1minute from Karuizawa Station! Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort - recommended for families!

December 08, 2023
Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort, located in the northern area of Nagano Prefecture, is a ski resort that’s full of fun for children and adults alike, and popular with families. It’s very easily accessible, at only a minute’s car trip away from nearby Karuizawa Station - close enough to be able to see the ski slope from the station. They’ll also lend you all the gear you’ll need, like ski boards and goggles. A nice, casual destination you can head to without any gear - no need for tedious packing. There’s also a huge shopping mall attached to the ski resort, if you feel like some shopping before or after you ski.

Access to the Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort

Reference: https://twitter.com/shinanorailway1/status/923897183174139904
One of the best things about the Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort is how easy it is to get to! From Tokyo, it’s about an hour away by Hokuriku Shinkansen, and about two hours away by car. 2 hours away from Haneda Airport, and 3 hours away from Narita Airport. Head out through the South Exit of Karuizawa Station, and the slope will be right in front of you - so just walk towards the slope and you won’t get lost.

You can also get on the shuttle bus that leaves from the South Exit of Karuizawa Station, which gets to the ski resort in about a minute. We recommend this if you have a lot of luggage and don’t feel like walking around. Departure times for the shuttle are subject to change depending on road conditions and/or the weather. Be sure to check the timetable on the official website in advance.

10 ski courses and a 1,200 meter long-distance slope

Reference: http://www.princehotels.co.jp/ski/karuizawa/coursemap/

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort has 10 ski courses. There are a wide variety of courses, from beginner’s courses, with their gentle slopes, to non-stop long-distance slopes that can get up to as long as 1,200 meters.

There are also ski lessons (from 4,000 yen/2 hours) offered at the slope right in front of Karuizawa Prince Hotel East, connected directly to this resort, making this also a beginner-friendly resort. There are five beginner courses, so you can slowly ramp up the difficulty as you get more comfortable.

The Snow Park is full of fun activities for the family!

Reference: https://twitter.com/o831/status/837907626335715329
Right next to the slopes, there’s a Kids’ Park, where little kids can play in the snow. This park, which is located on a gentle slope, offers activities like sledding (rental fee 500 yen/sled) and tubing, where you can slide down the slope on a tire.

There are also lockers and dressing rooms right near the park, so you don’t have to worry about where to change your clothes, change your baby’s diaper, or where you should put your belongings. Just enjoy yourself! Admission fee is 1,300 yen for both adults and children, and free for children under 3 years old.

A full assortment of ski gear available for rental! Come empty-handed!


The Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort offers a full assortment of ski gear for rental. The One-Day Ski Rental Set offers skis, snow shoes, ski wear, goggles, and gloves for the reasonable fee of 5,000 yen for adults and 4,000 yen for children.

You can also individually rent ski wear (top and bottom) for 3,500 yen, skis for 3,500 yen, ski boots for 2,500 yen, and ski poles for 500 yen. They do not offer rentals for gloves, goggles, and hats, however, so make sure to bring your own.

The Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza boasts over 240 shops

Outlets at Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza
The Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza is a huge shopping mall operated by Seibu Properties, connected directly to Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort. The mall was built on a former golf course, in preparation of Karuizawa Station becoming a stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

The expansive property, which still retains its lake and golf course, is now home to about 240 restaurants and shops for furniture, miscellaneous goods, and more. Forgot something at home? Just head over to the mall and get whatever you need for your ski experience.

Address: Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun Nagano Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Weekly Holidays: inquire in advance

Karuizawa Prince Hotel East has all the spas you’ll need for your stay


Tired after playing in the snow? Head to Karuizawa Prince Hotel East to relax and melt your worries away. This hotel was recently renovated in July 2017, and comes equipped with an indoor natural onsen and steam saunas. The view from the open air bath onto the snowy landscape is absolutely breathtaking.

There are also spa and fitness facilities attached to the hotel. Head here to get some more exercise in at the gym after you ski, or treat yourself to some relaxation at the spa. Spend your time the way you want to, on your own terms.

Bowling alley
What about some bowling after you ski, at the Karuizawa Prince Bowling Alley inside Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza? Guests of The Prince Karuizawa, and Karuizawa Prince Hotel East/West can have children elementary school age and under play for free.

Adults will also get a 20 yen discount, for a great deal on bowling for adults and children alike. Rental shoes cost an additional 310 yen per pair. There’s also a free shuttle bus from the hotels to the bowling alley, so there’s no need to worry about transportation.

Location: Asobi Park, Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza
Business Hours: 10:00am - 7:00pm

TRATTORIA PRIMO is great for a meal!

Reference: https://twitter.com/appy_appy_santa/status/902078740313677830
Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort boasts a wide variety of restaurants, including Soba Choujian, where you can enjoy Shinshu-style soba, and Restaurant Azalea, known for its curries and pastas. Of these, perhaps the most popular is TRATTORIA PRIMO.

This is a famous Italian restaurant in Karuizawa - so popular that there are long lines out the door every day. The chef here serves authentic Italian food, having trained as a chef in Italy. Every day, skiers crowd around the restaurant during lunchtime for a taste of these dishes.

Our favorite is the cast-iron pizza, laden with seafood and fresh vegetables directly from Karuizawa. The pizza, roasted on a cast-iron pan, is piping hot and quite filling. They also offer all kinds of dishes you’ll want to eat in Karuizawa, such as bagna cauda with fresh vegetables.

Location: Ski Center 2F
Business Hours: 8:00am - 6:00pm
December 16 (Fri.), March 1 (Thurs.) - April 1 (Sun.) (last order 4:30pm)

Head to the shopping-friendly Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort this winter!

Reference: https://twitter.com/goodby9859/status/869695392912359425
So there you have it! Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort is easily accessible - only a minute’s car ride away from Karuizawa Station - and is packed with slopes and courses fun for adults and children alike.

You can also head to the shopping mall attached to the resort to enjoy some retail therapy. There aren’t many other ski resorts that offer this many non-ski-related services. Why not try Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort for your next destination?

Address: 1016 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun Nagano Prefecture
Business Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Operating Period: Friday November 3, 2017 to Sunday April 1, 2018

Pricing information and schedule may not be up to date and are subject to change without notice. Please check before your trip.

Related ski resorts
Nov. 1st to Mar. 31st
Longest run distance1,519 m
Maximum gradient31 °
Longest run1,519 m
Maximum31 °

Adult 2 people1 night

USD 176.70〜 (JPY 27,981〜)