Naeba hotel a great base for skiing — even if you don’t spend the night
At Naeba Prince Hotel — nestled in Japan’s third-largest ski area about two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo — it’s easy to imagine you’re inside a massive cruise liner that’s run aground at the foot of a dormant volcano.
This 1,299-room hotel seems about as long and wide as a pleasure ship when you’re wandering its halls, which seem to go on forever.
In fact, the Naeba Prince Hotel comprises a half-dozen buildings, including a glittering glass tower that looks a little out of place amid Niigata’s stunning mountain scenery.
Inside, there are 20 restaurants serving everything from sushi to pizza. There are also bars and convenience stores, two onsens and numerous ski-rental shops where you can check out gear to use on the lifts outside.
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