How to get there
Chitose Airport is the main gateway to Hokkaido and the most convenient for the resorts in this review, with flights from many cities across East Asia and as far south as Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. A number of low-cost carriers fly in too, though at the height of the ski season their deals may not seem exactly cheap. It pays to book well in advance. If you have to fly into Tokyo first, you can switch to one of many local carriers (the route is one of the busiest anywhere in the world) to complete your trip. The airport itself is a destination for some as the domestic terminal is more mall than airport with an enormous range of shopping and eating options. Wander about and sample all manner of local delicacies, from crab to cheesecake, sushi to sake. The easiest way to get to most resorts is to book a direct bus with one of several companies operating from the airport. Resort Liners, for instance, have a network that connect the airport and Sapporo city to resorts, and even transfer between resorts. See www.access-n.jp/winter2016/en/skibus/list.html. At busy times it is recommended to book ahead online.