Located on the west coast of Japan’s Honshu Island, Niigata Prefecture is the perfect destination for outdoor lovers to enjoy the green season activities surrounded by the great nature. As the home of Japan’s heaviest snowfall, Niigata Prefecture is also known for its ski season.
The green season in Niigata Prefecture features nature itself. In Myoko City is Naena Falls, one of the 100 best waterfalls in Japan. Naena Falls is famous for its thunderous sound that echoes in the neighboring forest, earning it the nickname “Earthquake Waterfall.” In spring, the snow melts from the mountaintop, causing the volume of water to increase dramatically to create a truly magnificent sight. About 30 minutes by car from Naena Falls is Lake Imori. The lake is famous for the mirror-like water that, on clear days, perfectly reflects Mount Myoko, soaring at 2,454 meters above sea level. Niigata Prefecture is also known in Japan for its “Three White” treasures -- snow, rice, and sake -- and is Japan’s largest producer of sake. In Niigata Prefecture, a visit to a sake brewery is an essential course. Established in 1842, Kiminoi Shuzo has maintained a rich history and produced sake using a traditional brewing method.
LOTTE ARAI RESORT advises visitors to plan the last course of a travel at the resort to make it a perfect vacation, since LOTTE ARAI RESORT offers various activities and healing time indoors and outdoors.
During the green season from May to October, the high-speed zip tour operated by LOTTE ARAI RESORT with total length of 1,501 meters. It spans a height difference of about 240 meters above the rolling Takada Plains, and it is surrounded by Shin-Etsu Mountain. Another activity in nature is the Tree Adventure. Home to Japan’s largest aerial adventure, featuring over 100 obstacles stretched out over an area spanning 33,000 ㎡, the facility offers a truly special experience of flying between trees, hanging onto a rope, and passing obstacles in a wild jungle.
The resort has added new activities, such as trekking courses that allow visitors to be immersed in the beauty of great nature and new campground that offers delicious meals of wagyu beef, chicken, and sausage. The new green season activities run until early November of this year.
For guests who are seeking to enjoy nature fully at LOTTE ARAI RESORT, ‘Adventure Arai’ Package is recommended. The package per night costs 26,000 yen (about USD 240, exclusive of VAT) and includes breakfast for two persons, all-day free passes to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, and Hoshizora Onsen for two persons. This package is available until October 31.
When the green season is over, the ski season kicks off in December and runs until May. Known for optimal snowfall and dry, powdery snow, dubbed the best in Japan, LOTTE ARAI RESORT won in four divisions of the 2019 Ski Asia Awards, which are reserved for the best ski resorts in Asia: “Japan’s Best Ski Resort,” “Best Powdery Snow,” “Best Ski Hotel,” and “Best Snow Sport School.”
Supported by Ski Asia (skiasia.com), which offers information on ski areas in Asia to ski lovers around the world, the Ski Asia Awards selected winners through votes cast by skiers and snowboarders.
In celebration of its winning the four honors, Lotte Arai Resort offers the ‘Best Ski Resort Awards’ Package until August 31. The package for one night costs 34,000 yen (about USD 315, exclusive of VAT) and includes breakfast for two persons, 2 lift tickets for 2019-2020 winter season, 50% discount coupons for ski rentals for two persons. All packages at LOTTE ARAI RESORT can be reserved via the LOTTE HOTELS’ official homepage or mobile app.