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“Beautiful Shiga” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel

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Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel
Brisbane
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20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful Shiga”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

We have been to Shiga 3 of the last 4 years and each time have stayed at the Prince East. The location of the hotel is exception with a gondola and a covered quad at the door. The rooms are ok size and in keeping with others we have stayed in throughout Japan. Clean but the viewws are something special from every room. Staff are fantastic - I got croook for about a week and they staff were so worried they insited taking me off the mountain to the hospital. They nor the management would take nothing for their time and were fantastic.
There is a restaurant at the east building while more buffet style at the west. If you are planning to eat in the hotel I would suggest taking the meal option for at least a few fays but it is definately worth talking to a few others about options in say Ichinose - a couple of great little finds there - just make sure you check the last bus back which can be pretty early or you are in for a long walk.
This isn't like Hakuba. There is no McDonalds, no 7Eleven - just awesome snow and great locals.
Like most ski resorts we have stayed in - Japan, States and Canada - they tend to plough early in the morning at the front of the hotel Take plugs.
The only downside if youa re not a family - the bat doesn't really open at normal or regular times. Might changes as westerns keep going there.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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261 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

Overall, the location of the hotel is the best part. It has a few buildings of which all are right at the lifts. You can ski in and out of the hotel. There are a few restaurants mostly all serving Japanese style food, but some Western types too, such as eggs and french fries.
You can get discount tickets for the lift passes from the hotel.
There are plenty of lockers and places to rest for a drink or snack.
For those people that expect a Western style resort, then look elsewhere. For the most part, it is the typical Japanese style. With that said, many of the people speak English, at least enough to get by. But the reality is that the hotel is just a bed to sleep in when you are not snowboarding or skiing.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore
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80 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Shiga kogen is the largest ski resort in Japan. This is our 3rd trip here. The snow is magnificent. The pistes are great. We have stayed at both the west & east wings. Both conveniently located. Ski in & out. The Japanese are genteel and courteous. Service is good. Lockers are well located n added convenience.
But the hotels are old, uninspiring with minuscule rooms tt let you trip over yr own luggages. You must do half board cos there are no restaurants nearby. The food are canteen fare and vulgar. Very disappointing.

Room Tip: Don't stay here!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

East wing - 4 days in Feb. Rooms are ok & most of the staff were friendly, but there is only one restaurant, which is greatly overpriced, and poor quality. The set 5 course menu,hardly changed from night to night. No bar for drinks or snacks. We were very disappointed with this hotel.; the lack of choice and (even by japanese ski resort standards) the ridiculously expensive food, really spolit our stay here. The ONLY reason to stay there is location - right by the lifts. But i would highly recommend hunting around for something better in Ichinose.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Four of us stayed for a week of skiing in January and thoroughly enjoyed what was on offer at the Prince Hotel East Wing. The issue - fairly minor - is what was not on offer....

The service, staff and facilties are superb. We can't speak highly enough of the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. While there arte those who lament the functional lobby, the reason is clear: it's the portal to ski in/ ski out perfection, with the gondola only metres away and personal lockers on hand just metres from the door and from the lifts.

What would have made the stay perfect is a little more apres-ski: there is a sports bar, but it doesn't open until after 8pm! It is possible to walk. shuttle to Inchinose, fairly close by, or to the other wings of the hotel complex, but some in-house entertainment options would really make a difference.

Room Tip: East Wing has huge beds, huge rooms, and great views, but the other two wings all are very appealing...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Queensland
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40 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

We took a plane from Niseko to matsumoto and then a taxi (very expensive) but got us up to the mountains instead of having to stay a night below. We chose West wing, ski in and out .Best part of a hard day skiing is soaking in a meticulously clean hot spa with a creek running just outside which you are in connection with as a long bamboo blind separates it and the wall of the hot tub but you see the running water and a wall of snow. Our rooms were tiny with twin beds but only there to sleep so not a big deal, stayed 3 nights no room cleaning. . There were a couple of English speaking receptionists who were always helpful. Took a shuttle to the monkeys, a bit puzzling connecting times and you need to change over from free shuttle to a bus you pay on to get there. A must do to see snow monkeys, the 1 km walk is also a highlight wear good shoes as in places steep and slippery. Did an hours snow mobile tour with Toshi, very exciting and fun. This is a big hotel and considering this they do a great job.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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47 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

The East wing is the more upmarket of the properties. The rooms are more expensive but far larger and have a Japanese bath and shower as well a separate Western style toilet. The rooms are spotless and the beds very firm. 2 large queen beds in our room. The view of the slopes is tremendous but temperature control in the rooms is difficult. We slept with the windows open until the groomers started at 4am. With the windows closed and being on the 5th floor we couldn't hear them any more once the windows were closed. By that time the room had cooled down and we were fine till 7am when we got up for breakfast and to ski.
Don't go to this hotel if you want to do anything else but ski. There is nothing else to do here. It is great to put your skis on and ski down to the Gondola (No 1) which takes you straight to the top of the mountain. The ski school was great. Ask for JP if you are an advanced skier, his English is perfect and he is an awesome instructor.
The rental place in the east wing has very limited equipment and no high performance gear. Despite the extra effort, go and rent your skis etc from the West wing (or Ichinose) if you haven't brought your own stuff. The hotel staff will drive you backwards and forwards anytime you ask so moving between the buildings is easy.
Buy lift passes from the hotel front desk, they are about 10% cheaper that way.
We had friends staying at the West Wing. It is cheaper but much larger and less personal. There are more facilities such the onsein and restaurants there but you can use these if you stay at the East wing and the short bus ride between the 2 makes it worthwhile to stay at the better (East Wing) hotel.
The breakfasts are great with Japanese and Western buffet, simple but plenty of food. The dinners were a set menu and were very expensive so we didn't eat at the East wing at all. There are good Japanese, Indian and noodle places not far away so don't get the dinner package.

Overall, slightly more expensive but worth it in my opinion. The perfect location to ski in and out of a hotel. Plenty of facilities nearby with easy access. Don't expect a 5 star resort and you won't be disappointed. I would certainly go there again.

Room Tip: The higher floors have better views and less noise. 1510 is far enough away from the lifts to not be...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel
Address: Yakebitaiyama, Shiga Kogen, Shimotakai-gun, Yamanouchi-machi 381-0497 , Nagano Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Shimotakai-gun > Yamanouchi-machi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Yamanouchi-machi
#4 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Yamanouchi-machi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 690
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Taken as a whole, the Shiga Kogen region is quite possibly the largest ski and snowboard resort area in the world. The area is located to the northeast of Nagano City, about 40 minutes out. The Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel is located at the base of the excellent Yakebitaiyama resort and has a variety of different plans and packages for skiers of all levels. The most popular is the "All-in-1 Pack," which includes breakfast and a one-day lift ticket. The resort hotel has a total of 690 comfortable rooms in three separate wings (100 in the East Wing, 240 in the South Wing and 350 in the West Wing). All provide easy access to the lifts and slopes. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Prince Hotel Chubu
Yamanouchi-Machi Prince Hotel
Prince Hotel Yamanouchi Machi
Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel Japan/Yamanouchi-Machi, Nagano Prefecture

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