Kiroro Snow World is located on the western slopes of Asaridake, in Akaigawa village to the south of Otaru city and to the west of Sapporo city in Hokkaido. This particular region often enjoys the most snowfall on Hokkaido, and very fine quality snowfall as well. It has been operating since 1991 making it one of the newer resorts in Hokkaido. Many people visiting Niseko visit Kiroro on day trips and it is also easy accessible from the Otaru region to the north.
Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and also the largest and northernmost prefecture (though it is not usually referred to as a prefecture). It has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and also the Pacific Ocean. Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and was host to the 1972 Winter Olympics. Hokkaido is home to the largest number of ski hills in Japan. While the majority of them are very small, some of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Hokkaido - mostly found in regions to the west and east of Sapporo - are amongst the most famous in Japan.
A free shuttle bus service is available from the Otaru Chikko Station on the Hakodate Honsen line.
Bus services from Sapporo and the international airport are also available.
25km from the Asari IC on the Sasson Expressway
28.1km from the Otaru IC on the Sasson Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 393 (4.1km away)
Kiroro Snow World is about 4km off Route 393 (otherwise known as the Akaigawa National Highway), and less than 30km from central Otaru.
From the Asari IC exit on the Sasson Expressway, turn right onto Prefecture Road 1 and then soon onto Prefecture Road 956 and continue on this road for just under 4km until reaching Route 393. Turn left onto Route 393 and continue on this road for about 17km until the turn off for Kiroro Snow Resort. Turn left at the signs to head up to the car parks. Many people also visit Kiroro from the Niseko area which is about 50km to the south west of Kiroro Snow Resort.
At the time of writing (3rd April 2017), many ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season - though some remain open. Season dates shown on these pages are the original planned dates and subject to change.
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