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Kiroro: Insider Ski & Snowboard Tips
Formerly known as “Kiroro Snow World”, Kiroro is a medium sized resort as far as Japan is concerned, with 21 runs on offer. While this isn’t enormous by any means, when skiing deep Japanese powder, you tend to be able to ski the same run over and over again. Notwithstanding, we reckon there’s about 4-5 days worth of terrain here before you might consider going elsewhere (read: Niseko). Alternatively, hire a guide and explore the sidecountry and backcountry gates which are
Kiroro Ski Resort is within easy access of New Chitose Airport only 2hrs away by public transport. It’s also around 1hr’s drive (50km’s of road) from Niseko so possible as a day trip if you want to escape the crowds.
Like a growing number of Japanese ski resorts, Kiroro is just that – a ski resort sans any kind of village or real town. As far as accomodation goes then, there are two main hotels, both of which provide a high standard of accomodation and lots of facilities. The Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Ski Resort can be found at the base of the resort and is a pretty deluxe ski-in-ski-out offering. The other Kiroro Tribute Portfolio Hotel is a short bus ride or ten-minute walk from the lifts.
Kiroro: Restaurants & Apres
Dining options at Kiroro are pretty limited to the two main hotels, but these offer a variety of cuisines from traditional Japanese to BBQ/ Grill, Italian, Chinese and western style buffets.
Kiroro: Non-Skiing Activities
While we recommend going to Kiroro in search of bottomless, dry powder, there’s plenty to do without skis or boards strapped to your feet if you’re so inclined. If you still want an adrenaline rush, try snow rafting, snow mobiling. There’s also snow shoeing to be done and a pretty extensive Winter kids park. As always in Japan, Onsens abound, or you could take a day trip to the nearby port village of Otaru (40-50 minute drive) and even try and time it with the Snow Light Festival in February.