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Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort

Karuizawa-machi, Japan
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About Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort
Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort is one of the easiest accessible resorts from Tokyo. You can reach there in about an hour by Shinkansen. The ski resort offers good condition trails mainly for beginner and intermediate level skiers, as well as snow parks. The ski season starts from November as snow machines make good snow in the cold air. A huge resort area lies at the bottom of the ski resort including Prince Hotels and a big shopping complex.
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EKMLOW wrote a review Feb 2020
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For those 1st timers thinking of heading to the ski resorts in NAGANO, Do give PRINCE HOTEL SKI RESORT a go! It is a real scenic place, really affordable pricing for the entry and rental of the sleds & tubes ( I paid AUD$8.00 to rent them for 5 hours!!! ) brilliant transportation by train ( the station is a 2 min walk to the resort and you can see it from the train station itself ) even better for shopaholics as the factory outlets are worth your time even though you may not be interested in skiing! Really had a brilliant time there and also, you will be surprised that a day trip there will not cost you an arm & leg! Clear your wardrobe, bring a BIG empty luggage and you are in for a definite treat!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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PPMAAVM wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom382 contributions194 helpful votes
Less than 90 min ride by Shinkansen from Tokyo. Super easy access from the station. Good equipment, both in terms of ski lifts and ski rental etc. Very friendly staff, paying particular attention to new skiers and children. Well done. Number of slopes a bit limited for a long stay, but the setup makes it ideal for a weekend. Recommendation to arrive early: slopes are more or less empty in the morning, and quite packed in the afternoon...as more people arrive from Tokyo.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Low-Thue wrote a review Dec 2019
Hong Kong, China23 contributions28 helpful votes
The hotel especially the Prince (East) is right next to the ski slope, practically two minutes walk. Very nice resort for skiing. Can further improve on logistic (the shuttle bus is too small) and food quality.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Nick wrote a review Dec 2019
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Arriving at 10:30am, there was a 1-hour queue for lift passes and then another 45 mins for ski rental. Plus 30 mins for any of the restaurants. They simply don’t have the capacity, and at the prices they charge you should stay well clear!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Mike C wrote a review Dec 2019
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First of all, we are not a family of skiers and this was the first time for my son. So while my wife and have skied before and were sort of comfortable, we needed my son to have lessons. There is a Panda ski school next to the ski centre. This is good for very small kids, but if your child is over 5/6, give this place a miss for skiing lessons. We wasted time and money on the place. Not because the instructors are bad, but it is a very short 20 meter slope and they never move more than 5 meters at a time. Instead, and I can't advice this enough, for anyone over 5/6 to adult, go to the Karuizawa instructors in the actual ski centre. We did this the second day and by the end my son was going down all the green slopes. (even the long one that my wife and I only did once as too steep and fast for us!) It costs more, but I would suggest a full day private ski package. (Half day is 10am - 12 and costs Y20,000. Full day is an additional 2 hours from 130-330pm and costs just an additional Y8000.) You have to hire skis and boots, but kids lift pass is free (below 12 y.o). Yes, it is much more than the Panda place Y9000 for 2 hours including kit, but if you or your kid want to learn to ski quickly, stump up the cash and you are good to go by the end of the first day. While we did not do this as leaving, after the private lesson, then join a group class. The only issue is getting a private lesson. There is an online booking website for classes, do that as they get full days in advance. (We were just very very lucky there was a cancelation that day) (I will try to update the booking site when I find it.) (Not sure proper skiing season but we are here for 23-26th December and had 1 day of snow).Now, as I said, I am not a skier, but morning is a must. In the afternoon, the man made snow turns into compacted ice with a layer of slushy on top. It is hard to turn, hard to stop and becomes no fun at all if (when you fall). That is OK on the very short runs, but the longer runs becomes dangerous. (I had 1 proper wipe out the whole time and it was in the afternoon on an ice patch on a crowded slope. After that I called it quits for the day and grabbed a beer. (Go to the convenience store in ski centre as half the price of the kebab and burger van. (BTW, excellent kebabs. Loved them!) All in all, a great cheap(er) place to start skiing. We will be back, my wife and I will have lessons as well and will book well in advance. (Like a couple months as I hear January already full) Have fun!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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