Sapporo Kokusai is located in the Minami Ward of Sapporo city. It is located further to the west than the other resorts located within the boundaries of the capital city. The location of Sapporo Kokusai makes it also easy to get to from Otaru as well as Sapporo. The runs at Sapporo Kokusai are on the eastern side of Asaridake (Kiroro is on the opposite western side) and this region usually gets a lot of good quality snow. The resort is smaller in scale than Kiroro but the weather is usually more stable. It has been operating since 1978.
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.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Sapporo Kokusai.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Yu-kki no yuki asobi hiroba' area for kids with various attractions is located by the base area and there is also an area for 'overseas' beginners, also by base. Both are open during the main season.
A 'Snow Park' has free entry with some rental charges for sledges and tubing.
There is a 'Kids Room' in the main base building - that facility is free to use.
The beginners 'Snow Park' is located in the base area by the Number 6 Sky Cabin lift.
Sapporo Kokusai Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid November until Early May
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Sapporo Kokusai is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm on weekdays and from 8:30am until 5:00pm on weekends in the main season.
There is no nighta at this ski hill.
Sapporo Kokusai Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
High School age
55 years & over
1 Lift Coupon
Sky Cabin (return)
Season Ticket (all)
Season Ticket (weekdays)
Season Ticket (from 26th Mar)
A 500 yen returnable deposit is required.
A Grand Senior ticket is available for people 65 years and over. The charge for this ticket is 3,000 yen for 1 day.
4 lift coupons are required to ride a Sky Cabin gondola one-way. 2 lift coupons are required to ride the quad lift. 1 lift coupon is required to ride the pair lifts.
The early season ticket is valid from 16th November 2018 until 30th November 2018. The spring season ticket is from Monday 1st April until closing in spring 2019.
Various lift ticket packages are available - family packs, including lunch or entry to onsen hot springs.
Getting to Sapporo Kokusai
By public transport
19.1km from Asari Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
19.8km from Otaru Chikko Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
Sapporo Kokusai is about 19km from Asari Station and 20km from Otaru Chikko Station on the Hakodate Honsen line.
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