Getting To Sapporo Kokusai

Getting To Sapporo Kokusai

Where is Sapporo Kokusai?

Sapporo Kokusai is west of the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido Japan. By road it’s about 46km between Sapporo and Sapporo Kokusai (a one hour drive). The driving route can go via Otaru or Jozankei. It is 19km between the Jozankei hot spring town and Sapporo Kokusai (25-30 minute drive).

Sapporo Kokusai shouldn’t be confused with the Joetsu Kokusai ski resort which is located near Yuzawa in the Niigata Prefecture.

It is possible to get bus transport from Sapporo City or the New Chitose Airport to Kokusai. From other locations it is a little bit unwieldy to get to Sapporo Kokusai unless you're got your own wheels or are part of a multi-resort tour or day tour.

Bus between Sapporo and Sapporo Kokusai

Hokkaido Resort Liner  (bookable from October onwards) has a bus service to Sapporo Kokusai from the JR Sapporo station or various Sapporo hotels. It’s very convenient but there is only one service per day that arrives at Kokusai at 10am, and the trip may take up to 2 hours if your hotel is at the start of the pick up line. The buses have to be booked at least 9 days in advance.

Alternatively there are Daiichi Kanko and Jotetsu buses that go from the Sapporo Station bus terminal no. 16 or the Subway Makomanai Station via Jozankei to Sapporo Kokusai. There are 6 departures in the morning from Sapporo between 7am and 9:30am, and 6 departures from Sapporo Kokusai in the afternoon between 2pm and 5:30pm. The day trip package that includes a one day lift ticket is sold on the bus.

Taxi from Sapporo

If you don’t have a car, another option is to get a taxi from Sapporo to Sapporo Kokusai. It only takes about an hour and costs approximately ¥12,000 each way.

Other Ski Resorts Nearby

Kiroro Snow World is only a few kilometres from Sapporo Kokusai as the crow flies, but it’s 41km by road (a 70 minute drive). 

Niseko is about a 1:50 hour drive away (84km to 98km depending on the route taken). To get to Sapporo Kokusai from Niseko you could hire a car in Niseko (in Higashiyama), or transport from Niseko is included in the guided WhiteRoom Tours of Sapporo Kokusai.

Rusutsu is about a 1:35 hour drive from Sapporo Kokusai.

Sapporo Teine is another of the Sapporo ski areas and only 40-45 minutes from downtown Sapporo.

Guided Day Trips

Another option of getting to Kokusai is to stay in Niseko and jump on one of the many guided day-trips to Kokusai. 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 need to get a group of 4 - 6 together to make it financially viable.

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