Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel
The Prince Hotel at Yakebitaiyama is one of the best accommodations at Shiga Kogen
for many reasons:
Where is the Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel?
- Yakebitaiyama is the largest of the Shiga Kogen ski areas, has great snow quality, offers lots of off-piste skiing opportunities, and has the best lift infrastructure.
- The accommodation caters to various budgets with rooms ranging from moderate to deluxe.
- The hotel offers complete ski-in ski-out convenience.
- The Prince Hotel offers a range of facilities on-site including restaurants, ski rental, ski school and child care (see below for more information).
- English is spoken by some of the very helpful reception staff.
The hotel has three different buildings (referred to as wings) which are located at the base of the Yakebitaiyama ski area at Shiga Kogen. Yakebi is the second last resort at the north eastern end of Shiga Kogen between the Okushigakogen
and Ichinose villages.
See the travel to Shiga Kogen
page for information on getting there. The Nagaden buses provide drop-offs and departures at all three wings of the Prince Hotel.
The three wings are somewhat separated, so a shuttle bus runs at regular intervals throughout the day and early evening to provide transport between the wings. The Prince Hotel also offers an evening shuttle service to and from Ichinose village. Otherwise it’s about a 30 minute walk from Ichinose to the West Wing.
This colossal hotel has 690 rooms, many of them with great views. The different wings provide a range of rooms to suit different budgets and needs.
The East Wing has 97 spacious deluxe twin rooms that are 29 m2 in size and include a sofa bed, a small table and chairs. For even more space, there are three maxi suites that are 58 m2 in size. All rooms offer delightful views of the ski slopes and the ensuite bathrooms have a small Japanese style bath.
In-room facilities are extensive and in line with what you’d expect for deluxe accommodation.
The South Wing is more informal and particularly well suited to families. This building has 240 twin rooms that are either 18 m2 or 24 m2. The South building offers really easy access to the ski area with a direction connection to the gondola station.
The West Wing offers a choice of moderately priced accommodation. Of the 350 rooms, half are small twin rooms and the other half are family rooms that are 21.7 m2 in size.
Prince Hotel Facilities
The hotel has extensive facilities across the three wings which include:
- Free wireless internet
- Open air bathhouse – not a hot spring (West Wing)
- Foot care salon (West Wing)
- Shops selling souvenirs, basic ski and snowboard accessories, snacks and beverages
- Lift ticket sales
- Ski and snowboard lockers
- Ski and snowboard rental
- Ski school (private lessons only)
- Karaoke rooms (West Wing)
- Games corner
The Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel has several restaurants open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all with English menus.
Formal dining is within the East Wing dining room. This large restaurant provides fantastic views from all aspects of the dining room. Breakfast consists of a huge range of hot and cold buffet items with a combination of Japanese and Western food. Lunch is a Japanese and Western a la carte menu. For dinner there’s a choice of Japanese (hot pot set menus such as shabu-shabu), Chinese or French-Italian cuisine.
The East Wing has the Salt Lake Bar, a sedate spot to have a quiet drink whilst enjoying the views of the partially illuminated slopes (that's of course if it's open when you actually want a drink!). Alternatively you can have a drink down in the lobby.
Next door to the West Wing is Shishi, a cheap and cheerful Chinese restaurant. Naturally there are set menus, or a range of a la carte dishes.
The West Wing has an open plan cafeteria style restaurant that serves up more casual fare. The South building dining room has buffets for dinner, whilst Restaurant Mizubasho has cafeteria style fare for lunch and a stew pot buffet for dinner.