of snow per season, which is peculiarly only based on 3 years of data for snow and is recorded at the peak. Regardless of the marketing hype attached to the Kiroro snow volumes, it’s undeniable that this is the capital of Japow.

Hokkaido is often chilly which keeps the snow in pristine condition, yet you may not need to wear your thick 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 is located in Akaigawa which is 43km west of Sapporo Hokkaido, and 28km from the seaside town of Otaru. From the Sapporo New Chitose Airport, the Kiroro bus trip takes 2 hours. 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 it’s pretty easy to take a day trip to Kiroro if you have some wheels or go on a guided tour.

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 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 The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel.

You can search for availability and rates, and book Kiroro accommodation here.


The facilities and services at Kiroro Resort are well set up and include a handful of shops, a ski and snowboard rental shop, and ski school. It’s de rigueur for kids to go to the French inspired “Annie’s Kids Ski Academy”, the child specific ski school that offers group lessons in English. For adults, ski and snowboard lessons are only available in a private format, which are really expensive.

Kiroro Japan has several restaurants offering a variety of deluxe 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 couple of 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 a fix of Japanese culture with some karaoke.
Tours That May Include Kiroro

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Hokkaido Safari
12 Days | 8 Days Guided Skiing/Riding
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Explore up to 7 Hokkaido ski areas on this amazing powder progression adventure for advanced to expert skiers & boarders. Locations include the Otaru/Sapporo & Furano ski areas. Groups of up to 4 guests are guided by 1 guide. From price is based on twin share in deluxe western-style room.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room; 4 on tour.
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 4,765
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Southwest Solutions
7 Nights | 4 Guided Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This CUSTOMISABLE guided tour for your group can be based in or around the NISEKO area and is designed to CHASE THE BEST POWDER each day at NISEKO, RUSUTSU, KIRORO & MOIWA. The tour finishes with a couple of days chasing powder around Sapporo (TEINE & KOKUSAI).
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share based on group of 5 or 6 with 1 guide (per person).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,777
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Hokkaido Unplugged
9 Nights | 8 Days Guiding
Ability: Advanced to 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 Hokkaido backcountry areas.This is a touring focused trip where you will be skinning for all guided days & likely to include some secret road side touring.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option for 2019-20 season for group tour.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,999
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Niseko Freeride Tour
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Riding
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
This snowboarding tour takes in what many would argue are the best ski areas in Japan with a choice of up to 11 ski areas in the Niseko region. Home base is a nice hotel in Niseko so you have access to Niseko's vibrant nightlife. Have a guide to take you to the best powder stashes at each location.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,800
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Niseko Guided Day Tours
For PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are in Niseko with a group, you can't go past a guided ski or snowboard day tour in Niseko or at one of the nearby ski areas (off-piste, sidecountry or backcountry). PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests (i.e. you cannot join a group).
Price p/p From price based on a PER PERSON rate for PRIVATE group of 6 in peak season. Full price is 78,000 yen for group.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 122
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Otaru & Niseko Powder Chaser
7 Nights | 6 Days Chasing Powder
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are on a budget but still want to ride all of the best spots around Niseko & Otaru then this package/tour is for you! Join as a solo traveller or small group or book the entire 7 spots!
Price p/p Price based on a bed in a shared room.
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
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USD 1,692
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Ski & Snowboard Camp Tours

Ultimate Early Season Camps
8 nights | 7 days | Cat Skiing, Avi Training
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Beat the high season rates and crowds and get Japow earlier than the punters. Based in Niseko, you'll visit 4 ski resorts for lift accessed sidecountry, enjoy a day of cat skiing at Chisenupuri, receive 2 days of avalanche awareness training & get an intro to backcountry touring.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share, 9-day package for 2018-19 season.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,965
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

BDT Lift Assisted Backcountry Tours
Niseko Area | PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY | Min 2 Days
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Join Black Diamond Tours for 1 day of guided powder hunting in Niseko or one of the nearby resort or backcountry areas with your own PRIVATE GROUP. Areas include Niseko backbowls, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Teine & Kokusai. Primarily lift accessed so minimal hiking.
Price p/p From price based on 1 day tour per person - 5 people in private group (lift tickets not included).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 141
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Backcountry Touring Day Trips
Niseko & Surrounding Areas | Private Groups Only
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Ideal if you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided BACKCOUNTRY day in or around Niseko. These day tours are specifically for those who are happy to earn their turns and are for private groups of 1 - 5 guests (but 6+ is also doable).
Price p/p From price based on PER PERSON for a PRIVATE GROUP of 5 guests.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 141
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Coast to Coast Backcountry
8 Nights - Various Backcountry Areas
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Earn your turns and experience some of the best backcountry terrain in Southern Hokkaido including Goshiki Onsen area near Niseko, Yoichi-dake (Kiroro), Kokusai backcountry, Shiribetsu & Mt Yotei. You will need to be a FIT ADVANCED skier/boarder. Based in Niseko.
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share room group fixed date tour for 2020 season.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,444
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Cat Skiing Tours

Shimamaki Snowcat Packages
Stay in Traditional Japanese Inn Inc All Meals
Ability: Advanced to Expert
This is the best Japan cat skiing! Departing from Niseko, the trip offers incredible snowcat accessed powder skiing & boarding, staying in a traditional coastal Japanese inn. Ride deep untracked powder all day, feast on Japanese cuisine and soak in the hotel's onsen in the evening.
Price p/p Display price is based on 2 days + 2 nights per person for 2020 season (regular season)
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
*Display price may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations
USD 1,650
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Niseko Cat Skiing Day Tours
Single Day Guided, Inc. Lunch
Ability: Advanced to Expert
A day of awesome guided cat skiing near Niseko in backcountry terrain with some steep lines, technical trees, and pillows and mushrooms. The snowcat skiing is ideal for those craving bottomless untracked powder runs.
Price p/p From price is per person (min 4 persons required to operate)
Base/invoice currency is Japanese yen in taxes
*display price may vary slightly with fluctuations in currency
USD 526
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