Kiroro, Japan


Kiroro Snow World in Hokkaido Japan lays claim to some of the deepest powder in the world with 800 inches of fresh snow annually. Developed in 1991, Kiroro is gleaming with top-notch lifts, hotels, and facilities. The resort offers 1,200 acres of in-bound terrain with 23 runs and an equal mix of green, blue and off-piste trails. Of the ten lifts, one is a toasty gondola while the other five are high-speed, detachable chairs with cozy hoods. In 2016 they upped the ante with access to 2,600 more acres of backcountry terrain and 14 off-piste areas with designated entry for tree-run lovers.

Kiroro is a snowball’s throw from the Sea of Japan, just 40 minutes from the port and fishing city of Otaru, with shuttles from the JR station; 90 minutes from New Chitose Airport; 60 minutes from Sapporo; and 50 minutes from Niseko.

Day trips are great, but staying at the base is better. The sumptuous 282 room ski-in, ski-out Kiroro Tribute Portfolio (former Piano Hotel) has the most features with top-rated restaurants and the “village” shopping area. The 140 room ski-in, ski-out Sheraton Kiroro (former Mountain Hotel) is really where you want to be to jump on the first lift. Every kind of cuisine can be found here from Italian to traditional Japanese. Mountaintop dining at the summit of Mt. Asari is also available offering beautiful scenery for skiers and snowboarders. New for 2020, the luxurious slopeside condominium Yukiroro will open just next to the Kiroro Tribute Portfolio.

The Mountain Centre at Kiroro is well-appointed with adult and children’s ski schools, retail shops, a coffee shop, a ski and snowboard demo area. Besides skiing and snowboarding, Kiroro offers numerous winter activities such as snowcat sightseeing tours, snowshoe tours, sledding, and snow tubing. Other amenities include indoor and open-air hot springs, a swimming pool, and a refreshing day spa. What Kiroro lacks in nightlife it makes up for in amazing views and peaceful serenity. Of course, if you love noise and blaring music, you can get a great fix in the karaoke room.

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