Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort

Shcherbinka 2014/2015 Season: November 1, 2014 to April 5, 2015

humiliatingly The largest ski area in Karuizawa, an upmarket mountain resort in Nagano Prefeture, is operated by the Prince Snow Resort. With its snow machine, the season can start as early as mid-October, thus one of the earliest resort (in Japan) to open for the season.

Karuizawa_trail_map2015Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort is just an hour away from central Tokyo via bullet train making it the perfect winter destination for weekends or extended holidays. It has 9 lifts and 10 ski trails covering Mt. Yagasaki with the longest run of about 1.2 kilometers and steepest slope of about 30 degrees. The courses are geared mostly towards beginner and intermediate skiers but there are also several terrain with variety of features suitable for expert and freestyle riders.

Lift Ticket Rates:

Regular Season Adult Students
& Seniors
1 Day Lift Ticket (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) ¥5,000 ¥4,000
4 Hour Lift Ticket  (4 hours from time of purchase) ¥4,500 ¥3,500
*Night Ski Lift Ticket (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM) ¥1,800 ¥1,300

*Night Skiing is not available on Tues, Wed, & Thurs, except during New Year’s holidays (Dec. 30 – Jan. 1) and Feb 11.
– Children 12 years of age and under ski free of charge.
– Senior rates apply to those 55 years of age and over. Student rates apply to those age 13-18.(I.D. required)

The resort also offers the latest ski and snowboard gears for rent.

Wear & Gear Rental Rates:

Item Adult Child
Ski Gear Set
(skis, poles and boots)
¥5,000 ¥4,000
Ski ¥3,500 ¥3,000
Ski Boots ¥2,500 ¥2,000
Poles ¥500 ¥500
Snowboard/Skiboard Gear Set
(Snowboard and boots or skiboard, boots, and poles)
¥5,000 ¥4,000
Snowboard ¥3,500 ¥3,000
Snowboard Boots ¥2,500 ¥2,000
Snow Wear Set ¥3,500 ¥2,500
Helmet ¥500 ¥500

The resort is also a perfect destination for the family with child-friendly setting and activities. There are 2 Kids Park areas in the resort, one is at the bottom of the Mominoki course and the other is by the Kurinoki course. Entrance fee to the snow park is ¥1,300 for the day but is free for lift ticket holders.

The ski area also cater to visitors who are not a fan of winter sports. It offers indoor activities like crafts-making, bowling, arcade, spa, shopping, hot spring, restaurants, and even day care services. The Mori no Kids Room child care facility is located in the east side of the Karuizawa Prince Hotel and costs ¥3,600 per hour. (More information on child care services: Poppins)