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Looking up towards Akakan
Looking up towards Akakan
Powder skiing Akakan
Powder skiing Akakan
Looking up to the Akakura Kanko Hotel & Spa
Looking up to the Akakura Kanko Hotel & Spa
Powder!
Powder!
Face shots galore!
Face shots galore!
Akakura Onsen Village
Akakura Onsen Village
The main street of the village
The main street of the village
Some of the accommodation is ski-in ski-out
Some of the accommodation is ski-in ski-out
Kougakuro: Japanese style accommodation
Kougakuro: Japanese style accommodation
Outdoor onsen at Kougakuro Ryokan
Outdoor onsen at Kougakuro Ryokan
The main street of Akakura Onsen
The main street of Akakura Onsen
Akakura Onsen Village
Akakura Onsen Village
Myoko Akakura
Myoko Akakura
Sidecountry at Akakura Kanko
Sidecountry at Akakura Kanko
Akakura Kanko Hotel - luxury accommodation
Akakura Kanko Hotel - luxury accommodation
Nice and deep
Nice and deep
Trails leading down to the village
Trails leading down to the village
Powder, powder, powder
Powder, powder, powder
Ski Akakura Kanko
Ski Akakura Kanko
Akakura Ski Resort
Akakura Ski Resort

Akakura

Akakura is made up of two interconnected ski areas: Akakura Onsen to the lookers’ right; and Akakura Kanko ski resort aka Akakan to the lookers’ left. The combined Akakura Ski Resort is considered by many to be the resort of Myoko Kogen because it sits above the main village (Akakura Onsen) where most people stay, it is the largest of the Myoko ski areas, and it has the most well developed ski resort facilities and services. 

Myoko Akakura Ski Areas

“Myoko Akakura” refers to the two adjacent ski areas of Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko. There are large signs in English that make the demarcation between the two areas very obvious. You can purchase a lift ticket for one or the other resort, or for a few more yen, you can purchase the Akakura Kanko/Onsen combined pass. This is particularly handy if your Myoko accommodation is much closer to one of the areas but you want to ride the other.

See the Akakura skiing page for more information.

Akakura Snow

Like the rest of Myoko Kogen, Akakura has a reputation for scoring lots of pow. For the 2014-15 season it received a whopping 16 metres (630”) of snow for the season! With respect to quality, the Akakura snow is generally very good to excellent rather than being amazing.

Where is Akakura?

Akakura is really the hub of the Myoko Kogen area (well for visitors anyway). The Akakura Kanko base area is 4.3km from the Myokokogen train station and town, whilst the Akakura Onsen base area is another 0.9km up the road.

The two ski resorts sit on the eastern flank of the dominating Mt Myoko (Akakura Onsen ski area sits on Maruyama, a foot hill).

Ikenotaira Ski Resort sits 3.5km south of Akakura whilst Seki Onsen is directly to the north, although it’s about a 30 minute drive to get there.

Myoko Kogen is located in the Niigata Prefecture close to the Nagano Prefecture, and the city of Nagano is only 31km to the south. See the travel to Myoko Kogen page for more information on the location of Myoko and options to get there.

Akakura Accommodation

Most visitors to Myoko Kogen stay in the Akakura villages, in either the lower village of Akakura Kanko (Shin Akakura) or Akakura Onsen (slightly further up the hill). There’s no obvious delineation between the two village areas, which are interconnected via the cute main street.

Akakura Onsen Accommodation - Upper Village
Hotel Taiko is a beautiful Japanese style hotel located in the upper village within easy walking distance of the Akakura Onsen ski resort. You can choose from Japanese or western style rooms that are reasonably large and upscale. The onsens are gorgeous and the outdoor onsens offer lovely views as you soak your weary muscles.

We can highly recommend Kogakuro (aka Kougakuro), an inexpensive lodging option that offers a great taste of Japan. Kougakura is a ryokan with its own onsen including rotenburo (open air onsen). The rooms are Japanese style (ie futons on the tatami flooring) with private toilet, and some have private showers. Most of the staff speak fluent English, and all are delightfully friendly. The slopes of Akakura Onsen ski resort are only a 3 minute walk away and many of the restaurants are only a one minute walk.

The Akutsu Pension is in a fantastic location with ski in ski out access to the Akakan Ski Resort, and a 2 minute walk to restaurants. This Akakura Myoko pension is inexpensive, offering Japanese style rooms with futons on the tatami flooring. Rooms have a private toilet, but somewhat typical for a Japanese inn, the bathing facilities are shared via an onsite onsen.

Another very inexpensive option in this area is Hotel Myosen.

Akakura Hotel | Myoko Kogen Akakura Hotel
 $$-$$$
3-star Japanese style hotel only a couple of mins walk to ski lifts. Western beds with TV, fridge and private bathroom. Hot springs, hot tub & sauna, table tennis, karaoke room & games corner.
Hotel Myosen | Myoko Kogen Hotel Myosen
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Japanese-style hotel only 3 mins walk to ski lifts. Rooms for 1 - 4 guests sleeping on futons on tatami floors. Hotel features segregated male/female indoor onsen, free high-speed wifi in all rooms, restaurant, laundry, drying room & more...
Akakura Central Hotel | Myoko Kogen Akakura Central Hotel
 $$-$$$
2-star Japanese style hotel located only 1 minute walk to Akakura Onsen & Kanko ski lifts. Some western style bedding all with TV/satellite, fridge and private bathroom. Free wifi, parking plus karaoke & gift shop.
Kogakuro Hotel | Myoko Kogen Kogakuro Hotel
 $$-$$$
3-star Japanese style hotel about 3 mins walk to Akakura Onsen lifts. All Japanese style bedding with TV/dining area, fridge. Some rooms with private shower. Lovely indoor/outdoor hot springs.
Star Hotel Akakura | Myoko Kogen Star Hotel Akakura
 $$$
2-star Japanese style hotel about 5 mins walk to lifts. Japanese & western style bedding with TV & private bathroom. Hot springs, darts, table tennis plus ski rentals/passes available on site.
See all Myoko Kogen properties available for online bookings here >>

Akakura Kanko Accommodation - Lower Village
The centrepiece of Akakura Kanko is the striking Akakura Kanko Hotel that sits majestically up in the middle of the ski area. This European style hotel is the ultimate in ski-in ski-out luxury where well heeled Japanese head to be pampered. Rooms are either Western or Japanese style and many have their own private outdoor onsen. Facilities include other onsens, and grand restaurants and lounge bars. This hotel is not well located for easy access to other restaurants in the village.
  
Akakura Kanko Hotel | Myoko Kogen Akakura Kanko Hotel & Spa
 $$$-$$$$
4-star fully restored historic hotel located smack bang in the middle of the slopes. Superb facilities, restaurants, deluxe rooms, hot springs and day spa. This is by far the most luxurious accommodation in Myoko Kogen.

In a completely different league is Hotel Moc which is located across the street from Akakan ski area at the base of Akakura Onsen town. Rates are very inexpensive.

Chalet Myoko offers lodge style accommodation with twin, triple or quad rooms, shared bathrooms, a self-catering kitchen, and common areas. It’s a short walk to the slopes and a great pick if you want to cook meals.

Myoko Powder Hostel Myoko Powder Hostel
 $-$$
Just 5 mins walk to the lifts & 2 mins to the central village, this budget hostel offers dorm bunk rooms for 4 - 6 people (+ female only dorm) & private 2-3 bed Japanese-style rooms. Communal kitchen, lounge with F.P. games room & more...

Summary of Pros and Cons of Akakura

Pros

  • Myoko Akakura (the combined Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko) is the largest ski area of the Myoko Kogen ski resorts.
  • The Akakura Ski Resort is readily accessible from the main village of Myoko Kogen.
  • The lift infrastructure at Akakan is good. - Like the other main Myoko ski areas, it generally receives abundant snow.
  • Akakura is very well suited to beginners and intermediate riders.
  • Akakura Kanko offers some very good slackcountry and backcountry access.
  • The Akakura Onsen village has the most restaurants and bars of the Myoko Kogen villages.
  • A reputable English speaking ski school and child care facility is based here.

Con

  • As is common with most Japanese ski resorts, there is very little in the way of challenging piste terrain and much of the off-piste is not particularly steep (although it’s pitchier than Ikenotaira Onsen).
  • Ski patrol are becoming progressively antsy about off-piste skiing (particularly if it involves crossing a lift line).

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Akakura caters very well to gaijin with group ski lessons and child care with English speaking staff, many of the restaurants have English menus, and many of the lodgings have various staff that speak English. Akakura is still a cute little village with plenty of Japanese vibe, but associated with the Anglophone benefits comes a little loss of the traditional Japanese-ness of the place. Similarly Akakura is becoming progressively more popular, so freshies are harder to come by.

Tours That May Include Akakura

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Chicks Japan Progression Tour DETAILS
Chick's Snow Boarding Powder Progression Tour
8 Nights - 7 Days Coaching/Riding
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USD 1,899
Ability: Beginner, Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Take your snowboarding to the next level and learn to ride powder whilst meeting some great new female snowboarding buddies! Experience Myoko's rich cultural ambiance and deep dry powder.
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Nagano Niigata Explorer DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing/Riding | Up to 8 Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 2,797
Book & page deposit by 31st Oct and take AU$200 off the advertised price.
Ability: Advanced, Expert
Based in Myoko Kogen, enjoy Honshu's rich culture and visit up to 8 ski areas including Myoko (5 ski areas), Nozawa Onsen, Kurohime, Shiga Kogen (18 inter-connected ski areas), Madarao, Tangram & a few other secret spots
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Nagano Snow Tow DETAILS
HOSTED & SELF-GUIDED ADVENTURE
7 Days | 6 Nights | Up to 6 Ski Areas
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Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen not including consumption tax 8%.
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Price p/p
USD 1,496
Book and pay deposit prior to C.O.B. November 30, 2016 and get 14.7% off the advertised price.
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Take the hassle out of organising your powder adventure to Nagano & Niigata (Honshu Japan) next season by joining one of these great unguided tours. You still have the freedom to do your own thing at the ski areas but all of the logistics are taken care of.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Epic Honshu Buffet (Skiers Only) DETAILS
GUIDED SKI ADVENTURE
10 Days | 9 Night | 8 Skiing | Up to 8 Ski Areas
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USD 2,631
Book before Sept 30 and get free avi gear rental & 5% off displayed price
Ability: Advanced, Expert
Combine deep untracked powder skiing where few foreigners go, with a rich Japanese cultural experience, a traditional ryokan (Japanese hotel) and food, and you have the perfect Japanese ski adventure!
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Epic Honshu Ski & Snowboard Progression DETAILS
SKI & SNOWBOARD GUIDED INSTRUCTION
10 Days | 9 Night | 8 Skiing | Up to 8 Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 2,631
EARLY BIRD: Book before Sept 30 and get 5% off displayed price
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Learn to ski and ride deep powder with more confidence whilst checking out some of Honshu's ski areas away from the masses of foreigners. Outside the skiing and snowboarding, experience an area rich in culture and history.
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Myoko Powder Packages DETAILS
HOSTED & SEMI-GUIDED PACKAGES
7 Nights / 6 Days
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USD 1,360
Ability: Beginner, Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Get the best out of Myoko Kogen and nearby ski areas and chase the powder with a Powder Recon Myoko Kogen ski package. This hosted package includes accommodation at a quality Japanese hotel/ryokan. Great for families as well! The sample price is for 7 nights, but you can choose your length of stay.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Alps to Coast Package DETAILS
HAKUBA & MYOKO BC ADVENTURE
10 Nights | 8 Days Guided Skiing / Riding
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USD 2,948
Ability: Advanced, Expert
The HAKUBA ALPS are the ultimate when it comes to steep alpine terrain in Japan and the MYOKO KOGEN area receives some of the highest snow falls in Japan. This tour takes in the steep & deep alpine backcountry terrain of the Hakuba Valley and the deep POW around Myoko.
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Hakuba Guided Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TOURS from HAKUBA
For PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 5 people
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USD 607 USD 607
10% discount for tours Feb 12-18 & during March
10% off tours Feb 12-18 and during March
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you are in the HAKUBA area, you can't go past a day or more of a guided ski or snowboarding adventure. The area (and also other nearby resorts) is huge and the best skiing is actually outside of the resort boundaries which should only be accesses with a guide. Tours are for PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 5 guests.
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Myoko Guided Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TOURS from MYOKO
For PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 5 people
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Price p/p
USD 121
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you are in the MYOKO area, you can't go past a day or more of guided skiing or snowboarding. The area (and also other nearby resorts) is huge & some of the best skiing is outside of the resort boundaries which should only be accessed with a guide. Tours are for PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 5 guests.
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