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Accommodation at Kiroro and Rusutsu

Discussion in 'Japan' started by *Xena*, May 13, 2018.

  1. *Xena*

    *Xena* Hard Yards

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    Any ideas of accommodation that I don't need to sell a kidney for? Only need one or two nights at each to break up the trip, rest of the time will be at Niseko.
     
  2. Skiwah

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    For Kiroro you could stay in Otaru, about a 25min drive. I did this year (Airbnb) and it was a fantastic central location for Kiroro, Kokusai and a couple of other smaller resorts.

    That being said, the accom in Kiroro itself is excellent.
     
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  3. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you have a car the day trips are no real hardship. We found them fun.

    Always stopped for gluwhein at the Ice Bar on the way out of Kiroro, sometimes a stop at Yamanaka Dairy for an ice cream and some class dairy products as well. And about half the time we dropped in to Yoteimaru in Kutchan for a cheap feed of sushi.

    Rusutsu usually meant a stop at Milk Kobo on the way back. Sometime a swing past Kutchan for dine in at Taj Mahal or Patty Daddy Burger or a grocery shop.

    IMHO if you want to save travel time and be at a resort then be as close as possible, and make it as easy as possible. The extra cost will be worth it. If you have to get back in your car to do a check in at some other location near the resort and bring gear with you etc then you lose the convenience of being right there. The drive is not that onerous.

    Lake Toya maybe - it’s quite a bit further. Worth staying IMHO. But if you are paying for accom in Hirafu anyway, and you have a car anyway - then just drive.

    Other option could be finding a friendly forum member staying at Kiroro/Rusutsu and do a swap for a night. Win/win!
     
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    Finding the same thing, Rusutsu accom is way beyond any other resort I've been in Japan...
     
  5. Hunter

    Hunter Part of the Furniture Endless Winter Ski Pass: Gold

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    There are a number of simple and typical Japanese family pensions along the road for $ 100 or there about per night
     
  6. lsm87

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    What's the access to the resort itself like from these?
     
  7. Hunter

    Hunter Part of the Furniture Endless Winter Ski Pass: Gold

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    Easy as they drop you the short distance to the front door of the resort
     
  8. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you were staying in Rusutsu for any period of time (not a night or two when tripping from Hirafu) then I’d go with a pension option. Staying at the hotel for more than a night would do my head in. It’s like a freaky Disneyland LOL
     
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    Hunter Part of the Furniture Endless Winter Ski Pass: Gold

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    Worse if that is possible
     
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  10. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    We stayed at a little pension behind the 7-11. Easy walk to the tower lifts in the morning, we used their lockers and their onsens.
     
  11. LDJ

    LDJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    For Rustusu depending on numbers you can actually get a good deal at the tower hotel. The double rooms are suites and are huge (Like double level and bigger than my 2 bed apartment in Brisbane size) and with the sofa beds you could easily get 4 staying there which brings the cost down considerably. I'd still recommend the pensions down the road but its another option.
     
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  12. tugboat

    tugboat Early Days

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    Any tips on where these pensions are? I’ve found a couple, unfortunately with no availability for the time I’ll be there. But I want to make sure I’m covering all the cheaper options before spending big money.
     
  13. grantn

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    Please take into account even if the pension appears booked out on the internet sites they may still have rooms available.
    Pension Lila Huset http://rusutsulodges.com/ can take bookings via a direct email. Pension Yamada http://pension-yamada.jp/doesn't take bookings via email, but you can make a booking with them over the phone, if you have any friends that can speak Japanese! We did that one year. That's the preferred method for booking for many of the pension owners, many of whom are elderly.
    Lila Huset also places rooms on Jalan. Try the Japanese version of Jalan and use translate.
    We stayed in Pension Yamada. Great food.
     
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  14. tugboat

    tugboat Early Days

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    I emailed Lila Huset yesterday, there’s no availability during the time I’m there. I’ll have to make new friend that speaks Japanese and call Yamada, haha.

    Checking out Jalan now, looks like a few possible options... thank you!
     
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    blutek One of Us

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    OtaruChikko is a good base for Kiroro with free ski bus. If driving up, the mountain road can be testing in bad conditions. We triggered traction control in small 4WD with snow tyres on a downhill sheet ice section.
     
  17. tugboat

    tugboat Early Days

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    The biggest hurdle we’re hitting is our group size. Only 4 spaces left at Clydesdale, and we’re a group of 7. Found an AirBnB in the Rusutsu town walking distance to the bus stop (well also have a car). I think that’s our best option. Hoping to get a more traditional pension/ryokan in furano the week before when there’s only 5 of us.

    Any thoughts on staying in town instead of the resort “town”? How’s the bus system?
     
  18. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    How many?
     
  19. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Xena posted over a year ago. Pretty sure she’s already been ;)
     
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  20. tugboat

    tugboat Early Days

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    Wonder how much she got for her kidney?
     
  21. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, but she’ll be back again this season.
    Had dinner with Mr Xena while he was in Perth for business this week.