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Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort Guide: Cheap Lift+Accommodation Plans, Recommended Courses, Access, and More! (2021-2022 Season)

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort Guide: Cheap Lift+Accommodation Plans, Recommended Courses, Access, and More! (2021-2022 Season)

Date published: 13 March 2020
Last updated: 22 December 2021

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort is one of the most accessible ski areas from Tokyo. Perfect for beginners and snowbirds alike, this Nagano ski resort offers a huge range of fun activities for children and adults alike, making it a popular winter destination.

Here, we will introduce a two-day Karuizawa ski trip getaway that'll guarantee the winter holiday you've been dreaming about!

*Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort is implementing measures against COVID-19

Table of Contents
  1. Skiing at the Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort
  2. Why Is Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort So Popular?
  3. Who Is Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort Most Suitable For?
  4. Getting to Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort From Tokyo
  5. Discount Accommodation and Ski Lift Plans + Lift Ticket Information
  6. Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort Facility Information:
  7. Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort Rental Information:
  8. Health & Safety Measures
  9. Recommended Accommodations Near Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort
  10. We Also Recommend the Following Ski Resorts!

Skiing at the Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort

Skiing at the Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort

Established in 1973, Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort is the earliest-opening snow resort in Nagano Prefecture and the sole resort in the town of Karuizawa. For the 2021-2022 ski season, it is open from November 3, 2021 until April 3, 2022, so you can even extend your ski trip through early spring!

Why Is Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort So Popular?

Why Is Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort So Popular?

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort boasts a multitude of diverse courses suiting all levels from beginner to professional, naturally making it one of Japan’s leading skiing paradises. Plus, it is also surrounded by wide-open, vast scenery overlooking Mount Asama with jaw-dropping panoramic views from the summit.

Who Is Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort Most Suitable For?

Who Is Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort Most Suitable For?

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort is recommended for a wide diversity of skiers, including beginners, professionals, and even families. Within the 16 available courses is a fantastic balance ranging from gentle slopes to super-steep courses with inclinations of up to 30°, guaranteeing a fun ride for everyone no matter their level.

This wealth of variety includes the beginner-friendly Kurinoki Trail, Prince Trail, Usagiyama Trail, Family Trail, and Mominoki Trail; the Parallel Trail and Panorama Trail for intermediate skiers; and the Alyeska Trail, Asama Trail, and Slalom Trail for advanced skiers.

Consisting of a wide, open space with a gentle slope, the Prince Trail is the resort’s main trail and comes highly recommended for beginners and less-experienced skiers.

Our recommendation for intermediate skiers is the Panorama Trail. This trail leads down to Mt. Asama, about 1,000 meters away, and boasts one of the resort’s most wonderful views. It is also the longest course in the resort, allowing you to relish even more skiing while thoroughly soaking in the view of Mt. Asama blanketed in snow. It also makes for a great photo spot!

There are also discount services available, such as the Kids Free Program, which offers free lift tickets for children elementary school age and younger. There are also free weekday lift deals for 20-year-olds. Plus, there is a separated area called Snowman Park where young kids can go sledding, tubing, and play in the snow safely.

Getting to Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort From Tokyo

Getting to Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort From Tokyo

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort is located about 1 minute by taxi from Karuizawa Station South Exit on the Hokuriku Shinkansen (via Nagano), or about 10 minutes on foot.

You can take the Hokuriku Shinkansen directly from Tokyo Station to Karuizawa Station. There is even a free shuttle bus that runs between Karuizawa Station South Exit and Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski. Please note it runs daily only during certain seasons.

Discount Accommodation and Ski Lift Plans + Lift Ticket Information

Discount Accommodation and Ski Lift Plans + Lift Ticket Information

For a two-day ski trip, securing a place to stay is a must. It is recommended to get an Overnight Stay Plan with Ski Lift Ticket. This includes a Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort lift ticket and accommodation at one of their facilities.

There are four hotels operated by Prince Hotels & Resorts that you can stay at: The Prince Karuizawa, Karuizawa Prince Hotel East, Karuizawa Prince Hotel West, and The Karuizawa Asama Prince Hotel.

There are a wide variety of accommodations available, so you'll undoubtedly be able to plan an enjoyable trip -whether with family, as a couple, or for an outing with friends!

After enjoying your stay near the slopes and getting in plenty of ski time, you can continue the fun with shopping, a soak in the hot springs, and local Shinshu cuisine.

And with Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza nearby, there are plenty of things to do after skiing, guaranteeing an undoubtedly satisfying trip.

Furthermore, two kinds of lift tickets are sold during the ski season: 4-hour tickets (adults: 5,200 yen, junior-high/high school/seniors: 4,200 yen), and 1-day tickets (adults: 5,700 yen, junior-high/high school/seniors: 4,700 yen).

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort Facility Information:

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort Facility Information:
Total Number of Courses: 16
・Beginner
8
・Intermediate
4
・Expert
4
・Longest course
Approx. 1.5km
Slopes
・Area
Approx. 30 hectares
Total Number of Lifts: 9
・Double Chair
6
・Triple Chair
1
・4-Person Chair
2
Mountains:
・Altitude
940m - 1,155m
・Difference in Elevation
215m

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort Rental Information:

Ski-wear and equipment are available for rent and some for purchase, so you don't need to bring anything on your trip.

You can rent a 1-day set, which includes skis/snowboard, at 5,500 yen for adults or 4,000 yen for children (elementary school students), and ski-wear (tops & bottoms) at 4,000 yen for adults or 3,000 yen for children (elementary school students) (all prices are including tax). Gloves, goggles, and hats are sold separately.

Health & Safety Measures

☑All facilities and equipment cleaned/disinfected
☑Disinfection after each guest
☑Disinfectant/sanitizer provided
☑Fresh air is circulated regularly
☑Partitions installed
☑Staff wear masks/perform temperature checks/gargle
☑Admission restrictions; reservation system implemented
☑Entry refused to anyone who is feeling unwell
☑Masks required/temperature check enforced

  • Prince Snow Resort Karuizawa
    • Address 389-0102 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-Machi, Kita-Saku-Gun, Nagano-Ken, 389-0102
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    • Nearest Station Karuizawa Station (Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / Shinano Railway)
    • Phone Number 0267-42-5588

    Reserve a Lift ticket in advance

    • [Prince Snow Resort] Lift ticket (4-Hour x 3-Tickets set)
      • 4-Hour Ticket
      • All Ages
      • All-Day
      54%OFF
      15,600
      7,200JPY
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    • Prince x Tokyu x NSD Multi-Resort lift ticket
      • 1-Day Ticket
      • All Ages
      • All-Day
      6,000JPY
      View Deal

    The ticketing website is available only in Japanese. Please use a translation plugin to view it in your language.
    Check with our partner site as the latest rates, details and conditions may vary.

- Opening Period: November 3, 2021 - April 3, 2022
- Opening Times: 8:00am - 5:00pm (8:30am-4:30pm between November 3 - December 17)

Reachable after just an hour from Tokyo and with rental gear available, Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort is ideal for that Japan winter sports getaway! If you want to add a quick and easy encounter with skiing or snowboarding to your Japan itinerary, whether a beginner or pro, you’ll be sure to find satisfaction in Karuizawa!

*The information in this article is accurate as of publication. Depending on the circumstances, opening times, services, and prices may change

Written by:

Naho Jishikyu

Naho Jishikyu

After working at editorial production and publishing companies for manga, novels, and magazines, she started working as a freelance editor and writer. She's usually in a good mood when with a drama series, music, or a drink. She loves tofu.

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*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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