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Journey into Ski Paradise: Lotte Arai Resort

February 15, 2024

Journey into Ski Paradise: Lotte Arai Resort

Opened in December 2017 by Lotte Hotel, Korea's premier luxury hotel group, Lotte Arai Resort is a gem nestled in Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Renowned for its pristine powder snow, it attracts skiers and snowboarders year after year, establishing itself as a top-notch snow resort destination.

Just a swift 2-hour bullet train ride from Tokyo Station to Joetsu-Myoko Station followed by a convenient 30-minute shuttle bus journey to the hotel, accessibility couldn't be better. What's more, at the "SALOMON Station" within the resort, you can rent gear, apparel, and even accessories, making it hassle-free for those who prefer to travel light.

Comprising four hotel buildings with around 260 rooms and equipped with four lifts and one gondola, Lotte Arai Resort offers seamless skiing experiences. The indoor gondola, a unique feature, allows guests to embark directly from within the hotel premises, sparing them from queuing in the cold snow.

Gondola departing from indoors

But the fun doesn't stop at skiing and snowboarding. Lotte Arai Resort boasts a plethora of exciting activities.

For thrill-seekers, there's the exhilarating zip line experience. With Asia's largest zip line stretching approximately 1,501 meters, adventurers can zip down from an altitude of about 950 meters to 710 meters in just three minutes, traversing from tree to tree on harness-equipped pulleys.

Indoor enthusiasts can indulge in a wide array of activities, including bouldering on a towering 4.5-meter wall. Boasting 75 routes and a staggering 710 holds, it's Japan's largest indoor bouldering facility. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced climber, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Facility where you can enjoy authentic bouldering and trampolining

Additionally, guests can enjoy a variety of amenities such as a swimming pool, billiards, table tennis, hot springs, and sauna. Plus, with approximately five restaurants on-site, visitors can treat themselves to a diverse range of culinary delights throughout their stay.

For families, there's an English ski school (Japanese-speaking instructors available too), ensuring everyone can join in the fun.

Lotte Arai Resort remains open until the end of May, making it a perfect addition to your spring itinerary in Japan. So why not plan a few days of excitement here when you visit Japan in spring?