Formerly known as Arai Mountain Resort and Spa
Arai Ski Resort closed in 2006 but is scheduled for full re-opening on December 15, 2017 under the new ownership of the Korean Lotte Group. Formerly branded as “Arai Mountain Resort and Spa” it will be known after re-opening as “Lotte Arai Resort”. It will offer world-class standard hotels with nearly 250 rooms, extensive spa and onsen facilities, a variety of restaurants, retail stores, an international snow school, and alpine activities.
Lotte’s goal is to turn the area into “Asia’s best ski resort”. Aside from complete renovation of the lifts and other infrastructure, there are additional proposed recreational facilities. From spring to autumn there will be four activities – a zip line that is said to be the largest in the country, a tree top adventure that crosses a suspension bridge over the forest and a log bridge, an indoor bouldering centre and tubing activity. There are also numerous golf courses nearby.
We will be updating information here as we become aware.
Arai Ski Resort, Myoko
Arai Ski Resort: An overview
Arai Mountain Ski Resort will re-open with five ski lifts. It has a very impressive 951 metres of vertical descent (1,101 metres if you hike the ridgeline up to Mt Ohgenashi and Mt Kogenashi) with a base at 329 metres and 11 pistes. Four advanced areas will be left ungroomed – perfect for the powder dogs. The longest course is 5,200 metres in length. The new owners have ensured a big expansion of allowed, avalanche controlled, inbound terrain zones compared to the old resort 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. For snowboarders, there should be one or more half pipes. Average snowfall at Arai is 15 metres + as it’s closer to coast than Myoko Kogen, so it gets even more snow than those resorts. That said, the resort’s aspect does not always allow for the same high quality experience as the Myoko resorts which are only 30 minutes up the road.
The terrain is located in a bowl and even allows for a little hiking from the top of the gondola (check out the video and map below). There were two very well kept pipes when the resort was last in operation and we are hopeful they will appear again. The main attraction is the powder resulting from the big dumps because of its location in the first mountain range west of the Japan Sea. However some caution is required as the runs can funnel towards the river and a waterfall. For your own safety please do stay out of closed areas (pinkish colour as marked on the terrain map below).
Arai Ski Resort: Stats
Longest Run: 5200 metres
(Myoko High Long Run)
Half Pipes: TBC
Terrain Parks: TBC
Back-country available: Unknown
Elevation: 1,280 metres
Vertical Drop: 951 metres
Lifts: 5 (Gondola 1 / Pair Lift 2 / Quad Lift 2)
Trails: 11 (Beg: 25% Int: 45% Adv: 30%)
- Adult ¥6000
- Child (12-17) ¥4800
- Junior (6-11) ¥3800
Arai Ski Resort: Contact
Phone number: 0255-75-1100
Official Ski Schools & Rentals
Myoko Snowsports (lessons in Japanese and English)
Arai Ski Resort: Access & Directions
The nearest stations are JR JoetsuMyoko Station (shinkansen) and Echigo TokiMeki Arai Station (local line). See this info on getting to Myokokogen for more details. Transfer shuttles from JoetsuMyoko Station will be available. No schedules have yet been set but most should meet incoming shinkansen. On call shuttles may also be available. More information and schedules will be available prior to season opening. From Arai Station a taxi will take about 15 mins and cost 3,000 yen.
Arai Ski Resort: Weather
Arai Ski Resort : Ski Video
Arai Resort accommodation options:
Room prices at Lotte Arai Resort coming soon!
Other places to stay near Arai Ski Resort:
Super Hotel Arai Nigata offers accommodation about 5-6 minutes drive from Arai Resort. Every room at this Japanese-style business hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a TV and free WiFi.
Hotel Route-Inn Myoko Arai is a 10 minute drive from Arai Resort. It features a free buffet breakfast with fresh-baked European breads and a hot public bath.
More coming soon!
Lotte Arai Ski Resort Gallery
Click to view larger images of skiing at Arai Resort