Formerly known as Arai Mountain Resort and Spa
Lotte Arai Ski Resort is a luxury boutique resort in Japan that re-opened in December 2017 under the new ownership of the Korean Lotte Group. Formerly branded as “Arai Mountain Resort and Spa” it is now known after re-opening as “Lotte Arai Resort”. It offers 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 for Arai ski resort, there are additional proposed recreational facilities. From spring to autumn there are four main 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.
Arai Ski Resort, Myoko
Arai Ski Resort: An overview
Arai Mountain Ski Resort has 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 are 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. 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). A great new park has been put into place (click on the image right) with kicker, bank boxes, etc. 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 much 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) and don’t duck ropes!
Arai Ski Resort: Stats
Longest Run: 5200 metres
(Myoko High Long Run)
Half Pipes: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Back-country available: Yes
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%)
Lift Tickets at Arai Ski Resort
Lift Operation Period: December 16, 2017 –May 6, 2018 (8:30 –16:30)
Night Skiing Period: December 16, 2017 –March 18, 2018 (16:30-20:00)
Regular Winter 2017/2018 Lift Ticket Rates (Dec 16 – March 17)
|Adult||Youth (13-15)||Child (6-12)|
Spring Season 2017/2018 Lift Ticket Rates (March 18 – May 6)
|Adult||Youth (13-15)||Child (6-12)|
Arai Ski Resort: Course Maps
Arai Ski Resort: Contact
Phone number: 0255-75-1100
Arai Ski Resort: Official International Ski Schools & Rentals (English language)
Myoko Snowsports (lessons in English)
Official brochure (pdf)
Arai Ski Resort: Access & Directions
Arai Ski Resort: Getting to Arai by train
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 can be checked/booked here. On call shuttles may also be available. From Arai Station a taxi will take about 15 mins and cost 3,000 yen.
Map of Lotte Arai Ski Resort
Myoko Shuttle to Lotte Arai Ski Resort
The Myoko-Arai Shuttle will operate from December 23rd 2018 – March 4th 2019. Full time tables are available from your Myoko accommodation.
- 07:40 Akakura Onsen
- 07:42 Akakura Kanko Resort
- 08:30 Lotte Arai Resort
- 09:18 Akakura Kanko Resort
- 09:20 Akakura Onsen
- 15:40 Akakura Onsen
- 15:42 Akakura Kanko Resort
- 16:45 Lotte Arai Resort
- 17:33 Akakura Kanko Resort
- 17:35 Akakura Onsen
The cost for the daily shuttles Akakura – Myokokogen – Arai Resort is 1,000 yen one way. Pay by cash when boarding.
Arai Ski Resort: Local Rules
Arai Ski Resort: Onsen Hot Springs
Springing up from a depth of 1750m, the natural onsen hot spring at Arai Resort Hotels contains alkaline-based waters that are good for the skin, creating an exquisite relaxation experience. Outdoor baths are available throughout the year allowing guests to bath under starry nights. There is also a heated year-round pool system. Day visitors can avail themselves of the onsen and pool for a fee (20% off for lift pass holders). Enquire at reception.
Arai Ski Resort: Weather
Arai Ski Resort: Webcam
Arai Ski Resort: Ski Videos
Lotte Arai Ski Resort accommodation options:
Superior Double or Twin Room: From ¥36,720 per night
Deluxe Twin Room: From ¥45,360 per night
Superior Family Room: From ¥57,888 per night
Deluxe Double Twin room: From ¥77,328 per night
Seeing the incredible potential of the slopes in this once-forgotten resort, the premier hotel brand Lotte set about creating a ski resort like no other. And with luxurious, mountain-view rooms, a gorgeous spa, natural hot springs to relax in, three restaurants offering Japanese, Italian and western fare, six bars, lounges and cafes, and exhilarating activities – all coupled with epic skiing and snowboarding on fresh Japow – it’s fair to say their vision has been fulfilled.
Offering a hot spring centre and ski-to-door access, Lotte Arai Resort also has a sauna, gift shops and water sports facilities. Guests can enjoy a meal at the many restaurants available. Every room has a flat-screen TV and private bathroom as well as free WiFi throughout the resort. An international ski school and ski equipment hire is available.
If you want to request something specific, you can do that in the next step, before you book. Once you book, we’ll provide details so you can contact the property directly.
Other places to stay near Arai Ski Resort:
Super Hotel Arai Niigata 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