Rusutsu Bus

Rusutsu Bus

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.

Rusutsu Bus & Transfers from Sapporo or New Chitose Airport

There are no train stations near Rusutsu but there are good shuttle bus options. There are Rusutsu bus options at very reasonable prices from the New Chitose Airport or Sapporo City (lots of Sapporo hotels or the Odori Bus Centre). You can book buses to Rusutsu here (and see rates and schedules): (NB generally this is not available to book until October). Rusutsu buses need to be booked at least 9 days in advance.

Driving to Rusutsu

Having a car is ideal if you want to chase the powder at different ski resorts in the area. You can rent a car at the New Chitose Airport or there are limited car rentals in Niseko.

The telephone number for Rusutsu for GPS navigation is 0136-46-3331. Powder hounds that are day tripping to Rusutsu will want to park at the base of the East Mountain rather than at West Mountain near the hotels.

Getting from Niseko to Rusutsu

There are various ground transport operators that can take 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.

If you’re looking for guiding to hunt down the powder at Rusutsu, there are various Niseko day guiding options which include hotel pick-ups.

Getting Around Rusutsu Resort

The 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 Westin Rusutsu Resort 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.

Ski Resorts Near Rusutsu

Niseko Hirafu is 29km northwest of Rusutsu and other nearby ski resorts include: Other skiing nearby: [AdListings Filter="Hokkaido Car Rentals"]

Guided Day Trips

Another option of getting to Rusutsu is to stay in/near Niseko and jump on one of the many guided day-trips to Rusutsu. Most companies only offer this service to private groups (in other words you can't join a group as a solo/couple) so you will probably want to get a group of 4 - 6 together to make it financially viable.

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