by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 07, 2015

The 140-room Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort has debuted on Japan's northernmost main island, the brand's first ski resort in the country. The property is the former Mountain Hotel, which was closed for extensive renovations to complete the transformation.

"We are thrilled to have Sheraton re-enter the region with the introduction of the brand's first ski resort in Japan," said Dave Marr, global brand leader, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and Tribute Portfolio. "As Starwood's most global brand, our presence in Hokkaido builds on the brand's advantages as we continue to provide guests access to some of the most sought-after destinations in the world."

The Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort features Rivierouge, serving Japanese and international dishes; the Hoki Japanese restaurant focuses on sushi and grilled BBQ choices using local. The hotel's Jula Hall holds up to 100 guests for events. Ski-in, ski-out access leads to the slopes at the Kiroro integrated mountain resort area.

In related Starwood news, last month, the 282-room Kiroro, part of Starwood's Tribute Portfolio of independent hotels, also opened on Hokkaido.