The capital of the island of Hokkaido, Sapporo is famous for three things–beer, skiing, and their snow festival. The Sapporo Snow Festival is attended by many tourists and locals alike for its beautiful and creatively made ice sculptures. One of the must-visit attractions here is the Sapporo Beer Museum, which features exhibits about the brewing history of the city. You’ll also find here a tasting room and a beer garden. You’re already in town, so make the most of it and visit some of the most amazing ski resorts in the area. In case you have no idea about the ski spots here, we have compiled a list of the best ski resorts in Sapporo, Japan, for your guide.
1. Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
Located at the outskirts of Sapporo, Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort is very popular for its powdery white snow. It might not be as big as the other ski resorts, but what it lacks in area, it makes up for its amenities and the deep, powder-quality of the snow. It only features five lifts and seven courses, which is perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers. For advanced skiers, the resort offers them impressive off-piste and tree areas which they may find challenging. Another good thing about this resort is it is close to Jozankei Onsen, a popular hot spring town in Japan.
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
Address: 937番地先 Jozankei, Minami Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 061-2301, Japan
Website: Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
Opening hours: 9am - 4:30pm (daily)
Price: 4,500 JPY or 41.62 USD
2. Sapporo Moiwayama Ski Area
A ski paradise that is the closest to downtown Sapporo, Sapporo Moiwayama Ski Area is a family-friendly ski resort that features 10 different trails for all levels of skiers. This resort strictly prohibits snowboarders so make sure you know about this before going. Another popular thing to do here is to go skiing at night while viewing the spectacular views of the city while breathing the fresh mountain air. In case you still don’t have the gears for skiing, there is an available equipment rental in the resort.
Sapporo Moiwayama Ski Area
Address: 1991 Moiwashita, Minami Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 005-0040, Japan
Website: Sapporo Moiwayama Ski Area
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 9am; Sat - Sun: 8:30am - 9pm
Price: 330 JPY or 3.06 USD
3. Sapporo Bankei Ski Area
Located 20 minutes’ drive away from downtown, Sapporo Bankei Ski Area that offers lots of ski amenities and winter activities. It has 14 slopes that range from family-friendly trails up to mogul course. Also, the kids will surely enjoy the Snow Kids Park where kids can enjoy playing in the powdery white snow and have fun tubing and sledding. If you want a different experience, try skiing at night and see the Sapporo city view. Moreover, the resort has ski schools and rentals for your convenience.
Sapporo Bankei Ski Area
Address: 410 Bankei, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0945, Japan
Website: Sapporo Bankei Ski Area
Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (daily)
Price: 3,800 JPY or 35.14 USD
4. Fu's Snow Area
An all-year-round outdoor facility that becomes a ski park during the winter season, Fu’s Snow Area has an area of 330,000 sq m (3552090.44 sq ft) and features 6 ski courses that cater to beginners up to experienced skiers. If you’re visiting with your family, they have a family-friendly slope here that is very safe even for kids. Also, in case you’re looking for a more challenging trail, they have a barn here that is specially made for mogul skiing. Moreover, you’ll find here the luge stadium, a practice course that was built in 1972 for the Sapporo Olympics.
Fu's Snow Area
Address: 473-1 Fujino, Minami Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 061-2271, Japan
Website: Fu’s Snow Area
Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)
Price: 3,800 JPY or 352.75 USD
5. Sapporo Teine Ski Resort
The largest of the medium size ski resort, located at the outskirts of Sapporo, Sapporo Teine Ski Center is a recreational area with two areas the Highland and Olympia Zone, which has its allure to tourists. The Olympia Zone has less steep and wider courses which are perfect for families and beginners, while the Highland Zone features medium to advanced slopes and a snow park that has rails, rails, and boxes to make your experience more challenging. If you have kids, you’ll surely love the family park, where you can enjoy tubing and sledding with your kids. Moreover, night skiing is also allowed here.
Sapporo Teine Ski Resort
Address: １７２ Teinekanayama, Teine Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 006-0049, Japan
Website: Sapporo Teine Ski Resort
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
Price: 5,200 JPY or 48.09 USD
6. Takino Suzuran Hillside Park Snow World
Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park turns to winter wonderland come Christmas season. This area is a popular flower garden, where everything is in full bloom during spring and autumn season. It has a playground, three waterfalls, and a forest. But, when it starts to snow, this place transforms into a ski area. Takino Snow World features different courses for different levels of skiers, from beginner to advanced. You can also have fun with the various snow play available.
Takino Suzuran Hillside Park Snow World
Address: 247 Takino, 南区 Sapporo, Hokkaido 005-0862, Japan
Winter time in Sapporo
Make sure you experience everything Sapporo has to offer, from its beer to the snow festival up to skiing on their many beautiful ski resorts. You surely won’t run out of things while you’re here. In case you’re still looking for a ski resort to visit, check out our list of the best ski resorts in Sapporo, Japan, and have the best holiday ahead.
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