Japan ski resort news: Lotte Arai Resort (Niigata)

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24th November 2017

Lotte Arai Resort
Myoko, Niigata Prefecture

‘ARAI MOUNTAIN & SPA’ becomes ‘Lotte Arai Resort’

Some of you may well remember ARAI MOUNTAIN & SPA.

It was a popular 'bubble-era' ski and snowboard resort located to the north of the main ski resorts in Myoko in Niigata Prefecture.

From 1993 until closing in 2006, ARAI was arguably one of the earlier ski resorts in Japan that really tried to develop the ‘inbound’ market. In some ways, perhaps they were just a bit too early. The modern facilities at base included a bunch of hotels, expensive restaurants… and a large centerpiece heated plaza.

Unfortunately, the resort wasn't able to appeal to enough people and closed in 2006, laying dormant for nearly a decade. There were a lot of rumours about what might happen to the facilities and they were eventually taken over by the Korean company Lotte in 2015.

After 11 years of being inactive and some significant restoration work and brand-new facilities being added, ‘Lotte Arai Resort’ makes its debut on 16th December 2017. For the most part the layout of the resort remains the same.

Considering the location just 20km from the Sea of Japan coastline, the upper mountain was famous for receiving large amounts of snowfall and it certainly had its share of fans.

It’s good to see Arai come back to life and it will be interesting to see how this first season goes as Lotte Arai Resort.

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