Akakura Onsen

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Myoko Akakura
Myoko Akakura
Akakura Myoko is renowned for the abundant powder
Akakura Myoko is renowned for the abundant powder
Snow piles up on the streets of Akakura Onsen
Snow piles up on the streets of Akakura Onsen
Akakura Onsen has lots of cute eateries
Akakura Onsen has lots of cute eateries
Akakura Kanko Ski Resort Myoko
Akakura Kanko Ski Resort Myoko
The Main Street of Akakura Onsen on a snowy night
The Main Street of Akakura Onsen on a snowy night
Akakura Kanko Ski Resort Myoko
Akakura Kanko Ski Resort Myoko
Night skiing at Akakura Onsen Ski Resort
Night skiing at Akakura Onsen Ski Resort
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There's nothing particularly steep on-piste
Akakura Onsen has the best restaurants of Myoko
Akakura Onsen has the best restaurants of Myoko
The dominating Mt Myoko
The dominating Mt Myoko
Plenty of mellow runs for beginners
Plenty of mellow runs for beginners
Akakura snow - plenty of powder!
Akakura snow - plenty of powder!
Akakura Myoko
Akakura Myoko
Akakura skiing includes some nice trees
Akakura skiing includes some nice trees
A crepe is a must-do in Akakura Onsen
A crepe is a must-do in Akakura Onsen
The lift infrastructure at Akakan is very good
The lift infrastructure at Akakan is very good
The base of Akakura Kanko Ski Resort
The base of Akakura Kanko Ski Resort
Plenty of low-gradient groomed runs
Plenty of low-gradient groomed runs
The hooded quad chairs are a godsend on snowy days
The hooded quad chairs are a godsend on snowy days

Akakura Onsen

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Akakura is made up of two interconnected ski areas: Akakura Onsen Ski Resort 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. 

Pros and Cons of Akakura

Pros
  • Myoko Akakura (the combined Akakura Onsen Ski Resort and Akakura Kanko) is the largest ski area of the Myoko Kogen ski resorts.
  • There aren’t that many Japanese ski resorts with a proper village and Akakura Onsen is the largest and the only “real” village of Myoko Kogen. The Akakura Onsen village also has the most restaurants and bars of the Myoko Kogen villages.
  • The Akakura Ski Resort is readily accessible from the Akakura Onsen village.
  • 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.
  • A reputable English speaking ski school and child care facility is based here.
Cons
  • 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).
  • 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 small loss of the traditional Japanese-ness of the place. Similarly Akakura is becoming progressively more popular, so freshies are harder to come by.

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 2018-19 season Myoko received a whopping 17 metres (671”) of snow for the season! With respect to quality, the Akakura snow is generally very good to excellent rather than being phenomenal (like Central Hokkaido).

Where is Akakura?

Akakura is really the hub of the Myoko Kogen area for visitors. The Akakura Kanko base area is 4.3km from the Myokokogen train station and town, whilst the Akakura Onsen Ski Resort 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 Listings

Akakura Kanko Accommodation - Lower Village Listings
Tours in/Near Akakura Onsen

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Alps to Coast Tour
HAKUBA & MYOKO BC TOUR
9 Nights | Option of 1 Day Cat Skiing | Deluxe Option
Ability: Advanced to Expert
This backcountry tour includes the HAKUBA region with its steep alpine terrain and the MYOKO area which receives big snow falls. Choose from either a side country tour (lift accessed backcountry) or ski touring/skinning backcountry. Option to include a day of cat skiing & option for deluxe accommodation.
Price p/p From price based on a twin share room for group of 6 for 2020 (price displayed is per person).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
AUD 4,246
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Pow Pow Japan Tour
HOSTED (UNGUIDED) PRIVATE GROUP TOUR
Cultural Ski & Snowboard Adventure
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Ski Japan's famous powder in conjunction with a rich cultural experience on this hosted tour. The tour is hosted by a local Japanese person who speaks fluent English; whilst the focus of the tours is primarily snow sports, you will experience the culture, food & festivities beyond the normal ski/snowboard adventure.
Price p/p From price based on 8-day sample itinerary, twin-share room (group of 6).
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
AUD 2,227
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Myoko Deep Tour
MYOKO BC ADVENTURE
7 Nights | 5 Days Guided Skiing / Riding
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The MYOKO KOGEN area receives some of the highest snow falls in Japan. On this PRIVATE Myoko tour you can head deep into the backcountry or just score the powder in the sidecountry (lift accessed) terrain of Myoko and surrounding ski areas.
Price p/p Indicative price based on a twin share room for tour in 2021 with 6 guests (price displayed is per person).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
AUD 3,100
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Myoko Powder Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED TOURS
7 Nights | 6 Days Lifts | 5 Days Morning Guiding
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Get the best out of Myoko Kogen and nearby ski resorts and chase the powder with a Myoko Kogen Powder Tour. This tour includes quality accommodation in a great location, transport to nearby ski areas & morning guide. Tours runs Saturday to Saturday.
Price p/p Sample price based on twin/double-share option at the Lodge with shared bathroom, 7 nights for the 20/21 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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AUD 2,190
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Lotte Arai
MULTI-RESORT DAY TRIPS FROM MADARAO
Private Groups Only | 1, 2 or 3 days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
If you are heading to Madarao for a ski or snowboarding holiday with your family or group and you want to explore other ski areas nearby this could be a great option for you. Resorts include Nozawa Onsen, Kijimadaira, Kurohime, Lotte Arai & Myoko ski areas.
Price p/p From price based on 1-day tour (group of 6) i.e. full price is JPY 58,000.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
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AUD 130
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Myoko Guided Day Tours
GUIDED DAY TOURS from MYOKO
For PRIVATE & MIXED GROUPS of up to 5 people
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
If you are in the MYOKO area, you can't go past a day or more of guided skiing or snowboarding. The area (& 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. Bring your own group (of up to 5) or join a group as a solo/small group
Price p/p From price based on group tour per person.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
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AUD 216
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