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“Authentic Resort in a foothill of the national park mountain” 5 of 5 stars
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Akakurakanko Hotel
216 Tagiri, Myoko 949-2102, Niigata Prefecture (Akakura Onsen)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 78 Hotels / Ryokan in Myoko
4.5 of 5 stars 84 Reviews
Tokyo, Japan
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“Authentic Resort in a foothill of the national park mountain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Our stay was in the beginning of last May, which normally is in the middle of spring (in Japan). Therefore our original plan during the stay was to enjoy trekking in the foothills of Mt. Myoko. However, what we found out right after the arrival was a lot of snow on the foothill ground. Oh! No place to enjoy trekking.
However, once we had a cup of coffee in the terrace café, our disappointments faded away because of spectacular views from the hotel overlooking hills, forests, lake and village.

As a hotel with its proud history, you will feel, once you check in, a certain dignity in the lobby, library of the main building. On the contrary, its newly built annex creates trendy atmosphere, particularly in its lobby deck. Oh, we must not forget to inform that the rooms in the original building were all refurbished to comfortable standard.
Its Onsen, hot spring, is in the annex, and quality of the ever-flowing spring water seemed extremely good for skin.

Hotel staffs were friendly and over all services were on a high standard but for two minor claims during our breakfast. Served strawberries ripened too much to eat and our request for extra milk (for coffee) was totally forgotten. We would then rather recommend you to dine at the mentioned terrace café where you can also enjoy excellent bread and sweets.

As a whole, however, it is a recommendable resort, particularly if you want to enjoy Japanese mountain-girt national park view, and you will be able to have totally different experiences in summer/spring and winter.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

We didn't stay at the hotel but enjoyed a very European/Japanese-mix coffee and French pastry for a relaxed escape from the busy slopes on a week-end. It was very luxurious and, although very expensive, worth it for the experience. The pastries were good and I even managed to get a capuccino - with some experimentation first.

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

We stayed in a corner room in the main building which looked out at the pistes to the front and side of the hotel. We booked via an Australian travel operater as we couldn't find anywhere in the UK who dealt with the hotel and found the hotel's website to be not user friendly unless you can read and write Japanese. The hotel did not reply to any of our enquiry emails. The rooms in the new wing have mini onsens (hot tubs) on the balcony although these come at a price. The pool was a disappointment as it is appears from photos to be an outdoor infinity swimming pool but it is actually for decorative purposes only. The indoor pools are onsens (separate male and female) but there is a private onsen for couples or families which can be booked although we found we were the only ones who ever wanted to use it so availability wasn't a problem. There is free wi-fi. Breakfast was included and was more than adequate with soup, bread selection, juice, a tiny fruit salad, yoghurt and a choice of eggs with a small amount of bacon or ham. The hotel is spacious, frequented by Japanese, mainly middle aged couples and offers ski / boot hire and an informal all day cafe serving cakes and sandwiches. The Yen/£ was not favourable so a hot drink and snack cost in excess of £10 a time. The location is half way up the mountain so ski in - ski out is guaranteed once the plentiful dumping of powder starts in December onwards. It is isolated and offers nothing for the non skier other than the very expensive Clarins spa where a facial would set you back anything from £120 upwards. There is a shuttle service between the hotel and station at Myoko Kogen which has to be booked and ceases to operate around 6pm so taxis have to be used if you want to eat out in the evenings which adds £25 per round trip to the cost of going out. We used the hotel dining on two occasions, once in the Japanese restaurant (over priced and rather sterile) and once for room service from the French restaurant (again, expensive but good quality food albeit rather outdated in its idea of French food ....... prawns squirted with tomato ketchup in a glass sundae dish was a crevette cocktail!) The staff, like everywhere in Japan, were delightful and helpful although there were language problems as the hotel did not appear to be frequented by non-Japanese visitors. That added to the charm of the place as we wanted a true Japanese experience for a few days skiing while holidaying in Japan. The other options in the Myoko area did not offer the quality of the Akakura Kanko Resport & Spa so I would recommend it, despite it being rather old fashioned and expensive. The eateries in the Onsen village below were very rustique and enjoyable, we enjoyed them all and enjoyed mixing with locals and eating traditional food. The bathroom was tiny, very basic and rather dark. All in all, a traditional Japanese hotel with true ski in - ski out but isolated and rather dated in places.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Akakurakanko Hotel

Address: 216 Tagiri, Myoko 949-2102, Niigata Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Niigata Prefecture > Myoko > Akakura Onsen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 78 Hotels / Ryokan in Myoko
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 57
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