Shopping

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The Lotte Arai shopping is not particularly extensive, which is not surprisingly considering that the resort is new. You'll be able to spare your credit card from a partial beating (which it may get from the dining and drinking instead!).

Lotte Arai Ski Shops

The Inter Alpen Outdoor Store adjacent to The Arai sells ski and snowboard accessories such as gloves, beanies, goggles, helmets and après boots, with a small number of items from many brands. Similarly, the shop has a couple of outerwear items from lots of different brands including Kjus, Spyder and Goldwin (a popular Japanese outerwear brand), so it may be hard to find something in your size. Over time it's likely that the stock levels of the shop will increase.

The Gelespo shop in the Village Station (gondola base) also stocks various ski and snowboard accessories, so if it's dumping with snow and you need new gloves, goggles or a buff or balaclava, you'll get sorted.

Souvenirs

Lotte Arai has a large souvenir shop that's not heavily stocked (yet!). The store sells various Niigata Prefecture products such as sake and other souvenirs. It's rather different to most Japanese ski resort souvenir shops in that it only has upscale keepsakes and there are no cheap and tacky gifts, and you won't find any Hello Kitty paraphernalia!

The Hoshizora Winery shop offers wine tasting and wine purchases from various locales around Japan. Whilst Japanese sake is amazing, I'm not so sold on the merits of Japanese wine?!

Grocery Shopping

Other than a handful of vending machines, the wines and the expensive sake at the produce store, there isn't anywhere to buy inexpensive drinks or snacks. If you need any groceries or sundries, you'll need to purchase before arrival.
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