For reasonably priced accommodation options in Rusutsu and across Hokkaido’s numerous holiday destinations, a Japanese Pension option is a great way to go for both comfort and convenience combined.
Pension Sky Be is a hostel-style property which caters for adventurous groups of snow-obsessed skiers and snowboarders. Aesthetic considerations and trendy design features are not priority here – expect outdated furnishings and boxy TVs from the late 90s in each room. However, what you can look forward to is a high level of care, great value for money, and a fantastic base for any adventure into Rusutsu’s world-famous backcountry powder snow.
Rooms are finished in a Japanese style, adding a memorable cultural element to any stay. Rather than Western style beds, all bedrooms feature a tatami woven bamboo mat, on which a futon is laid as the traditional sleeping format. Free wireless internet is available throughout the building, as well as free parking – which really helps if you’re getting around Hokkaido by car to visit other important ski zones in the area. Nearby Kutchan is a 30 minute drive away from Pension Sky Be, and although breakfast is served every morning at this accommodation option, trips to Kutchan might be necessary to stock up on extra food, outdoor gear or anything else that the large resort base-town has to offer. Shared bathrooms feature showers, and laundry services are also available within the Pension.
Pension Sky Be Accommodation
Despite having a limited variety of accommodation options, Pension Sky Be can accommodate up to 24 people at any one time – making this affordable pension a great option for large, informal group trips or couples alike. Japanese-style twin rooms with a shared bathroom are available, and sleeping configurations can be discussed on request (confirmation needed before arrival). Pets are also welcome at the Pension.
Pension Sky Be Location
Rusutsu is a world-famous ski resort with a whole heap of quirky, Japanese character. Aside from a consistently high quality of exceptional snowfall across the winter season (an average of around 14 metres), its playful terrain and varied areas will make for some extremely memorable days on the hill. Split into three main zones – the West side, the East side and the individually set Isola mountain – Rusutsu offers some fantastic gradients for both learners and experienced riders alike, with steeper alpine areas as well as mellow valleys and powder meadows. Pension Sky Be is situated on the Western side of the resort, which houses the major Rusutsu hotel complexes, including access to a limited number of bars, restaurants and after-ski activities. The Pension is a 5 – 10 minute walk to the ski field, from which easy access to all of Rusutsu’s skiing can be reached.