To all international skiers and snowboarders
Welcome to Hokkaido!
It's the start of the 2022 Hokkaido ski season!
After three long years of waiting in Corona, Japan is now free to travel with foreign countries.
From the winter season of 2022, Hokkaido's powder snow (Japow), considered the best in the world, awaits you!
For the past three years, Hokkaido's ski slopes have been in great shape, with plenty of powder snow every year.
Enjoy your Hokkaido ski trip to the fullest this year!
Hokkaido Nomad Car Rental’s camper van is equipped with AT, 4WD (except Sunlight), new studless tires, and FF heater, so you don't have to worry about snowy roads. Many international skiers and snowboarders have used our service and are very happy with it.
We can introduce RV parks(the facility to stay overnight) and provide luggage storage for your suitcases and snowboard cases during your stay.
Popular ski resorts in Hokkaido where you can enjoy powder snow
■Central Hokkaido Area
- Niseko Annupuri International Ski Resort（https://annupuri.info/winter/english/ ）
- Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Area（https://www.grand-hirafu.jp/winter/en/ ）
- Niseko HANAZONO Resort（https://hanazononiseko.com/en ）
- Niseko Village Ski Resort（https://www.niseko-village.com/en/ ）
- Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort（https://niseko-moiwa.jp/?redirect=false ）
- Kiroro Snow World（https://www.kiroro.co.jp/ ）
- Rusutsu Resort（https://rusutsu.com/en/rusutsu-in-winter/ ）
- Hoshino Resort Tomamu Ski Resort（https://www.snowtomamu.jp/winter/en/ ）
- Sahoro Resort Ski Resort（https://sahoro.co.jp/ ）
- Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort（https://www.sapporo-kokusai.jp/en/ ）
- Sapporo Teine Ski Resort（https://sapporo-teine.com/snow/lang/en/ ）
- Asarigawa Onsen Ski Resort（https://asari-ski.com/index_en/ ）
- Mount Raisui Ski Resort（https://mountracey-resort.com/en/ ）
- Snow Cruise Onze（https://onze.jp/ ）
- Sapporo Moiwa Ski Resort
- Nakayama Touge Ski Resort（https://nakayama-ski.com/?lang=en ）
- Asahidake ropeway ski resort（https://asahidake.hokkaido.jp/en/ ）
- DaisetsuzanKurodake Ski Resort（https://www.rinyu.co.jp/kurodake/index.html ）
- Furano Ski Resort（https://www.princehotels.com/en/ski/furano/index.html ）
- Kamui Ski Rinks（https://www.kamui-skilinks.com/en/ ）
- Pippu Ski Resort（http://www1.town.pippu.hokkaido.jp/ski/top.html ）
- BibaiKokusetsu Ski Resort（https://bibaiski.jp/ ）
- Horotachi Ski Resort （http://www.dankejapan.co.jp/horotachi.html ）
■Backcountry (Guided tours are recommended)
- Mt. Rishiri-fuji（http://www.maruzen.com/tic/guide/bc.html ）
Hokkaido Nomad Car Rental recommends
Convenient places to stay in campervan near ski resorts
■Niseko, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Yotei area
10 minutes from Niseko 50 minutes from Rusutsu 40 minutes from Kilolo and Yotei
RV Park Kutchan (RV Park affiliated with Hokkaido Nomad Rent-a-Car) *Power available
The best place to enjoy skiing in the Niseko area, Kiroro and Rusutsu in the winter is based here!
Located in downtown Kutchan, and very conveniently located near supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, and other amenities.
The Niseko Hirafu area is a 10-minute drive away.
From winter 2022, the park will be further expanded to include a sauna, shower facilities, laundry facilities, and a kitchen where you can cook your own meals.
■Teine Asari Ski Resort Area
5 minutes from Teine Ski Resort, 30 minutes from Asari Ski Resort
RV Park Teine-sanroku *Power supply available
This is the closest RV park to Sapporo. This RV park is located in the parking lot of the Capsule Style Hotel facing Route 5 and is roughly halfway between Sapporo and Otaru cities. It is near the Teine Ski Resort and the highway interchange, making it a convenient place to base your trip.
There are also restaurants nearby. You can use the restrooms and shower rooms in the hotel (for a fee).
Adjacent to the trailhead of Mt.Tokachidake Onsen Ryounkaku with 1 night stay and 2 meals Car accommodation spot with hot spring (Hokkaido Nomad Car Rental affiliated car accommodation spot)
Power supply available
Natural hot spring Ryounkaku located at the highest point in Hokkaido
The view of the mountains and the distance from the hotel at 1300 meters above sea level is spectacular.
You can enjoy the best open-air bath, sauna, and delicious local cuisine. This is the perfect spot to stay in your car for backcountry trekking on Tokachi-dake.
A one-night stay package with two meals is available with advance reservations.
During your stay, you can freely use the hotel's hot springs and restrooms.
■Asahidake Ropeway Ski Resort
2 minutes from Asahidake Ropeway Ski Resort
K's House Hokkaido *Power supply available
Located in Asahidake Onsen, very close to Asahidake ropeway station, which is popular for its powder snow in winter.
It is a comfortable spot to stay in a car with unlimited access to hot springs with open-air baths during your stay.
Hostel K's House Hokkaido is located at the foot of Asahidake, Hokkaido's highest peak in Daisetsuzan National Park, where you can enjoy Hokkaido's top class powder snow in winter.
During your stay, the guest lounge and kitchen on the first floor of the hotel are available 24 hours a day. The lounge has camping chairs, tables, hammocks, and tarps. The kitchen is equipped with an induction cooktop, microwave, toaster, and basic cooking utensils, so you can bring your own ingredients for full-scale cooking.
■Furano Ski Resort
20 minutes from Furano Ski Resort
Spa & Hotel Resort Furano Laterale *No power available
Convenient as a spot to stay overnight in a car at Furano Ski Resort This is a spot to stay overnight in a parking lot located in a hot spring with an open-air bath from which you can view the Tokachi Mountain Range. Please pay the overnight stay fee at the reception before using the parking lot. The onsen has a large rest room and restaurant, so it is a comfortable spot to stay in your car for a meal after bathing. There is also a large supermarket next door for shopping. There are no overnight spots at Furano ski resort or in Furano city.
If this facility is closed, you can stay in a car at the nearby roadside station in Biei.
■Tomamu Ski Resort
30 minutes from Tomamu Ski Resort
Roadside Station Sizen-taikanShimukappu *No power available
Restrooms in the roadside station are available 24 hours a day. There is also a restaurant during the daytime.
■Sahoro Ski Area
40 minutes from Sahoro Ski Resort
Premier Hotel CABIN Obihiro (only for customers using Hokkaido Nomad Car Rental) *No power supply available.
You can stay overnight in a car in the parking lot of Hotel CABIN Obihiro, which is located in front of Obihiro Station and is available only for customers using Hokkaido Nomad Car Rental. During your stay, you can use the hotel's natural hot spring baths, sauna, and restrooms.
Vending machines and washing machines are also available. 2,800 yen per adult (from 2 persons) including breakfast.
There are many restaurants nearby.
Conditions for Staying in a Car in Winter in Hokkaido
RV Parks Roadside Stations Highway parking Only some campgrounds are open during the winter.
＊Please make sure to pay the fee at the reception before use.
■Places where you should not stay in a car
Convenience stores Supermarkets Ski resort parking lots Parking at hotels without permission is not allowed.
It will be reported to the police and you will be charged a fine.
■Camping car parking lots in central Sapporo and Otaru
Parking lots with gates at entrances and exits cannot be entered because the roofs collide with them. Park in an outdoor pay parking lot without a gate.
【Kanekin Parking in central Sapporo】
【Otaru City Tourist Parking Lot (near Otaru Canal)】
■Please do not park illegally!
When going to sightseeing spots or restaurants, be sure to park in a paid parking lot or in a parking lot reserved for the restaurant you are using.
Parking on the street or at convenience stores is strictly prohibited.
■Use of power supply
In winter, power is available only at RV parks and campgrounds open during winter.
You cannot recharge your batteries at the roadside station.
Gas stations, RV parks, roadside stations, convenience stores, supermarkets, highway parking lots, large drugstores, etc. You can use the restroom for free if you shop.
Every town has a day spa, so enjoy the hot springs!
Most hot spring hotels also allow you to take a bath without staying overnight.
Some of RV parks also have showers.
■Driving a Campervan on Winter Roads
Japanese campervans are heavy vehicles and short in length, so they are very slippery on snowy roads.
You cannot drive at the same speed as a normal passenger car. If you drive over the speed limit, you may slip and cause a serious accident.
Please drive within the legal speed limit.
On ordinary roads, drive at speeds of 50 km/h or less, and on highways at speeds of 80 km/h or less.
When driving on snow-covered roads, please keep a distance of 5 to 10 times the normal distance from the car in front. Do not brake or steer suddenly.
Slow down to 20 to 30 km/h or less, especially on downhill slopes and curves.
■Precautions for using your camper in winter
Do not use any water from the tap or toilet because it freezes in winter.
Doors and keyholes will ice up when the temperature drops below 10 degrees below zero, so please use a de-icing agent to melt the ice!
When it is snowing, make sure that the exhaust vent of the FF heater is not blocked by snow. Check to see if it is.
■Gas stations, convenience stores, and supermarkets
There are no gas stations outside of major towns.
They are not open at night, so refuel as soon as your fuel tank is half-full.
Supermarkets are also available only in major towns.
Convenience stores are available even in small towns.
Unlimited Highway Ride ETC Card is available for foreigners (for a fee).
Please ask our staff in advance.
Free Wi-Fi is available at some RV parks, hotels, and convenience stores.
However, it is recommended to rent a mobile Wi-Fi as it is not well maintained yet.
In Japan, almost all foreign languages, including English, are not spoken except in major hotels.
Please use your smartphone's translation function to converse in Japanese.
In case of trouble
■In case of an accident
First call the police110 Then call the insurance company in the rental car manual
Phone ：0120-258-365（24 hours a day）
Tell them where you are and what's going on
■In case of distress, injury or illness
Call 119 for emergency services（24 hours a day）
Tell them where you are and what's going on
Call the Nomad Car Rental affiliated insurance company and tell them the vehicle number.
Call：0120-096-991（24 hours a day）
Then contact Nomad Car Rental on line or WhatsApp
■If you contract coronavirus during your stay
There is a foreigner service desk, so please call them (foreign languages are available)
■Medical facilities with foreign language support
■If you are from abroad and are in trouble
Contact the Foreigner Consultation Response Center
Hours of operation
9:00-12:00 / 13:00-17:00
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Website
■If you have any questions, please contact Nomad Car Rental on LINE or WhatsApp.
Our staff will sincerely try to solve the problem.
Phone 0123-21-8572 (Japanese only)