Karuizawa Prince Hotel (Karuizawa Town, Nagano)

Karuizawa Prince Hotel
軽井沢プリンスホテル (長野県 軽井沢町)
Planned season: Thursday 3rd November 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
Official snow depth --- [updated on 27th April 2017]

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Karuizawa Prince Hotel is the name of the ski hill and of course the hotel at the base in Nagano Prefecture. The ski hill is located close to the famous Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza and the main station and is mainly suited for beginners and just above that skill level. Snow making machines are used extensively due to the low elevation and unpredictability of natural snow in the area. With the help of the snow making machines, Karuizawa Prince Hotel resort usually opens in early November. It has been operating since 1973.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

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The Mountain

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Karuizawa Prince Hotel Snow Depth Statistics

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Karuizawa Prince Hotel Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Karuizawa Prince Hotel. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are two 'Kids Park' areas at Karuizawa Prince Hotel - Higaeri Snow Park and East Park - featuring sledging, tubing and a snow escalator. Entry is free for those with lift tickets, otherwise 1300 yen for the day. There is also another area called 'West Chibbiko-kand' that is available for guests of the hotel only.

The 'Mori no Kids Room' child care facility is located in the Karuizawa Prince Hotel East (1 hour costs 3600 yen, reservations required). 
Park Information
Park information
There is a 'Free Ride Park' between the main Prince course and Mominoki course. There is also special pole practice run available during peak season. 

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early November until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm and open from 23rd December 2016 until 5th March 2017, except on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (open-5pm) 5,300 yen 4,300 yen 4,300 yen
4 Hours 4,800 yen 3,800 yen 3,800 yen
2 Day (no nighta) 9,800 yen 7,800 yen 7,800 yen
3 Days (no nighta) 14,000 yen 11,000 yen 11,000 yen
Nighta (4pm-8pm) 1,800 yen 1,300 yen 1,300 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.

Getting to Karuizawa Prince Hotel

By public transport
0.9km from Karuizawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
0.9km from Karuizawa Station on the Shinano Tetsudo Line
Transport Information
Karuizawa Prince Hotel ski hill is located just a few hundred metres from Karuizawa Station which is on the Hokuruki Shinkansen and Shinano Tetsudo lines.

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The ski hill base is just a ten minute walk from the South Exit of Karuizawa Station.
By Car
12.7km from the Usui Karuizawa IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
21.2km from the Saku IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (0.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 43
Karuizawa Prince Hotel is under 13km from the Usui Karuizawa IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway.

From the Usui Karuizawa IC exit keep going straight ahead on Prefecture Road 92 and then Prefecture Road 43 heading into central Karuizawa. Follow the signs for the Karuizawa Prince and the Shopping Plaza and go past the South Exit of Karuizawa Station. The ski hill is on the right hand side just past the Shopping Plaza.

>> More information on Joshinetsu Expressway

There is parking for 1000 vehicles on the two car parks close to base. Parking is free on weekdays and 1000 yen on weekends and holidays.

More Information

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Season dates and information
At the time of writing (3rd April 2017), many ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season - though some remain open. Season dates shown on these pages are the original planned dates and subject to change.

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Information will be reviewed and updated over the coming months. Data for every ski resort should be updated in time for the start of the 2017-2018 winter season.
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