01 Feb Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort
They say Hokkaido is the place to be if you want to experience “the best snow” in the world. Coupled with the ample amount of snowfall Hokkaido gets, her mountains have carved names for themselves for being ideal ski vacation destinations amongst locals and tourists.
Daryl and I had the opportunity to stay at Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort last week. Our stay was unfortunately a short one as Daryl and I had to rush back in time to celebrate Chinese New Year with our family, but we really wanted to 1) try skiing 2) head up to the mountains since we were already in the prefecture. Nevertheless, we made full use of what we got and had the chance to experience as much of what the resort has to offer within our 36 hours there. I’ll talk a bit more about my skiing experience in another blog post that will be up within the next few days, but for now, I’ll share the other activities both of us were up to!
Getting There & Around
The Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort is 90 minutes from New Chitose Airport, an hour away from Sapporo Nishi Interchange and 40 minutes from Otaru. To get there, you can hire a taxi, or hop on the complimentary shuttle offered from JR Otaru Chikko Station for guests. Alternatively, if you plan on renting a car to explore the rest of Hokkaido, you can drive yourself to the resort, where parking is readily available.
The resort is located in Kiroro Town – we didn’t get to explore the town due to time, but apparently there are hot springs, stone saunas, and a massage center to explore if you have the time and your own transport!
The resort has a sister property called The Kiroro Hokkaido, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel located 5 minutes away, and a shuttle bus runs from the Sheraton Hokkaido, to the Mountain Centre (where the Ski & Snowboard academy is located), and to The Kiroro every 10 minutes.
Meals are easily available throughout the 9 restaurants spread across Sheraton Hokkaido and The Kiroro. We had amazing sashimi prepared and served to us at Sushi House Fuga over an intimate sushi counter session, and I would definitely recommend dinner at Robata Grill restaurant, Hokki. We chose Hokki to celebrate Daryl’s 26th birthday too!
We stayed in the Deluxe Rooms, where we got an amazing view of the snow fields and forest. The pentagon-shaped window frames just make for the ultimate romantic getaway. I’ll leave the photos to speak for itself.
Besides Skiing, we chose to go on a Snowshoe Trekking Tour, where we trekked through the snowy forest with our own personal guide. We had the the forest to ourselves, and trekking through 2m-deep “powder snow” is such an experience. At the top of the forest, we got to see an amazing view of The Kiroro, which you see in today’s pictures. There are other activities to do of course, like going on a snowmobile adventure, a snow banana boat, or a winter segway, snow buggy or snow bubble ball. But the hiking-junkie in me will never say no to a trek!
If you’ve had enough of the cold for the day, try out the newly renovated The Kiroro Onsen, or try out the Tokiwayu Hot Spring Bath located on the 2nd floor of the Mountain Centre.
All in all, we had such a wonderful stay at the Sheraton Hokkaido: Be it with friends, family, or your other half, this destination is not only for the romantic-lovers, it is for the adventure-seekers, the nature-lovers, and the winter-wonderland-dreamers.
We also want to thank Sheraton Hokkaido for being such tremendous hosts – they knew it was Daryl’s birthday during our stay, and prepared a lovely cake that was waiting for us in our room after dinner. If this is not the ideal place for a celebration, I don’t think what else will be. x
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