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Karuizawa Trails

Thanks to advanced snow-making facilities, Karuizawa is one of the first ski resorts to open in Japan every year. Karuizawa provides a variety of terrains geared mostly towards beginner and intermediate skiers. The ski resort has many après-ski activities including shopping, hot springs, sightseeing, and gourmet restaurants.

Skiing and snowboarding are enjoyable sports, but they also come with inherent risks. Before going to the slopes, make sure to check the following points.

①Before getting on the lift, inspect your skiing equipment. Also, confirm your ability to stand up by yourself, walk, and stop with your skis on. Failure to control your speed and being able to stop on the piste can lead to a collision. All accidents within the ski resort are your own responsibility. You are responsible not only for your own injuries, but also for compensating injuries to others.
For beginners, we strongly recommend taking lessons at a ski or snowboard school.

②Familiarize yourself with the rules of skiing and snowboarding. (10 FIS RULES as defined by the International Ski Federation)
[Link to rules: ]
Skiers and snowboarders should respect each other, follow the rules, and enjoy the sports while looking out for one another.

Difficulty of Terrain & Elevation

Difficulty of Terrain


Peak 1,155m
Vertical Descent 215m
Base 940m

Trail Information

Trail Slope Angle Length
Max Average
BeginnerD1Top Cruise 15° 1,519m
BeginnerD2Family Trail 14° 1,013m
BeginnerC1Kurinoki Trail 10° 383m
BeginnerE1Prince Trail 18° 10° 376m
BeginnerF1Mominoki Trail 14° 269m
BeginnerF2Free Valley 15° 218m
BeginnerH1Usagiyama Trail 12° 293m
BeginnerI1Alyeska Diversion Trail 14° 608m
IntermediateA1Parallel Trail 19° 10° 803m
IntermediateB1Panorama Trail 24° 12° 911m
IntermediateD4Forest Trail 20° 308m
IntermediateD3Skyline Trail 20° 466m
AdvancedD5Asama Trail 27° 13° 432m
AdvancedD6Slalom Trail 26° 19° 252m
AdvancedI2Alyeska Trail R 31° 18° 232m
AdvancedI3Alyeska Trail L 29° 15° 275m

Karuizawa Lifts

Lift Capacity Length Operation Hours
Parallel Lift 2 751m 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Panorama Lift 2 935m 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Kurinoki Lift 3 274m 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
East High-Speed Lift 4 1,000m 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Prince Lift 2 370m 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Mominoki Lift 2 371m 8:30 A.M. - 4:45 P.M.
West High-Speed Lift 4 1,050m 9:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Usagiyama Lift 2 515m 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Alyeska Lift 2 555m 9:30 A.M. - 3:45 P.M.
  • *Lift schedule may change without notice due to the weather condition or congestion.


SEIBU PRINCE CLUB emi members are eligible for a 1,000-yen discount on lift tickets!
Members receive a 1,000-yen discount on the following lift tickets.
Click here for more information on SEIBU PRINCE CLUB emi!

Early Bird Season / Nov. 1 to Dec. 22, 2023 Daily 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Regular Season / Dec. 23, 2023 to Mar. 20, 2024 Daily 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
New Year’s Season / Dec. 28, 2023 to Jan. 3, 2024 Daily 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Spring Ski Season / Mar. 21 to 31, 2024 Daily 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

▼Early Bird Season / Nov. 1 to Dec. 22, 2023

Ticket Adult Senior / Student Child *12 yrs. and under
At counter Regular 1-day ticket ¥6,000 ¥5,500 FREE
4-hour ticket *1 ¥5,500 ¥5,000 FREE
Members 1-day ticket ¥5,000 ¥4,500 FREE
4-hour ticket *1 ¥4,500 ¥4,000 FREE
Online 1-day ticket ¥5,000 ¥4,500 ¥100
4-hour ticket *1 ¥4,500 ¥4,000 ¥100

▼Regular Season / Dec. 23, 2023 to Mar. 20, 2024

Ticket Adult Senior / Student Child *12 yrs. and under
At counter Regular 1-day ticket ¥8,000 ¥7,500 FREE
4-hour ticket *1 ¥7,500 ¥7,000 FREE
Members 1-day ticket ¥7,000 ¥6,500 FREE
4-hour ticket *1 ¥6,500 ¥6,000 FREE
Online 1-day ticket ¥7,000 ¥6,500 ¥100
4-hour ticket *1 ¥6,500 ¥6,000 ¥100

▼Spring Ski Season / Mar. 21 to 31, 2024

Ticket Adult Senior / Student Child *12 yrs. and under
At counter Regular 1-day ticket ¥6,000 ¥5,500 FREE
4-hour ticket *1 ¥5,500 ¥5,000 FREE
Members 1-day ticket ¥5,000 ¥4,500 FREE
4-hour ticket *1 ¥4,500 ¥4,000 FREE
Online 1-day ticket ¥5,000 ¥4,500 ¥100
4-hour ticket *1 ¥4,500 ¥4,000 ¥100
  • * Lift fees at all of the ski fields in the Prince Snow Resort are free for all children who are primary school aged or younger. A 100-yen fee is charged for advance bookings made online.
  • * Pre-school aged children cannot ride the lifts alone and must be accompanied by a guardian.
  • * Seniors price applies to people aged 55 and over.
  • * If you are a SEIBU PRINCE CLUB emi member who books online, please go to the counter at the Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort on the day of use. Your online purchase history will be checked and points will be granted. Please note that points cannot be granted other than on the day of use.
  • * The same price applies when charging a lift pass.
  • *1 Four hours from the time of first passing through the gate

▼Sightseeing Lift

Use the round-trip ticket for the East High-Speed Lift to go to the mountain summit and enjoy a view of the area in front of Karuizawa Station and the wide-open nature.

Ticket Adult Child *12 yrs. and under
Regular ¥2,000 ¥1,200
Members ¥1,700 ¥1,000
  • * Adult price applies to children in junior high school or older. Children aged 3 or younger are free.
  • * Please note that the lifts may be closed, or operating times and periods changed, due to the weather, temperature and snow conditions.
  • * The specific ticket is required to ride. Cannot be ridden with a regular lift ticket.
  • * Cannot be ridden while wearing ski equipment.

Priority Boarding Ticket

Only on Saturdays and holidays during the ski season (Dec. 23, 2023 to Mar. 20, 2024) and the end-of-year/new-year period.
Purchase a priority boarding ticket in addition to a regular lift ticket in order to receive priority boarding for the two popular High-Speed Lifts that will take you to the top of the mountain!
Price: ¥5,000
Eligible lifts: East High-Speed Lift and West High-Speed Lift
* Purchase of a separate lift ticket is also required in order to use this ticket.

Lessons and Guides


Karuizawa has ski schools with private lessons in English. Lessons are available twice a day at 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. Advance bookings are highly recommended.

Private Ski & Snowbord Lessons

[Karuizawa Ski School]

Private lessons in English is available on certain days; advance booking required.Please contact below for further information.

For more information (Access)

For more information (Lesson Fee)

For more information (Japanese text only)

TEL: 81-(0)267-42-1850
Reception: Grand Resort Karuizawa Ski Center East - next to East High-speed lift; West - next to ski rental area

[RITMO Snow Academy]

Private lessons in English is available, advance booking highly recommended.
For more information
TEL: 81-(0)267-41-1750
Reception: West - next to the ski rental area in the locker room; East - next to the ski rental area

[Karuizawa Pandaruman Kids School]

Please contact below for children ski lesson in English.
For more information

TEL: 81-(0)267-41-0036


Private lessons in English are available.

TEL: 81-(0)80-8058-1671(9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.)

[Prince Ski School]

We provide Chinese/Mandarin ski and snowboard lessons at Karuizawa Ski Resort. Online reservations are available.

For more information
For reservations:
TEL: 81-(0)90-2247-5588
Line: @skiyourhighness
WeChat: skiyourhighness
What's App: +819022475588
Reception: Karuizawa Prince Hotel East Cottage #562


The latest ski and snowboard rental gears are available at Karuizawa Ski Center as well as Karuizawa Prince Hotel East ski area. Gloves, goggles and beanies can be purchased in the Ski Center or Karuizawa Prince Hotel East store.

▼Ski and Snowboard Set
Ski set (skis, boots, poles) or snowboard set (snowboard and boots)

    Adult Child *12 yrs. and under
At Counter 4-hour set ¥5,500 ¥4,500
1-day set ¥6,000 ¥5,000
2-day set ¥12,000 ¥10,000
3-day set ¥18,000 ¥15,000
Online 1-day set ¥5,500 ¥4,500
2-day set ¥11,000 ¥9,000
3-day set ¥16,500 ¥13,500

▼Skiwear Set (Jacket and Pants)

    Adult Child *12 yrs. and under
At Counter 4-hour set ¥4,000 ¥3,000
1-day set ¥4,500 ¥3,500
2-day set ¥9,000 ¥7,000
3-day set ¥13,500 ¥10,500
Online 1-day set ¥4,000 ¥3,000
2-day set ¥8,000 ¥6,000
3-day set ¥12,000 ¥9,000
  • * Gloves, goggles and beanies cannot be rented. They are available for purchase at Gelespo inside the Ski Center and at the Karuizawa Prince Hotel East store.
  • * Helmets can also be rented for ¥700 (adults or children)
  • * Customers are responsible for looking after rental equipment from the time of rental until the time of return.

▼Individual Items

  Adult Child *12 yrs. and under
Skis or a snowboard 4-hour set ¥3,500 ¥3,000
1 day ¥4,000 ¥3,500
Ski boots or snowboard boots 4-hour set ¥2,500 ¥2,000
1 day ¥3,000 ¥2,500
Poles 4-hour set ¥500
1 day
Helmet 4-hour set ¥700
1 day
  • * Individual items cannot be rented online in advance.


[Sightseeing Lift]
Guests who do not ski or snowboard are allowed to use the lifts to go up, and to see the view splendid Karuizawa's winter scenery.


Restaurants on the ski hill

[Sobakura Choji-an]
Enjoy Shinshu Soba, hot pots and other Japanese cuisine. Near the Ski Center.

A casual dining restaurant where you can enjoy authentic American cuisine while overlooking the ski slopes.

[Usagi Yama Kitchen House]
A casual cafeteria serving curry, rice bowls and light snacks. At the bottom of Usagi Yama slope.

[Trattoria Primo]
You will see a queues of people from the restaurant. Pasta is very popular. At the Ski Center.

[Snow Bar Vigore]
Stop here for hot dogs and light snacks. Near the Ski Center.

[Restaurant Porto]
The restaurant prides itself on its meals served a la carte and prepared by the hotel's chef.


Please be sure to pay for parking before returning to your vehicle. Enter the four digits of your car’s license plate into the payment machine to pay.

▼Parking fees

  Weekdays Holidays
Car ¥500 ¥1,500
Bus (seats 11 or more people) ¥1,500 ¥2,000
  • * 850 spaces are available at parking lots 1 and 2.
  • * Shuttle vehicles and taxis are free for the first 30 minutes.

▼Premium Parking
Price: ¥3,000
* Only 10 premium parking spots are available each day.
* A separate coupon will be provided to customers who use the premium parking. The standard parking fee does not need to be paid if the coupon is used in the parking payment machine in advance.
* Please refer to the “HOW TO USE” instructions to confirm how to use it on the day.