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Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu

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Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu4.5 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
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The Green Plaza Hotel Joetsu is a very large hotel that sits in a unique ski-in ski-out position at the Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort. The hotel is so large that it almost feels like a town inside a hotel!

The hotel looks rather striking with its bright red roof against the snowy backdrop and its Tudor style (it looks very similar to the Hotel Green Plaza Hakuba).

The Green Plaza Hotel Joetsu is popular with those looking for an all inclusive ski holiday and the convenience of a ski-in ski-out location. It’s particularly popular with families due to the amenities and services on offer.

Where is the Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu?

The Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu is located a little up from the base of the Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort, which is 14km north of Yuzawa in the Niigata Prefecture.

It’s just over a 100 minute train ride from Tokyo to the Joetsu Kokusai train station, and a very short shuttle ride then gets you up to the hotel. Free car parking is available onsite.

See the getting to Joestu Kokusai page for more travel and location information.

Joetsu Kokusai Hotel Rooms

The large hotel has 634 rooms, all with private toilet and bathroom:
  • twin rooms (western beds)
  • family rooms for up to 5 guests – 2 twin western beds plus tatami area for 3 futons
  • maisonette rooms with a 2nd storey to accommodate up to 8 guests
Accommodation packages can include just breakfast or half board (breakfast and dinner).


The Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu has a myriad of facilities and services:
  • Indoor hot spring and outdoor hot spring
  • Gift shop with lots of food souvenirs, snacks, drinks, and basic ski and snowboard accessories
  • A couple of small ski shops
  • Games arcade
  • Massage services
  • Ski and snowboard equipment rentals
  • Slope-side ski and snowboard lockers
  • Laundry
  • Kids snow play park
  • Child care facilities close to the hotel
  • Wifi

Dining and Bars

The Joetsu Kokusai hotel has several restaurants including 4 buffet restaurants and Chinese (also buffet and a mix of international cuisine), Japanese, and French restaurants. There is also a lounge that serves drinks and a late night snack bar.

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We visited this big hotel for about 4 days which we really enjoyed, but 4 days was probably long enough. As there’s no village at Joetsu Kokusai it can start to feel a little claustrophobic at the hotel, despite it being huge and taking about 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other. We also can’t do buffet breakfasts and dinners for too many days; basically because we just can’t be trusted with that much food!

We stayed in a twin room with a tatami area, so it was nice to have the combination of the comfort of the western beds along with the Japanese experience. Our room overlooked the ski slopes and it was delightful to watch the night skiing in action from the comfort of our room. The room was OK but the décor was looking rather tired. Overall the hotel looks like it needs a good coat of paint and it’s definitely not as swanky as the Hotel Green Plaza Hakuba with its fancy lifts.

We visited mid week when it was very quiet. Most of the restaurants were closed and we were limited to the Monte Rosa buffet restaurant with its plastic table cloths that provide little for the ambience, and the Tori Chinese restaurant which was at least a little more intimate. There was a “bar” at the hotel, but it wasn’t open at après ski time when we actually wanted a drink.

Pros: convenience of ski-in ski-out location; good amenities; and family friendliness.

Cons: absolutely no nightlife; long walk to get to the onsen; limited restaurants mid-week; and the hotel looks a bit tired.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective: only a couple of the staff spoke English, but there was only one other group of westerners so that felt nice.
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