Japan is among travelers’ top choices of destination whether their main purpose is to sightsee, go shopping, or just simply relax and take a break. Aside from these reasons, many people also choose to go to the country to experience the cold temperatures of winter and to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities. This is because Japan has light and powdery snow and the best ski resort facilities perfect for such activities. So if you are looking to spend your winter by playing and having fun in the snow, why don’t you try doing it in Japan? You might just have the best winter experience yet. And to help you out, we will show you our recommended winter trip plan in this article. Check it out!
It might not snow in Tokyo (東京) all that much during winter, but you can go to several skiing and snowboarding facilities without taking too much time from the city. This time, we recommend you to check out the ski resort at the Karuizawa Prince Snow Resort (軽井沢プリンスホテルスキー場) in Nagano Prefecture (長野県)!
What are the reasons to enjoy skiing or snowboarding at the Karuizawa Prince Snow Resort among the many ski resorts in Japan?
First, the Karuizawa Prince Snow Resort is easily accessible as its nearest station, Karuizawa (軽井沢), is just about 60 minutes away from Tokyo via the Shinkansen, and the resort itself is just 1 minute away from the station via car.
Second, in Karuizawa, the good weather condition is usually at 90%. This means that most of the time, you are able to enjoy the snowy slopes with the beautiful clear blue sky above you.
Moreover, the third advantage of Karuizawa is that a lot of accommodation and attraction spots are located near the ski resort. If you get tired after skiing or snowboarding, you are able to enjoy a hot spring bath or take a rest in your room right after. We especially recommend the cottage-type accommodation, Prince Cottage B (プリンスコテージ イースト), of the Karuizawa Prince Hotel East as it is located right in front of the ski resort, making it highly convenient for guests.
There are also other accommodations within the area such as the Karuizawa Prince Hotel East (軽井沢プリンスホテル イースト) and the Karuizawa Prince Hotel West (軽井沢プリンスホテル ウエスト) offering quality hotel stays, and The Prince Karuizawa (ザ・プリンス 軽井沢) offering luxury stays, all of which are close to the ski resort. Therefore, you can choose the best option for you depending on your traveling style and needs.
Also, the big shopping complex with about 200 different shops, Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza (軽井沢・プリンスショッピングプラザ), is located within walking distance from all the accommodations mentioned above. So during your stay, you can enjoy a variety of food and hours of shopping as much as you’d like.
For those who are interested in staying at the Karuizawa Prince Snow Resort during winter, here’s good news for you! If you join the free SEIBU PRINCE CLUB emi membership and follow the abovementioned plan, the privileges you get include the following:
1. Get 50% off Ski Lift Tickets
For a limited time from January 18 to March 31, 2017, members are entitled to a 50% off discount on ski lift tickets at participating Prince Snow Resorts, including the Karuizawa Prince Snow Resort that we recommended above. So if you’re planning to go to Karuizawa to go skiing and snowboarding, better take advantage of this offer and save on ski lift tickets!
2. Stay at the Best Rooms for the Best Prices
All year round, members are also entitled to the cheapest accommodation rate at all Prince Hotels & Resorts nationwide. This includes The Prince Karuizawa, the Karuizawa Prince Hotel West, and the Karuizawa Prince Hotel East, which we mentioned above. Members who book an accommodation at these hotels are sure to get the best room rates!
3. Enter the Campaign and Get the Chance to Win a Prize
For members who spend more than 5,000 yen at any participating Seibu Group facility, such as their ski resorts or hotels, and enter the campaign through their website, there will be a total of three prize draws wherein you can win prizes e.g. 100,000-yen worth of gift certificates. Since these gift certificates can be used at any Seibu Group facility all over Japan, including the facilities mentioned above, you would be able to use it the next time you come to the country.
Apart from the campaigns listed above, there are of course more member privileges and campaigns happening at different times. The process to join the club is fairly easy and can be done at any Seibu Group facility in Japan. You can get a club membership card there, then complete your registration via their website. You can check here for further details about this club, other campaigns, and how to join!
With all the discounts, benefits, and campaigns that SEIBU PRINCE CLUB emi members get, you are sure to make the most out of your winter trip in Japan without burning a hole in your pocket. If you cannot visit the Karuizawa Prince Snow Resort, there are lots of other ski resort options managed by the Seibu Group, which you can check out via this page.
Enjoy your trip and stay on budget!