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Staying at Naeba Prince Hotel

The Naeba Prince Hotel Danran Room Hammock

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The Naeba Ski Area is the flagship ski resort of the Prince Snow Resorts and is one of the top quality ski resorts in Japan. Located at the base of the Naeba Ski Area, The Naeba Prince Hotel is a premier ski-on ski-off hotel. From hotel buildings 1 through 5, each one has a different feeling and flavor. There’s a different scene for serious skiers and snowboarders, to families with children,  young groups to seniors. Everyone can enjoy the Naeba Ski Resort and Prince Hotel!

Beautiful Vistas, Great Skiing at Easy Access at the Naeba Prince Hotel

The trip from central Tokyo to Naeba is a mere 110 minutes. First, take the Joetsu Shinkansen to Echigo-Yuzawa Station, a 70-minute ride.

The Joetsu Shinkansen From Tokyo Station

Echigo Yuzawa Station in the snow.
Echigo-Yuzawa Station in the snow.

Then, take the free Prince Hotel Shuttle bus (free for those staying at the hotel), from the bus stop in the station parking lot right outside the East Exit. After a 40-minute ride, you will be dropped off right at the front desk of the Naeba Prince Hotel! For those who are only doing day skiing at Naeba, take a public bus or taxi from the station.

Enjoy Skiing at Kagura, A Ski Resort Surrounded by Nature Right Near Naeba

The view from the Naeba Prince Hotel.
The Naeba Prince Hotel.
Naeba Prince Hotel Front Desk
From there, it’s an easy check in process, and the staff can assist you in English or Japanese.
Enjoy Skiing at Naeba and Kagura, and stay at Naeba Prince Hotel.
Check in Here!
Enjoy Skiing at Naeba and Kagura, and stay at Naeba Prince Hotel.
Afterwards, drop off your bag in your room and get ready to ski.

 

Ski-on Ski-off Convenience and Great Skiing!

Make your way to the multiple ski rental areas to rent ski gear. Follow the signs to the gelande, and you’re on the slopes.

Gelande sign at Naeba Prince Hotel

Top of Takenokoyama Mountain!
Top of Takenokoyama Mountain!

For lunch, come back down to the Naeba Prince Hotel, and sample of the many restaurants available. Here, they have everything from a pizza parlor and a food court with burgers, to a cafe serving food inspired by the Canadian ski resort, Whistler. Or, make your way over to the Restaurant Azalea. Here, they have curry rice, spaghetti, and other meals, as well as dessert. There’s something to please everyone.

Curry Rice with Chicken at the Restaurant Azalea, Naeba Prince Hotel.
Restaurant Azalea frequently has special limited menus based on seasonal specialties.
Strawberry Pancakes, made fresh, at the Restaurant Azalea, Naeba Prince Hotel.
Strawberry Pancakes, a seasonal food item, at the Restaurant Azalea, Naeba Prince Hotel.
Making Pancakes While you wait at the Restaurant Azalea, Naeba Prince Hotel.
Making pancakes fresh for you while you wait at the Restaurant Azalea.
Ski lockers at the Naeba Prince Hotel
Later, come home after a long day of skiing and deposit your gear in the convenient ski gear lockers, located in the ground floor of the hotel.

 

Enjoy your room after a busy day: Staying at the Naeba Prince Hotel Danran ROOM Hammock In Building 2

Hammock room at Naeba Prince Hotel
The Danran Hammock Room at the Naeba Prince Hotel

The Naeba Prince Hotel Danran Room Hammock

The Naeba Prince Hotel Danran Room Hammock
Hallway in the recently renovated building 2.

After a long day of skiing what could be better than relaxing in a beautiful room that overlooks the ski slopes? The recently renovated Building 2 is designed to be a high quality lodge that is family friendly and comfortable for guests with their children. There are many families who enjoy skiing at Naeba, and the Danran Hammock Room was designed for them in mind. The room was renovated to make it feel like a small mountain cottage. With a cute hammock for children (and adults!) to enjoy, and a fun red, orange and brown decor, this room is friendly and comfortable for everyone. Complete with a sofa bed, TV and sitting area, this room is a place you’ll want to rest in after a skiing. Enjoy sitting and relaxing while looking out over the beautiful ski fields.

 

Later, if you want to relax your muscles, take advantage of the indoor and outdoor onsen hot springs available at the Naeba Prince Hotel.

Onsen at Naeba Prince Hotel
Curtains at the entrance of the onsen.

 

Evening Entertainment at the Naeba Prince Hotel: Wonderful Food and a Beautiful Lounge

After a full day of skiing, there are many entertainment options available for you back at the hotel at any of the 21 restaurants and lounges in the hotel. If you’re interested in having some Japanese food while visiting Japan, consider the Matsukaze Restaurant. Here, you can get high quality Japanese food including shabu-shabu, a Japanese hotpot with meat and vegetables.

Shabu shabu Wagyu beef and vegetables at the Naeba Prince Hotel Matsukaze Restaurant

Sashimi and Appetizers at the Naeba Prince Hotel Matsukaze Restaurant
At Matsukaze, if you order the shabu-shabu course, you can first enjoy sashimi raw fish, and various appetizers.
Cooking shabu shabu at the Naeba Prince Hotel Matsukaze Restaurant
Then, have fun cooking your meat and vegetables inside the delicate broth.

After, top it all off with lovely rice ice cream. Because Niigata, the prefecture that Naeba is in, is famous for rice and sake, make sure to get extra helpings of both!

Niigata rice icecream at the Naeba Prince Hotel Matsukaze Restaurant

Niigata Sake at the Naeba Prince Hotel Matsukaze Restaurant

After your meal, consider having drinks at the Chatelaine Cocktail Lounge. While gazing out over the illuminated ski slopes or enjoying the fireplace, enjoy a cocktail and wind down in the comfortable leather sofas. The bar has special drinks for various seasons and event.

Gin and tonic at the Chatelaine Cocktail Lounge, Naeba Prince Hotel

Special Cocktail at the Chatelaine Cocktail Lounge, Naeba Prince Hotel

The fireplace at the Chatelaine Cocktail Lounge, Naeba Prince Hotel
The fireplace at the Chatelaine Cocktail Lounge.
Watching the view at the Chatelaine Cocktail Lounge, Naeba Prince Hotel
A touch of sophistication after a long day of skiing.

The next morning, avoid the hustle and bustle of the buffet breakfast and wake up slowly with a beautiful Japanese style breakfast at Matsukaze Restaurant. This is reservation only, so make sure to book in advance.

Green tea at the Matsukaze Restaurant, Naeba Prince Hotel.
Looking out on the morning ski slope with green tea. What could be better?

Japanese style breakfast at the Matsukaze Restaurant, Naeba Prince Hotel.

 

Echigo-Yuzawa Shinkansen Station, Onsen Town and the Ponshukan Shopping Center

After your trip to Naeba, make sure to leave some time at Echigo-Yuzawa Station before your shinkansen ride back to Tokyo. Here, you can wander around the onsen town (complete with onsen footbaths and cute cafes!) right outside the west exit of the station or enjoy sake tasting, buying souvenirs and going to the onsen in the Ponshukan Shopping Center. Or, sample tasty food in the many restaurants and cafes within the station.

Pay 500 yen to get five tokens at the sake tasting section of the Ponshukan. Put the tokens into the machines, press the button, and bingo! If you want, you can even heat up your sake to make it warm and toasty which is perfect for the winter time.

Sake dispenser at the Ponshukan Shopping Center, Echigo-Yuzawa Station.

 Drinking Sake at the Ponshukan Shopping Center, Echigo-Yuzawa Station.

Warming up sake at the Ponshukan Shopping Center, Echigo-Yuzawa Station.
Warming up the sake!

Afterwards, walk around the onsen town to enjoy footbaths, cute cafes and a winter wonderland ambience. Niigata is famous for sake, rice and onsen. There are many opportunities to try those things out, even just at, or around, the station.

Snow country ambience at the Hatago Isen Inn, shop and cafe right outside Echigo-Yuzawa Station.
Snow country ambience at the Hatago Isen Inn, shop and cafe right outside Echigo-Yuzawa Station.
Enjoy an onsen footbath at Inamoto Hotel, Echigo-Yuzawa.
Enjoy an onsen footbath at Inamoto Hotel.

Finally, to end your trip to Naeba, take the Joetsu Shinkansen back to Tokyo!

Joetsu Shinkansen at Echigo-Yuzawa Station.

For more information, take a look at the Naeba Prince Hotel homepage, and the Naeba Ski Resort homepage. In addition, Naeba Ski Resort just started Instagram! Take a look here.