Bandai Ski Resort Area
Operated by the Hoshino Resorts group, Bandai Ski Resort is designed to provide visitors with an all-inclusive ‘resort’ experience, with the option of packaging all aspects of their ski trip including accommodation. For that reason, the large Hoshino Resorts Bandaisan Onsen Hotel is most convenient accommodation option at the Bandai. The hotel offers a variety of Western-style rooms, multiple restaurants, hot springs, indoor swimming pool and a full range of in-house services all located at the base of ski resort. As such the hotel offers ski in/out convenience and the option of including everything you need such as ski passes, rental and lessons with your accommodation booking – as said, the full resort experience.
As the nearest of the Tohoku ski resorts to Tokyo, Bandai attracts plenty of business from Tokyo, at its busiest on weekends and holidays. If you can we recommend avoiding those times and aim to head to Bandai on weekdays, when it should be notably quieter and prices drop a little. Away from the hotel, there’s a small grouping of guesthouses and lodges in a separate village area however these do not have direct access to the ski resort.
Most are family-run and prices are likely to be notably cheaper than Bandaisan Onsen Hotel. There is little in the way of outside dining options or nightlife in this area, so if you do choose book a guesthouse in this area, make sure to include meals with your accommodation and to check how to get yourself to and from the resort. In reality, this option works best for those with their own transport.