Luxury Ski Resort KAI Alps to Open in Japan

By Lauren Jade Hill

The luxury hotel group Hoshino Resorts has announced the imminent opening of KAI Alps in Nagano, Japan. Set to open on December 21st, 2017 after a major renovation, the launch will take place just in time for the upcoming ski season.

The hot spring ryokan has been closed since March 2016 to undergo a complete redesign with the integration of a series of brand new features. The grand opening will unveil two new buildings, each of which contains 48 rooms, and a brand new concept that enables guests to experience the traditional hot springs of the Shinsu countryside.

Classic Japanese architecture is combined with modern design to create a cozy après-ski retreat amid the snow blanketed alpine scenery, with the pristine slopes of Hakuba nearby where the 1998 Winter Olympics took place.

Located in northern Nagano, the ryokan’s setting acts as a gateway to the northern Japanese Alps, making it the ideal base for exploring the surrounding mountains. And after a day on the slopes you can relax in the indoor and outdoor hot spring baths with views of the forest and mountains, tuck into traditional Japanese kaiseki cuisine, sip hot tea in one of the courtyard’s traditional snow domes and sit around the sunken hearth bar to try regional specialties such as Oyaki.

KAI Alps provides a complimentary shuttle service to transport guests between the ryokan and Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort where the hotel has a private lounge for guests to enjoy.

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