Prince Hotels

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Prince Hotels
Native name プリンスホテル
Purinsu Hoteru
Industry Hotels
Headquarters 3-1-5 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Parent Seibu Holdings, Inc.
Shinjuku Prince Hotel, incorporating Seibu-Shinjuku railway station

The Prince Hotels (プリンスホテル Purinsu Hoteru?) is the name of a hotel chain company headquartered in Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan. It is a subsidiary of Seibu Holdings, Inc. Together with Seibu Railway, Prince Hotels is the core company of Seibu Group.


During the Allied occupation of Japan following World War II, many members of the Japanese peerage lost their titles and were subject to crippling taxation on their real estate holdings. Yasujirō Tsutsumi, who controlled the Seibu Railway through the Kokudo Corporation, arranged to buy several of these families' properties at a discount and used them to develop hotels. The first of these hotels, the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, opened in 1953 on the site of the Takeda-no-miya residence. The Tokyo Prince Hotel opened in 1964 on a site that originally housed graves of several Tokugawa family shoguns, whose bodies were moved to the neighboring temple of Zojo-ji.

Originally, hotels branded as Prince Hotels were not wholly owned by Prince Hotels Company, but were instead operated by different companies, such as Seibu Railway, Kokudo, or Izuhakone Railway. The management system of Prince Hotels was described as "debt operation" by the media. It borrowed funds from banks, developed land using the funds, and borrowed more funds with the growth of land values. The system worked in the 1960s with Japanese economic growth, until the 1990s when the bubble economy burst.

Under the reorganization of the Seibu Group following the de-listing of Seibu Railway in 2005, Prince Hotels Company merged with Kokudo. All the Prince Hotels are now operated by Prince Hotels Company. Because of the unreasonable expansion in the past, the company has many underperforming facilities. Under the current plan of turnaround, it closed, sold, and plans to close or sell roughly 40 facilities.


The following list uses the English translations of the hotel names.[1]

The Prince[edit]

The Prince is the brand name for the most luxurious hotels by the company.

Grand Prince Hotels[edit]

Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka (closed in 2011)[2]

Grand Prince Hotels is the brand name for city hotels.

Prince Hotels (Japan)[edit]


  • Ashinokohan Takagowa Onsen Fuyō-Tei (ryokan): Hakone, Kanagawa
  • Ashinokohan Takagowa Onsen Ryūgūden (ryokan): Hakone, Kanagawa
  • Hakone En Cottage West: Hakone, Kanagawa
  • Hakone En Cottage Camping: Hakone, Kanagawa
  • Hakone Yunohana Onsen Hotel: Hakone, Kanagawa
  • Hotel Daihakone: Hakone, Kanagawa
  • Hotel Sea Paradise Inn: Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama
  • Izu Nagaoka Onsen Sanyō-Sō (ryokan): Izunokuni, Shizuoka
  • Kawana Hotel: Itō, Shizuoka
  • Ryūgūden (ryokan): Hakone, Kanagawa


Former properties[edit]

Ski areas and aerial lifts[edit]

Sayama Ski Resort

Chairlifts are excluded.

  • Furano Ski Resort : Furano, Hokkaidō
    • Furano Ropeway
    • Kitanomine Gondola
  • Shizukuishi Ski Resort: Shizukuishi, Iwate
    • Shizukuishi Gondola
    • Ropeway
  • Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort: Karuizawa, Nagano
  • Manza Onsen Ski Resort: Tsumagoi, Gunma
  • Mt. Naeba Snow Resort: Yuzawa, Niigata
    • Naeba Ski Resort
      • Prince First Gondola
      • Prince Second Gondola
      • Naeba Tashiro Gondola (Dragondola)
    • Kagura Ski Resort (Kagura Area, Mitsumata Gelände, and Tashiro Area): Yuzawa, Niigata
      • Kagura Gondola
      • Mitsumata Ropeway
      • Tashiro Ropeway
  • Muikamachi Hakkaisan Ski Resort: Minamiuonuma, Niigata
  • Myōkō Suginohara Ski Resort: Myōkō, Niigata
    • Myōkō Suginohara Gondola
  • Sayama Ski Resort: Tokorozawa, Saitama
  • Shiga Kōgen Yakebitaiyama Ski Resort: Yamanouchi, Nagano
    • Yakebitaiyama First Gondola
    • Yakebitaiyama Second Gondola

Toll roads[edit]

  • Manza Highway: Tsumagoi, Gunma
  • Onioshi Highway: Karuizawa, Nagano–Tsumagoi, Gunma

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Prince Hotels Search From List". Prince Hotels. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b ホテル一覧 [A list of hotels] (in Japanese). Prince Hotels. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 

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