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From Otaru to Jozankei Onsen.

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From Otaru to Jozankei Onsen.

Hi All,

I will be arriving New Chitose Airport on 12th Feb 2010. We decide to take a bus and go straight to Shikotsuko from the airport for the Ice Festival and stay there for a night.

We are looking at the onsen called Mizunouta by the Tsuruga Group in Shikotsuko area. May I know is the hotel location near to the venue of the Ice Festival?

Our 2nd day is Sapporo and 3rd day is Otaru.

After Otaru We plan to ski at the Kokusai Ski Resort for 3 days and will be staying at Jozankei Onsen.

But we are having some problem on the transport from Otaru to Jozankei. We couldn't find any bus that will bring us there from Otaru. Will it be better if we do Otaru on the 2nd day and follow by Sapporo then to Jozankei Onsen?

I am lost..... Please advice.

Thank you.

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1. Re: From Otaru to Jozankei Onsen.

Jozankei, Sapporo and Otaru are all pretty close to each other, but if you are going to use public transport then moving Otaru to day 2 and Sapporo to day 3 is probably more convient for skiing at Kokusai.

http://www.sapporo-kokusai.jp/english/

The kokusai website has access information that might be useful for you.

The onsen in Shikotsuko where you are staying should be close to the ice festival site - its especially pretty at night when the sculptures are light up.

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2. Re: From Otaru to Jozankei Onsen.

There is no bus that goes from Otaru to Kokusai. You have to rely on your own transport. Navitime projects a direct taxi ride from Otaru to Kokusai to cost about 7,800 Yen. Therefore, it makes more sense to go from Sapporo to Kokusai where you can get onto the bus for 1,200 Yen or less per person.

sapporo-kokusai.jp/english/foreignlanguage_a…

There is a free bus twice a day to/from Sapporo Kokusai to Jozankei, stopping at various Jozankei onsen ryokans. The timbetable is only in Japanese but basically, the left columns are the two departure times from Jozankei, while the right columns are departures from Kokusai. Note that this schedule is from the year before (2008) but expect them to provide the same service with an updated timetable before the 2009 ski season begins.

www.sapporo-kokusai.jp/access/jyouzankei/

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3. Re: From Otaru to Jozankei Onsen.

and you do know that there are ski resorts on the Otaru side of the mountains?

Look at this website to check out the other resorts.

www.snowjapan.com/e/maps/hokkaido-maps.html

A small one is Asari Ski Area and it is in the hot spring village of Asarigawa, which is about 20 minutes by bus/taxi from downtown Otaru.

Stay in Otaru or the village and so skiing and hot springs.

Also a small one is Tenguyama right above Otaru city - small, but has one very steep course. Really just a place to go and ski, great city views though!

and the big holiday resort is Kiroro - about 45 minutes by bus from Otaru. A VERY snowy resort...lots of beginner slopes, lessons in English, baby minding services, hotel resort.

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4. Re: From Otaru to Jozankei Onsen.

oh - and I forgot -

If you stay at Kiroro they have a Snow cat service which takes skiers across the top of the mountain to the Kokusai ski resort for a few hours skiing and then brings you back!

I donT think Kokusai have that service yet, but Kiroro do because they are the bigger resort company.

So you can stay at Kiroro and ski BOTH resorts.

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5. Re: From Otaru to Jozankei Onsen.

Thanks for all the replies.

Looks like we have to travel to Kokusai via Sapporo.

We like Amanda's idea to do ski and hot spring together. Our initial plan is Jozankei Onsen and Kokusai Ski Resort.The reason we chose Jozankei it is because we can be at the Chitosei Aiport by bus in less then 1hour. But lately we were told by one of the hotel in Jozankei that the bus from Jozankei has stop serving to Kokusai Ski Resort. Not sure if this is going to be permanent or the service will back in winter again?

Any idea if we should start our Plan B? Kiroro sounds good too.

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6. Re: From Otaru to Jozankei Onsen.

Thanks for all the replies.

Looks like we have to travel to Kokusai via Sapporo.

We like Amanda's idea to do ski and hot spring together. Our initial plan is Jozankei Onsen and Kokusai Ski Resort.The reason we chose Jozankei it is because we can be at the Chitosei Aiport by bus in less then 1hour. But lately we were told by one of the hotel in Jozankei that the bus from Jozankei has stop serving to Kokusai Ski Resort. Not sure if this is going to be permanent or the service will back in winter again?

Any idea if we should start our Plan B? Kiroro sounds good too.

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7. Re: From Otaru to Jozankei Onsen.

Thanks for all the replies.

Looks like we have to travel to Kokusai via Sapporo.

We like Amanda's idea to do ski and hot spring together. Our initial plan is Jozankei Onsen and Kokusai Ski Resort.The reason we chose Jozankei it is because we can be at the Chitosei Aiport by bus in less then 1hour. But lately we were told by one of the hotel in Jozankei that the bus from Jozankei has stop serving to Kokusai Ski Resort. Not sure if this is going to be permanent or the service will back in winter again?

Any idea if we should start our Plan B? Kiroro sounds good too.

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8. Re: From Otaru to Jozankei Onsen.

I'd be amazed if Jozankei and Kokusai are not connected by bus...maybe they meant their exclusive hotel bus no longer goes there...because the village is the nearest place to the ski resort and I am sure there are public buses to get there...some of the public buses from Sapporo also make quick stops in the village outskirts too before heading up into the mountains.

LOcal taxies will also make the run up the the skiing.

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9. Re: From Otaru to Jozankei Onsen.

If there is no free bus between the ski resort and Jozankei, maybe there will be a paid version from Chuo Bus or somebody. Also, the buses don't run until the snow season so maybe that's what the hotel was talking about.

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