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Akakura Kanko Hotel

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216 Tagiri, Myoko 949-2102 Niigata Prefecture
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#2 of 97 hotels in Myoko
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2020 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Golf course
Ski rentals
Free shuttle or taxi services
Parking
Wifi
Sauna
Restaurant
Skiing
Tennis court
Shuttle bus service
Meeting rooms
Spa
Hot spring bath
Massage
Open-air bath
Ski In / Ski Out
Baggage storage
Gift shop
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Classic
Great View
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Nozomi wrote a review Feb 2020
Singapore, Singapore77 contributions49 helpful votes
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Exceptional, majestic, magnificent...all words I would use to attempt to describe Akakan. But mere superlatives are insufficient. This is the best hotel in which we have stayed. With history dating back to the 1930s, the main building has been kept meticulously over the years as to somehow evoke that romantic past, but also not to feel dated or aged. The newer Premium/Spa and Suite wings are worthy, luxurious additions that adds lots of options. Rooms: We tried two rooms: Deluxe twin with bathtub and Premium (P3) with private outdoor onsen, each for three nights. The hotel is not cheap...this combination ran a little more than JPY400k total for two people, mid-January, breakfast but no dinner (would love to know how others have booked at 50k/night with half board!). But even at these rates you are getting your yen’s worth. The deluxe twin, located in the main building just off the reception area, was a great room, spacious and luxuriously refurbished, and with a direct view of the slopes. The bathtub enjoys its own small room and even a separate air-conditioning system. That said, I’d probably recommend either saving a bit with a slightly lower category room, or going up to the private onsen room (located in the more modern Spa and Suite wing). This is because the public open air onsen in the hotel is among the best I’ve ever seen across a wide variety of Honshu and Hokkaido resorts and Ryokan, and the only way you’ll probably want to skip it is if you’ve got one of your own. Hopefully the pictures speak for themselves but that room is even larger (and these rooms are huge in terms relative to other Japanese ski resorts), and just of the highest quality all around. Loved the electronic fireplace, heated bathroom floors, convenient shower cubicle, and, of course, the generously sized, temperature-adjustable onsen. Skiing: Akakura Kanko boasts a fantastic location right in the middle of its synonymous ski area, allowing you to hop on the freshly groomed slopes before anyone else in the area. First lifts ran around 8.30, so you can take a lovely, untracked run down from the locker area around 8.20 and expect no to minimal queue. Lift tickets for the Akakan side run a reasonable JPY3,000/day if you buy at the hotel, and 5,800 if you include the connecting Akakura Onsen side, which in our experience was less crowded and a good shout for at least a couple of days. Restaurants: Can’t go wrong with either the buffet breakfast or the slightly more formal, table service option in the Premium wing at Aqua, which is a nice change of pace for more relaxed days. Since we were not on half board, we only ate dinner twice at the hotel, once at French and the other at Aqua. Course meals run somewhere close to 10k per person. Quantity isn’t huge but quality is high, and the meat (beef, venison, lamb) entrees were particularly nice. The bar near Aqua is beautiful, offers thoughtfully-crafted cocktails with a nice happy hour, and in our experience wasn’t crowded. Still, you might want to venture out to Akakura Onsen town using the shuttle (~10 minutes, last one leaves at 6 or 6.15) some nights, though you’ve got to sort out your own return (and taxis were not readily available in our experience...recommend booking ahead!). If you’ve got a car you can park right outside the hotel, which gives you a ton of optionality. On the whole, Akakan is the top option in Myoko, and surely one of the best in Japan. And even though Akakura onsen town appears to be taking on a bit more of a foreigner-oriented feeling these days (verging on Niseko et al...), Akakan retains its own entirely unique aura.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Joninn wrote a review Jan 2020
Queensland, Australia34 contributions14 helpful votes
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What a truely wonderful part of the world. A short trip via train from Tokyo and a winter wonderland await. The hotel is stunning and is set on the mountain in a ski in and ski out fashion. Beautifully appointed and designed to take in the beautiful country setting. The staff are outstanding. Well presented, respectful, and helpful. The Japanese truely take pride in the service of guests. The accommodation is first rate and the food is amazing. There is an on-site bakery with all food carefully crafted right before your eyes......quality ingredients and delicious results. The skiing is top rate as are the onsen. It has been a pleasure to spend time in this special place.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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ongrena wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore, Singapore31 contributions45 helpful votes
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We were in Akakura at a time when there was strangely not much snow, but as our prime incentive was a spa we were happy to walk along what snow there was(boots provided by hotel) and build a snowman and be thankful that the days were sunny . The hotel is designed ‘lodge’ style and we had a private room with its own spa. The beds were large twins and the room design is very clever and cosy. After a spa ( or 3) you get very relaxed and a great nights sleep. There is a infinity pool( not to swim in the winter!!! Its icy cold) surrounding the hotel and the views of the surrounding mountains at sunrise and sunset are breathtaking. Food is good. We had shabu shabu one night and kaiseki the final night served by friendly staff. The cakes in the cafe are delicious and they make home cooked biscuits and preserves that make good presents. We went a week before the ski season so it was quiet and peaceful, i am unsure what it would be like once ski tourists came as the ski lift is close by. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jessica H wrote a review Mar 2019
Yarra, Australia397 contributions86 helpful votes
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Ever since decided on a winter trip to Japan, this hotel was on my must go list. Made reservation 10 months in advance! And I have not been disappointed. My favourite spot would have to be the onsen and then Aqua Terrace, both with amazing views. Onsen is one of the best I've been in Japan. My room was a twin in the main building, Mt Myoko side. Spacious and of course with all the amenities you can expect in Japan. Service is excellent, typical Japanese high standard, and they spoke reasonable English. Dinner and breakfast I found to be good but not very memorable. Quite isolated in terms of location (reminds me a bit of Hotel Tateyama from a previous trip), free shuttle bus pick up/drop off from MyokoKogen station is handy. A most enjoyable stay. Due to some late changes in my planning, only stayed one night. If I visit again would definitely do two nights!
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Date of stay: February 2019
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John R wrote a review Feb 2019
Miami, Florida44 contributions28 helpful votes
Spent two days here after kusatsu, It snowed day and night. We stayed in the terrace suite with private onsen which i would recommend. It is nice soaking in your own onsen outside while it is snowing. The suite is rather large for japan. The rooms and bathroom had heated floors. The restaurant had amazing views. If you chose to snowboard or ski you just walk out the door and you are at the top of the slope. The staff were very helpful and spoke adequate english. The only downside is that in snowy conditions it makes it hard to go into myoko kogen. You will have to eat in the restaurant which has a limited but excellent selection of food.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
US$349 - US$529 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanChubuKoshinetsuNiigata PrefectureMyokoAkakura Onsen / Akakura Onsen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
57
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Frequently Asked Questions about Akakura Kanko Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Akakura Kanko Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Suginohara (4.5 km), Myoko Kogen (1.3 km), and Akakura Onsen Ski Area (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Akakura Kanko Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Akakura Kanko Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Akakura Kanko Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Akakura Kanko Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Akakura Kanko Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Akakura Cafe, Restaurant Shibata, and Udon No Fu.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Akakura Kanko Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre and a sauna during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Akakura Kanko Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Hokkokukaido Sekikawa Checkpoint Michino Rekishikan Museum (4.4 km), The Site of Kyu Kuninomiyake Bessochi (1.0 km), and Okakuratenshin Rokkakudo (1.0 km).
Does Akakura Kanko Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Akakura Kanko Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.