The annual Karurusu Onsen Winter Festival in Hokkaido invites participants to play snow-related games and win prizes.
Sanlaiva Ski Resort in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido, presents endless slopes of powdery-white snow for skiers and snowboarders. Conveniently located near Karurusu Onsen—the perfect side trip after you’ve finished skiing—Sanlaiva has three lifts to ferry would-be snow-sport enthusiasts to the beginning of the slopes.
For information about when the ski season has opened (typically mid-December to mid-March), please check the homepage.
It’s a good place for beginners as well as Sanlaiva offers lessons and rental for skiing and snowboarding equipment and proper attire. There are seven slope courses for people to enjoy, with two for beginners—and all slopes are also snowboard-friendly. While you’re there, you’re sure to get hungry; stop by Sanlaiva’s restaurant area for hot ramen, soba, or curry and rice.
Participate in games designed to warm you in the cold wintery March weather. The festival takes place on the first Sunday of March every year.Discover more
A 25-minute bus ride from Noboribetsu Station.
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