Rurikura Hotel

Zao Onsen, Japan
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Scout loves

  • Fantastic views of the slopes and the mountains
  • Great location
  • Deluxe rooms on the top floor which have their own outdoor private bath
  • Onsen, Sauna and massage facilities

Scout tips

  • Free wi-fi internet access on the 2nd floor lobby area only
  • Excellent for accessing the famous Zao snow monsters
  • Approximately a  5 to 10 minute walk to the main historic street of the village
  • Unusual furnishing in its twin rooms, the result of which is a little dated look and atmosphere
  • The onsen is not as beautiful compared to the onsens of other hotels in the area
  • Free parking


Built by Kenzo Tange, a renowned Japanese architect, the modern, spaceship style Rurikura Hotel is a sight to behold.  It’s in an excellent location, right across from the Zao Ropeway.

Rurikura hotel has 40 renovated rooms ranging from twin rooms to deluxe. Scout’s favorite would be the spacious deluxe rooms located on the top floor of the hotel.

The hotel has a restaurant where you can have a delicious breakfast buffet spread of Japanese, Chinese and Western dishes while enjoying the views of the ski slopes and the Zao Onsen village through its big picture windows. If you are craving for some French cuisine, the restaurant also serves French dishes for dinner.  The lobby bar serves discounted drinks during its daily happy hour.

Rurikura Hotel has other great facilities such as natural onsen, a spa and massage room, ski rental shop, drying room and a Karaoke room. 

Who should stay here

Rurikura Resort Hotel is great for couples or families who want a convenient location for skiing and who will enjoy a fairly modern Japanese hotel experience. 

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