Karuizawa Prince Hotel Snow Resort
Operated the Prince Hotel group, Karuizawa Ski Resort is perhaps the most readily accessible resort from Tokyo – only a short distance from Karuizawa Station, a stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen. Karuizawa is a small resort, best suited to absolute beginners or those just wanting to enjoy the snow and winter atmosphere, with access to an array of high-quality hotels, restaurants and shopping. If you are a keen skier or snowboarder, Karuizawa isn’t for you.
The resort has 10 ski runs covering around 30 hectares with only 215 metres of vertical. A small terrain park is targeted at beginners and runs are often crowded (given its proximity to Tokyo and popularity with visitors just wanting to give skiing snowboarding a go). While Karuizawa can be blessed by heavy dumps of snow, the popularity of the resort and demand to open on-time often means snow-making machines are employed to cover the runs.
*The resort is officially open from sometime in November until March (depending on the season) but do not expect reliable snowfall until late-December through to March.
Best suited to families with young children, absolute beginners and visitors wanting to enjoy limited skiing and snowboarding as part of a holiday equally focused on food and shopping. Karuizawa Prince Hotel Snow Resort can be visited as a daytrip from Tokyo. For further information regarding the many highlights of Karuizawa, please refer to our ’25 Things To Do In & Around Karuizawa’ page.