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Karuizawa: Insider Ski & Snowboard Tips
Very much for beginners, Karuizawa doesn’t offer anything by way of off-piste riding and relies heavily on snowmaking – which is not typically something you would associate with Japan.
Perhaps the most enticing aspect of Karuizawa is its accessibility. You can reach the small resort via a 1-hour shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo.
Another Prince Hotels resort, so the main accommodation provider would have to be them although there is more of a town surrounding the resort than you typically find at other Prince Hotels establishments, meaning more accommodation options exist. Nonetheless, it is unlikely you’d be staying here for any length of time as it’s much more a day-trip type excursion.
Karuizawa: Restaurant & Après
Enjoy Shinshu Soba, hot pots and other Japanese cuisine, near the Ski Center or visit ‘Restaurant Azalea’ for a variety of menu items including Japanese, western and Chinese cuisine.
Karuizawa: Non-skiing Activities
Shopping at the base of the resort, along with snow-play activities such as tubing etc.
Karuizawa Princehotel Snow Resort
You can rent skiis and snowboards. Lift pass is 5500 yen per day and there is some discount for multiple days.
Sadly all restaurants there also close around 16:00. So after skiing you have to find another place to eat.
Not the biggest ski resort but it's fine.
For intermediate or above skiers please chose another resort, Japan has much better to offer with more or less equal convenience when going from Tokyo.