The goal of Lotte Arai Ski Resort is to be the premium mountain resort in Asia. The Lotte Arai Ski Resort was re-opened in 2017 after extensive refurbishment and updating. So if your a budget skier, or someone used to cheaper prices at older resorts in Japan, then you may want to consider your budget when doing your planning.
Lotte Arai Ski Resort
The new owners have ensured a big expansion of allowed, avalanche controlled, inbound terrain zones for powderhounds with a total of ten avi-controlled freeride areas. The resort is best suited to intermediate skiers and snowboarders but there is some terrain for beginners and, increasingly more so now, advanced skiers. Average snowfall at Arai is 15+ metres. It’s closer to coast than nearby Myoko Kogen, so it usually gets even more snow than those resorts.
In addition to the 14 great ski courses and first-class leisure activities, the resort offers spas, pools, restaurants, cafes, function rooms, and a 1501-meter zip tour – the longest in Asia. Springing up from a depth of 1750m, the natural onsen hot spring at Arai Resort Hotels contains alkaline-based waters that are good for the skin, creating an exquisite relaxation experience. The lifts stay open Mid-December through mid-May (depending on snow conditions). Regular day lift tickets are 7,ooo yen per adult, although packages are available.
Arai Info Box
Getting to Lotte Arai Ski Resort
There is also a shared taxi shuttle available from Tokyo airports which takes rough 5 hours inc. comfort stops and costs 18,900 one way, per adult. You can request a booking here.
If you are staying in the Myoko Kogen resorts area a Myoko-Arai shuttle service is available twice a day between Akakura Onsen / Arai Resort and takes roughly 60 minutes. Some Myoko accommodation providers offer a shuttle service. Ask when booking.
Rental cars are available from JoetsuMyoko Station if you are staying in nearby Arai accommodation rather than at the resort.
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Lotte Arai Ski Resort accommodation – recommended
- Lotte Arai Resort Hotels offer elegant, upmarket ski accommodation with high-end service and friendly English speaking staff who understand the needs of international visitors. Arai Resort features a large resort hotel complex with stylish western style accommodation set at the base of Arai ski and snowboard area with a full range of services.
- Pastorale Myoko is newly renovated accommodation about 5-6 minutes drive from the resort car park. It offers spacious twin rooms including some with large beds plus a large onsen bath for your relaxation.
- Apa Hotel JoetsuMyoko Station is conveniently situated only minute by foot from the east exit of Joetsu Myoko station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train line. It’s the a perfect hub for skiing at Arai Resort (10-15 minutes by taxi) and local tourist sites.
- See more choices in Arai accommodation here.
Lotte Arai Ski School
Myoko Snowsports Arai offer a variety of private lessons and children’s group programs at this Joetsu-Myoko ski school to match your snow holiday experience. All programs are run in English by qualified instructors.
Lotte Arai Ski Rentals
Ski equipment rentals for Lotte Resort are available at Salomon Station at the gondola base. In addition to a great range of Salomon products there is also various other high-end brands and models offered. Open 8.00Am – 8.00PM
Arai Ski Resort Video
Myoko Arai Area Map
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