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Winter Experiences

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Dog Sledding

In dog sledding, people and dogs work as a team as they sled through the snow. In the past, the Inuit, indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions, used dog sledding as a means of transportation and has also been used by adventurers on polar expeditions. Dog sledding has become so popular that it is expected to become an official event in the Winter Olympics in the near future. Sledding through the snowfields is exhilarating, and provides you with a different sensation from that of skiing or snowboarding. Dog sledding is also safe for young children who are always accompanied by instructors. Rusutsu’s special dog sledding course ensures unimpeded views of the surrounding landscape. After receiving a lesson in dog-sled operation, you can handle the dog-sled just like a Musher (operator) in a race. We look forward to welcoming your family to the world of dog sledding.

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[Period] From mid - Dec to late Mar
[Duration] 15-20 min (incl. lecture)
[Time] 9:30 – 15:00
[Location] Snow Activity Land
[Closed] Every Wednesday
[Price]  JPY 3,780 (Ages 3+)
[Language Support] English

Notes:

  • Free ride for infant (age 2 or under) with a parent or guardian.
  • Program may be delayed or cancelled due to weather, health of dogs or other conditions.
  • Reservation required.
  • Host association: Association of Rusutsu Dog Sledding Experience

Ice Fishing

Enjoy fishing rainbow trout, here in Hokkaido. Rusutsu Resort offers the exciting activity of ice fishing. In this fun winter activity, guests will visit a local frozen pond where friendly staffs will help dig a hole in the ice to fish for large rainbow trout. Why not try this unique winter experience when visiting Hokkaido.

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[Period] From early Jan to mid-Mar
[Duration] 120 min
[Time] (1) 09:30 - 12:30 or (2) 13:30 - 16:30
[Location] At a pond 25 min by car from Rusutsu Resort
[No. of Participants] 2 - 14
[Price] Adult JPY 13,500 / Child (age 5-12) JPY 9,450
[Language Support] English

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Notes:

  • Program may be delayed or cancelled due to weather and other conditions.
  • Reservation by 17:00 a day before required.
  • Please dress warmly (ski wear, gloves and hats).
  • Catch-and-release required.
  • Fishing equipment provided, including a hot drink (in break time) and transportation between the pond and the resort.
  • Host association is BIG FIGHT MATSUMOTO.

Horseback Riding - Lake Toya Course

Discover a beautiful wintertime view of Lake Toya while trekking on horseback.

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=Winter Course=
[Period] From mid-Dec to mid-Mar
[Duration] 35 min (approx. 2 hrs including transportation)
[Time] 9:45 - 11:45 / 12:45 -14:45
[Location] Lake Toya Ranch
[Participants] 2 or more
[Closed] Every Tuesday
[Price] JPY 5,400 / person
[Language Support] English

Notes:

  • A minimum height restrictions of 140cm applies.
  • Age restriction for Winter Course: 3+
  • Program may be delayed or cancelled due to weather or other conditions.
  • Horses are living creatures, so please follow the guides instructions and be cautious when handling them.
  • Reservation required by 17:00 the day before.
  • Host association is Haruka Horse Ranch.
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=Long Winter Course=
[Period] From mid-Dec to mid-Mar
[Duration] 90 min (approx. 3 hrs including transportation)
[Time] 9:45 - 12:45 / 12:45 -15:45
[Location] Lake Toya Ranch
[Participants] 2 or more
[Closed] Every Tuesday
[Price] JPY 10,800 / person
[Language Support] English

Notes:

  • A minimum height restrictions of 140cm applies.
  • Program may be delayed or cancelled due to weather or other conditions.
  • Horses are living creatures, so please follow the guides instructions and be cautious when handling them.
  • Reservation required by 17:00 the day before.
  • Host association is Haruka Horse Ranch.

Horseback Riding - Lunch Package

[Period] From mid-Dec to mid-Mar
[Duration] Horseback Riding: 30 min, Making a dessert & Lunch: 90 min
[Time] 9:45 - around 14:00
[Location] Rusutsu Resort - Lake Toya Ranch (Horseback Riding) - Hokuyu Farm (Making a dessert & Lunch) - Observation Deck (Break)
[Participants] 3 or more
[Closed] Every Tuesday
[Price] Adult JPY 10,000, Child (age 4-12) JPY 8,500 / person
[Language Support] English

Notes:

  • A minimum height restrictions of 140cm applies.
  • Age restriction for the package: 4+
  • Program may be delayed or cancelled due to weather or other conditions.
  • Horses are living creatures, so please follow the guides instructions and be cautious when handling them.
  • Hokuyu Farm is just 10 min away from Lake Toya Ranch (transportation included).
  • Meal: Dutch oven chicken with vegetables served.
  • Dessert: Making apple crumble(traditional British sweets) using apples grown in local area.
  • Reservation required by 17:00 the day before.
  • Host association is Haruka Horse Ranch.

For Reservations

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Some activity programs have scheduled holidays. Please confirm the details listed with us to ensure the activity you want is available during your stay.
For additional schedule information or participation in upcoming events, please inquire directly at the Rusutsu Resort Activity Desk.

Note for Drone Operations

This notice applies to all parties interested in operating drones on Rusutsu Resort property/within and around the resort area.

Please note drone operations are NOT permitted in/around the Rusutsu Resort Area. Regarding press/media parties, pre-approved permission from the resort management is required for all drone operations.

Thank you for your understanding.

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