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    Default Rusutsu Tower Rusutsu: Hokkaido Prefecture Japan

    Stayed for 4 nights in the 3rd week of Feb 2012.

    If you stay within Rusutsu Resort there are 2 main complexes - the north/south wing and the Tower. We stayed in the tower. Either is accessed easily by bus from New Chitose airport or Sapporo with regular daily services (very organised in bus-land are our Japanese friends)

    The tower apartments are a good size by Japanese standards. They do not have a functional kitchen, rather just a bar fridge. Showers are a good size with the obligatory heated loo. Western beds and good size living area. There is free wifi available in the lobby of the tower. The locker room is excellent with plenty of room in the lockers for skis/snowboards, boots, helmets etc. As its carpeted and heated (being inside the hotel) it a very civilised place to kit up for a day on the hill and stuff dries over night easily. There is ski rental within the hotel if you need to or a few cheaper places out on the main road (200m walk)







    From The Tower the ski lift to the east side (which houses mt isola) is approx a 50m walk or you can catch the kitsch monorail to the west side (tho once on either side there is a gondola that crosses to either side of the resort.

    The complex has a range of restaurants that can be used for breaky, lunch or dinner. We only ate breakfast in-house (as it was included in the price) as the dinner options were expensive (being a 4 star resort place) and not really appealing. There is a strip of 4/5 small restaurants in front of the north/south complex on the main road approx 300m walk from the north/south complex that offer much better value and variety.

    The rest of the complex is a bit disney/kitsch with indoor wave pools, wacky singing animatronic trees and musical water fountains. I guess if your 7years old that that sort of stuff would be appealing. Luckily none of that nonsense is located in The Tower - its the grown up part of the resort! There is a good indoor/outdoor onsen within The Tower.

    Would I stay there again? yes.already have! 8.5/10 (no in room wifi and a lack of eating options being the negatives)
    Last edited by Jahoota; 05-03-2012 at 08:20 AM.
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    Default Re: Rusutsu Tower Rusutsu: Hokkaido Prefecture Japan

    ... & don't forget the Log Cabins.
    There's also the Highland Lodge & Travel Lodge (cheaper options, not well advertised).
    But the very limited accomodation options do keep the crowd factor down (could be 90% Asian tourists).
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