Lotte Arai Resort (Myoko City, Niigata)

Lotte Arai Resort
ロッテアライリゾート (新潟県 妙高市)
Planned season: Saturday 15th December 2018 until Sunday 19th May 2019
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Lotte Arai Resort made its debut for the last season. From 1993 until closing in 2006, it was known as ‘ARAI Mountain & Spa’. The facilities were taken over by Lotte in 2015, and after 11 years of being inactive and significant restoration and brand-new facilities being added, Lotte Arai Resort opened mid-December 2017.

Lotte Arai Resort boldly places itself into the ‘premium’ market, charging more for lift tickets than pretty much any other ski resort in Japan and even introducing a new 'First Class' ticket for 2018-2019 that is 8000 yen for a day. The facilities are certainly new and impressive. As the resort enters a second season, whether this is what the market wants and will accept remains to be seen...

The slopes of Lotte Arai Resort are located on the eastern slopes of Mt Okenashi in the western region of Niigata Prefecture. Considering its location just 20km from the Sea of Japan coastline, the upper areas of the mountain receive large amounts of snowfall. The resort can be found to the north of the ski resorts in Myoko – the official address is within the boundaries of Myoko city. It is actually closer to central Joetsu City than Myoko though.

Regional information Learn more about the Myoko region

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Lotte Arai Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons in English are available. For more information on companies offering lessons in English in Myoko, please check our current 'Lessons in English' page
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski equipment and wear rental is available.
Snowboard equipment and wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
Snow tubing and other activities at the base area. Day care facilities for children ages 3 through kindergarten are located in the lower level of the base Arai hotel. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no designated Snow Park. 

Lotte Arai Resort Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Lotte Arai Resort is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm during the daytime.

Nighta is normally from 4:30pm until 8:00pm daily.

Lotte Arai Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Child (6-12 years)
Older Child
Youth (13-15 years)
PM 4,400 yen 2,800 yen
1 Day Ticket 6,000 yen 3,800 yen
2 Day Ticket 11,000 yen 7,000 yen
3 Day Ticket 16,100 yen 10,200 yen
4 Day Ticket 21,200 yen 13,400 yen
5 Day Ticket 26,300 yen 16,600 yen
6 Day Ticket 31,400 yen 19,900 yen
7 Day Ticket 36,500 yen 23,100 yen
Nighta 2,500 yen 2,000 yen
Season (full) 100,000 yen 65,000 yen
Season (nighta) 30,000 yen 20,000 yen
Season (spring) 35,000 yen 23,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information All ticket prices shown (unless noted otherwise) are valid during the regular season. All day (and PM) lift passes include nighta.

Special 'First Class' lift tickets are available and a one day ticket costs a 8,000 yen (!)
The 'First Class' experience offers special gates so that there should be no waiting on busy days (and hopefully other unconfirmed stuff too!)

Fun fact - these are quite easily the most expensive lift tickets for an individual ski resort in Japan. The resort seems pleased about this fact.

Getting to Lotte Arai Resort

By public transport
14.6km from Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
10.4km from Arai Station on the Myoko Haneuma Line
Transport Information
Lotte Arai Resort is just over 10km from Arai Station on the Myoko Haneuma line and just under 15km from Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line.
A shuttle bus operates from Joetsu Myoko Station.
By Car
7km from the Arai Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
9.6km from the Nakago IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
15.8km from the Joetsu Takada IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (5.1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 366
The closest exit of the Joetsu Expressway is Arai Smart IC - note that ETC card is required to use that exit. Nakago IC is just under 10km away.
Free parking is available for up to 1,500 cars.

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2019-2020 SEASON INFO
The ski resort information currently shown on SnowJapan is from the 2018-2019 season. Over the summer and autumn months we will be checking and then updating information. Everything will be updated online in time for the 2019-2020 winter season. Please note that planned ski resort opening dates are often very similar every year, so the dates from the 2018-2019 season can be taken as a good idea of what to expect next season.
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General 58
Snow conditions 83
Courses & terrain 78
Lift system 67
Apres ski 35
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